A Brooklyn (SOFT) TALE – Not just another Fat Boy from Bensonhurst
This is a real-life Cinderella store, and here’s how it went down, in three acts:
Act I: Brooklyn-born Steve Iacona, 35 year-old air conditioning mechanic and cat guy, excels at customizing. At 16, he builds a 68 Camaro SS custom that’s a showstopper. In 02, Steve buys his first Harley, a stock Softail Standard, but he’s shocked upon visiting his first bike show. “I realized my stock bike looked horrible.” he says, “so i ripped it apart and got to work customizing it into something totally different.” The build takes a painstaking year of nights and weekends, and is the start of Steve’s move into custom motorcycle creation.
Act II: Nicky Colella, 40, pizzeria mogul and fellow car freak, buys a friend’s 92 Fat Boy, and stops by Steve’s garage. Seeing Steve’s personal customized Harley, Nicky gives him the green light to rebuild his own Fat Boy. I said. “Whatever it is, do it. I didn’t know what it was gonna cost or even care.” Nicky says, “Hey, i’m not married, have no kids. I wanted a show bike.” Nicky’s only criteria “It had to be green, it had to have a woman on the rear fender, and it had to have a fat headlight. The rest was up to Steve.”
Act III : Eight months later, at American Iron’s ‘04 Gorham Motorcycle Classic held at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Nicky’s bike takes first place in the Softail Custom class, and first overall for best paint.
Returning in ‘05, the bike again snags first place in the Softail Custom class and is runner-up for best paint. At the ‘05 Rat’s Hole show, Nicky grabs second place in the 1000CC-and-over Custom class. What a Cinderella story- Steve’s first ever customer build garners top trophies. So much for the main acts.