The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) Announces the Cleveland J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show 2019/2020 Tour Winners

The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS) Announces the Cleveland J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show 2019/2020 Tour Winners

Santa Monica, Calif. (January 29, 2020)  The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS), an industry leader on connecting powersports brands with highly qualified enthusiasts and buyers, today announced the sixth round of winners of the 2019/2020 Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS) sponsored by J&P Cycles, which took place in Cleveland over the past weekend. The winners will move on to compete in the championship round in Chicago, Illinois.

Celebrating its tenth consecutive year shining a spotlight on the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind custom motorcycles across the nation, UBCBS is the largest and one of the most sought-after touring custom bike competitions in the nation. The elite-level custom motorcycle builder competition features more than 300 motorcycles across the eight-city IMS tour, awarding more than $70,000 in cash and prizes. This year’s categories include Custom Classic, Custom Street, Freestyle, and People’s Choice.

Judged by a panel of industry experts, winners in each city along the IMS tour will be invited to compete in the championship round taking place February 9, 2020 in Chicago for a chance to be crowned “King of the Builders.” To learn more, please visit: motorcycleshows.com/UBCBS.

“Custom building is one of the most creative outlets our industry has to offer, and the Progressive International Motorcycle Shows offer the ideal platform for builders to showcase their work on a national stage,” said Bob Kay, director of UBCBS. “Not only are the motorcycles strikingly ornate but it’s an incredible opportunity for the motorcycle enthusiast community to learn about and appreciate the unique story behind the creation of each build.”

The winners of the UBCBS at IMS Cleveland 2020 are as follows:

Custom Classic

  • Winner: Phil Hudson of 6th City Cycles with painter Kacey Elkins took home first place with a 1980 Honda CX500. Notably, the 1980 Honda CX500 engine was swapped with an 83 CX650 engine for an extra 30 horsepower. The bike is valued at $20k.
     
  • Runner-up: Ralph Spencer with Spencer Motorworks along with Paddock’s Paint Works was selected as runner-up with a 1969 Suzuki T500 valued at $10k. The bike featured a 500cc 2-Stroke Twin.

Custom Street

  • Winner: Robert Mcareavey of Cynical Cycles with painter South of the Square won first place with a 2016 Harley-Davidson Fatboy S, which is appraised at $40k. The custom bike featured a trask turbo, zipper performance engine upgrades, and a mustang custom seat.
     
  • Runner-up: Brad Ritondaro with painter Flame Thrower Customs was selected as runner-up with a 2007 Harley-Davidson Softail Deluxe, which is appraised at $30k. The custom bike featured stretched fenders, beach bars, front and rear air ride, and tons of chrome. 

Freestyle 

  • Winner: Austin Andrella with Austin Martin Originals won first place with his 2009 Harley-Davidson AMO Rigid. The bike’s paint was done by Flamethrower Customs & Atomic Bob and featured a handmade gas tank. The custom bike is appraised at 35k.
     
  • Runner-up: Jesse Srpan of Raw Iron Choppers LLC with painter Mike Valentine of VAL AIR was selected as runner-up for their 2019 Raw Iron Choppers Amour model appraised at $60k. Most notably, the custom bike featured a complete one-off frame with all amounts and gussets made out of .120 wall DOM tubing.

People’s Choice

  • As voted by IMS attendees, Tom Stine took home the People’s Choice award with his 1972 Harley-Davidson XLCH. The custom motorcycle features a custom chromed frame and is valued at $25K.

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