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Unique Vantage Point Installed at Barber

A drone cam view of the new bridge being installed at Barber Motorsports Park. A drone cam view of the new bridge being installed at Barber Motorsports Park.Picture: Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum
 Neil Tipton
 Thursday, March 26, 2015

Visitor's to Alabama's Barber Motorsports Park will find new enhancements to the facility this spring allowing a unique perspective on racing. That's thanks to a major piece of engineering, which has seen the installation of a large pedestrian viewing bridge.

The new steel and concrete structure spans 460 feet, threading across Turn 9 of the course and providing views of race action unfolding below, as well as linking the infield directly with floor one of the famed Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. A viewing platform is also available at the opposite end of the bridge. The addition makes a refreshing change from the majority of circuits, where viewing is forbidden from over-track structures.

The pieces of the bridge were craned into position this week, with finishing touches being put in place ready for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 24-26.

Since opening in the spring of 2003 Barber Motorsports Park has has been considered one of North America's finest road courses for car and motorcycle racing. Founder George Barber's unrivalled collection of motorcycles, meanwhile, is the focal point of the adjoining museum. The 144,000 square-foot facility houses more than 1,400 vintage and modern motorcycles from 17 different nations.

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