Barber Vintage Festival

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  1. tt100

    tt100 Been here awhile

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    I am sharing some posts I made with my local Triumph club some photos from last week's Vintage Festival at Barber. If you like any of these and want the original pic feel free to send me a note. I'm not a great photographer (as you'll see) but Photoshop does wonders! If you were there this year and have pics to add PLEASE DO!

    I hope you see one or two you will like,

    Barber was fantastic! The facility is on another level from any other track I've ever been to. I'll post groups of photos over the next few days on different subjects on our trip. It is WELL worth the time to go down.

    The track:
    Gorgeous! Mr. Barber has manicured and landscaped the entire facility. He is the sole proprieter and owner of both the track and the museum

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    Every track gate is something fancy like this

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    This is the newest addition. He added this last year

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    All over the entire facility he had impressions in the concrete like this... everywhere

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    He got this group of guys from a company in Birmingham that went under "Enron Style". I think they were called HealthSouth

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    Blow up church. The lady on the tram told us he puts this up every year and it gets used too! A guy on the tram said it was probably full of hot air.

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    In front of museum...

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    Another angle. Mr Barber commissioned this piece for the museum

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    The track is a piece of art when viewed out the back wall of the museum!
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  2. tt100

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    A few long range views of the track from the fan zone area

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  3. tt100

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    As we were departing the museum Friday afternoon we rode the elevator with a Triumph NA employee who told us the two new Trophy's that had been tested and in all the mags recently were being offloaded at the Atlanta airport and were being ridden over to be on display at the Triumph tent all day Saturday. We went over and took a bunch of pictures. Instead of just showing one or two I'll put all of them up for any of you that are thinking seriously about it. Apologies in advance for photo quality (or more accurately... photographer quality:

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    That's a USB plug in there. I think in total there were maybe 4 power outlets (Ft, passenger, tailbox...., and maybe another on in the front NOT in the cubby). At least three anyway, and I'm thinking 4


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    I (half) jokingly told the rep that I'd pay for an option to get a new bike WITHOUT these stickers! He rolled his eyes and nodded his head in agreement and said that they had started using a different material that tends to stay in one piece when you attempt to remove it. Hear! hear!


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    It's a shame those pretty pipes are hidden up in there. My buddy Jim noted that the radiator was curved and tucked up in there quite nicely


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  4. tt100

    tt100 Been here awhile

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    Now on to the Barber Vintage Festival. Here are pics of bikes around the track and swap meet...

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    Notice anything about the silver one?


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    Supercharged!


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    See D.E. lurking in the background?


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    I'm going to estore one of these one day....


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    This thing was MINT!


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    If you don't know about Motus yet, Google them and check them out. This bike was SWEET, never mind the awesome sound!


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    Harley TeleGlide


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    I was so taken with details on this bike I forgot to get a picture of the whole thing. I'm here to tell you it was in the top 2-3 of bikes on display.... two more pics to follow;


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    This gorgeous Duck was being auctioned


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    Nicest Zundapp I've ever seen


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    Wanna bid for a auction Triumph? These were all being auctioned... Look at all the color


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    Love them Guzzis!


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    6-7 bikes older than 1912 competed in a two lap race. There were several Cannonball bikes too. It was funny to hear a guy get told, "Sir, you can't race. Your 1918 Harley is too new..."
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  5. tt100

    tt100 Been here awhile

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    I'll post up the museum photos next... Preview photo below;


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    OK.... on to the Museum. As with the race track I've never EVER quite seen anything like the Barber Museum. WHen we were handing our ticket to the nice woman at the entrance I asked her for some information on Mr. Barber.... She said he has ~1,400 motorcycles and ~500-600 cars in his collection. I remarked that I can't even get my wife to let me have a 3rd motorcycle (and the 2nd one is hers!) and the woman very kindly grinned and said, "Mr. Barber never married". I said, "Ahhhhh!!! so THAT'S the secret!"

    On to pics. Today - Cars

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    There were Lotuses EVERYWHERE. I wanted to find a mint Lotus Cortina, but alas it wasn't to be found.


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    Thought I found my next dream car to buy and restore until I looked up Lotus Type 14 prices on the web when I got home!


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    Apparently Mr. Barber still owns ALL of the museum and the track in it's entirety and was running around all weekend making sure everything was going all right.

