Ace Corner at Barber Vintage Festival
Tucked back inside Turns 14-17, Ace Corner at Barber Motorsports Park is a charming chunk of land that roars to life during Barber Vintage Festival. There was enough happening at Ace Corner to give it its own post (see more of BVF2015 in a separate post). If you didn’t pony up for the extra ticket, here’s just a fraction of what you missed…
After attendees entered the massive grounds of Barber Motorsports Park for BVF, Ace Corner ticket-holders made a bee line toward the long, dark tunnel that goes under the track between Turns 13 and 14.
Bikes of all types are drawn to this event-within-an-event, but you’ll see a common theme of custom, unique motorcycles ridden by people who appreciate creativity and style. Set against a tree-lined, grassy backdrop was a bike show, bandstand, bike builders, food & beer tents, primo track views, and many vendor booths.
There is a low section of lawn where most of the attendees, vendors and motorcycles gathered. Up a steep hill was an oasis of food and drinks along with the huge Dime City Cycles tent. Here, attendees had a killer view of the track under the shade of the tall trees.
Above: Georgia motorcyclist Anna Heritage rides her Honda CL350 through Ace Corner.
Above: Photographer Brandon Lajoie rode in on a new Royal Enfield Continental GT.
One of the title sponsors this year was Royal Enfield North America, which was fitting for the vintage vibe at Ace Corner. They brought several models for folks to sit on and ogle. Pictured below, from left to right, is Rod Copes (President of Royal Enfield North America), Ryan Hoffins (Vice President of Marketing for Royal Enfield North America), Bree Poland (Digital Marketing & Social Media Manager for Royal Enfield North America) and Rudy Singh (President of Royal Enfield Global).
The Ace Cafe Orlando booth was hoppin’, offering their rocker swag and providing some leather-boy ambiance to the event.
You’ll find art and sculptures hidden in the trees and placed among the beautiful landscaping inside Ace Corner.
The purpose of Ace Corner is to provide an atmosphere of camaraderie and moto-fellowship. It’s a reunion of motorcyclists with a soundtrack of vintage race-bike engines revving in the distance and music playing well into the night.
Pictured above and below: The guys at Xcrambler had a great booth set-up, showing off their custom BMWs and branded apparel. Keep an eye on these guys from Miami; they’re passionate about their process and are committed to the art of bike customization.
Above: Steve West of Silver Piston makes a mean ring and other finely-crafted jewelry. He’s also a solid designer and photog as well. Here he is taking a pic of our Good Spark Garage BMW and W650 cafe racers.
Bree Poland (pictured below, left) is the mind behind the success of Ace Corner. With the help of her comrades, she’s assembled and attracted a cool cast of characters who show up to this party each year.
Above: Larry Fletcher and Martin Cimek brought their MOTOBLOT wares to the event. These guys know how to promote and live the rocker culture.
Above: Barn Luck Brand showed off their cafe racer builds at Ace Corner.
Amira Esk, pictured above and below, is a motorcycling chef who helped keep the Ace team well-nourished during the event.
Here are the CROIG guys (above) making their way through Ace Corner during the start of their East Coast tour.
Bike builder, Walt Siegl and his two hand-built customs caught the eye of many passersby. This guy races and wrenches.
If you were wondering what the scene was like at Ace Corner in 2015, this is only a partial glimpse into the people and bikes you’ll see during the three-day event. And, if you haven’t been to Barber Vintage Festival, man, you’re missing out. If the pics above appeal to your inner rocker or racer, consider the extra dough to hang out with like-minded folks.
For a list of 2015 vendors and sponsors, check out the links below:
Ace Corner Barber
Dime City Cycles
Royal Enfield North America
Steve West – Silver Piston
Ace Café Orlando
Ace Cafe London
Barn Luck Brand
Café Racer XXX
Mercury MFG. CO.
Vintage Iron Club
Walt Siegl Motorcycles
I would like to get on your mailing or event list. I hope to be there next year,
John Eckley, Ton Up club Mpls,Mn