Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Birmingham, AL

The hotel where we spent the night was just around the corner from the Embassy. That was super convenient. Our appointment at the Belgian Embassy was at 9.15am. The staff member was very efficient and within 20 minutes we were all set.

We proceeded our trip to Texas but first we paid a visit to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. It’s not only a museum but also a racetrack. Philippe has raced numerous times on that track through iRacing (online racing simulator). The museum, with 50+ Lotus race cars, is home to the world’s largest Lotus collection! But don’t be fooled, there is a huge collection of motorcycles (900+ at any one time and total collection 1600+) and some real gems are showcased throughout the modern concrete building. You can also gaze down over the restoration facility which is in the lower part of the building. If you want to know when the collection started or how many Harley Davidsons there are in it, visit the website here. Pictures of sports cars, bikes and the interior of the building can be admired on their website. They even suggest some scenic routes for the amateurs among us.

About the track: the 16 turn, 2.38 mile track was designed in consultation with world champion racers John Surtees and Dan Gurney. The track is also home to the Porsche Sport Driving School and a number of automakers have chosen the park for new vehicle debuts.

If you are in the neighborhood, I highly recommend this beautiful, well maintained amazing park/museum!

On our way home we just had to stop at Buc-ee’s: because Buc-ee’s puts every other gas station to shame!



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