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post #1 of 8 Old 04-15-2009, 08:41 AM Thread Starter
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BARBER RACEWAY IN AL. MAY 1-3 AMA Race

I'm going to Barber raceway for the AMA event. May 1-3. Looking for some people to ride with. Found a wonderful camp site that has camps for $43 a night that sleeps 3. Allready have it booked. If anyone wants to tag along let me know. I live in Lafayette, La.
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post #2 of 8 Old 04-15-2009, 05:01 PM
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You'll enjoy the museum *A LOT*!!!

Bring extra batteries for your camera, and film and flashbulbs if your camera uses them. There are more things to photograph than you can imagine. The bike you rode long ago ... it is there. The bike you wanted to buy ... it is there too. Remember when you studied an in-line four and wondered if some mad genius could take two of those engines and make a V-8? Well, he did, and that is there too! What if we retired the horse and put a bike between the wagon's poles? Yup, it is there. Why is that bike's left handlebar sticking up in the air? You will find out. And that thing, is it a motorcycle or a car? It is a matter of opinion.

Here is the cherry on the sundae: about 1.5 miles southwest of the museum is Bailey Road, joining Red Lake Road (the street the museum is on) to Cahaba Valley Road (aka 119 aka Montevallo Road).

Ride it! Bailey Road is the hilliest and twistiest piece of asphalt I have seen since Highway 250 in Virginia (which ties a bowline twice in four miles).

I rode it with a ridiculous load of luggage, and I managed fine, and I look a lot like my avatar. If I can do it, you can do it.

When I go back, I will make sure to ride Bailey Road again. If I have time for the museum, I will perhaps drop in. :rolleyes:

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Don't they still let you camp on site at Barber's with paid admission to the track?
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Thanks for the info Keith. What are some good places to watch the race? You camp there for $50.
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Question Racing? You mean they RACE on that track?

Sorry. I visited the museum, and only occasionally looked out the window at some Porsches driving quite sedately around. I think some novices were being schooled in sight lines and sensible driving. The way those fine cars were going, a hotshot with a '55 Chevy could have passed them all! I know nothing about camping at or near the museum, and nothing about racing or how to watch it.

But I bet it will be done very very well. That entire enterprise utterly reeks of competence, thoroughness, accuracy, fair value for a decent fee, and damn good business.

In short, I take my hat off to Barber. (That kinda makes sense, so I will quit while I am ahead.)

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Thanks for the info Keith. What are some good places to watch the race? You camp there for $50.
The track is pretty big, and there really isn't any one place where you can see most of the track. They'll probably have shuttles looping around the track, so you may want to ride one of those to see the various vantage points.

When we went to the vintage motorcycle races, we ended up on the lawn where you could see the last few turns before the start/finish line. Maybe not the ideal spot, but it was close to where we parked and there was only one child throwing a tantrum.

Here's a couple of pics. We could see the bikes coming up this hill, which probably leads into a mostly blind corner for the riders:



Then they continue around the corner which leads to this downhill combination:



That's my wife watching from the fence.

The race course is pretty hilly, which probably makes it pretty challenging for the riders. It's a beautiful facility and I wish we'd been able to spend more time down there. Sadly, we'll miss the race you're going to, but we'll definitely be at some of the future events.

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Thanks for the info LarryB.
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So how was it? Pics?

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