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.
A well designed museum
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.
For most avid IndyCar.com users…you’ll understand what I am talking about.Besides not having audio during the morning sessions of the day, both streaming and timing and scoring went really well.This was a breath of fresh air for all of us.
Mike Conway and his grocery cart navigate the aisles of Whole Foods in Birmingham, Ala., with the aplomb of his Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car on the twisting Barber Motorsports Park course. This run might have been more difficult. Conway loads up on dinner items and organic, good-for-you snack foods for the race weekend. He then jumps into the black VW Beetle rental car for the short trip to his hotel – another interesting drive during rush hour traffic.
“When we were at the (late February Open Test) we passed a Whole Foods and I said, ‘Great,’ ’’ Conway says. “I always try to eat well and cook my own food. I always try to have enough and not run around and try to find something last minute.”
While sitting in the gate area at IND, I flipped through my iPhone pictures and realized I never shared with you the coolness of the IZOD photo shoot at Barber Motorsports Park a couple of weeks ago. Thanks to the efforts and magic powers of the AH-mazing IRL operations guys, we were able to move show cars, transporters, lights, toolboxes and fuel trucks into pit lane. This made for a rockin’ backdrop for several IZOD IndyCar models…er, drivers.
Though we all froze our kahunas off in ‘Bama, the pictures turned out fantastic. I know this just from annoyingly standing over photographer Michael Voorhee’s shoulder as he perused the photos later that night.