Barber Motorsports Museum

Submitted by Anthony Minstein – Membership Chair

For car and motorsports enthusiasts, Louisville seems to be in the center of the world. Putnam Park is 2.5 hours away; Mid-Ohio, 6 hours, Road America, 9. But, for the true enthusiast, the best destination might be Barber Motorsports Museum and road course.

In the 1960s George Barber’s zeal for speed ignited his vision for today’s museum. Having raced Porsches in the 1960s, Barber held an impressive track record—63 first place wins. A thriving business executive, Barber rediscovered his motorsports passion in 1988 and began collecting and restoring classic cars.

Since the world’s best and largest car collections had already been established, Barber heeded some wise advice. His longtime friend Dave Hooper—a motorcycle enthusiast as well as the person who ran Barber’s delivery fleet for 27 years—suggested that Barber shift his focus from cars to motorcycles. Being a man of big dreams, Barber seized the opportunity to accomplish what no one else had done… build the world’s “best and largest” motorcycle collection.

To help jumpstart Barber’s collection, Hooper suggested a trio of Honda V-Fours. He then gifted Barber with two of his own motorcycles. One of these bikes—a rare, exquisitely detailed 1952 Victoria Bergmeister—instantly won Barber’s affection. The quest for more was on. In 1994, the Bergmeister inspired Barber. He appreciated motorcycles for much more than just fast machines. They were also works of art.

He established the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum as a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation. The museum opened to the public at its original Southside Birmingham location in 1995. Along the way, Barber’s love for speed was not forgotten. The Barber staff excelled in conserving or restoring motorcycles to running condition, and, in some cases, to competition-ready shape. Having launched a race program to promote the collection, Barber also demonstrated to the world that this was a “living museum.”

The Barber Racing Team first competed in the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) series in 1992 in Daytona. The previously unknown team won premier races and created a buzz in the vintage motorcycle community. The team continued competing in the U.S. and Europe until 1998, bringing seven national championships back home to Birmingham.

A call from New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 1997 was a defining moment for the Barber Museum. Sending 21 bikes to exhibit at the original New York show, “The Art of the Motorcycle,” Barber continued to make the connection between motorsports and art. “The Art of the Motorcycle” exhibit also traveled to Chicago and Bilbao, Spain. The thrill of the New York exhibit sparked a much bigger dream for Barber. “We can do this in Birmingham!” he maintained. Barber set out to create a one-of-a-kind, world-class facility. Going even further, he imagined a road course as well where the “living museum” quality of the collection could be demonstrated.

A sprawling Birmingham landscape was required to accommodate the large scale of Barber’s dream. Consulting with world champion racers John Surtees and Dan Gurney, uncommon precision drove the design of the complex. In September 2003, the 930-acre park, with its world-class 16-turn, 2.38 mile racetrack, opened to the public. The track is home to the Porsche Sport Driving School, and numerous automakers have chosen the park as their stage for vehicle debuts and to film commercials. In 2014, the Barber Proving Grounds were built adjacent to the racetrack and consist of a track area, which can be converted to various layouts, along with a wet/dry skidpad. The proving grounds allow users to demonstrate vehicle capabilities such as accident avoidance, braking, turning, and acceleration. Mercedes Benz began using the grounds for their employees’ “Brand Immersion Experience” in October. Other uses for the proving grounds include product debuts, kart racing, driving schools, and safety instruction.

Today, the museum is home to over 1,400 motorcycles that span over 100 years of production. More than 650 bikes can be seen on any given day, and 200 different manufacturers from 20 countries are represented in the collection—from Harley-Davidson, Honda, and Indian—to Showa, DSK, and Cagiva. The museum features the world’s most extensive Lotus collection, anchored by the Lotus 21. The museum also displays rare racecars, including the 1964 Ferrari F-158, in which John Surtees won the 1964 Formula 1 Driver’s World Championship.

A number of us journey down to Birmingham for track events. The track being the site for a number HPDEs, plus other DE type events sponsored by independent promoters. The track is fast, with a couple of long straights, elevation changes and well-maintained surface. One danger, if you hit a barrier, a truck will be out to retrieve your car in minutes, along with a bill for replacing and repainting the barriers. George is serious about maintaining the track.

