The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum looks to the future
New advanced design center makes advanced design easier
Birmingham, AL – Traditional museums only look back in time, but the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is looking boldly into the future with the launch of its state-of-the-art Advanced Design Center.
George Barber created the magnificent Barber Motorsports Park complex in Birmingham, Alabama around the largest and best motorcycle museum in the world. Echoes of the past will resonate at the museum’s new Advanced Design Center, a state-of-the-art facility designed to inspire new generations of creative thinkers.
The intention of the Barber Advanced Design Center (BADC) is to encourage and explore design via the latest computer-aided design (CAD) as well as old-fashioned clay modeling, with the ability to transform concepts actually a product.
“The Advanced Design Center was created to open the door to thinking,” Barber said of his latest vision. “We need people to think beyond what’s happening today and see how we can improve it, not just the design of the bikes.”
The new 11,000 square foot facility is a high-tech workspace for exploring industrial design located on the top floor of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. Inside are workstations, 3D scanners, and 3D printers that have greatly streamlined design processes. Not only do these tools speed up design work, they also enable highly accurate reverse engineering of legacy components.
Words are not enough to express the scope of Mr. Barber’s latest vision, so we invite you to watch the video below, presented by world-renowned journalist Neale Bayly from inside the fabulous museum. Then the video is passed to BADC designer Brian Case, known in the motorcycle world as the designer of the exceptional Motus MST V-4.
Follow along as Case demonstrates the capabilities of the BADC and provides insight into how advanced design techniques created the facility itself. You’ll also get a glimpse into the development of the center’s radical and exotic Mono project which will be officially introduced in the coming months.
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The BADC will be open by appointment to students and designers from all over the world. Public access will be restricted, except for weekend open days which will be announced.
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The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation located in the 880-acre Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama, dedicated to the preservation, interpretation, display and history of motorcycles, vintage vehicles, and motor sports. The museum houses the largest collection of motorcycles in the world and is widely known for its collection of vintage Lotus racing cars and other rare vehicles. Every year, it hosts vintage motorcycle and racing car events, including the Barber Vintage Festival and Barber Historics. For more information, visit www.barbermuseum.org.