Travelling across the country for four months from November through February, the Progressive International Motorcycle Show (IMS) showcases hundreds of the latest motorcycle models and gives enthusiasts the opportunity to check out the latest gear and aftermarket accessories, as well as hours of entertainment.
A highlight of the show are the works of motorcycle art which dot the event’s floor, all hoping to win a title in the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. This year, the eighth outing of the custom bike show featured 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 over the weekend awarded over $57,000 in cash and prizes at the championship round in Chicago and also named Nick Beaulieu as the 2017 ‘King of the Builders’.
“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,”. Jeff Najar, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. “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.
Beaulieu’s masterpiece earned him the title King of Custom Motorcycle Builders through its originality and unique styling. In Beaulieu’s words, “custom girder front end, S&S Motor, pentagram wheels and some bad ass aluminum work by my buddy, Ray” made the bike a winner. To those uninitiated to custom motorcycles, the bike is a sleek, monochromatic, beauty that looks like it is barely more than two wheels, a motor and a fuel tank.
The judges, noted editors of Hot Bike and Cycle Source magazines, applauded Beaulieu’s “less is more” approach, the clean, smooth lines of the bike, and how his hard work brought it together in 60 days.
The annual competition is 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.
The winners of the 2016-2017 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Championship are as follows:
King of the Builders: Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels
Bike: The Hate Machine, Custom Chopper
1- Nick Beaulieu, Forever Two Wheels
Bike: The Hate Machine, Custom Chopper
2- Wayne Burgess
Bike: Spitball Magoo, 1996 Custom Shovelhead
1- Evan Favaro, Speakeasy Motors
Bike: “Ethel,” 2015 Custom
2- Kyle Shorey, Speed Foundry
Bike: MahaKala, Triumph
Modified Harley-Davidson, presented by Harley-Davidson
1- Steven Iacona, Iacona Customs
Bike: Phoenix, 1992 1200 Sportster
2- Dusty Pine
Bike: 1993 Harley-Davidson Sportster
Modified Retro, presented by Royal Enfield
1- Steve Dietzman
Bike: 1968 Triumph Chopper
2- Matt Anderson
Bike: 1982 Harley Davidson FXRS
“Winning such a prestigious competition is something I’ve dreamed about since I was a teenager,” said 30-year-old Beaulieu. “Thanks to J&P Cycles for making this a reality. I’m bringing this cup back to Maine!”