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Journeys of Discovery: Birmingham showcases world’s largest motorcycle collection

Jeff Ray, executive director at Alabama’s Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, talks about the institution, which many consider a $100 million investment in the state of Alabama and its largest philanthropic enterprise. 

George Barber decided to dedicate a portion of his dairy industry fortune showcasing the world’s largest collection of motorcycles (1,600), including super rare steam-powered bicycles dating from the 1860s. Barber is also home to The Porsche Track Experience; the world’s largest factory-sponsored driving school.

Barber hosts the annual IndyCar Honda Grand Prix of Alabama and sponsors the Annual Barber Vintage Festival, attracting more than 80,000 participants. 

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Tom Wilmer produces on-air content for Issues & Ideas airing over KCBX and is producer and host of the six-time Lowell Thomas award-winning NPR podcast Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer. Recorded live on-location across America and around the world, the podcasts feature the arts, culture, music, nature, history, science, wine & spirits, brewpubs, and the culinary arts--everything from baseball to exploring South Pacific atolls to interviewing the real Santa Claus in the Arctic.
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