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More Kind Words about Birmingham, Alabama

12 August 2007

I finally got around to watching the recent Porsche 250 race on Speed Channel (recorded on my Moxi box) this morning.  I had to rewind and reslisten to the opening statements a few times, barely believing my ears.  In five short years of operation, the Barber Motorsports Park has achieved wonderful things… everything from hosting North America’s ONLY Porsche Driving Experience (after they moved their operations to Birmingham from Sebring and Atlanta), countless new car launches, and world class automobile and motorcycle races.

Here’s what announcer Leigh Diffey said in his opening statement:

“As a racing venue they don’t come much better than the spectacular Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama… and today the Rolex Sports Car Series visits the south for the Porsche 250.  It’s always a delite visiting the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park and it’s again in magnificant shape for this the 10th round of the Rolex Sports Car Series.”

Also, you’d never notice on TV that Birmingham is suffering from an aweful drought.  Leave it to the designers of the track to build the race track in a natural valley and capture any runoff in a retaining pond, from which they can pump more water back uphill to water the grounds.  The 720 acres of manicured landscape looked great!

BarberTrack to the BHM airportI only wish they’d have shown an aerial view of the park and show how close the track is to downtown Birmingham and our airport.  It’s something that is very unusual as far as world-class race tracks go…

If you haven’t been to the track, what are you waiting for?  Tickets are cheap for most events, with some non-spectater events only requiring a signature on a waiver form.

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