Bigger, Better Barber Vintage Festival

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by Corey Levenson
The museum features MV Agustas ridden to several of the seven world championships won by the late John Surtees.

Hear about the highlights from 2023’s Barber Vintage Festival, featuring Festival Grand Marshal Fujio Yoshimura and more prominent guests.

It’s not easy keeping the largest and best vintage motorcycle festival in the U.S. fresh and exciting year after year. Somehow, the staff at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama, continues to raise the bar each time. The 18th edition of the Festival took place October 6-8, 2023, and while some traditional aspects remained as in previous years, there were several new attractions as well.

Foundational attractions include the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, which houses the world’s largest collection of motorcycles (more than 1,600 machines, including MV Agustas ridden by the late John Surtees), motorcycle racing sanctioned by the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA), a swap meet with hundreds of vendors, the Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club (VJMC) exhibition area, Norton Hill, the Fan Zone, demo rides from multiple manufacturers, stunt shows, parade laps, technical seminars, and discussions in the Barber Advanced Design Center (BADC).

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