IMS Announces Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Custom Show Winners

By Staff - February 08, 2019
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IMS Announces Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Custom Show Winners

Credits: Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

Freestyle Winner: Jeffrey Thomford’s winning entry is actually a 1998 Suzuki Savage, also known as the “Beer Budget Board Tracker.” This slick thumper features a handbuilt frame with a girder front suspension, 21-inch wheels, an aluminum alloy fender, and aluminum tanks.

The latest round of the UBCBS series has wrapped and the prizes awarded. Another weekend, another Progressive International Motorcycle Show in the books. That also means there’s a new set of winners from the fourth round of the 2018–’2019 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS), which took place within the IMS Minneapolis event last weekend. And, yes, the prize holders automatically get to compete in the championship round in Chicago on February 17.

Within the nine announced classes we saw a couple of bikes win for multiple classes, along with a nice crop of vintage stunners. Here’s the list of winners from the UBCBS at IMS Minneapolis:

Freestyle Runner-Up:

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Dan Riley won a plaque for a 2015 Suzuki 450 painted by Gunn Design.

 

 

 

Custom Retro Winner:

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Ernie Owens won $750 with this gorgeous, slightly modded 1940 Indian Four that happens to be a former police bike.

Custom Retro Runner-Up:

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Vintage motorcycle racer Brittney Olsen and painter John Dills got runner-up with this classic 1946 Harley-Davidson WR, a 45ci Class C racebike.

Custom Street Winner:

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Dave Meyers entered a 2015 Victory Magnum and won cash and prizes. The bike itself featured a one-of-a-kind rear fender, custom saddlebags, custom handlebars and wheels, and much more.

Custom Harley-Davidson Winner:

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Michael Bates won $750 and other goodies for his 2008 Harley Sportster XR1200, which packs a high-performance engine, handcrafted sheet metal, exhaust, and a sci-fi-inspired paint theme.

Custom Harley-Davidson Runner-Up:

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Lurking under that full fairing is a 2001 Sportster, which won Katie Washnok second place in the category. It’s the first Sporty built using all Baggster custom-injected urethane parts.

Best Chopper Winner:

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John Nordby won a pile of prizes for his 2019 Weston Choppers Root Beer Bike. The bike rolls with a 140ci Ultimate engine, 14-inches-over inverted fork, 360mm rear tire, 23-inch front wheel, custom handlebars and rims by RC Components.

Best Street Bike Winner:

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Ian McGuire won this group with a 2000 Harley Sportster that features a 1200 kit with Wiseco pistons, Lowbrow Customs chain conversion, and a fiberglass tracker seat.

Best Bagger Winner:

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First place was snagged by Mike Rinowski’s Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. This bike clocked 41,000 miles traveling across Vietnam to honor fallen veterans. The motorcycle was restored in 2019 and is still ridden regularly; it’s destined to be donated to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (a.k.a. The Wall), in Washington, D.C.