Do you like going round and round on racetrack with your motorcycle? It’s fun for sure, but after a few laps some people get a little lonely out there. The solution? Bring a friend of course. Sidecar racing is one of the most fun events (for me) that happens here at the Barber Motorsports Park each year. I’m not sure if I can put my finger on exactly why, but it simply is.
The sidecar rigs used on the track are quite a bit different than picture of a motorcycle and sidecar setup for the street. The sidecar itself is typically not much more than a platform, a wheel, and lots of handholds. Some of the rigs cover the bike and platform with aerodynamic fairings while others just let it all hang out in the breeze. You can see our interview with a sidecar team from back in 2011 back when I was running Nashvilleriders.com by clicking here.
Hit the Continue Reading link below to see photos from this weekend’s sidecar races.
I like spending time inside the track at Barber when I’m here, but during the vintage festival there’s always excellent opportunities to get photos of cool, awesome, and sometimes just whack motorcycles. The vintage festival is a melting pot of motorcycle enthusiasts ranging from cruiser riders, sport bike enthusiasts, vintage experts, off road and trial riders, and just everything motorcycle. Take a few hours to walk the paddock, the swap meet, and the fan zone and you’re bound to see something you’ve never seen before (or maybe never wanted to see). Hit the continue reading link to see more photos from our first day here at the vintage festival.
The Summer is winding down and Fall is coming up fast. This of course means something very important to the motorcycle enthusiast in the Mid-south area. The Annual Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park is coming soon! In three weeks from today, October 7th through the 9th, this annual festival of vintage motorcycle goodness will be happening just three short hours south of Nashville.
Now in its 12th year the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama (just outside of Birmingham) has been growing and is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States. The three-day festival features the Ace Corner, a century parade, a swap meet with hundreds of vendors, wall of death, globe of death and more!
Racing of several kinds will be going on during the event with off-road and road racing happening including my personal favorite, sidecar racing! When you’re not watching the races there is the huge swap meet and the Barber Motorcycle Museum which can each take a day on their own to check out.
We’ve been covering this event for the past several years as Nashvilleriders.com and it is always a blast and the weekend is never long enough to see everything. Plan on coming down early and staying to the last minute!
Sounds like this might make for a fun weekend and not too far away for us in Middle Tennessee.
Kentucky Kick Down is a 3-day vintage motorcycle festival. There’s a gathering Friday evening at The Haymarket Whiskey Bar in downtown Louisville with live music and libations. Saturday starts with the Big Sid Memorial Ride, followed by the Kick Down from noon to 10pm, including live music, vendors, food trucks, Miss KKD contest, pool tourney, pit bike stunt show and of course the bike show at The Barret Bar in the historic Highlands neighborhood, with the block of Barret Avenue closed for the event. Sunday morning meet up at Retrowrench vintage motorcycle shop for coffee and doughnuts before heading home. Our goal is to welcome all walks of motorcyclists to Louisville, KY every third weekend in September to celebrate the culture of seeing things via two wheels.
Get more info here: http://www.kentuckykickdown.com/index.html