Photos by Benny Stucker - Words by Amy Stucker
The Cycle Showcase STL 2020 was held on February 1 - 2, downtown St. Louis on Delmar Avenue. The Pageant Theater had the honor, once again, of hosting the 6th annual event. As in the past, over 50 rare and custom bikes from all walks of the sport, including historically significant, hand-crafted works of two-wheeled art were brought in by museums and private collections from across the country. Being in this intimate venue placed the spectators minds in the mood of a smokey gritty nightclub. With energy you could feel emitting from the empty balcony seats, it gave the bikes a feeling of nostalgia and honor. Normally all eyes are on the stage when The Pageant comes alive with live music, and this weekend was no different.
Attendees were encouraged to amble around chopped, stock, engraved, embellished, stripped, restored, and rusted bikes- all picked for the showcase with an emphasis on beauty in both the design and engineering. The Bobby Seeger/Indian Larry bikes made an appearance again this year, being staples in not only the history of motorcycles, but in St. Louis. I finally had the honor of meeting Randy Nodge, founder and spokesman, who always makes sure there is fresh blood represented in the bikes that are showcased, with new builds, old finds, art exhibits - and this year he had everyone even more excited by inviting an ICE CREAM vendor to the event- bikes and ice cream on Sunday morning was just what the doctor ordered. THANK YOU.
The crowd filtered in, a mix of youth with eyes as big as saucers, proud dads showing family members what bikes were supposed to be.