    Next I'll post bike pics. I took a lot so maybe they'll get posted over a couple days
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  7. RED CAT

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    Good stuff!!!
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  8. Contevita

    Contevita Cigar Adventurer

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    Thanks for the pics! I wasn't able to attend this year but it's on my list for 2013.
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  9. GEARHEAD9969

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    Awesome pic's! There was a guy ( too distracted by the bike to catch his name ) that showed up at our Trials event in North Mankato MN this past weekend that I had the honor of helping him unload a Duc trials bike just like the one in your pic's. I wonder if it's the same bike? He said he had just picked it up. If it is the same bike, please take no offense but your pic does zero justice to how cool that bike was. I saw it roll in and couldn't help but stare at it. It is by far the coolest looking exotic trials bike I've ever seen and he actually rode it around the loop trail to watch Sunday's event.
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  10. Colt03

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    Thanks for sharing some excellent photo's , I was in the area 2 years ago and didn't make it, now I know I need to !

    Life is Good !
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  11. Joe Shimano

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    Love the pics especially this one. I walked past that monstrosity for years going to and from work "pulling the wagon".
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    Thanks for the tour and the Triumph review TT :D
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  14. VietHorse

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    Great photos!!
    I think I was there just one day before you.
    I was there on Friday afternoon, when they were preparing for the weekend show, to bad that I could not stay to wait for the launching of new Trophy. Thank for bringing the show here.

    My Baber photos are posted here, from the post #22.
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  15. keystiger

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    Wow, amazing pics. I was unable to attend this year, however after viewing the pics, I feel like I was there. Thanks so much for taking us all along :clap
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  16. tt100

    tt100 Been here awhile

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    The bikes at the Museum were absolutely fantastic. I didin't see one bike I thought was overdone in anyway and there was a great mix of as found bikes and correctly restored pieces. Not that I looked with a super critical eye, but I don't think I saw one that had modern base coat clear cost type paint. Everything looked as it ought to in my mind anyway....


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    This is the first thing you see as you enter. Right of entrance...

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    Taking in the rest of the entrance....

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    View straight in from entrance

    Let's head in...


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    Any guesses as to the origin of this? I'll tell at the end of the post.


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    As Triumph was the host this year, this was the first display to hit you as you walk past the ticket taker


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    How's that for a Christmas Tree?!


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    Bikes were everywhere, including hanging out in the air


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    I bet that is one of the funnest bikes to ride in the whole building!


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    It seems like EVERY time I go to a bike show I end up with 4-5 pictures of CB400F pipes. Probably the prettiest factory pipes of all time

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    Pretty bike. All I really remember when I as a kid about these old Sportsters is I used to see guys getting mad on the side of the road trying to get them to start! Just kidding.... sort of


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    Nice Buell display. EBR had some bikes on display at the Fan Zone too. They were a couple of spots over from Motus. It was pretty neat to sit there looking at those and realize that including Victory there more American options than just Harley....

    Turbo Display. One each Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda, and Suzuki. Sorry for picture quality
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    Having never looked at a 916 up close before I didn't realize what all the romance and excitement seems to be over them. Now I know. Next up, hear and ride one! (in red of course!)
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    Another shot of my Christmas (Wish) Tree
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    OK... back to the mystery bike. It hangs over the gift shop door, and the Docent told us they LOVE to stand nearby and listen to all the speculation, but nobody ever guesses what it is.

    It's a prop bike from the Will Smith remake of Wild Wild West. I don't think I ever saw it so it didn't come to mind at all. In all honesty we didn't guess what it was, but it took 45 seconds or so before we started doubting it was anything real.

    Next up, racing bikes, then antiques (my favorite of the whole museum)
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  17. tt100

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    The Racing display. I didn't notice it until I was right up on it and it was breathtaking.
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    Sorry!!! I wandered off into Yamaha 2 stroke land there. Those happen to be some of my favorites of all time and I guess I lost track....
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    This was my favorite part of the museum

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    I think this was one of my favorites in the whole place. At first I couldn't figure out why the right wheel was so displaced from the side car.
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    I guess I could have posted these back up on the racing bike post!
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    The Flying Merkel is special to us SW Ohio guys as it was manufactured in Middletown, OH. My buddy Jim searched on it and found the factory location, but the building has long been torn down.

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    I'm a big Moto Guzzi fan, and the Dondolino is one of the best. Check out the valve and spring arrangement....
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    So, that's it. I have about 550 pictures in total. I hope you enjoyed my take on the Museum. Again, sorry for the amateurish photo quality. I guess I need to go back next year and practice some more!!

    If anyone wants a link to that I can put them all up on Picasa and pass it out. Let me know....
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  19. isdt BMW

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    The yellow Harley was restored by one of my friends, it is a 55 KHK, only about 600 were built, it is a rare sweet running machine. Your photos tell the Barber experiance, I have travelled from Ohio every year, it is one of our favorate events. If you have not been there, it is the best motorcycle weekend ever.
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    A group of us have had a booth in the swap meet area selling parts for our Gymkhana club. This is a great event and if you're thinking about going next year......do go. Only about 80% of the collection is on the floor of the museum at any one time. The track and the grounds are amazing. Well worth the trip.

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    Around the world Doug

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