Up to 250 vehicles can fit into the lot at Alabama Airport Parking while they await their owners’ return to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. The outfit, converted from a three-decade-old rental-car operation in 2004, safely tends to customers’ vehicles while they’re on holiday or scouring planes for SkyMall back issues to complete their collections. In addition to keeping cars safe and sound, the attendants perform extra services for additional fees, such as car washes and detailing so that cars are fresh for customers’ returns. The company also runs a parking-points program that awards frequent customers with points that can add up to free car washes or parking.
The Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum showcases vintage bikes from 20 countries, which fill the massive showroom at the Barber Motorsports Park, with technicians constantly working to keep each of the museum's 1,300 bikes authentically maintained and road-ready. Additionally, technicians ensure the overall gallery represents the evolution of the motorcycle through the 20th and 21st centuries.
Who They Are
George Barber first explored his love of racing in the 1960s, behind the wheel of a Porsche. By 1988, he had begun collecting and restoring classic and vintage sports cars, and his acquisitions soon spilled into motorcycles. His fleet eventually became the Barber Collection and the defacto garage for his own vintage-motorcycle racing team. Today, Barber's Collection has become a full non-profit motorsports museum that has shared its pieces at exhibitions at the Guggenheim in Spain, the Field Museum in Chicago, and the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.
Serra Mazda may primarily deal in selling cars, but that doesn't prevent its technicians from pampering vehicles and owners in need of a tune-up. While crews busy themselves swapping wiper blades and rotating tires, manicurists park themselves in the lobby every Tuesday to hand out free nail treatments. At lunchtime, owners can enjoy a meal, compliments of the staff, as cars look on jealously, licking their radiators for a taste of a sandwich dipped in motor oil. For long-term overhauls, the dealer offers shuttle service to and from work, carting people to their place of business while their workday chariots are otherwise indisposed.
Serra Toyota's staff has spent the last two decades selling and servicing roadsters of all makes and models. Away from the showroom of new and used rides, six factory-trained technicians stand ready to expedite all repairs and services, from a simple oil change and wiper-blade replacement to a full transmission overhaul. Customers enjoy a 12-month warranty on all parts and labor, along with creature comforts such as complimentary breakfast and lunch and a waiting lounge with two flat-screen TVs. Perks such as Free Manicure Mondays and complimentary pickup and drop-off services accommodate drivers who wish to wait onsite or at home as technicians perform a simple brake check, or use their full inventory of rotors, calipers, and pads to build a bumper-clinging robot that slices down approaching Yield signs.
As an Express Certified Honda dealer, Brannon Honda connects drivers to new and preowned models as well as to a slew of speedy express auto services. Factory-trained technicians welcome roadsters into designated services bays, where they rotate tires, replace air filters, or put cars through the paces of a synthetic oil change. Wielding patented tools and hawk-eyed vision, the experts pair services with a comprehensive multipoint inspection that scopes out brake linings, fluid levels, exterior signals, and battery performance. Open six days a week, Brannon Honda’s service center doesn’t require appointments, letting drivers spin through at any time and leaving cars with no prep time to flush performance-enhancing drugs from their systems.