Winners of all categories including Freestyle, Modified Custom, Modified Harley-Davidson, and Modified Retro, also announced
Santa Monica, Calif. (February 12, 2017) – The 8th annual J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS), today crowned its 2017 “King of the Builders” at the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) in Chicago, the motorsports industry’s most powerful method for engaging qualified buyers. UBCBS is an elite-level custom motorcycle builder competition featuring more than 350 motorcycles and the largest tour wide awards in the U.S. totaling over $100,000 in cash and prizes. The competition ran through all seven IMS shows and today awarded over $57,000 dollars in cash and prizes at the championship round in Chicago and also named Nick Beaulieu as the 2017 “King of the Builders.”
Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show: “The 2016-2017 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show proved to be one of the best yet with creative designs and concepts from some of the leading builders and craftsmen in the country. We strive to support and promote the custom motorcycle building industry, and give our designers a national platform to display their works of art. We are very excited to announce Nick Beaulieu as the 2017 King of the Builders, adding his name to a prestigious list of builders who have won in the past.”
The custom motorcycles entered into the championship round were reviewed and voted on by a panel of special guest judges, including: Jeff Holt, Brand Director for Hot Bike and Street Chopper Magazines; Chris Callen, Editor-in-Chief of Cycle Source Magazine; Pat Jansen, Builder; and Carl Pusser, Builder and past UBCBS winner.
The UBCBS hosted four classes of competition, Freestyle, Modified Custom, Modified Harley-Davidson, and Modified Retro; and special awards categories, The Originality Award, The Ingenuity Award, Best Paint, K&N Award, People’s Choice Award, and Sho Dog.
The annual competition is proudly sponsored by J&P Cycles, who is returning as the title sponsor of this elite-level competition and supporting the “People’s Choice” award along with Bell Helmets, as well as Harley-Davidson, who returned as the presenting sponsor of the Modified Harley-Davidson class and Royal Enfield as the presenting sponsor of the Modified Retro class. J&M and Condor Products are also onboard as product sponsors, providing gift certificates to select class winners and runner-ups throughout the IMS Tour and Championship.
Additional brands sponsoring the Championship include: Arlen Ness, Atomic Dice Studio Arts, BDL, BMW, C&S Custom, G Clean, Helmet Sounds, K&N Engineering, Kuryakyn, Led Sled Customs, Motone Customs, Rinehart Racing, Thundermax, and Vance & Hines.
Nick Beaulieu, 2016- 2017 UBCBS King of the Builders: “Thank you to the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows and J&P Cycles for giving me the opportunity to be here and providing me a platform to share my work. It’s great to be here, supporting the industry with my fellow builders and enthusiasts.”
The winners of the 2016-2017 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Championship
King of the Builders
Nick Beaulieu with Forever Two Wheels took the crown as the King of the Builders with “The Hate Machine”.
Winner: Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels “The Hate Machine”.
Runner Up: Wayne Burgess, “Spitball Magoo” a 1996 Custom Shovelhead.
Winner: Evan Favaro, Speakeasy Motors “Ethel”.
Runner Up: Kyle Shorey, Speed Foundry “MahaKala”.
Modified Harley-Davidson, presented by Harley-Davidson
Winner: Steven Iacona, Iacona Customs “Phoenix” a 1992 1200 Sportster.
Runner Up: Dusty Pine with his 1993 Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Modified Retro, presented by Royal Enfield
Winner: Steve Dietzman with a 1968 Triumph Chopper.
Runner Up: Matt Anderson with a 1982 Harley-Davidson FXRS.
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About Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®
The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® offer enthusiasts an all-access pass to the world of motorcycling. Launched in 1982, the tour showcases hundreds of the latest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters and ATVs for new and experienced riders, and gives enthusiasts of all ages the opportunity to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, as well as hours of entertainment. The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® is managed by the UBM Americas Powersports Group, a member of the Motorcycle Industry Council.
To learn more about the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows, please visit: motorcycleshows.com
About UBM Americas
UBM Americas, a part of UBM plc, is the largest business-to-business events and trade show organizer in the U.S. Through a range of aligned interactive physical and digital environments, UBM Americas increases business effectiveness for both customers and audiences by cultivating meaningful experiences, knowledge and connections. UBM Americas has offices spanning North and South America, and serves a variety of specialist industries with dedicated events and marketing services covering everything from fashion, tech and life sciences to advanced manufacturing, cruise shipping, specialty chemicals, powersports and automotive, concrete, hospitality, cargo transportation and more. For more information, visit: ubmamericas.com.