During a trip last month, I detoured south to visit the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
, which was on my list of those places I have to get to someday. If you want to read my impressions, you can visit my blog
, but if you just want some eye candy, here are a few of my photos.
George Barber's collection is housed in an open, five-story building. Still, despite the ample space, about half of the motorcycles in the 1,200-bike collection are not on display.
You can see views of the race track at the Barber Motorsports Park out the windows of the musuem, behind the 1949 Moto Guzzi Airone Turismo, in this shot. With all the manicured grass, flowers, sculptures and more, it's possibly the most beautiful road course in the U.S. Of course that's not saying a lot. At most U.S. road courses, the spectator areas are dusty slopes studded by weeds whose only nourishment is the occasional spilled beer.
Obligatory Kawasaki content: a Superbike tank autographed by Eddie Lawson.
Some old Indians. George Barber collected everything, from 1902 motorcycles to the Ducati that Jason DiSalvo used to win the Daytona 200 with two different engines to one-of-a-kind customs to exotics and ordinary bikes you'd find for sale any day of the week on craigslist. "Eclectic" doesn't do it justice. "Random accumulation" doesn't do it justice. It's a lot of motorcycles, folks.