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.

Marvin Musquin’s Indy win may have come too late

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Marvin Musquin answered one question at Indianapolis last week, but the biggest one may well plague him for the next six weeks.

Musquin has won a battle, but can he win the war?

After standing on the podium in eight of the first 10 races, Musquin finally showed the field he was capable of winning in Indy when he grabbed the holeshot and led every lap on the way to Victory Lane. He was never seriously challenged and it was the Musquin that Supercross fans expected to see all season.

It was a long time coming. Musquin must have felt like victory was just around the corner after finishing second in the overall standings in Anaheim II’s Triple Crown race. He was third in the first Main that night and second in the last two Mains.

As it turned out, that single race defined his season until last week. Musquin stood on the podium all night, but he finished two spots behind Cooper Webb in the first Main and was one spot back in the second. It was only as time ran out that he was able to beat Webb by a single spot in the third Main. If Musquin had won either of the first two Mains, he would have had the overall victory – denying Webb his first career win in the process.

Webb’s Anaheim win revitalized the rider and gave him the confidence to rattle off four more wins in the next seven races.

Meanwhile, Musquin scored podium finishes in the next seven races, making him almost perfect. In another season, a record like that would have been enough to give him a comfortable points lead. In 2019, he sit 14 markers out of first, which is the points’ equivalent of the difference between first and 11th in one race. In other words, Webb cannot lose the points lead at Seattle unless he finishes outside the top 10 while his teammate wins.

Looking at the numbers another way the scenario is not quite as hopeless. Musquin needs to shave only 2.3 points off Webb’s lead each week to win the championship. Three points separate first and second. Five points differentiates first from third, which is where Webb finished in Indianapolis. Webb is vulnerable as his 10th-place finish at Glendale and an eighth at San Diego attest.

Those bobbles came early and Webb seems to have forgotten how to make a mistake.

A third-place is Webb’s worst finish in the last six weeks and since Anaheim II when Musquin started his impressive string of podium finishes, Webb has recorded an average finish of 2.2. That came with a worst finish of eighth on an extremely muddy and heavy track in San Diego. Musquin has a worst finish of only sixth, but his average of 2.8 still lags behind Webb.

Worse still, since Anaheim II Musquin has finished behind Webb in every race except for the outlier of San Diego.

It is no longer a question of keeping pressure on Webb. Musquin cannot expect his teammate to make a mistake; he has to find a way to pass him on the track. If Webb adds only two points to his lead at Seattle, Musquin’s fate would no longer be in his hands. He would need to gain 3.2 points per race. With that scenario, Webb could finish one spot behind Musquin every week and still win the championship.