George Barber, founder of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and the Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala., has been elected to the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame Class of 2014 in the Ambassador/Industry category.
"George Barber's incredible collection of motorcycles at his museum, as well as his world-class racing facility, are evidence of a love for the history of motorcycling and an appreciation for the passion we all share," said Ken Ford, a member of the Hall of Fame executive committee and treasurer of the American Motorcyclist Association board of directors.
first reaction on learning of his
Hall of Fame election was "disbelief."
"I know that there are so many great people in the Hall of Fame that I wondered, 'How in the hell did I get in?'" Barber
"It truly is an honor."
Barber's early interest in motor vehicles manifested itself in Porsche racers during the 1960s, when he
own cars and notched 63 first-place finishes.*But he
became intrigued with motorcycles, especially the variety of ways different designers and engineers chose to solve similar problems.*He began collecting motorcycles and decided to open a museum when the collection reached about 60, he
Today, the world-renowned Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum holds a collection of more than 1,400 motorcycles, with more than 700 on display at any given time, Barber said.
The museum also houses a collection of vintage racecars, including 43 Lotuses.*Each year, "several hundred thousand" people visit the 830-acre Barber Motorsports Park that includes a state-of-the-art 2.38-mile road racing track.
Barber is the third member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame class of 2014 to be announced.