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Fuel Cleveland Motorcycle, Art & Photograph Show 2017

Fuel Cleveland now on it's third year was larger than ever, housing close to ninety motorcycles as well as the work of fourteen photographers and fourteen artists in the Hamilton Collaborative building on Cleveland's East side. Attached to the building is also a motorcycle collaborative garage called Skidmark Garage which entertained show goers and showcased what their community is all about all day long. With thousands of people pouring in through out the day for this free motorcycle show, I think it is safe to say people enjoyed themselves and the show was a huge hit.

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This year, was extremely special to me and l was left in awe most of the day. In the morning of the show, my stress levels were through the roof scrambling to get the last little bit of stuff set up in time. Around 11:50 am I was helping with the last of the show bikes to get set up inside the show when someone asked me to come outside in the parking lot to help with the bar. As I walked out the door to the parking lot and my eyes adjusted to the sunlight, I couldn't believe what was in front of my eyes. There's a moment of shock and overwhelming joy that took over my mind when I saw 300 plus bikes parked outside in a lot that was completely empty 20 minutes prior. People were getting off their bikes and ready to come into a show, a show I've spent countless hours on. It blew me away to see and the chaos didn't stop through out the day, countless bikes road in and out of the venue all day long. People parked their bikes wherever they could, even blocks down each road in every direction. There were bikes even on tree lawns and parked 3 rows deep from sidewalks to buildings across the street.

Every kind of person and bike you could imagine rode into Fuel Cleveland on what most would call a perfect day. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Every kind of person and bike you could imagine rode into Fuel Cleveland on what most would call a perfect day.
Bikes parked 3 rows deep on the sidewalks. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Bikes parked 3 rows deep on the sidewalks.
More people rolling into Fuel Cleveland! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life More people rolling into Fuel Cleveland!
One of the many smiles seen all day long at Fuel Cleveland. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life One of the many smiles seen all day long at Fuel Cleveland.

The Second thing that blew me away was the happiness I saw on everyone's faces. So many people were smiling and laughing, having the time of their lives and not sitting on their cellular devices. It's a weird statement to say, but people were actually in the moment and living their lives the way they should, not staring into a glass box and living vicariously through others.

The entrance to the show was off Marquette and Hamilton Ave. With the Gorgeous one we call Greg directing bike traffic in and out. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life The entrance to the show was off Marquette and Hamilton Ave. With the Gorgeous one we call Greg directing bike traffic in and out.
Gorgeous Greg pretty much was telling everyone, where ever you can squeeze in is fair game... He also forgot the sunscreen. #gourgeousgreg Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Gorgeous Greg pretty much was telling everyone, where ever you can squeeze in is fair game... He also forgot the sunscreen. #gorgeousgreg
A sea of motorcycles from all over the country. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life A sea of motorcycles from all over the country.

I loved walking through and seeing what everyone was riding into the show. The outside parking lot is just as much of a show as the one inside. There were brand new bikes, bobbers, choppers, crotch rockets, cafe's, go kart trikes, and even some vintage dirt bikes parked everywhere you looked. As I walked down a few of the streets, tons of different bikes of all makes and models were scattered as far as the eye could see. I really think thats the best part about motorcycles, there's no rules or judgment as long as you are riding you are accepted!

It wouldn't be Fuel Cleveland if we couldn't party on the roof for a bit. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life It wouldn't be Fuel Cleveland if we couldn't party on the roof for a bit.
Vendors from the invited show set up along the perimeter of the motorcycle parking. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Vendors from the invited show set up along the perimeter of the motorcycle parking. A cool hardtail Sportster chopper with a Frisco Sportster Gas Tank in the center.
Every where you looked motorcycles were crammed into spaces, sidewalks, and grassy tree lawns. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Every where you looked motorcycles were crammed into spaces, sidewalks, and grassy tree lawns.
The entrance to Fuel Cleveland was on the left of corner of all the chaos in the motorcycle parking area. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life The entrance to Fuel Cleveland was on the left of corner of all the chaos in the motorcycle parking area.
As you walk in the center of the show Christian Newman's Masterpiece greeted everyone properly, it was impossible to get a shot off on this bike with out someone staring at it in awe. "Are you kidding me, this thing is unreal" -Hunter. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life As you walk in the center of the show Christian Newman's masterpiece of a kustom Knucklehead greeted everyone properly, it was impossible to get a shot off on this bike with out someone staring at it in awe. "Are you kidding me, this thing is unreal" -Hunter
The Hamilton Collaborative building has some of the most beautiful views and made for a perfect setting for Fuel Cleveland. The overall response from people who came in was the word, "Incredible". Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life The Hamilton Collaborative building has some of the most beautiful views and made for a perfect setting for Fuel Cleveland. The overall response from people who came in was the word, "Incredible".

