The 9th Annual Barber Vintage Festival – October 11, 12 & 13, 2013
Hard to believe but October is looming and that means Barber Vintage Festival is almost here. This is an annual pilgrimage for many of the Ducati.net family and members so I thought I would post all the details I have so far to help anyone planning to join us get booked and organize the schedule. For those that have never been to the BVF, it’s hard to describe the level of entertainment this weekend provides. And everything from the latest Panigale to a Ducati Cucciolo is perfectly welcome. The event itself draws a GP sized crowd, tickets are $40 and kids under 12 are free. As someone that plans events I am always impressed with how much there is to do, how interesting and varied it all is and how high the cost vs entertainment value is. This allows me to provide a framework – central hotel and track hang out, lunch one day, dinner the next and evening chat forum and Barber’s fills in all the other gaps. It’s actually not really possible to do it all, there is so much going on. Here’s a loose list of what you can expect in your $40 admission ticket:
- AHRMA racing action on track with over 1000 entries (access to the paddocks is part of the general admission ticket)
- Motorcycle Swap Meet (this is worth the trip alone)
- Vintage Motocross races
- Jerry Woods Motorcycle Auction
- Sky Divers
- Motorcycle Classics bike show (featuring BMW)
- Vintage Fire Trucks
- Vendor Row
- Tech Talks (these are great and book out fast)
- and of course, the best motorcycle museum in the world which opens the bottom floor (normally the private workshop) for BVF
Here’s the link to buy your admission ticket. (Make sure to add the $30 track lap if you want to get a closer look at one of the best racetracks in the world)
Friday night there is a charity event called Motorcycles By Moonlight which this year will feature Miguel Angel Galluzzi and Pierre Terblanche
renowned motorcycle designers and Alan Cathcart internationally celebrated motorcycle journalist will be return as the evening’s host. This will be heavy in Ducati content and that combined with a chance to experience the museum at night (it’s really something to see lit after dark) is well worth the $150. donation To reserve seats for MBM click HERE (This event ALWAYS sells out before the weekend)
Hotel Booking Link for 2013 Barber Vintage Festival Ducati base camp hotel:
Same hotel as last year, same rate – $115 a night which includes internet, parking and two full hot buffet breakfasts. Same groovy windy road straight to the track from the hotel. The Hilton has plenty of parking for trailers and a good full hotel bar in the lobby. It’s within walking of a number of restaurants and a great pub so once the bikes are parked you can stay in for the night. The Saturday night dinner is also in the Colonnade center, 2 minutes walk from the HIlton. To Book:
http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/B/BHMPPHF-DUC-20131009/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG or you can call the desk – 1-800-567-6647 and ask for the Ducati.net or DUC block of rooms
Ducati.net VIP tent
This year we will be setting up in a new area, right next to the AHRMA paddock. Plans are still forming but there is plenty of room to make a Ducati area, with parking, displays and a tent to get out of the sun and grab a cold water. Right now it looks like there will be some really cool bikes coming for display and room for more so please call if you want to join us.
Friday Lunch Ride: Everybody loves the Whistle Stop Cafe so we plan to ride back there for lunch on Friday. Separate checks. If you have never been to this cafe be prepared for some of the most authentic southern cooking on the planet. Oh, and if you order several types of pie don’t worry, everybody does it!
Here’s the link for the Irondale Cafe if you want to make yourself hungry: http://www.irondalecafe.com/
Saturday Tex-Mex buffet and Hero Racer Chat – October 12, 7:00 pm
Same great Mexican place by the hotel, Pablos Mexican. $15 pay at the door includes tax and tip. Dinner is a Steak and Chicken Fajita Bar, with rice, cheese dip and desert and non-alcoholic beverage. (Beer,etc is extra, just order it from your server) After it’s a short walk back to the hotel bar to grab some drinks and upstairs to listen to Cook Neilson, Brian Slark and a few other “known guys” I hope to corral, tell stories about anything they please. Last year topics included Steve McQueen, VonDutch, Killer Kawasakis and an alligator that met an unexpected end. It’s what I call a “fly on the wall” talk, and it’s always cool hearing these guys tell stories… Dinner is first come first serve, please email me for a seat so I can give them an accurate head count. The talk of course, is free.
Golf Cart Rental – The Ducati group works with Jerry Pate Golf Cars for two or three day rentals inside the Barber Motorsport park. Two passenger golf cars are $75 a day, 4 passenger cars are $98, two day minimum. Contact Vicki@Ducati.net for the form and more info.
Finally, for those planning rides in the area, I highly recommend this book Motorcycling Alabama: 50 Ride Loops through the Heart of Dixie which can be purchased in the Barber Museum gift shop or via Amazon online HERE
More details as I have them. Hope to see you there!