Barber’s motorcycle museum now certified by Guinness as world’s largest

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The Barber Vintage Motorcycle Museum on the grounds of the Barber Motorsports Park complex outside Birmingham, Alabama has now achieved world-record status.

Before this weekend’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama got rolling along, Guinness World Records officially certified the BVMM as the world’s largest motorcycle museum.

The museum opened in 1995 in the city of Birmingham, but moved to Barber Motorsports Park in 2003 and now holds more than 1,200 vintage and modern cycles plus a sizable collection of race cars from Lotus and other brands.

Track creator and owner George Barber is hopeful that the Guinness certification can help bring even more visitors to his museum and to his town.

“It’s got to bring some positive vibes to the city,” Barber said to AL.com. “I want to use it as a tool to help bring more people to Birmingham.”

His team has been working on attaining Guinness certification for the museum over the last six months, and as it turns out, the museum has managed to attain it as a new record category.

“Guinness World Records is always open to new record categories and we are happy to approve this achievement,” Guinness spokesperson Sara Wilcox added.

NBC’s Birmingham affiliate, Alabama’s 13, recently ran a two-part profile on Mr. Barber as part of its Spirit of Alabama series. Here’s Part One, followed by Part Two.

Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.