Nick Beaulieu scoops “King of the Builders” at Chicago J&P Cycles UBCBS finale
J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Crowns ‘King of the Builders’ at its championship round at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago, IL.
The 8th annual J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS) crowned its 2017 "King of the Builders" at the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) in Chicago on the weekend of February 11th and 12th.
With more than 350 motorcycles and tour wide awards totaling over $100,000 in cash and prizes, the competition ran through all seven IMS shows, culminating in the award of over $57,000 in cash and prizes at the championship round in Chicago, naming Nick Beaulieu as the 2017 "King of the Builders."
Jeff Najar, organizer, said that "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, as well as special awards categories such as 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’ said: “Thank you to the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows and J&P Cycles for giving me the opportunity to be here and providing me with 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 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