Barber had its largest crowd ever at last year's event........the weather in 2011 (as well as most previous years) was spectacular.......highs in the low 70's and coolish at night (high 40's-50's if you are a camper). I have a Swap Meet Space there (space #H-30) with plenty of shade, a cooler, grill, and chairs for any stromtrooper who wants to come by and take a load off. Check out the link below for events:
Barber : Home
The Ace Cafe was KOOL last year.......some very detailed and intricate machinery on display. Jerry Wood and Company will be there a "new" type of Vintage Bike auction......I believe it uses "sealed bids" instead of a live auction format.....we'll have to see?? There is something "going on" during the whole 3-day weekend......Vintage Racing (roadracing, sidecars, MX, Trials and Hare Scrambles), vendor displays, the swap meet, vintage bike shows scattered about, and perhaps even some Demo Rides (TBD
). The grounds are maintained like a Country Club and there are "Trams" cicrling the perimeter road around the track all hours of the day........free for spectators to get from one end of the park to the other. The Museum is world-class with over 800 bikes on display, covering 5 floors......and old George even opens up the normally-closed ground floor during this event so you can see first hand where all the restoration takes place. Barber employees are allowed to take vintage classics for a ride around the perimater road during the weekend so you can see, as well as hear, feel and smell, these classics in action!! Airshow again this year on Sat/Sun during the lunchbreak......4 planes flying in tight formations. If you have any questions about the event, hollar at me via a PM and I'll try to help. I believe the camping areas are already sold out but there are a few campgrounds within a 20 mile radius of the park.
Oak Mtn State Park
Cheaha State Park
Courtyard 25 Motorcycle Campground, Vandiver, Alabama
Talladega National Forrest
Lake Logan Martin near Pell City.....I'm sure there is camping somewhere around the lake?
The VJMC puts on great shows during the weekend there:
The Jerry Wood and Company Bike Market/semi-Auction (see a few of the bikes that will be for sale):
If you have never been to Barber's Park, ask someone (besides me!!) who has.........the Festival is a once-a-year event that keeps growing, maybe surpassing Mid-Ohio Vintage Days in terms of events and racing.
Hope to see ya there!!