For the Racing Enthusiast: The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Alabama

6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy., Birmingham, Alabama George Barber raced Porsches in the 1960s, picking up more than 60 first-place trophies.

6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy., Birmingham, Alabama

George Barber raced Porsches in the 1960s, picking up more than 60 first-place trophies. That was before he took the helm of his family’s business, Barber Dairies, and began building a successful real estate operation. However, the Birmingham businessman’s enthusiasm for motorsports never paled, and he became an avid collector of motorcycles.

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Alabama
A 1956 Maserati 160/T4 Lusso is one of hundreds of motorcycles on display at this tribute to bikes and race cars.

Today visitors to the 740-acre Barber Motorsports Park can share his passion at one of the country’s newest—and, some say, best—motor raceways. The setting itself is exceptional, with trees, gardens, sculpture, wildlife, and rolling hills offering a very different kind of vantage point for car- and bike-racing fans.

Even when no event is scheduled, visitors can tour the museum. Some 650 of Barber’s collection of more than 1,100 vintage and new bikes and racing cars, many restored on site, are on show in the spacious five-level facility. Displays are rotated, so returning visitors usually find something new to see. The oldest bike dates to 1902, and the full collection includes bikes from 16 countries and 143 manufacturers.

–Open year-round except July 4. Admission charged.

www.barbermuseum.org
(205) 699-7275

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest