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It is hot, very hot. A sultry July Day 2011 gives way to a subtropical summer night in the southern states. The sun dissolves in blood red on the horizon. The thin clothing sticks to the body.
Sweat flows in streams, the retina glows from sensory overload. We, six journalists from four European countries, are at the “Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum”at the invitation of Honda USA. In the Foyer, visitors are greeted by a replica of “Captain America”, the chopper by Peter Fonda from the cult film “Easy Rider”.
Diagonally below is a shelf filled with nine motorcycles that made epoch. And they look like they’re just fresh out of the factory. A red Moto Guzzi Falcone, a yellow Ducati 750 Sport and a bordeaux-Red Indian V2. With a light grey single-cylinder Harley-Davidson and a red BMW K1. A Honda CB 92 is also part of the reception committee.
We haven’t quite entered the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum yet, and are already baffled. The British National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham, England, is a true place of pilgrimage for classic enthusiasts. But we are a few thousand kilometers further west, in Birmingham / Alabama. Why is the largest of all motorcycle museums in the world located here? What brought the mecca of motorcyclists just here, to a green meadow in the USA? Answers are given by Jeff Ray, the museum director, and Brian Slark, technical advisor, during a special tour of the “Barbers”.
Address: 6030 Barber Motorsports Pkwy, Leeds, AL 35094
Tickets: $15 · barbermuseum.org
Phone: (205) 699-7275