Birmingham, AL — After a one-year absence from racing at Barber Motorsports Park, the Historic Motor Sports Association (HMSA) and the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) series’ are teaming up to present the 2019 Barber Historics at the famous facility, May 17-19.
It’s the only time this year that vintage cars will be allowed on the 17-turn, 2.38-mile road course.
HMSA President Cris Vandagriff said not many racers have the opportunity to compete on such a challenging road course, but that HMSA racers crave the challenge of a facility like Barber.
“We have only raced at Barber four times and I knew it was always going to be an event that grows steadily in interest and participation,” Vandagriff said. “Some racers do like going to the same tracks every year because they don’t necessarily want to think about learning a new facility, they just want to drive.
“Barber is a fun course because it’s a challenging track and it takes some getting used to. It’s a great facility in a great town.”
Not only is Barber a special racing facility, but the unique partnership between HMSA and HSR also is something Vandagriff said adds to the allure of the Barber Historics weekend.
“HSR brings a group of cars up to our Mont-Tremblant event each year, but this is the first time our two organizations will be co-hosting an event,” Vandagriff said. “(HSR owner) David Hinton and I get along so well and I think it’s a great example of two organizations working together toward one common goal of putting on an incredible event. It’s going to be great working with David and his team.”
Because of it’s lush and meticulous landscaping at the 880-acre facility, Barber is often referred to as “The Augusta of Motorsports” which Vandagriff says adds to the excitement of the event.
“The location of this race is so great and I think it’s the greatest facility in the United States,” Vandagriff said. “Everyone refers to it as ‘The Park’ because it really is. It’s beautifully designed overall and they plant half a million bulbs so when we arrive the flowers will be in full bloom.
“I’m totally thrilled to be holding an event there again because I’ve been a big supporter of the facility for years. It’s a big deal. So many other tracks allow vintage cars to race throughout the year. But not Barber. We get one weekend and I think it makes the racing even more competitive and exciting.”
The 2019 schedule of events for the only sanctioning body in the world that requires period correct race cars can be found at www.hmsausa.com and features some of the longest-running events in the country.