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Glory Daze 2021

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Motorcycles and Art in the Steel City
Words by Kurt Diserio — Photos by Alexa Diserio
Hey, Pittsburgh! Your annual vintage and custom motorcycle show returned this year on Saturday, September 25 at the national historic landmark of Carrie Blast Furnaces. Glory Daze was back in a big way with a new lineup of custom bikes from builders throughout the country, many of which returned to the Steel City from the last round in 2019 with new creations. After the whirlwind of 2020, this year was off to another uncertain start with a pandemic hangover causing supply and labor problems, a new virus variant, and the unpredictable worry of more occupancy restrictions. Watching the news or scrolling through social platforms caused daily anxiety that impacted planning tremendously, but after having to call off last year's event, the only option was to hope for the best and power forward. People were eager to get back into the bike show groove, so I knew that once the gates opened, the motorcycle community would have our backs and take it from there.
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Photo by Luke Diserio
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
This year we were treated to an even bigger turnout and perfect late September weather. In addition to the indoor invitational motorcycle show and the bike-only courtyard we had last time, the show was expanded to now include another area with outdoor vendors and swap meet spots. Due to the roadway changes made at Carrie Blast Furnaces, the entryway and exit became a one-way loop that circled around the outside to a much larger parking area near the outdoor vendors.
The powerhouse building was filled with groovy motorcycle builds from around the Pittsburgh region and beyond. I like to think of the indoor show almost like an art gallery, with each motorcycle having an impact on attendees in different ways. From the mind-blowing engineering of Christian Newman's stainless, turbocharged 8 valve ULH chopper to the creative use of musical instruments seen on J Shia's pair of 1972 Harley-Davidson Aermacchi SS350s, there was something for everyone. Great art influences us in ways we might not truly recognize at the moment, often creating waves of inspiration for years to come. We can't thank the invitees enough for their dedication and craftsmanship. The show wouldn't be what it is without them.
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Alexa and I would like to thank presenting partners Iron City Beer and Bell Powersports for having a big presence at this year's event. You could grab some IC swag at their merch table to go along with the cold Iron you were drinking. Bell Helmets had acclaimed painter Skratch set up inside doing live pinstriping and helmet painting during the show. The Trippy Ten helmet art exhibit also returned with ten new artists displaying custom-painted Bell Moto 3, Bullitt, and Custom 500 lids.
We'd also like to thank Rivers of Steel for their work in preserving this amazing site and venue. Big thanks to show sponsors Old Bike Barn, Uptahn Metalworks, Lowbrow Customs, Youngstown Cycle & Speed, and ChopCult for their support. Events like this wouldn't happen if it wasn't for great companies helping out and taking part. Check out their websites, follow them on social, and give them some love when you can. Last but not least, thanks to our team of volunteers for keeping things as organized as possible. We truly appreciate your help in creating such an impactful moment in time.
Glory Daze is returning on Saturday, September 24, 2022. Mark your calendars, tell your friends, and plan your winter motorcycle projects. We look forward to seeing you all again next year!
- Kurt Diserio, event organizer
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1971 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper by Chase Chicoine
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1951 Harley-Davidson PanShovel Chopper by Larry Collette
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
2006 Twisted Bobber build by Tim Scates
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
"Sweet 13" Sportster by Rick Reed
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
J Shia brought a couple of interesting 1972 Harley-Davidson Aermacchis
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Skratch was at the Bell Helmets booth painting helmets
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Yamaha XS650 by Speakeasy Motors
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Left to right: Andy and Josh of Uptahn Metalworks, show organizer Kurt Diserio, and Brett Conley of Bell Helmets
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1930 Harley-Davidson 8 valve ULH by Christian Newman
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1929 Indian Four Electric Conversion by Randy Hayward (right)
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1954 Harley-Davidson Panhead by Joe Perrone
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Skratch presenting Todd Zwicker of Iron City Beer a custom-painted Bell Helmets lid
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Jesse Amos
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Brad Barnes / Boosted Brad
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Seth Chaney / Dirty Gold Customs
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Johnny Harris / Johnny A. Kustom Paint
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Travis Hess / Kolor by Tuki
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Phil Leonard / Syrarium Studios
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Paige Macy / Stripe Cult Painting
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Andy Meeh / Flyin' Iron Designs
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Gerad Poepke / Valley Kustoms
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA Trippy Ten Helmet 2021
Trippy Ten Helmet Art Show - Jeremy Seanor / Lucky Strike Designs
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1978 Hell Van by Peep Shaffer
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead chopper by Evan Favaro
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Black Dog Tattoo Trailer was on site
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Black Dog Tattoo Trailer
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Big thanks to Skratch for painting a custom Glory Daze Bell Bullitt helmet
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1968 Triumph T120 by Jessika Janene
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
CT Newman's 8 valve ULH component breakdown
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1972 Yankee Z500 2-Stroke twin chopper by Cubby's Customs
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1948 Harley-Davidson Panhead chopper by Speakeasy Motors
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Event sponsor Uptahn Metalworks
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
TE Customs
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
The CROIG "Built for Good" Sportster giveaway was presented to the winner during the show
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
The courtyard was packed with familiar faces
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
1985 Harley-Davidson Sportster chopper by Peter Stovicek
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
Glory Daze Vintage Custom Motorcycle Chopper Show Pittsburgh PA 2021
  • GLORY DAZE MOTORCYCLE SHOW 2021
  • Presented by
  • PITTSBURGH MOTO
  • IRON CITY BEER
  • BELL POWERSPORTS
  • Sponsored by
  • OLD BIKE BARN
  • UPTAHN METALWORKS
  • LOWBROW CUSTOMS
  • YOUNGSTOWN CYCLE & SPEED
  • CHOP CULT
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  • Words by KURT DISERIO
  • Photos by ALEXA DISERIO
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