The setting is in rolling hills a few miles outside of Birmingham with woods and two bridges crossing the track from the museum into the woods. Periodically through the year, besides professional racing (Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, part of the IndyCar Series, is one of the annual events at the park) there are annual events such as the Barber Vintage Festival, the Small Bore Festival and more.

Come for a DE, come to visit the museum, come for a weekend of racing…but come. You’ll be amazed at what you find, and it’s only seven hours from Louisville.

 

January 2019 President’s Report

The Kentucky Region Porsche Club of America wishes each and everyone of you a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year and we are looking forward to a fun and exciting 2019. I would like to briefly introduce myself, I’m Steve McCombs the new 2019 KYPCA President. I have been a member for 20 years and have served as president seven other times over the years. And, I’m grateful for your vote and support in granting this 8th term. It’s especially important to me, since 2019 is KYPCA’s 60th year anniversary. I think a party or something special is called for, what do you think?

I would truly like to thank, Jason Miller, for his strong support and efforts as our past president. And I look forward to his help and insight as part of the Executive Committee in this coming year. I would also like to thank the other officers Past and present, Jeremy Miller VP, Richard Darnell Treasure, Robert Klein Secretary, Anthony Minstein Membership Chair, T.H. Morris Activity Chair, Edward Hessel Tour/Drive Chair, Chuck Hicks Chief DE Driving instructor, Dan Stewart, Mark Lichtefeld DE class room instructor, Gene Hoffman Board Member, past Board Member Jim Doll, new Board Member Mark Bos, Bobby Baily Web Master, and Debra Pollock our Southern KYPCA rep. I think I got them all. With the support and involvement of these individuals our Club will continue to improve and be one of the best PCA clubs period.

We will soon have the 2019 Events schedule put together with some new things, which includes the events that have made this Club. Our DE events, the monthly meetings, the dinner wine and bourbon parties, and the DRIVES. We are also grateful to have the continued support of Blue Grass Motorsports Porsche and Randy Biery.

As a reminder, this is your Club, your ideas and events counts. All we ask is for you to step up and join in the fun. Because without you all the work that goes into planning these events will turn out pail in comparison to having lots of members involved. If there is something you would like to see us do that we aren’t or haven’t done, let us know. Or even better, sign up to run an event. I assure you they will come and we’ll all have fun.

**We’re rescheduling the Tech Session at Blue Grass Motorsports for Saturday February 23rd at 10am.**

The February Club Meeting will be held at Famous Dave’s BBQ – 8605 Citadel Way off of South Hurstbourne Pkwy.

There’s always a social gathering before the meeting starting at 6:30pm with the Club Meeting officially starting at 7:00pm.

Steve McCombs

December 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report December 2018

Jason Miller – KY Region President

The Holidays are here, and with them comes my last President’s Report, at least for now. As I wrap up my third 2-year term as President, I thank each and every one of you for making our club what it is. Holly, Grace, and I love our KYPCA family. The friendships we have created will last a lifetime and extend well beyond the cars. We have every intention of staying involved. Besides, who else is going to take all of those spectacular photos.

I want to personally thank each of my fellow officers, board members, and Presidential appointees for leading the club with enthusiasm and passion. From our first-class DE’s to the many exhilarating drives, we work hard to provide something for everyone.

2019 brings back a familiar face. Steve McCombs will step back into the Presidential role. Steve has worked tirelessly over the years to lead our club and I have no doubt he will continue to do so.

Our December meeting will be Monday, December 10 at Fiesta Time Amigos. The meeting starts at 7pm.

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to RSVP for the After Holiday Party Saturday, January 26, 2019. Look for your postcard invitation and e-mail notice soon.

Lastly, if you are not receiving club e-mails please send me your updated e-mail address.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Jason 

millermd@twc.com

KyPCA After Holiday Party 2018

KYPCA Holiday Hangover Party aka After Holiday Party

When:  Saturday, January 26, 2019

Time:  7:00pm ’til Midnight

Where:  Lake Forest Lodge

Cost:  $20.00 per person

The membership is invited to attend our 2018 “After Holiday Party.”  This year we will be returning to the Lake Forest Lodge.  The cost will be $20 per person and will include a catered dinner from Taziki’s Café.  There will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for your enjoyment.   And, as always, door prizes! If anyone wishes to donate a door prize, please let us know.

