Modern road-racing circuits don’t come any better than Barber Motorsports Park. Built by local dairy magnate George Barber adjacent to his world-class motorsports museum, Barber Motorsports Park includes a total of three track configurations. The track opened in 2003 and in addition to motorcycle races, is host to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, SCCA club racing weekends and vintage and historic events. Located in a heavily wooded area near Birmingham, Alabama, the Alan Wilson-designed 2.3-mile, 16-turn, sinuous circuit is the epitome of the modern dedicated road-racing facility.
Like other Wilson-designed circuits, each of the three track configurations requires a very technical driving style to achieve a good lap time. All of the racing surface is a generous 45 feet wide, which helps provide good passing opportunities, while the 80 feet of total elevation change adds to a driver’s challenge and enjoyment by providing blind apexes to a couple of the turns. The beauty of Barber Motorsports Park doesn’t end at the edge of the pavement; whimsical large-scale sculptures grace the beautifully landscaped facility, ranging from a pride of lions, Sisyphus pushing a large boulder, ants, birds and dragonflies to the track’s hallmark, a giant steel spider outside Turn 5.
Directly adjacent to the circuit is the Barber Vintage Motorsport Museum, where you can almost make out the cars and motorcycles inside.