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New Barber Historics Event to Feature Classic Racecars

12 Feb, 2015


Barber Motorsports Park, Zoom Motorsports and HMSA team up for Event Featuring Lotus

The Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) in association with ZOOM Motorsports and Barber Motorsports Park is pleased to announce the first annual Barber Historics featuring Lotus to be held on May 15-17, 2015, in Birmingham, Ala.

"Barber Motorsports Park, with its beautiful grounds, museum and track make the perfect stage on which to enjoy the performance of historic racing cars. The event will truly bring the history of motorsports, with all its sights, smells, and spectacular noises, to life in a weekend long celebration of the sport," stated Cris Vandagriff, president of HMSA.  "This year we will be featuring great cars of Lotus and celebrating the team’s 50th anniversary of winning the Indy 500 and the Formula One World Championship."

The event’s Grand Marshal, George Follmer, will also be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his United States Road Racing Championship  (USRRC) driving his Lotus 23B “the giant killer” against the powerhouse of Jim Hall and his Chaparral.  Follmer went on to win championships in both the Trans Am and Can Am series, as well as successfully competing in INDYCAR, NASCAR, IMSA and Formula One.

The event will feature museum quality racing cars of all marques from the early days of the sport through the 1980’s. Championship cars from Formula One, Can Am and Trans Am will be on track and on display in the open paddock for all the spectators to enjoy. In addition to the on-track action, sports car clubs from in and around Birmingham will display their member’s cars. The South’s largest swap meet for collector car parts and memorabilia will be open all weekend.

 “We are excited to bring some of the finest cars in the world to what has been called the finest motorsports facility in North America – Barber Motorsports Park,” stated Gene Hallman, CEO of ZOOM Motorsports, the exclusive event promoter of Barber Motorsports Park. “This truly will be an event that car enthusiasts won’t want to miss, as there are only a few places in the world they can see all of these exclusive cars in one place.”

This event is patterned after the Barber Vintage Festival, now in its 10th year, held each fall for historic motorcycles. The world famous Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum will be open during the event and houses one of the largest Lotus racing car collections in the world.

 “After watching the Barber Vintage Festival grow in just ten years into the fastest growing vintage festival in the world and the world’s largest motorcycle swap meet, we are excited to see how quickly Barber Historics will grow,” stated Jeff Ray, executive director of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. “Throughout the three-day event we expect to feature over 250 of the world’s best historic race cars competing in a variety of classes based on engine size, car type and age. These cars are special and fans won’t want to miss this exciting weekend.”

Tickets for the inaugural event start at only $20 and can be purchased at www.barbermotorsports.com.  All tickets include complimentary paddock garage access, and as always at Barber Motorsports Park, kids 12 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.  For a limited time, fans have the opportunity to purchase “The Motorsports Passport,” which includes one three-day general admission ticket, one parade lap around Barber in their own vehicle, and one three-day pass to the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, all for only $100.

For more information, visit www.barbermotorsports.com.

About Barber Motorsports Park and Zoom Motorsports: Barber Motorsports Park opened in the spring of 2003. Since its inception, ZOOM Motorsports, LLC has been the exclusive event promoter for the events at the Park. The 2.38-mile racing circuit is 45 feet wide, with 17 turns and elevation changes of more than 80 feet. The Barber Motorsports Park has been considered one of North America’s finest road courses for car and motorcycle racing, and has served as the venue for several international product launches. The Barber Motorsports Park also features the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. This 144,000 square-foot facility houses more than 1,400 vintage and modern motorcycles from 17 different nations and more than 125 manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.barbermotorsports.com

About HMSA: The Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) is one of the most respected historic racing organizations in North America, producing world-class spectator events across the continent. HMSA is the sanctioning body for the world famous Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, le Sommet des Légendes at Mont-Tremblant and the Barber Historics. HMSA emphasizes the preservation and proper use of world-class historic racecars at all of its events. For more information, please visit www.hmsausa.com

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