IMS Announces Minneapolis Ultimate Builder Custom Show Winners

The latest round of the UBCBS series has wrapped and the prizes awarded

Suzuki Savage boardtracker
Jeffrey Thomford won the Freestyle category with this wild Suzuki Savage boardtracker.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Shows

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:


Winner: As mentioned above, 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.

2015 Suzuki 450
Runner-Up: Dan Riley won a plaque for a 2015 Suzuki 450 painted by Gunn Design.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Custom Retro

1940 Indian Four
Winner: Ernie Owens won $750 with this gorgeous, slightly modded 1940 Indian Four that happens to be a former police bike.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show
1946 Harley-Davidson WR
Runner-Up: Vintage motorcycle racer Brittney Olsen and painter John Dills got runner-up with this classic 1946 Harley-Davidson WR, a 45ci Class C racebike.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Custom Street

2015 Victory Magnum
Winner: 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.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Custom Harley-Davidson

2008 Harley Sportster XR1200
Winner: 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.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show
2001 Sportster
Runner-Up: 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.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

K&N Garage Builder

Winner: Michael Bates scored again with that Sportster XR1200 in this other category as well.

Best Chopper

2019 Weston Choppers Root Beer Bike
Winner: 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.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

People's Choice

Winner: It’s John Nordby won once taking the cash and prizes with that Weston Choppers Root Beer Bike.

Best Street Bike

2000 Harley Sportster
Winner: 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.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Best Bagger

Harley-Davidson Fat Boy
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.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

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