Vincent motorcycles will take center stage at the Motorcycle Classics tent during the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival thanks to the Hillbilly Vincent Owners, who will join us for the Barber weekend to display their bikes. We’ll also hold a trio of technical seminars on Saturday, October 11, starting with Randakk’s Cycle Shack’s Randall Washington with an inside look at the economics of motorcycle restoration, followed by Race Tech’s Matt Wiley discussing vintage motorcycle suspensions and ending with the folks at Spectro Oils for an informed discussion of engine oil and lubricants for vintage motorcycles.
Last year’s annual Barber Vintage Festival was a watershed event, surpassing in size any other U.S. vintage motorcycle gathering by attracting a record 61,437 attendees to the three-day festival held at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama. That number is almost certain to climb this year as Barber celebrates a milestone anniversary with the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival Oct. 10-12, 2014.
The festival has grown steadily since its 2005 inception, when an estimated 6,000 vintage motorcycle fans gathered at the 700-plus acre Barber complex, home of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, the largest and greatest motorcycle museum in the U.S., if not the world. Barber also boasts a world-class 17-turn, 2.38-mile road course laid out by famed track designer Alan Wilson.
The Barber crew continues to craft an ambitious menu of activities every year to make the festival shine, with AHRMA vintage racing, a swap meet, the American Motor Drome Wall of Death, a vintage bike auction, special club displays, and starting in 2013 the Ace Corner inside the track at Gate 4. There’s also the Friday night Motorcycles by Moonlight museum fundraiser, this year featuring special guest Erik Buell of Buell Motorcycle fame, who will be interviewed during the dinner by Motorcycle Classics regular contributor Alan Cathcart.
Motorcycle Classics will hold its annual Vintage Bike Show on Saturday, Oct. 11, with Vincent motorcycles as our featured marque. We’ll be welcoming the Hillbilly Vincent Owners, who are holding their own rally before heading to Barber where they’ll set up with us to display their bikes. This will be one of the most important gatherings of Vincent motorcycles in recent memory, with expected Vincents including Gunga Din (the test bed for the Black Shadow and Black Lightning), plus at least three Black Lightnings, several racing Vincent specials, Gene Brown’s Rudge Python-powered 1932 HRD and more. We’ll award trophies in five classes, including the featured marque (Vincent), British, American, European, Japanese and Custom.
Every Barber Festival is special, but this one will easily be the best one yet. Don’t miss it. MC