PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- 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. "His significant
investment of time, energy and money has produced a world-class shrine to the
design, manufacture and enjoyment of motorcycles."
Barber said his first reaction on learning of his Hall of Fame election was
"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 said. "It truly is
The 2014 AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held on Friday,
Oct. 17, as part of the AMA National Convention scheduled for Oct. 16-19 in
Orlando, Fla., in conjunction with the American International Motorcycle Expo
(AIMExpo). Tickets for the convention and the induction ceremony go on sale
soon. Stay tuned to www.motorcyclemuseum.org for
Barber's early interest in motor vehicles manifested itself in Porsche racers
during the 1960s, when he wrenched his own cars and notched 63 first-place
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 said.
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
Barber is the third member of the
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame class of 2014 to be announced. He joins two
previously announced inductees: motocross pioneer Pierre Karsmakers, and racer
and motorcycling advocate Tom White. The remaining 2014 inductees will be
announced in random order in the coming weeks.
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers are selected through a nomination
and voting procedure that includes ballots cast by living Hall of Fame members,
members of the American Motorcyclist Association and AMHF boards of directors,
and members of, and advisers to, the Hall of Fame category committees.
To nominate a future Hall of Famer, visit: www.motorcyclemuseum.org/induction.
About the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation
Founded in 1990 by the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation, the goal of the
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum is to tell the stories and preserve the
history of motorcycling. Located on the campus of the American Motorcyclist
Association in Pickerington, Ohio, the Museum's three major exhibition halls
feature the machines and memorabilia of those who have contributed notably to
the sport. The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum recognizes individuals who
have made significant contributions to motorcycling, including those known for
their contributions to road riding, off-road riding and all categories of
racing, as well as those who have excelled in business, history, design and
engineering. More information can be found at www.motorcyclemuseum.org.