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Odd as it sounds, those who dig motorcycles proceed directly to Birmingham.

by Gerald

A friend of mine in asked me one time if I wanted to go see her motorcycle collection. This guy a local dairy, I gathered, and he got collecting motorcycles a while and now he’s opening his collection to the I don’t know or give a about motorcycles, but I figured I put up with seeing a few of them.

I’m polite, so I went along.

It out the guy, George Barber, a $250-million-per-year dairy and he has 600 motorcycles. got a warehouse in downtown Birmingham 325 of them on display. He’s got that are rare, like one out of ever built; old, from 1904; innovative, a Hercules W2000 with a engine; and plain old collector’s like a 1913 Harley Silent Grey Fellow in unrestored, and working condition.

He has what is certainly the biggest collection in North America, and may be the biggest one in the world. And all this is in Alabama.

It’s called Vintage Motorsports Museum, but need the address to find it, practically nobody knows there. It has six parking spots out and a small sign with the If you subscribe to motorcycle magazines and ESPN’s SpeedWeek, you’ve seen it.

Otherwise, you would have heard of it.

The collection in 1988 with 1950s but Barber soon realized was no definitive, historical, and international collection in America. Now there is, 11 employees, a 4,500-square-foot space jam-packed and soon to be doubled, and visitors a year despite no ads.

The Barber Vintage Motorsports

There are still some around. There are three – an 18, an 11, and a 21 from the early 1960s – and a Formula One car built and owned by James Garner.

But the whole has an evolving purpose. It restores all of bikes to their original based on serious research things like the location of on the gas tank, the location of racing and the kind of paint used. The amazing thing about it, to me, is 99 percent of the bikes in the collection are meaning they can be ridden now.

Along the way, Barber’s has put together a definitive motorcycle – did you know there have over 3,600 motorcycle – and now there are even glass full of a toy motorcycle collection and 60 hand-carved wooden cars. summer the Guggenheim in New York is an “Art of the Motorcycle” show, and is supplying most of the 100 bikes using.

Barber had the warehouse years before he let the public in to see it. But when it was just his, it was set up like a museum, with hanging in cases and informative all over. Even now they’re not for hordes of tourists with in tow.

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The place is only open 9 to 3 on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The executive Jeff Ray, told me the is for enthusiasts and they “aren’t set up to do educational programming.” He said a self-guided tour, aimed at who are into motorcycles enough to a grasp of what they’re at. But even then, how many have heard of, much seen, an Aermacchi Chimera the “Italian Harley”? Ray also that this is the year intends to make more of an to accommodate the general, non-bike-obsessive

I walked around this utterly ignorant, and utterly Here’s a 1904 Shaw, a bike with a motor on it, built by a man named Shaw in small town in Kansas. are a couple dozen different the official bike of the 1950s bad from the days when, as Ray “If it didn’t smoke, vibrate, and oil, it wasn’t a motorcycle.” a 1992 Ducati Corsa a monster racing bike an 888cc, two-cylinder, four-…, engine – whatever all that The plaque says it goes though.

The museum does field a team, by the way, and they’ve won in vintage racing. But Ray likes to out that this isn’t racing like the vintage car where you drive around and race the clock. Ray says, racing bikes are used in

We have a photo of our driver, with his knee dragging on a and you can see air underneath the rear wheel. The is just balanced on his knee and the wheel. He was probably doing 100 at point.”

Not everyone at Barber’s museum is insane, but your head might get readjusted while there. I went in knowing and nothing about motorcycles, but I myself thinking those looked pretty cool. I might start shopping for a jacket.

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