The Progressive International Motorcycle Show launched the third annual Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Atlanta on Nov. 2, 2012, with the show completing in Charlotte on Feb. 24, 2013. J&P Cycles was the proud sponsor of the elite-level custom motorcycle builder competition this year. "The popularity of this competition continues to grow, allowing attendees an up-close look at more than 500 amazing custom motorcycles in cities nationwide," said Tigra Tsujikawa, brand director for the shows, which were produced by Advanstar (parent of Dealernews). "For the participating builders, this competition provides national exposure and a chance to share their artistic inspiration with enthusiasts while competing for top prize money."
The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Competition hosted five builder classes: Freestyle, Modified Harley, Retro Mod, Performance Custom and (new for this year) Modified Street. Judging was conducted by industry veterans and the competitors themselves. Top builders in each class received awards and each show had a winners ceremony.
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"After a whirlwind tour across the United States, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows wrapped up its 13-round series this past weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina. While over 30 custom motorcycles competed for the top prizes, it was Ian Armstrong and the crew from AR Baggers that won the lion’s share of awards, capturing both the coveted Freestyle class and its $2500 cash prize and the Modified Harley class which was good for a cool $1500 more in earnings. Overall, the Ultimate Builder series awarded over $100,000 in cash and prizes during this year’s competitions."
"The 2013 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder US Championship saw winning bikes from Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit and Atlanta compete with local heroes from Indianapolis. The Championship presented 54 outstanding custom motorcycles competing for $26,000 in cash and prizes."
"The 2013 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show kicked off in Chicago, IL on February 8 with builders coming in from as far as Dallas to compete for over $7,750 in cash and prizes. Enthusiasts were able to get their quota of eye candy as Chicago delivered the most diverse selection of sleds with Baggers, trikes, sidecars, café racers, customs, pro street bikes and restored vintage iron all gracing the red carpet."
"The Detroit round of the 2013 edition of the Ultimate Builder saw snow all three days and weather as warm as 12 degrees. But that is walking weather for the hearty families from Michigan as the Progressive International Motorcycle Show was packed with enthusiasts. The enthusiasts were checking out the J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show and were rewarded with outstanding sleds from their local heros."
"The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rolled into Cleveland, Ohio, last weekend and for the third year in a row, snow greeted the custom bike builders as they unloaded their sleds into the show. This comes as no surprise since Cleveland, situated in the northeastern end of the state, is located on the shores of Lake Erie."
"The New York round of the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is like none other. From the starting gun on Friday at noon till closing at 5PM on Sunday, it was packed ankle to armpit with enthusiasts giving their appreciation to the 50 custom sleds on display. In year’s past FreeStyle and Performance Custom class machines dominated the show. This year Retro MOD had the largest participation with guys and gals building to this specification: “Any modified bike, with any drive train on any chassis configuration that is 25 years or older. Great class for older Harley’s where the frame was cut to rake or stretch as well as a class for Café Racers from the Ton-Up era."
"As they say, if the weather is bad outside, then inside will be packed. That was certainly the case Saturday on a brisk 3-degree day in the Great White North that saw record attendance for the 2013 Minneapolis round of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike. H. Gio Giovanni and BlackSmith Motoring made the trip over from Chicago and took wins in both the Modified Street and Modified Harley categories, establishing themselves as the leading money winners in the meantime. Local custom building legend Donnie Smith was also on hand with a special showcase featuring his work."
"Even with two local NFL teams (the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens) competing in the playoffs, motorcycle enthusiasts still showed up in force over the weekend at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in DC. A big highlight for the crowds was the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, the sixth round of competition featuring custom rides ranging from stretched-out choppers and ‘Busas to rusted sleds with interesting twists."
"When you think of Seattle, rain and cold weather comes to mind. Well, the weather didn’t disappoint this past weekend, but who knew that the people were so warm and friendly? The custom bikes entered in the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show in Seattle didn’t disappoint either as all five classes had innovative and well-built bikes throughout. Freakshow Choppers came down from Canada to make their presence known while adding an international vibe to the fifth round of the series."
"SoCal was slamming last weekend, a hot bed for the custom motorcycle and hot rod scene with the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, Mooneyes, and David Mann Chopperfest all going down. The Ultimate Builder contest rolled into Long Beach December 7th with 43 outstanding custom sleds vying for top honors. Competitors from LA, San Diego, NorCal and Vegas came to compete for bragging rights and a piece of the $7000 prize money and $500-plus in prizes."
"The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Shows rolled into California’s Bay Area for the third round of competition this past weekend as the series begins its West Coast swing. With $7000 in prize money being divvied out in five separate categories, the Ultimate Builder Show brought out some of NorCal’s most talented custom motorcycle builders as event organizers said 'The entries in San Mateo were very much different than anything we had seen in Dallas or Atlanta.'"
"It is good to see the custom bike industry is alive and well in the great state of Texas. The J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rolled into the Dallas Convention Center as the featured attraction of the International Motorcycle Cycle Show this past weekend and the builders’ workmanship was nothing less than stunning. Thirty-seven bikes entered into the Ultimate Builder contest for a crack at winning a share of the $7000 prize money. The most diverse class was FreeStyle with a wide range of bikes filling the category, from custom choppers to bobbers to one-off builds to baggers."
"The 2012 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show presented by J&P Cycles kicked off in Atlanta, Georgia, on November 2-4, 2012, with builders coming in from as far as Chicago and Dallas to compete. The Ultimate Builder shows travel around the country in conjunction with the International Motorcycle Shows and provide an avenue for some of the best custom motorcycle building talent around to battle it out for cash, prizes and prestige. For the competitors who came from afar for the Atlanta show, it was worth the trip for these metal artisans as they captured four out of the six top awards."