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Mar 30, 2018

Barber Vintage Festival: Colin Seeley Named Grand Marshal For 2018 Event

Colin Seeley Announced as 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival Grand Marshal

Birmingham, Alabama – Motorsports legend Colin Seeley will be the grand marshal for the 14th Annual Barber Vintage Festival at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and Barber Motorsports Park October 5-7. Tickets for the festival go on sale at the beginning of June.

“We are delighted to have Seeley as this year’s grand marshal,” Jeff Ray, executive director of the Barber Museum, said. “Over the past 60 years, he’s made his mark as a motorcycle dealer, motorcycle racer, chassis designer, race team manager, and philanthropist.”

Seeley of Sidcup, Kent, United Kingdom, designed motorcycles for some of history’s most famous racers, including Giacomo Agostini, Paul Smart, and John Cooper. He produced limited-production Honda bikes before becoming co-manager of the Brabham Formula One Team with Bernie Ecclestone.

“In today’s vintage motorcycle racing, Seeley-framed motorcycles continue to weigh in as one of the most chosen makes,” said Ray.

Along with more than a lifetime’s worth of contributions to motorsports, Seeley has served as a major philanthropist for more than 38 years. Since December 1979, by way of the Joan Seeley Pain Relief Memorial Trust, he has raised funds for hospitals and hospices that provide pain relief and medical equipment for adults and children.

About the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum and Barber Motorsports Park

The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is a 501(c)(3) Not for Profit Foundation located at the 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama, dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, exhibition, and history of motorcycles, vintage vehicles, and motorsports. Over the course of the past decade, the Barber Museum has brought people from around the world to Alabama. In 2018, it was voted Alabama’s #1 Best Tourist Attraction, according to USA TODAY and The museum is the home of the world’s largest motorcycle collection and is widely known for its collection of vintage Lotus racecars and other rare vehicles. Each October it hosts the Barber Vintage Festival, one of the premiere motorcycle events in America. For more information, visit

The 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park, located in Birmingham, Alabama, features a challenging 2.38-mile, 17-turn racetrack that hosts motorcycle and car racing events throughout the year, including the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama in April. Since the inception of Barber Motorsports Park in 2003, the Porsche Sport Driving School has been a partner and is North America’s only Official Porsche driving school. The park also features the Barber Proving Grounds, where Mercedes-Benz hosts the Mercedes Brand Immersion Experience for its employees. Zoom Motorsports, LLC is the exclusive event promoter for Barber Motorsports Park. In 2013, Jalopnik named Barber Motorsports Park one of the “10 Prettiest Racetracks in the World,” for reasons including the natural terrain track with elevation changes, safety considerations, and art. For more information, visit

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