A Barber employee gets ready to take the museum’s rare 1907 four-cylinder Belgian FN out on the track for the Race of the Century at the 2008 Barber Vintage Festival.
The 7th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Ala., happens Oct. 7-9, 2011. Combining the world’s greatest motorcycle museum, fantastic AHRMA vintage motorcycle racing, a top-quality old bike swap meet, vintage aerial acrobatics, the annual Race of the Century for bikes 100 years old or older, the Motorcycle Classics Barber Vintage Bike Show, and more, it’s hands-down the coolest vintage motorcycle happening of the year. And if you’re really lucky, you and a friend could take it all in for free.
It’s impossible to oversell the Barber Vintage Festival, because it really is the high point in the vintage event calendar. From humble beginnings back in 2005 and just a few thousand attendees, it’s quickly grown into one of the largest vintage events of the year, with an easy 40,000-plus attendees at last year’s show. We expect to see that number rise again this year, thanks to the continuing efforts of the incredible team at Barber, including ex-Norton employee and now Barber restoration consultant Brian Slark, who’s been point man for the show since its inception.
We’re pretty keyed up for this year’s festival, which will have more than its fair share of special happenings. Moto Guzzi will be featured marque at the Motorcycle Classics Barber Vintage Bike Show, in honor of the Italian company’s 90th anniversary crafting fine motorcycles. Whether you want to show your bike or just look at everyone else’s, we’re inviting Moto Guzzi owners new and old to join us at our tent, where we’ll have a special parking area just for Moto Guzzis. Plus, reps from Moto Guzzi North America will be on hand, showing off new Moto Guzzis including, we hope, MG’s latest retro rave, the V7 Racer.
Then there’s Ducstock, a Ducati celebration organized by Ducati.net, NCR and the Ducati faithful celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ducati TT2. Expect to see an impressive display of vintage Ducatis at this special showing to be held in Barber’s recently completed infield area. A separate admission fee will be charged.
The best part of it all is that, except for Ducstock, you and a friend could take it all in for free if you’re the winner of the Motorcycle Classics Barber Vintage Festival Sweepstakes. Get your name pulled from our hat and you’ll get three nights lodging, two tickets to the festival, two three-day Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum passes, two front row tickets to Auctions America’s Barber Motorcycle Auction, plus a pair of Barber Vintage Festival T-shirts and caps. Entering is easy, just click here to go to the Sweepstakes page! See you there. – Richard Backus