This sounds a bit cheesy but one of my favorite things about this year's show was the banners we had in the main hall. It just set the mood and atmosphere of the show drawing your eyes  attention to them every time you looked in that direction. We put some show photos form the very first Fuel Cleveland in the middle and a handful of people pointed them out saying I remember that from 2 years ago.

"Dad!?! Let's go look at the pink bike!" - Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life "Dad!?! Let's go look at the pink bike!"
John Wiggins paint under his Pink Panhead blew me and others away! So good. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life John Wiggins paint under his Pink Panhead blew me and others away! So good.
Oliver Peck's "Brown Bobber" Harley-Davidson Shovelhead. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Oliver Peck's "Brown Bobber" Harley-Davidson Shovelhead.
This AEE Honda Chopper was on the cover of 1970 Street Chopper Magazine. This Survivor was found and is owned by John Kelly. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life This AEE Honda Chopper was on the cover of 1970 Street Chopper Magazine. This Survivor was found and is owned by John Kelly.

With the show bikes this year we tried to mix up as much as we possibly could from the different genres, makes and models while still keeping it primarily vintage. We were lucky to get a handful of super rare stuff too like John Kelly's AEE Honda survivor Chopper. It was the first AEE chopper ever built and on the cover of Street Chopper in 1970. The patina and shape this bike was in was un real, with 95% of the bike fully intact, John knocked it out of the park with this find.

Daniel Desoucey's #69 Racer is a 1945 WL that gets ridden and raced more than most bikes on the road today! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Daniel Desoucey's #69 Racer is a 1945 WL that gets ridden and raced more than most bikes on the road today!
Reece Zylstra's Evo chopper he built for Show Class Magazine People's Champ 4 last year, such a beautiful representation of what a evo chopper should look like. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Reece Zylstra's Evo chopper he built for Show Class Magazine People's Champ 4 last year, such a beautiful representation of what a evo chopper should look like.
Scott Johnson co-founder of Mama Tried was in the house with this insane Panhead build by Warren Heir and Kendall Lutchman. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Scott Johnson co-founder of Mama Tried was in the house with this insane Panhead build by Warren Heir and Kendall Lutchman.
Panhead Jim came out with this freshly rebuilt Harley-Davidson VL after it engulfed into flames 3 weeks prior to the show. The dude knows how to build a motorcycle with the quickness. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Panhead Jim came out with this freshly rebuilt Harley-Davidson VL after it engulfed into flames 3 weeks prior to the show. The dude knows how to build a motorcycle with the quickness.

We sent out a handful of Lowbrow Customs WX Gas Tanks to some of the artists at this year's show. Each and everyone of them went above and beyond the call with there blank metal canvas. Here are just a couple of the 11 tanks that were on display.

