March 14, 1995
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum opened to the public in Birmingham with 325 motorcycles on display. The vision of former racecar driver and dairy industrialist George Barber, the collection moved to a new, 740-acre location in Birmingham in 2003. The five-story, 144,000-square-foot museum displays over 1,400 motorcycles, the largest such collection in the world, and an array of various racecars. The site is also home to a 2.3-mile, 16-turn racetrack used to host professional races, including the Honda Superbike Classic and the Grand-Am Cup. Barber was inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2014.
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