It is with much excitement that The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum announces plans for Motorcycles by Moonlight's truimphant return!
Please make plans to join us on Friday, October 8, 2021 from 6:00pm-10:00pm for an evening of fun, food and friends! The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and silent auction - all proceeds benefit the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum. A plated dinner will follow, with a short program that will include a Q&A with our very special guest and Grand Marshal, Mary McGee.
You will not want to miss this event! Tickets can be purchased below. We look forward to seeing you again!
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum is pleased to welcome AMA Hall of Famer and motorcycle pioneer, Mary McGee, as our 2021 Vintage Festival Grand Marshal.
Mary was born in Juneau, Alaska and spent some of her childhood in Iowa and Arizona. Her husband, Don McGee, was a mechanic and shortly after their wedding, he introduced her to racing cars which eventually led to her racing motorcycles. She began her racing career in December 1957, driving a Mercedes 300SL. Throughout her car racing career she spent some time behind the wheels of a variety of cars, including Porsche Spyder, AC Bristol, and Ferrari to name a few.
She bought her first motorcycle in 1957, a 200cc 1956 Triumph Tiger Cub, which she traded for a Honda C110. When it was suggested that she should ride a motorcycle to improve her car racing skills, her response was "Okay, why not?" And so a motorcycle racing career got it's start. She passed her American Federation of Motorcyclists try-out and became the first woman to road race and hold a FIM license in the United States - on a 125 Honda CB92 and wearing her iconic pink polka-dot helmet!
In 1963, Mary's friend Steve McQueen suggested that she "come out to the desert" - which she did. She entered her first desert race - an AMA Enduro, on a 1962 CL72 250cc Honda Scrambler. In 1967, she began desert racing in Baja, California and in 1975, she raced solo in the Baja 500, passing 17 two-man teams!
Mary's career is full of achievements and awards - and lots of firsts!
We are so excited to welcome Mary to the Barber family and we know you will enjoy meeting her!
Motorcycles by Moonlight is proud to partner with Firefly Distillery to offer our first ever Vodka Bar. For a $10 donation, you will receive a Barber Museum souvenir glass filled with Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka.
Firefly Distillery is located in Park Circle, just outside Charleston, South Carolina, and is the oldest working distillery in the area. Firefly's offerings have grown to include more than 25 spirits, but Sweet Tea Vodka is where it all began. The distillery offers tours and tastings, as well as a venue for live music!
When you are in the Charleston area, please stop by and see the fine folks at Firefly Distillery and be sure to thank them for their support of the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum!
Motorcycles by Moonlight would like to thank the Biltmore Estate Winery for their continued support of our dinner program.!
Please make sure that you visit them the next time you are in the Ashville, North Carolina area.
Kicking off the Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction will be the smooth sounds of two time "Best Male Jazz Artist", Cashmere Williams.
Combining the inspiration of auto racing with a passion for art, Kevin Paige is a classically trained fine artist striving to capture the speed, the colors, and the majesty that is the spirit of motorsports. Founded in 2001, Kevin Paige Art (http://kevinpaigeart.com/) brings to life each dynamic element of the motorsports experience.
Kevin will be creating a one-of-a kind piece highlighting our Grand Marshal, Mary McGee, live on stage while dinner is served!
Highlights from past years events