Barber’s 11th Vintage Motorcyle Festival

Barber’s 11th Vintage Motorcyle Festival

Commemorating its eleventh anniversary, the three-day Barber Vintage Festival, October 9-11, drew its largest crowd yet, almost 70,000 attendees. This historic motorcycle extravaganza has been the principal power in historic and vintage motorcycle matters for over a decade. Located at George Barber’s magnificent 830-acre parkland estate at Leeds near Birmingham, Alabama, it is a treasured preserve for enthusiasts, collectors and racers. Before its creation, few of us had realized just how great the void it would fill. To read the full report click here. Barber’s 11th Vintage Motorcycle Festival: Racing Click on any image to enlarge and view the series. To view the Britten exhibition images and others, scroll down.     Barber’s 11th Vintage Motorcycle Festival: Britten exhibition, Fan Zone, and more Click on any image to enlarge and view the series.  ...
Goodwood Revival 2015

Goodwood Revival 2015

The Goodwood Revival of 2015 and its founder. The Goodwood Revival, now in its eighteenth year, is one of those entrancing events more often found in an Evelyn Waugh novel than in life. It is the creation of the successful Charles Gordon-Lennox (60) who is the Earl of March and Kinrara and the celebrated son of the Duke of Richmond dynasty. A British aristocrat and owner of the Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, he took control of the 12,000-acre domain at the age of 40. A lifelong car enthusiast, Lord March restored the estate’s historic motor racing circuit and created the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Revival. Held each July and September respectively, they have become the world’s foremost historic motor sport events. When you arrived at this year’s Goodwood Revival, a Fish Fingers trawler was probably the first object to catch your attention followed by American drag racing Gassers from the 1940s and ’50s – an eccentric mix! Sixty years ago, around the middle of Goodwood’s 18-year racing period, Bird’s Eye introduced their Fish Fingers to the British public. Created by American inventor Clarence Birdseye, it was the new frozen food sensation of 1955 – twenty fish fingers, just heat and serve. No bones, no waste, no smell, no fuss – as their motto declared.   Click on any image to enlarge and view the series. For further race event picture galleries scroll down.   Opening Day Goodwood 2015 Birdseye fishing trawler on display 60 years of Fish Fingers in UK Crew complete with flying pelicans Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and forebears on display En route to their...
2015 Inaugural Historics at Barber Motorsports Park

2015 Inaugural Historics at Barber Motorsports Park

2015 Inaugural Historics at Barber Motorsports Park Barber Motorsports Park hosted its first annual Historic motor sports three-day event May 15-17, 2015. And if they do for Historic road racing cars what they did for vintage motorcycles, they’ll have 80,000 attendees in 10 years’ time. Though the premiere event weekend, organized by the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA), attracted modest numbers of vintage race cars, around 70, it was an excellent first step. The sights, sounds and speeds, particularly of rare Formula One cars from the nineteen-sixties, -seventies and -eighties were glorious. Like Barber’s annual motorcycle Vintage Festival, held each October, a treasure trove of nostalgia was laid before us, all very accessible, informal and agreeable. Click on an image to enlarge and view the series. F1 Historics at Barber 1973 Shadow battles with Lotus 79 in the FIA Masters Race Series Paddock Tower Race Control overlooks Turns 5 & 6, known as Charlotte’s web hairpin Barber Museum Houses the world’s largest collection of motorcycles. Barber’s Statues Striking sculptures showcase the track and museum grounds Barber’s Statues Opened in 2003 the Barber facility is set in 740 acres of parkland Inside the Museum 2003: Museum moved from B’ham city building to sumptuous new HQ Museum from new bridge Latest development: new bridge extends from museum over track Race observation Observing race through glass panels on bridge between turns 9 & 10 From bridge Back straightaway: Part of the Barber 17-turn 2.3-mile racetrack Chuck Huneycutt Former vintage bike racer turned master restorer Tyrrell F1 James Hagan driving 1983 001 machine in full Benetton livery Can-Am intake stacks Can-Am McLaren with...
Barber’s 10th Vintage Motorcycle Festival

Barber’s 10th Vintage Motorcycle Festival

2014 Barber Vintage Motorcycle Festival Barber’s annual Vintage Festival is a highlight of our year. For the 2014 event, their 10th anniversary and presented by the Triumph dealers of North America, Barber Motorsports Park was expecting crowds of around 50,000 and though mixed weather conditions were forecast, nothing seemed to dampen the enthusiasm or attendance. In the end the sun shone as tens of thousands arrived at the parkland from virtually every state in the nation. Click on an image to enlarge and view the series. To read the full story click here....
The 2014 Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta

The 2014 Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta

 The 2014 Walter Mitty at Road Atlanta. Road Atlanta race circuit is the spiritual home of the Walter Mitty. An annual adventure, it has been this way since the mid-1970s, when a group of Atlanta enthusiasts organized an occasion that is now the largest and oldest event for Historic race cars on the East Coast. Over the years the “Mitty” has become as much a state of mind, pardon the pun, as a race, and as you drive through north Georgia its approaching awareness puts you in the atmosphere that can only be the Walter Mitty. A favorite point in the season, it’s a reward for those who enjoy historically interesting racing cars. Sponsored by Classic Motorsports magazine and Hagerty, the insurance people, the Mitty typically attracts 250 to 400 competitors. Though both competitors and spectators alike enjoy the festive atmosphere—and why not for there’s almost unfettered freedom to roam—it’s the diversity of cars that put the icing on the cake. Ranging from the nineteen-fifties MGA that might reach 120mph to a modern-day Audi R8 with speeds approaching 240mph, the cars present delightfully striking contrasts. Here in the following sequence of photographs is a brief display carrying some of the most vivid memories of this year’s Walter Mitty. Click on an image to enlarge and view the series....
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