Information by Jeff Najar, Bikerpros.com
While the majority of the United States experienced extreme winter weather, the Phoenix edition of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show was treated to balmy mid-seventies temperatures.
The Ultimate Builder is known for the diversity of styles and Phoenix, AZ was a treat for enthusiasts checking out the show. It had everything including an Arlen Ness inspired 80’s era FXR, Radical Baggers and cool bobbers and choppers.
At each J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder show over $8,000+ in cash and prizes is spread over 5 classes with a grand total of $100,000+ awarded in the series. Each show begins on Friday and runs through Sunday.
People’s Choice Award – Shannon Venturo won with her 2011 Softail Deluxe called Dazln. SHO DOG Awards – Caren Cooper won the Garage Leathers solo bag (http://garageleathers.com) and Shannon Venturo won the Rocking K Custom Leather chain wallet. (http://rockingkcustomleather.
Ultimate Builder FreeStyle Class
Sam Baldi took 1st place in the FreeStyle class with Lost Angel and won the $2,500 check. Lost Angel is a custom 2013 build with an EVO Patrick Racing 113 mil softail with trans brake, centrifugal clutch and Paul Cox seat. Paint is by One Xtreme.
- Sam Baldi – Lost Angel, 2013 Custom
- Caren Cooper, Big Sky Motorcycle –Fire & Ice, 2012 Big Sky Bobber
- Bill Nethercutt, Hatred Customs – Confused, 2008 HD Streetglide
Ultimate Builder MOD Harley Class
Joe Watts of Knucklehead Cycles finished is MOD Harley custom build just hours before the kick off of the Phoenix inaugural of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show. Was that effort rewarded? Oh Yeah, he took the point in the class and came home with the $1,500 check for his efforts.
- Joe Watts, Knucklehead Cycles – Negra, 1986 Harley Softail
- Shannon Venturo – Fatty Girl, 2014 HD Break Out
- Jeff Five, Bob’s Cycle Supply – Apple Crate, 1988 FXR
Ultimate Builder Retro MOD Class
From show to show you never know how your custom bike will perform in the competition. Cherry Blossom from Hudson Motorycles took 2nd in Long Beach, CA earlier in the season but took the gold in Phoenix, AZ. It features a multi-cylinder Honda with ATP Turbo, S&S carb, ARD Magneto, RC Engineering exhaust and oil in the frame. Paint was applied by Love Ear Art.
- Hudson Motorycles, Kios Garage – Cherry Blossom, 1970 Kios Garage
- Eric Danuser – Twisted, 1988 EVO
- Terradon Choppers – Sexy Beast, 1979 HD FXEF
Ultimate Builder Performance Custom Class
Caren Cooper of Big Sky Motorcycle rolled in her 1997 Buell Mutant and you could tell by the looks of this blacked-out fireball that it was made for speed. It turns out that Miss Caren is a racer at hart and she drag raced this custom sled for many seasons. The bike features a pumped-up Buell mill in a rigid pro-street chassis from Redneck Eng.
- Caren Cooper, Big Sky Motorcycle – Mutant Buell, 1997 Buell
Ultimate Builder MOD Street Class
Talking to Tom Garber you get the sense that he spent a considerable amount of time considering the platform for his custom build. His platform of choice? A 1999 Yamaha Road Star, which are plentiful and relatively inexpensive. He transformed the cruiser into a slick little bobber. Perfect!
- Tom Garber – 1999 Yamaha Road Star
- Hudson Motorcycles – BMW M Series Tribute, 2012 S1000RR