Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum named “Best Alabama Attraction” by USA Today readers

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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

On Friday,  Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum was declared the top vote-getter in the “Best Alabama Attraction”  USA TODAY 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel award contest.

Joining Barber in the top ten list from the Birmingham region were Vulcan Park and Museum and the Robert Trent Jones Trail.

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Picture of Vulcan after he was given a fresh coat of paint this Spring – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Barber Motorsports Museum earned the first place ranking after four weeks of digital voting by the public.  A panel of Alabama-based travel writers and photographers nominated 20 different attractions. That list was pared down to a final top ten list.

According to results published by USA TODAY 10 Best, the top 10 favorite Alabama attractions rank as follows:

Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail
Bellingrath Gardens & Home
Alabama Shakespeare Festival
Dexter Parsonage Museum
Little River Canyon National Preserve
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Alabama’s Gulf Coast
Vulcan Park & Museum

A Magic City Treasure

The Barber Motorsport Museum is truly one of kind.  A visually stunning museum, at any one given time between 750 to 800 motorcycles are on display out of about 1600 in the collection. The museum also has the largest collection of Lotus race cars in the world.

Lee Conn, CEO of Birmingham- based Motus Motorcycles added:

“There’s simply nowhere on Earth like the Barber Museum. The history of motorcycles is essentially the history of the industrial revolution itself, so this museum is a about much more than just motorcycles and cars. The facility and displays are world class, but what sets the museum apart are the staff and volunteers who are dedicated to bringing Mr. Barber’s vision of excellence to life.”

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Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now
Barber Motorsports Museum founder, George Barber concluded:
“What an honor it was to be nominated and win this award. When you consider just how spectacular all 10 of the state’s contenders are, it was truly a competition of favorites. We’re delighted.”

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.