John Penton at the Barber Vintage Festival

National champion enduro rider John Penton will be this year’s Grand Marshal at the Barber Vintage Festival, Oct. 4-6.

Reader Contribution by The Motorcycle Classics Staff
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by Motorcycle Classics Staff
Donny Ables won the trophy for Best Japanese Rider with his 1978 Kawasaki KZ 650R at the 2018 Barber Vintage Festival.

Join us for the 15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival, the largest vintage motorcycle event in North America, Oct. 4-6, 2019, at Barber Motorsports Park outside Birmingham, Alabama, with famed national champion enduro rider and entrepreneur John Penton as this year’s Grand Marshal. Inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998, Penton was influential in the growth of enduro and offroad motorcycling in the ’60s and ’70s, eventually founding Penton Motorcycles.

Penton will be the guest of honor at the Barber Museum’s Friday night Motorcycles by Moonlight fundraiser, and we’re anticipating his presence at the Motorcycle Classics tent during our Saturday Vintage Bike Show. This year we’re putting the spotlight on Honda Fours, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the debut of the CB750. We’ll award trophies in five categories (British, American, Japanese, European and Custom) plus special awards for Best Honda Four and Editor’s Choice.

Enjoy AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing on the track, with vintage motocross, observed trials and cross country races happening in the surrounding fields and woods. The American Motor Drome Company’s Wall of Death returns, and look for the Ace Corner at Turn 17, where you’ll find a show within the show featuring café racers and custom builds. Bonhams will also return with an auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum on Saturday, and it’s sure to be a highlight of the weekend.

For more information and event updates visit the website. MC

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