Riding Through History

Tonight at 8, explore the story of Barber Vintage Motorsports, the largest motorcycle collection in the world and home to this week's IndyCar Grand Prix.


Experience the journey of a lifetime with Riding Through History: The Barber Collection. Premiering just ahead of one of the biggest events of the year at Barber Motorsports Park, the IndyCar Grand Prix, the captivating story of George Barber and his Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum airs Thursday, April 25 at 8:00 p.m. on Alabama Public Television.

Recognized by Guiness World Records as the largest motorcycle museum in the world, the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum has made a huge impact on Alabama’s economy, generating over 2.5 billion dollars since the museum’s inception. As a cultural hub and a beacon for motorsport enthusiasts worldwide, the museum is well known for its exciting, family-friendly atmosphere, the IndyCar Grand Prix of Alabama and the annual Barber Vintage Festival, putting Leeds, Alabama on the map as a cultural lifeblood for motorsports.

 Riding Through History: The Barber Collection captures the complicated history behind the rise of the largest philanthropic endeavor in Alabama history. The documentary takes viewers on an intriguing evolution from George Barber’s humble beginnings riding alongside his father on a milk truck to his triumphs on the racetrack. Riding Through History: The Barber Collection vividly paints a portrait of a man driven by his passion for motorsports, allowing viewers to witness the transformation of a Birmingham warehouse collection into an incredible museum with a state-of-the-art racetrack, “The Alabama Roller Coaster,” that has attracted collaborations with renowned automotive brands like Porsche and Mercedes-Benz.

More than a documentary, Riding Through History: The Barber Collection is a testament to the indomitable spirit of one man and the enduring legacy he has created. Riding Through History: The Barber Collection is a production of Jacksonville State University in collaboration with Longleaf Studios & Illuminate Films.

“Our partnership with APT in producing the Longleaf Series of films is an immensely valuable experience for our students, providing experiential learning opportunities in the field and through post-production processes,” said Seth Johnson, director of Longleaf Studios. “Mr. Barber's vision turned into reality is a motivating story that can resonate with all Alabamians, and Jax State is excited to share this engaging story with everyone.”

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