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Shell Factory to host first Bike Night Dec. 14

By Staff | Dec 5, 2017

Based on the success of Bike Nights in Cape Coral and other areas, the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers is looking to see if it can turn such an event into a regular occurrence.

Thanks to the work of two local motorcycle groups, the attraction, at 2787 Tamiami Trail, will hold its first Bike Night on Thursday, Dec. 14, from 5 to 10 p.m., in conjunction with the weekly Cruise Night, which happens from 4 to 7 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Southwest chapter of ABATE, a biker group that represents motorcyclists on legislative issues, and Women in the Wind, an all-female motorcycle club.

Marketing director and CFO Rick Tupper said he hopes he can kickstart this into a new tradition. He said he expects at least 100 bikers the first night.

“We’ll iron out all the kinks, make sure people are happy with it, then we’ll do it every first and third Thursday of every month, at least in season,” Tupper said. “We may even have intermingling. We may have bike people looking at cars and vice-versa.”

Tupper said they were encouraged by the success of the Cape Coral events, and that ABATE has been a great customer at the Shell Factory.

“They always asked about a place they can go. The two groups got together and got together with me and we’re moving ahead,” Tupper said. “It may turn into quite a night for us.”

Moe Moser, a state delegate for ABATE of Florida, said they already held their monthly meetings at the Shell Factory and got to know Tupper.

“We’ve been talking about putting together a bike night because they didn’t have anything like that in North Fort Myers,” Moser said. “It’s a chance for bikers to listen to some music, have some drinks and congregate.”

The event will be held outdoors in Swamp Bar and the middle parking lot, and will feature $10 buckets, live music, a cash giveaway, $2 well drinks, a $9 biker BBQ, biker jewelry and more. For the event, Happy Hour has been extended to 10 p.m.

Moser said you don’t have to be a biker to enjoy the fun. He said the Thursday time slot was coincidental and that classic cars and bikes to work well together.

“We’re hoping this works out well. It’s the first one and I would like to see local business do well and do this for the rest of the season,” Moser said.

For more information, call 995-2141 or go online to www.shellfactory.com