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Old 05-10-2013, 05:33 PM   #1
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Barber Motor Sports - Heaven Here (pic heavy)

Many know but some do not - Mr Barber started his mega millions milking cows.

My Bama bride of 23 years asked me "Where again y'all gonna be this weekend?"

"Barber"

She shook a knowledge-less look my way.

"You know him; you drank his milk growing up"

"Ice cream" she elevates



Mr Barber shares our passion for two wheels but has a very, very big tank. I have no affiliation with the exception of leaving some drool on the floor of his museum and some tread on his track. The number I've heard is $65,000,000 and by my eye every penny purposefully perfectly played. I am mostly sure this amount does not include the collection of 1,800 or so bikes / cars; that my friends must near priceless.

The track had just been buffed with massive diamond dust disks. It is 2.4 miles of bending undulation. Love it. The buildings are concrete, steel and glass - just like you'd want. The grounds are immaculate, the terrain is super southern Appalachian - the pre-sea end of this ancient chain. The staff is very professional, even the trash dudes have a certain gentlemanly quality. Heaven? Let's hope.

Hypermofo and I went over for a weekend with Sportbike Track Time. I really love to do this. We set up camp in the paddock and spend a couple of days going as fast as we can (which ain't too fast compared to many,) cooking on the bbq and tossing back a few in the evening. STT does a very nice job running this program and I would recommend them to anyone interested in this kind of adventure.

I went over Friday afternoon to see the collection. I took some pics and they're coming. First, I'm not a photo jockey, Lost would do a much better job of this. None the less, you'll get the idea.

Here is an aerial view from the web. The museum is upper left, our camp bottom center. For those far away FFs this is southeast US, Leeds Alabama, just outside Birmingham, AL (funny no one came up with new names after all the boat rides - tributes?)



No, my bike didn't puke guts.



The museum is 5 stories. The bottom level serves as a restoration center with a mighty fine machine shop. There's a lot to see:


























Close ups coming next
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:10 PM   #2
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The very first (obvious but of course - replica) with a brand new invention - the carb. And some more...





















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Old 05-11-2013, 04:55 AM   #3
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Old 05-11-2013, 05:10 AM   #4
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This one was built just down the road by a local high school shop class:



San Francisco to New York in about 37 hours:



RTW in a few years:































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Old 05-11-2013, 05:47 AM   #5
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Love having this place in my back yard. We go for the AMA and Indy races there, and the whole family loves it.

Can't wait for the Fall Vintage Festival in October!!!
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Old 05-11-2013, 06:23 AM   #6
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Old 05-12-2013, 05:14 AM   #7
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Mr Barber also has a thing for cars, seems to have a penchant for the Lotus



















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Old 05-12-2013, 05:21 AM   #8
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing.
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:54 AM   #9
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Indeed a biker's heaven. Thanks a million for the wonderful pics If ever I get the opportunity I'll definitely visit this place.
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Old 05-14-2013, 03:36 PM   #10
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I was just there last week, truely an amazing place!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:17 PM   #11
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Outrageous images man, thanks so much!
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Old 05-14-2013, 07:33 PM   #12
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You captured it beautifully!

When Mrs. Samthg and I were there 2 years ago, we toured around with almost no one in the place. Toward the end of our visit there was a fellow roaming around by himself. After talking with an employee in the gift shop, he informed me that the fellow by himself was indeed Mr. Barber.

Is it true that what is displayed is only about 1/2 of the inventory?

I sure liked that sandcast...

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Old 05-14-2013, 07:46 PM   #13
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Yep, I love being local. Barbers MSP is great and even the roads around the area are nice!

FYI, if you come to one of the 4 major events WERA races, AMA races, vintage festival, Indy GP and purchase a museum ticket, they let you go down to the restoration level
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Old 05-14-2013, 08:45 PM   #14
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Excellent photography....I'd be interested to hear what camera and lens you used as well as aperture (although that probably varied) if you care to share.
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Old 05-15-2013, 07:25 PM   #15
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Mr. Barber is there every day, he is a hecka nice guy, he has the largest private lotus collection in the world, I think he has 56 cars now. The bikes on display are indeed only half of the collection, they rotate bikes in and out all the time to keep the displays fresh. Thanks for the awesome pictures!
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