The 2021 Fuel Cleveland show was like a homecoming party. Let's begin with the pre party which was held at Major Hoople's Riverbed cafe down in the Cleveland Flats. The weather was rather chilly that night but a few brave souls rode their choppers to the bar where the drinks were flowing and the place was jumping. It appeared no one cared about anything except the big show taking place the next day.
The last Fuel Cleveland show happened in 2019 so anticipation for this year's show rated pretty high. The new bigger venue is located at the historic Cleveland Twist Drill building. This place had a lot of character and in my opinion is a photographer's dream. Motorcycle load in was early Saturday morning. It took place on the second floor. They had an elevator operator moving bikes in the morning and people all day long. I arrived early to snap some photos before the crowd got too big and it did get crowded.
I was amazed at the variety of motorcycles on display, not only custom choppers but sport bikes, vintage, racing, they even had a Trike tucked away in the corner. Like I mentioned earlier this place was enormous and that gave vendors plenty of space to display their goods.
The Motorcycle Art Extravaganza, insane art by insanely talented artists organized by Jerry Soraci, he had plenty of room for the incredible display of creative sissy bars, sponsored in part by CC. They had really good street food provided by Betty's badass burgers and empanadas by Panchitas and while you sat in the sunshine eating the East Coastin crew entertained doing their burnouts and highflying stunts. Nothing like eating a tasty meal with the stench of burning rubber mmmm. Back inside the walls were covered with photography by many talented photographers like ChopCult contributor Dan Venditto and many others. This event is truly a good time, family friendly with lots of beautiful works of art by extremely talented builders and artisans.
Make plans now to attend the next Fuel on July 30th, you will not be sorry. "For the past seven years we have showcased a ton of great venues in the heart of Cleveland, OH and every year we ask how can it get any better than this. Well, this year we found something even better and are changing it up in a big way. North East Ohio is full of so much more than just the city of Cleveland, and we wanted to share more of that with all of you. This year’s Fuel Cleveland show has “Gone Country.” Hale Farm and Village, part of the Western Reserve Historical Society, will be the new home of Fuel Cleveland on July 30th, 2022. Located just 25 minutes south of Cleveland in the heart of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, this location is going to give motorcycle enthusiasts an enjoyable experience ride to the show. Let’s not forget to mention Hale Farm is surrounded by some of the most incredible windy roads and beautiful nature one could ask for. This year’s show is going to be on a whole new level. We are extremely excited to share this experience with all of you, and we can’t wait for you to see all that this beautiful property has to offer. More info to come very soon…"- Mikey Revolt
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