Collinwood Native takes 2nd Place in the Garage Bike Contest at the Auto Rama.
Custom cars and bikes from all around filled the IX Center the weekend of March 20-22. Collinwood native, George Blade Jr., was one of the many to be honored and allowed to participate in this event. He brought his debut, one of kind, handcrafted bike made of all scrap metal pieces. He was a hit at the show, taking 2nd place in the garage bike contest. He made many contacts and was photographed for a upcoming issue of Thunder Roads magazine. He is also being featured at Ohio Bike Week in Sandusky, which is the Midwest largest bike rally.
He is a self-taught welder who can weld and create just about anything with scrap pieces. What makes this bike unique is that unlike other custom built motorcycles and bikes, he used various scrap pieces such as tractor tires, bbq grill pieces, steel bars and various steel and metal items purchased from home depot and junkyards.
He states” This week was such a great experience. I was welcomed by everyone and I wow the crowd with my custom bike. Even though I placed 2nd, I am just honored to even been part of this event. I am going to get back to work on my next creation so stay tuned!”
Late 2015 he plan to conducts FREE class to young men who want to learn basic welding techniques.
Local Native George Blade Jr. custom built a motorcycle from various metal parts that actually can run right out his own garage. He is a sell taught welder who can weld and create just about anything with scrap pieces. What makes this bike unique is that unlike other custom built motorcycles and bikes, he used various scrap pieces such as tractor tires, bbq grill pieces, steel bars and various steel and metal items purchased from home depot and junkyards.
George Blade Jr. born and raised in the Collinwood area of 146th & St Clair. He attended East Clark Elementary, St Joseph middle School and Collinwood high School. He has always been a very talented young man. He was a excellent player on the junior varsity and varsity basketball team. Won various dunk contest and played with the Harlem road king bball squad for a few years. His love for building started at a young age with Lego (which he still have to this day).
“My name is George Blade Jr., a builder/welder/ fabricator. Father of two gorgeous children, i am devoted to family, hard work, and building a better life. Grew up in Cleveland, OH all my life. Inspired by the phrase "unbuildable" is what feeds my creativity. My goal is to push to limits of design and build the some would say unbuildable machines. My Cleveland based company Go Boy Customs is owned and operated by me and all my machines are built by me. I started this dream in my garage about 5 years ago building custom cars and bikes with my dad, who passed a couple years ago, I must continue to push the envelope of creativity and design. I just love the "wow" factor.”