What does a former Porsche race car driver do when he retires? He starts collecting and restoring vintage motorcycles. George Barber won 63 races in the 1960s, and when he retired, he decided to put a bit of his passion into building a museum for other speed enthusiasts.
Instead of cars, however, he started collecting motorcycles. He opened the museum in 1995, and his beautiful, restored-to-racing condition machines were part of the Guggenheim The Art of the Motorcycle exhibit. They also participate in many races of historic motorcycles and continue to win. This is the world’s largest motorcycle collection, according to Guinness World Records and one of the best things to do in Birmingham, Alabama. The museum has more than 1,400 motorcycles, and about 650 bikes are on display at any time.
They represent 200 manufacturers from about 20 countries. Any motorcycle enthusiast would get goose bumps while admiring rare Harley-Davidson, Indian, Honda, Showa, Cagiva, and DSK bikes gleaming resplendently on the museum floor.
6030 Barber Motorsports Parkway, Birmingham, Alabama, Phone: 205-699-7275
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