On August 26 24 Porsches and 42 participants, including four youth, went to Barber Motorsports Park, in Leeds, Alabama, just east of Birmingham. This is the home of the Porsche Sport Driving School, and the Barber Motorsport Vintage Museum. Jeff Purner, director of PSDS, presented the group with a history of the driving school, it’s programs, and information about the track, and all the first class facilities associated with the school. Then the group drove parade laps on the track, while the SCCA event which was on-going for the weekend took a lunch break. This was a real hit with our members, and showed off the absolutely beautiful facilities.

 

Following our time on the track Jeff Ray, who heads the museum, had setup a guided tour for our group of the museum, which features one of the largest collection of Lotus race cars in the world, along with over 1,400 motor cycles from all periods from the very beginnings of motorized cycles to the present. Of course, there were also Porsches, including a 918, Ferraris, and other cars there too.  The extremely knowledgeable docents did a first class job of providing the history of the cars and motor cycles we saw. Our group all agreed that everything about the facilities and staff were outstanding, and a real credit to Porsche’s involvement.

 

See pictures in the gallery here.