 

Please mail your RSVP along with your check to:

After Holiday Party KyPCA

PO Box 35341

Louisville KY 40232

(Make check payable to: The Kentucky Region PCA)

 

OR visit:

 

kypca.motorsportreg.com

 

Questions:

Richard Darnell

502-889-8120

Or

Jason Miller

millermd@twc.com

 

RSVP and payment must be received no later than Friday, January 18, 2019

November 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report November 2018

Jason Miller – KY Region President

 

Saturday, October 6th marked the fourth annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting at the beautiful home of Steve and Bernadette Doolin. This is my favorite event of the year. The weather was perfect and brought out some new faces to join in the fun. It was a nice relaxing outdoor evening with great friends, good food, bourbon, and live music. Jim Beam Black won the night. Place this event on your 2019 calendar, tentatively the first Saturday in October. Thank you Steve and Bernie for another wonderful night!

 

November brings Officer elections. If you cannot attend the November membership meeting you can vote via e-mail. You should have received one e-mail and will receive a second reminder as the date nears. If you are planning to attend the meeting please do not submit an e-mail vote.

 

SAVE THE DATE – our 2018 Holiday Hangover Party will be Saturday, January 26, 2019. Details will follow as things come together.

 

Lastly, as we prepare the 2019 calendar, suggestions for our monthly membership meetings and other club related activities are appreciated.  Preferred meeting location criteria include:  a FREE meeting room, good parking for the Porsche, and quality affordable food.  Please e-mail me:  millermd@twc.com.

 

Our November meeting will be Monday, November 12th at Rooster’s, 10430 Shelbyville Rd.  The meeting starts at 7pm.

October 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report October 2018

Jason Miller – KY Region President

                   

Can you say WET!! It never stopped raining. Yes, it rained for 3 straight days. But, as they say in Hollywood, “the show must go on.” And with that, KYPCA and Blue Grass Porsche put on another great DE weekend. Our September Fall Fastival, while wet, was still successful.

 

September 7-9 we once again took over Putnam Park for our Fall Fastival DE. The weather was dreadful. For all of that attended, thank you. For those of you that actually took to the track, great job. And, don’t worry, on a dry track that black Macan S, driven by Chase Abell, can’t pass you that many times. Chase was wheeling in the wet. He’s coming for you John Lewis.

 

A great big thank you to Randy Biery and the Blue Grass Porsche staff for their continued support without which these DE’s would not be possible. PCNA Hot Shoes John Lewis and Cass Whitehead were again on hand the entire weekend providing on track instruction and ride-alongs. Who knew they’d be chasing a Macan.

 

Thank you to our instructors. There is no question our instructor crew is the best. And, as always, special thanks to Jeremy Miller, Mark Bos, Richard Darnell, Mark Lichtefeld, Chuck Hicks, Dan Stewart, T.H Morris, and Gene & Peggy Hoffman.

 

Start planning for the June 2019 DE. Stay tuned for future updates.

 

Now bring on October. We will once again join 2 other Porsche Regions October 6 for our Annual Huber’s Drive. Later, on the same evening, Steve and Bernadette Doolin will be hosting their 4th Annual German Festival and bourbon tasting.

 

A reminder: Officer elections will occur in November.

 

Our October meeting will be Monday, October 8 at Martin’s Bar-B-Que.  The meeting starts at 7pm. Officer nominations will be held.

September 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report September 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Gone to the track……

The Fall Fastival DE is here – September 7, 8, 9 at Putnam Park.

Upcoming events:

– Sept 7-9 Fall Fastival DE
– Oct 6 4th Annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting
– Oct 6 Huber’s Drive
– Oct 8 Membership Meeting – Martin’s Bar-B-Que

Our September meeting will be Monday, September 10 at El Tarasco St. Matthews: 110 Fairfax Ave. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

It is election time. If you are interested in holding an office in our club, we will be taking nominations and beginning the election process. All offices are open.

