Gilbert on the track the day before.
During Sunday morning’s warm up for the 600cc machines we had another bike on fire incident, this time involving Michael Gilbert (55). Gilbert had a low-side get off that of course wasn’t great for him, but not anything that likely would have prevented him from taking the track later in the day. However shortly after the bike was moved a fuel tank leak resulted in the motorcycle catching on fire.
This was the third motorcycle to catch on fire during this weekend races here at Barber during the final round of MotoAmerica’s season. David Anthony and Josh Hayes also ended up with their own machines in flames the previous day. Needless to say it has been a rather dramatic weekend so far.
Michael appeared uninjured when I spoke with him a but later on after the crash but I know this was a big disappointment for him. It was for me too as I’ve been following his progress this year and was hoping to see him on the podium in person this weekend instead of reading about it later. With any luck I’ll get to see Michael on the podium next year as he told me he will be coming back. Looking forward to seeing you there again soon, Michael.
The sad aftermath of Gilbert’s (55) bike after catching fire.
Join Sloan’s for their Monthly Mystery Dinner Ride. KSU 6:15. They will tell you where you are going when you get there!
Date(s) – 07/20/2017
6:15 am – 7:45 am
Sloan’s Motorcycle – ATV
I’m very saddened to report that I cannot no longer support Lee Parks’ programs. As good as the program is I, cannot support Lee Parks and how he has treated some people who work for him. It is unfortunate that it has come to this.
Please continue to search out education on improving your riding skills. It is important to always to keep learning but I cannot recommend anyone participate in the Total Control Advanced Riding clinics.
I’m very pleased to announce that the Lee Park’s Total Control Advanced Riding Clinics are coming back to Nashville this summer. In partnership with Music City Motorcycle Training, David Beyer will be returning to Nashville this July to teach Level 1 clinics on Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th.
The classes will be hosted at the Nashville Fairgrounds Speedway at 625 Smith Ave. Nashville TN 37203. These classes are limited to 12 spots each day so don’t wait too long to register. You can register by clicking here or by going to totalcontroltraining.net .
MTDR will be putting on their 16th Annual Spring Ride event at the famous Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. This offers some of the best dirt riding available in TN. There will be a Banquet Dinner on Saturday evening, tickets are limited so don’t delay. The event pre-registration fee for adults & children 13 yrs. and older is $42.00, and children 12 yrs. & younger is $26.00. Pre-registration forms and payment must be postmarked on or before March 24th, 2017. Failure to meet this deadline will result in participant needing to pay the standard event registration fee. If you choose not to pre-register, the event fee for adults & children 13 yrs. and older is $50.00 and children 12 yrs. & younger will be $35.00 during designated registration hours each morning.
Click here to register online
Click here for the Youth Liability Waiver form
More info at the MTDR website
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.
Kevin and I had the very unique opportunity to see and hear a 1913 Sears Dreadnought Deluxe motorcycle this morning here at he Barber Motorsports Park this morning. This weekend Barber is hosting their 12th annual Vintage Festival and while there are plenty of “old” motorcycles around the facility and grounds right now, this particular bike is a living piece of history.
It is estimated that there are only ten of these bikes in existence at this time with one of them currently residing at the Guggenheim. For this weekend at least, we know where a second of those ten are. As we walked the paddock this we came around the corner facing the BMW Motorcycles of Atlanta tent. Out front we saw Bill Kurtz, a master technician and vintage specialist for the dealership with the Dreadnought already started and running.
Kevin was keen to find out more about the bike, which at the time we had no idea what a treasure it was, so he walked over to discover more about the Dreadnought and Bill. We had a great conversation with Bill and Kevin is busy writing up his thoughts to be published here later this weekend. We have some video footage of our time with Bill too but it was very loud in the paddock so we’ll see what we can make out. In the mean time here are a couple of photos of the machine and the man in question.
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!