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Say ‘Hello’ to Stan the Muffler Man from Birmingham, Alabama

Say ‘Hello’ to Stan the Muffler Man from Birmingham, Alabama

No trip to another state is complete without checking to see if there is a Muffler Man in the vicinity. You can never be sure if you’ll pass that way again, so stopping is a must! On our recent trip to Birmingham, Alabama it was no different. We stopped in to see “Stan” the GCR Muffler Man.

With the fiberglass giants getting up there in age, they often need some upkeep and repair. They also get customized and personalized. Many of them have unique features like chest hair, eyelashes  and in blue-eyed Stan’s case, white gloves.

I don’t know that I want to venture a guess as to what he’s up to with those gloves on but he looks like he’s beckoning you to ‘bring it on!’

Stan the Muffler Man Birmingham Alabama

Stan the Muffler Man Birmingham Alabama

Stan underwent some major surgery in 1998 after a storm did a number on him.

Hey -you can view some more of the big fellas we’ve visited in the Muffler Man Gallery.

Visiting the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum – Leeds, Alabama

Visiting the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum – Leeds, Alabama

Last week my honey Kenny flew to Birmingham, Alabama to attend the Kevin Schwantz 2-Day Motorcycle School where he attended classes on Thursday and Friday. On Friday evening I hopped on a plane and flew down to meet up with him and tour the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum.

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For a motorcycle lover, the Barber Museum could be one of the most beautiful places on Earth. It houses an incredibly beautiful and diverse array of over 1200 motorcycles  on it’s 4 stories, a research library and just happens to have a racetrack in it’s backyard. The vision of George Barber, the museum opened it’s doors at it’s current location in 2003.Barber Museum Alabama - Fuzzygalore Motorcycle Blog

He wanted to preserve motorcycle history in the United States in a way that represents an international aspect and to supply an example of motorcycles that until then could only have been seen in books and magazines. This was the theme used in the mission and development of the Barber collection.

The moment you step through the darkly tinted doors of the museum the first word that escapes your lips is “Wow.”

Wow, indeed. The feeling of the space is almost like you are in a sacred place, a church of motorcycling. The initial view of the towering column of motorcycles at the core of the building is a sight to behold.

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I took hundreds of photographs throughout our visit. Rest assured there will be many posts featuring some of my favorite bikes.

The Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum is definitely worth a spot on your bucket list.

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