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Vintage motorcycle festival expected to draw another big crowd to Barber Motorsports Park

by Doug Demmons  • 

More than 50,000 people headed to Barber Motorsports Park last year for the annual Barber Vintage Festival and even more are expected Friday through Sunday for this year’s event.

The 8-year-old festival sponsored by Triumph Dealers of North America celebrates the history and preservation of vintage motorcycles and attracts visitors from around the world for three days of racing, attractions, motorcycle tech seminars, motorcycle club gatherings and vendor displays.

With sunny skies expected, the weekend kicks off Friday with the popular Barber Swap Meet at Tram Stop No. 2, with more than 400 vendors offering restoration motorcycle parts and memorabilia. The Swap Meet runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day of the festival.

On‐track racing by the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association also starts Friday and continues throughout the weekend.

The Century Race on Saturday features motorcycles that are at least 100 years old. Some of the bikes scheduled to participate include a 1906 Griffon V-Twin and a 1909 Excelsior.

The America’s First Federal Credit Union Fan Zone will be a highlight of the festival. It offers club gatherings and bike shows, the Victoria Circus, the Wall of Death Thrillshow, a display of vintage firefighting equipment, concessions and numerous vendors.

An air show by the Aerostars, flying Soviet-made Yak 52TW trainers in close proximity, is scheduled for the lunch break on Saturday and Sunday.

Professional motorcycle stunt riders Nick “Apex” Brocha and Ernie “EDub” Vigil are scheduled to perform on Sunday during the lunch break. Brocha and Vigil are also known for the video filmed at Barber called “The Chase” and featuring AMA rider Jason DiSalvo of Trussville. The video has been viewed more than 2 million times on YouTube.

The London-based Ace Corner at Turn 17 near the entrance to pit road features food and drinks, including fish and chips and beer and wine. Admission requires a ticket upgrade.

Motorcycles by Moonlight, a charity dinner benefiting the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, will take place in the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum on Friday night. Tickets to the fundraiser are available for an additional charge from the museum.

Friday and Saturday tickets are $25 and Sunday admission is $20. A three‐day weekend pass is $40. All tickets include paddock access. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Prices increase starting Friday.

Fans can also take their own bikes on parade laps around the 2.38-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course for $30 each day.
Camping spots at the park are already sold out.

Admission to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is extra. The museum will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Sunday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, got to www.barbermotorsports.com and www.barbervintagefestival.org.

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