I used to work at a museum, so I was really excited about seeing the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum while here for round 3 of the IZOD IndyCar Series. When you love museums and racing, it’s pretty cool to visit a place like Barber – a picturesque race setting and a museum filled with vintage motorcycles, Formula One cars and more. They’re all stunning pieces of art, in their own right.
The collection is massive. The museum has jammed a lot of pieces into the space. At first it might seem overwhelming, but they’ve nailed the various aspects of exhibition design and it’s an engaging experience. Each piece seems to hold it’s own, despite being surrounded by impressive objects. The museum is worth a road trip (a few hours from Atlanta or Nashville) – not to mention, you get to experience the incredible track itself and beautiful, manicured grounds. This place is a real gem. Ask Will Power.
Last night, some of us stopped by the museum for a Lotus Cars event which featured a video presentation, cocktails, execs from Lotus, Takuma Sato and Jimmy Vasser. Lotus owners and race fans mingled in the museum. You could feel the appreciation for good design, classic cars and the legacy of Lotus. It was a perfect evening.
IMS Productions was also on hand to grab some video from the event. If you couldn’t make it last night, check out this short clip. And if you haven’t been to the museum, add it to your summer travel plans. You won’t be disappointed.
Tomorrow is race day at Alabama. Tune in tomorrow on Versus at 3pm ET to follow your driver, the No. 5 Lotus – KV Racing Technology car of Takuma Sato, or to simply check out the stunning Barber Motorsports Park.