Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

15th Annual Barber Vintage Festival

Written by  November 1, 2019

  On October the 4th, 2019, old bikes, old parts and old "Farts" :-) started to roll into the Barber Motorsports Park for the 15th annual Vintage Festival, Presented By: BMW Motorrad.

 

It was another, in a long line of weekends for us, that was beautiful, but VERY HOT, leaving some of our out-of-town guests telling us, they loved our State and appreciate the warm welcome and awesome food, but could we please turn the thermostat down!

  This years Grand Marshal was, John Penton. John has been on the cover of many magazines, the subject of many articles, a biography and even a movie. His talents include, innovator, racer, mechanic, motorcycle dealer, champion, father, entrepreneur and member of the AMA Hall of Fame.

  The festivities began on Friday with AHRMA Racing (Road Course), Seminars at the Museum, opening the Fan Zone and Massive Swap Meet Area, Parade Laps, a Royal Enfield block party in the Fan Zone and Motorcycles By Moonlight Auction at the Barber Motorsports Museum (proceeds go to benefit the Museum).

  The Fan Zone featured a "Kid Zone", food, merchandise, the Wall of Death, Ball of Steel and a Stunt Show by: Monster Energy KSFMX, and prominently displayed there and throughout the Park was one of this years newest Vendor Sponsor's; The Law Tigers, you couldn't miss that huge Tiger Head, there were a couple of them, I'm sure the kids got a big kick out of seeing those. Motorcycle Classics, also located in the Fan Zone, hosted a Motorcycle Classics Vintage Motorcycle Show and autographs by the Grand Marshal, John Penton.

  Ace Corner, fueled by: Ace Cafe'/Orlando, with their, Hilltop Race Viewing, Kustom Culture, Vintage Goods, Great Food & Cold Beverages and this year also hosted a Custom Bike Show and a Saturday Night Party with music from, "Hot Rod Walt & The Psycho Devilles" *Travis Posey Band, made this the "happening" to be.

  The Antique Motorcycle Club of America had a Vintage Garage, AMCA Bike Show, an AMCA Dinner Ride, AMCA Members Vintage Parade Lap and the ever-popular AMCA Century Parade on Saturday for the really old guys, the 1915 and older, bikes. They had a couple of bikes from the Cannon Ball Run; really love seeing that, those bikes are SO cool, and the riders are equally as interesting, some in period dress, it really embodies what this whole weekend is all about!

  The VJMC also had a bike show for the Japanese Cafe' Racers, Sweet Sounds of Japanese Horsepower Contest (Loud & Proud), Workshops, and a BBQ for members only. 

There were also Demo Rides hosted by, BMW Motorrad, Royal Enfield, Indian, KTM and Yamaha. There was even a Dyno out there for the first time. Also new for this year; they had to split up the Gigantic Swap Meet area into two different sections. That's when you know that you've really grown....when you out grow your britches! We also had two different Side Car racing this year, much to the delight of most of us, because that and the Century Parade are some of the most interesting, fun events that are a favorite for most of the Festival goers. They are exciting to see, and the folks riding them, are fascinating to talk to, we met two "gals" that made the trip all the way from Oregon that were sidecar racers, one was the driver and one was the monkey, awesome girls, we really enjoyed hanging out with them.

  On Saturday, after a 20 minute qualifying session on Friday, there was a 10 lap race that was the final race of the day with the 3rd Annual AHRMA Barber Cup Race, sponsored by: MotoCorse Performance, Veranda, Woody's, Nolariding.com and Boulder Motorsports- Ducati Parts & service. On Saturday and Sunday, there was the 2nd Annual Handshifter Shootout; America's Iconic Thoroughbred Racing Machines, sponsored by: Avon, Big # 1 Motorsports, Enfield Racing and Luke's Racecraft.

In one of the weekend races, there was an electric bike, we were surprised to see that it actually was keeping up with the pack, but sadly, it left the track on a trailer!

  Saturday night saw a little bit of rain, which we haven't seen around here in way too long, but thankfully for the Festival anyway, it wasn't a wash out and it did cool things down just a bit and gave a little relief Sunday with the cloud cover. 

  Barbers already put out a "Save the Date" for their 2020 events, so we're sharing it with all of you:

Honda "Indy" Grand Prix of Alabama: April, 3-5, 2020

Barber Historics: May, 16-17, 2020

Barber Small Bore: June, 5-7, 2020

MotoAmerica:  September, 18-20, 2020

16th Annual Vintage Festival: October, 9-11, 2020