Shawn Long aka Joe long's painted up Lowbrow Customs WX Tank! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Shawn Long aka Joe long's painted up Lowbrow Customs WX Gas Tank!
Joel Hauenstein and his painted from a photo Lowbrow Customs WX Tank. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Joel Hauenstein and his painted from a photo Lowbrow Customs WX Gas Tank.
Jens Hallet and Matt Ross kicked some serious butt on this Lowbrow Customs WX Tank. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Jens Hallet and Matt Ross kicked some serious butt on this Lowbrow Customs WX Gas Tank.
You had to see this one in person, the molding made it 3d and just extremely different. Donny Delph and Jay Bury's Lowbrow Customs WX Tank. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life You had to see this one in person, the molding made it 3d and just extremely different. Donny Delph and Jay Bury's Lowbrow Customs WX Gas Tank.
 "Mary Jane" Built by Joe Piorkowski was a real hit at the show, I found people reading Joe's story and leaving inspired. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life "Mary Jane" Built by Joe Piorkowski was a real hit at the show, I found people reading Joe's story and leaving inspired.
everyone Loved this Jd by Matt Harris - 40 Cal Customs. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life everyone Loved this Harley-Davidson JD by Matt Harris - 40 Cal Customs.
Oh its another Knucklehead, Thats not just any knucklehead thats Prism Supply Co.'s insane Born Free 8 build. Was lucky to get this show with no one around it, yet another bike everyone stood around all day long staring in awe. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Oh its another Knucklehead, Thats not just any knucklehead thats Prism Supply Co.'s insane Born Free 8 build. Was lucky to get this show with no one around it, yet another bike everyone stood around all day long staring in awe.
There was a little something or everyone at Fuel Cleveland, here's a beautiful 81 XV750 Virago Cafe style racer by Jake Green. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life There was a little something or everyone at Fuel Cleveland, here's a beautiful 81 XV750 Virago Cafe style racer by Jake Green.
Ohio's own Billy Balcer brought his insane 1948 WR beach racer he finished building for this year's Race Of Gentleman. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Ohio's own Billy Balcer brought his insane 1948 WR beach racer he finished building for this year's Race Of Gentleman.
Fully stock 1948 Harley-Davidson 74 in UL owned by Trace Holman. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Fully stock 1948 Harley-Davidson 74 in UL owned by Trace Holman.
Can you say alcohol powered? Justin Walls rode his 1920's Harley-Davison JD into Fuel Cleveland with his daughter on the tanks, it was so cool to see. Absolutely beautiful bike. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Can you say alcohol powered? Justin Walls rode his 1920's Harley-Davison JD into Fuel Cleveland with his daughter on the tanks, it was so cool to see. Absolutely beautiful bike.
Crusty and rusty, Ryan Nolan's 41 Knuckle was just right. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Crusty and rusty, Ryan Nolan's 41 Knuckle was just right.
I saw a few people double take at Justin Spears 1979 Harley-Davidson Ironhead. Check out that Sword sissy bar! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life I saw a few people double take at Justin Spears 1979 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster. Check out that Sword sissy bar!
Ain't nothing wrong with a bunch of chrome, Zack Harnish brought this perfect 1967 Slabside Shovelhead. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Ain't nothing wrong with a bunch of chrome, Zack Harnish brought this perfect 1967 Slabside Shovelhead.
 Jeff Harnish wasn't leaving out any stops on this new Panheadbuild either. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Jeff Harnish wasn't leaving out any stops on this new Panhead build either.
Photos don't do Scott Peck & Rhett Holley's 1975 Shovelhead justice, this thing rules so hard! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Photos don't do Scott Peck & Rhett Holley's 1975 Shovelhead justice, this thing rules so hard!
Hiloyuki from Johnny's Vintage was hanging out at Fuel Cleveland this year! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Hiloyuki from Johnny's Vintage was hanging out at Fuel Cleveland this year!
Jason Parker had another one of his Panheads outside. #panheadsforever Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Jason Parker had another one of his Panheads outside. #panheadsforever
This teal Indian chief kept grabbing my eye's attention. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life This teal Indian chief kept grabbing my eye's attention.
Kerry Sayre is starting to Collect them all. His latest Panhead outside at Fuel Cleveland. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Kerry Sayre is starting to Collect them all. His latest Panhead outside at Fuel Cleveland.
 Rolling out of the show. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Rolling out of the show, complete with a Biltwell Gringo Helmet.
Bear from Old Bike Barn gave away a FREE moto trip with the the Himalayan Heroes at this year's Fuel Cleveland! Winner Winner Chicken dinner, Mr Kc Elkins! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Bear from Old Bike Barn gave away a FREE moto trip with the the Himalayan Heroes at this year's Fuel Cleveland! Winner Winner Chicken dinner, Mr Kc Elkins!

We also gave away some Lincoln Electric Welders and Plasma cutters again this year! Big thank you to Lincoln Electric for making this possible. Everyone who won had smiles from ear to ear and were in shock and disbelief! We can't wait to see what they build using those incredible machines.

Paul Vandegraft took home a Lincoln Electric Plasma Cutter! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Paul Vandegraft took home a Lincoln Electric Plasma Cutter!
Matt Olsen won himself a new Lincoln Electric Tig Welder. Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Matt Olsen won himself a new Lincoln Electric Tig Welder.
Jeff got a call while he was in the parking lot that he won a Lincoln Electric Mig Welder. He couldn't believe it! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life Jeff got a call while he was in the parking lot that he won a Lincoln Electric Mig Welder. He couldn't believe it!

I think the biggest thing for us putting on this show is to give a place where people can come enjoy themselves, and spend all day learning about the vintage motorcycle culture. If one person walks into our show who has never ridden a motorcycle before and sees something that inspires him or her to get their own motorcycle and ride it, then we have done our jobs. We strive to make the atmosphere laid back and care free and let the motorcycles, art and photography do most of the work.

Fuel Cleveland was a bit of blur for us but still extremely fun and jam packed with tons of great people, bikes, art and photography. If you missed out and couldn't get to this year's show, make it a point to come out to Fuel Cleveland next year which will be held in the same location on July 28th, 2018. The show will still be 100% FREE to attend and park. With a little fine tuning next year, it will be just as good if not better than ever! See you there!

Words and photos by:
-Mikey Revolt

See you at next year's Fuel Cleveland - July 28th 2018 at the same location! Fuel Cleveland 2017 - Lowbrow Customs, The Gasbox, Forever The Chaos Life See you at next year's Fuel Cleveland - July 28th 2018 at the same location!

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