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Barber Motorsports Musuem

 

At last month's Dixie Roundup the good folks at Garage Company Customs and Biltwell Inc. hosted a discount tour at America's famed Barber Vintage Motorsports Musuem in Leeds, Alabama. Musuem founder George Barber was a respected Porsche racer and restoration specialist in the 1960s, so his passion for all things motorized runs deep.

 

 

A dairyman by profession, Mr. Barber's collection has grown extensively since he founded the facility in 1989. Today the Barber Vintage Motorsports Musuem boasts the largest collection of stock, custom and racing motorcycles on earth.

One of the things that struck Billdozer most fascinating about the Barber musuem is the collection's diversity. Tucked neatly among the world's most complete collection of Lotus cars and thousands of motorcycles Bill and fellow visitors ogled vintage boat motors, LSR racers, pristine fab shops and private rooms teeming with trinkets, trophies and memorabilia.

The first thing at Barber that caught my eye was John Surtees' championship-winning 1964 F1 Ferrari. Sir John is the first and only man to win World Championships on both two wheels and four. How Surtees' gleaming red racer found a home in central Alabama and not Don Enzo's personal stash in Maranello is a mystery. Suffice to say hundreds of awe-inspiring surprises like this one greated lucky Barber visitors around every corner.

Thanks to Larry Pierce at GarCo for setting up this awesome diversion, and for the moonshine, cheap tattoos and good times that flowed freely at the Dixie Roundup. For more information on George Barber's world-class collection, visit the musuem website.


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Commented on 5-21-2012 At 12:45 pm
 

Great write up! It should be noted that Mr.Barber built that museum and race track there out of his OWN pocket. No funding was provided for either, we are lucky to have such a guy down here.

Commented on 5-21-2012 At 02:29 pm
 

I have to remind myself how lucky I am to have such an amazing place in our backyard. I need to get back out and visit the museum soon!

Commented on 5-21-2012 At 02:32 pm
 

Rumor has it he's expanding the museum. Can't wait to ride down there this October for the Vintage show.

Commented on 5-21-2012 At 02:46 pm
 

Anyone know what that Honda chassis is? Its sitting by what looks to be boat motors and a lotus of some kind.

Commented on 5-21-2012 At 04:22 pm
 

Man... I would love to have access to these bikes. And by access, I mean ride a different bikes every day of the year.

That Indian on the home page is AMAZING!

Commented on 5-21-2012 At 08:45 pm
 

"A dairyman by profession, Mr. Barber's collection has grown extensively since he founded the facility in 1989"

Dude must move a whole lot of milk...

Commented on 5-21-2012 At 09:32 pm
 

Killer spot!

Commented on 5-22-2012 At 12:35 am
 

Holy shit! I think I may have to take a trip down there.

Commented on 5-22-2012 At 01:41 am
 

Been there a couple of times. October vintage races are awesome.

Commented on 5-22-2012 At 03:23 am
 

That place looks like heaven!

Commented on 5-22-2012 At 12:16 pm
 

Great pictorial on a very cool place!!!

Commented on 5-23-2012 At 06:24 am
 

very cool spot and great tour! i though it was amazing when he said all but one or two of the bikes run! great addition to a cool weekend!

Commented on 5-25-2012 At 04:17 am
 

Completely badass place...gotta get over there n check it out...that's gearhead shangri-la...

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