2018 Ultimate Builder Championship Awarded in Chicago

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At each round of the series, the custom bikes that won or placed received an automatic bid to compete in the national championship. The championship round advanced 33 award-winning bikes from 6 qualifying competitions with builders coming as far away as California and Texas. And that says something with all of the snow that was dumped in Chicago during the weekend.

A VIP panel of judges were selected for the championship including Chris Callen, editor, Cycle Source Magazine; Chris Theis, custom builder and stuntman; Evan Favaro, custom builder; George Stinsman, custom builder; Max Ness of Arlen Ness Motorcycles; and Nick Beaulieu, custom builder and 2017 champion.

FreeStyle Winner at 2018 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

The Motorcycle Missions Veterans entry took 1st place in FreeStyle and the National Championship. The bike features an 1974 Shovel mil in a custom boardtrack frame. The little bike boasts a custom front end, exhaust and fenders.

Motorcycle Missions, founded by Krystal Hess, is a non-profit corporation helping veterans and first responders who deal with PTSD and suicidal ideation find hope and healing through motorcycles. Eight veterans of Motorcycle Missions built the winning motorcycle as part of Motorcycle Missions build mentorship program.

Ultimate Builder Results in Dallas

Winner – FreeStyle

1 – #2025 Motorcycle Missions Veterans named Portfield – 1974 Shovel in a board track frame
2 – # 1700 Chris Moos named DYNOT – 2018 Harley-Davidson Dyna

MOD Harley Winner at 2018 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

When the dust settled Jesse Srpan from Raw Iron Choppers took the check for Bad Mutha, a 1990 FXR. The bike featured a custom tail section, beefed up motor and Baker tranny.

Performance Machine provided the hand controls and wheels. The bike provides a counter point to the West Coast FXR builds and is very cool.

MOD Harley Winner

MOD Harley Winner

1- #775 Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers – 1990 Harley Davidson FXRS “Bad mutha FXR”
2 – #225 Tyler Foster of Sikipipes – 2001 Harley Road King

CUSTOM STREET Winner at 2018 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

Dale Crawford of Motone won Custom Street with his 2006 Triumph Hardtail Bobber named Mahakala. Designed by Crawford and built by Kyle Shorey of Shadetree Fabrications.

Custom Street WInner

1- #2075 Dale Crawford of Motone – 2006 Triumph Hardtail Bobber
2 – #1575 – PJ Grakauskas – 1975 Can-Am TnT 250

MOD Retro Winner at 2018 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show

BSA is a historic British manufacturer established in 1861, it was at one time the world’s largest motorcycle producer before going defunct in 1972.

Darrell Johnson’s 1965 Custom BSA is a fully polished 650CC motor and features dual carbs and stretch hardtail. The bike was presented with flawless paint, chrome and polished metal. The custom was built by Gasbox.

Ultimate Builder Results in Dallas


1 – #1300 Darrell Johnson – 1965 Custom BSA
2 – #1125 Andrew Fredrick named Princess – 1973 Honda CB350G

“The J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is one of the most competitive events in the custom motorcycle building industry, and every year we are amazed at the craftsmanship, time and hard work that goes into the entries in each city,” said Jeff Najar, manager, J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. “We had an amazing championship round in Chicago this year that featured many breathtaking custom motorcycles, and we are very excited to crown Motorcycle Missions Veterans as the official 2018 ‘King of the Builders.’”

Motorcycle Missions Pictures

Motorcycle Missions' Bike Start

Motorcycle Missions’ Bike Start

Motorcycle Missions

Motorcycle Mock Up

Motorcycle Missions Build Team

Motorcycle Missions Build Team

Product Awards at the 2018 Ultimate Builder Championship Awarded in Chicago

Awards reached Paughco, Lucas Oil, icengineworks, Working Man’s Customs, Backbone Built Bikes, Atomic Dice Studio Arts, Leatherworks, Joker Machine, The VIP Alliance, Carolina Ceramic Coatings, TCX Boots, Kirsh Helmets, The VIP Alliance, Suspension Technologies, Harley Davidson, DB FAB LLC., Kens Factory, Klock Werks, K&N Filters, BDL Belt Drive, Arlen Ness, Rinehart Racing, HJC Industries and Vance&Hines.

Participating in the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is accessible to all motorcyclists. The classes are designed to accommodate bikes from mild wild. Our Ultimate Builder EMCEE, Pat Jansen of Sin-Central Garage, is an inspiration to all builders because if he can win, anybody can.

Ultimate Builder Championship

Builders working the room

Builders won a Paughco roller. 120R Harley Engine and a 55 gallon drum of Lucas oil and a HMC Industries lift.

Builders won a Paughco roller, 120R Harley mil, 55 gallons of Lucas oil & a HMC Industries lift

Cash Awards at the 2018 Ultimate Builder Championship Awarded in Chicago

Freestyle Category Winner will receive US$10,000, trophy and championship ring. ARV of trophy and ring US$400. Total ARV of cash, ring and trophy is US$10,400. Runner up will receive a plaque. ARV of plaque: US$10.

Mod Retro Category Winner will receive US$1,500 and a trophy. ARV value of trophy US$50. Total ARV of cash and trophy US$1,550. Runner up will receive a plaque. ARV of plaque US$50.

Custom Street Category Winner will receive US$1,500 and a trophy. ARV of trophy US $50. Total ARV of cash and trophy US$1,550

Mod Harley Category Winner will receive US$2,000 and a trophy. ARV of trophy US $100. Total ARV of cash and trophy US$2100.

Sponsored Categories Winner will receive a prize determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
Championship participants receive a product prize package determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion for a total purse of $50,000 + the value of Sponsor Award prizes.

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