See you at the track!

August 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report August 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Club participation has been great this driving season. Our touring numbers have grown each event. Thank you to all who have participated!

Registration for the fall DE, Fall Fastival, opened Friday, July 27th. Don’t miss out! Our DE’s are second to none. Even if you’re not driving, come hang out and see what it is all about.

Upcoming events:

– Aug 10         Ghiradelli Ice Cream Run
– Aug 13         Monthly Membership Meeting – Roosters: 10430 Shelbyville Rd
– Aug 25         Minstein Pool Party
– Sept 7-9       Fall Fastival DE
– Oct 6            4th Annual German Festival and Bourbon Tasting
– Oct TBD      Huber’s Drive

Our August meeting will be Monday, August 13th at Roosters. The meeting starts at 7pm, but many arrive as early as 6:30.

July 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report July 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

Summer Heat 2018 is a wrap. And once again, the first of our two yearly DE’s, brought success and excitement. If you have yet to participate either as a driver or simply as a spectator, what are you waiting for? Our September Fall Fastival is calling your name.

This year’s June DE brought with it a new element. June 8 signified 70 years to the day that the very first Porsche sports car, 356 “No. 1,” was registered for road use, marking the beginning of a long line of iconic high-performance automobiles. The inaugural “Sportscar Together Day” was officially June 8 but ran throughout the weekend. On Saturday June 9 we celebrated not only with cake and ice cream, but with organized, Porsche only, low speed, parade laps on track. It truly was a site to see and a spectacular moment as we commemorated all things Porsche.

A HUGE thank you to Randy Biery and the Blue Grass Porsche staff for their continued support, without which these DE’s would not be possible. PCNA Hot Shoes John Lewis and Cass Whitehead have become mainstays at our events and were again on hand the entire weekend providing on track instruction and rides in the brand-new Porsche Panamera 4 Sport Turismo and Cayman 718 GTS. Cass and John you make it look so easy and are great guys too!

Thanks must also be given to the many club members who continually invest their time to plan, run, and instruct. The weekend saw KYPCA complete our first independent Instructor Certification program, graduating 15 new driving instructors. Our classroom instructor Mark Lichtefeld did a tremendous job. Special thanks go out to Jeremy Miller, Mark Bos, Richard Darnell, Mark Lichtefeld, Chuck Hicks, Dan Stewart, Anthony Minstein, and Gene and Peggy Hoffman.

And, to all our Instructors and Mentors, THANK YOU!!

Mark your calendars now for our next DE, the Fall Fastival, September 7, 8, 9.

Upcoming events:

– July 7 Louisville Bats Vs Toledo Mud Hens
– July 14 Jim Beam Distillery Tour
– July 21 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance
– July 27 Polly’s Freeze – Act 2 (because it is that good!)
– Aug 10 Ghiradelli Ice Cream Run
– Aug 25 Minstein Pool Party
– Sept 7-9 Fall Fastival DE

Our July meeting will be Monday, July 9 at the home of Jim and Bobbie. The meeting starts at 7pm. Bring a chair. Dinner and drinks will be provided. Check your e-mail for details, including address.

June 2018 President’s Report

President’s Report June 2018
Jason Miller – KY Region President

I love the smell of track time in the morning! Summer Heat is finally here Friday, June 8 – Sunday, June 10. And, with it we will welcome a fresh batch of Instructors.

Driving season is upon us and we have already had some fantastic events. If you have yet to join us, there are still plenty of opportunities. Below is a brief list of upcoming events:

– June 2 Mozza Pi and Bulleit Bourbon Tour
– June 8 – 10 Summer Heat DE
– June 29 Polly’s Freeze – Act 1
– July 7 Louisville Bats Vs Toledo Mud Hens
– July 9 Monthly Membership Meeting @ Jim & Bobbie’s
– July 14 Jim Beam Distillery Tour
– July 21 Keeneland Concours d’Elegance
– July 27 Polly’s Freeze – Act 2 (because it is that good!)

Our June meeting will be Monday, June 11 at the home of Edward and Stasia. The meeting starts at 7pm. Bring a chair. Check your e-mail for details, including address.

See you there!