Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Winners At D.C. IMS

With the penultimate round of the bike show wrapped, prizewinners get ready to move on to the championship

Jason Wharton
Jason Wharton’s Honda CB550 Four won prizes in three different classes.Courtesy of Progressive Motorcycle Shows

It’s getting down to the wire now, and Progressive International Motorcycle Shows (IMS) has announced the winners of the sixth round of the 2018–2019 J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS), which wrapped up in Washington D.C. last weekend. As you probably know at this point, the winners move on to compete in the upcoming championship round in Chicago on February 17. That’s this week!

The elite-level custom bike builder competition with the biggest bounty in the US (more than $100,000 in cash and prizes) has now rolled through six stops on the IMS tour and it's time for the big finale—the championship round—at the IMS Show in Chicago. Hold tight. To learn more, visit: motorcycleshows.com/UBCBS.

Here are the winners for the UBCBS from IMS Washington D.C.:

Freestyle Winner:
Widowmaker CDR Custom Rigid Drop seat
Freestyle indeed—would you look at all the wild one-off parts on this thing? Hank Thibodeau of Widowmaker Custom Design & Repair and painters Mike Miles and Zach Matthews of Auto Arts Inc. won $1,000 for the 2018 Widowmaker CDR Custom Rigid Drop seat. The fork assembly is the star attraction, though the rocker covers, one-off rear fender, and suspended headlight caught our eye too. Powering it all is a Twin Cam stuffed into an Evo frame.Courtesy of Progressive Motorcycle Shows
Freestyle Runner-Up:
Widowmaker CDR called Hazey Thoughts
It’s Hank Thibodeau again, this time taking second place (again with Mike Miles and Zach Matthews) for this all-out full-stretch 2018 Widowmaker CDR called Hazey Thoughts. The 11-inches-over chopper gets an impossibly crafted gas tank, one-off rear fender and oil tank, custom bars, dual headlight assembly, and a custom springer front.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show
Custom Retro Winner:
1980 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead
Joey Chanel and painter Kim Savage won several Benjamins for this super-clean 1980 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead featuring a front 21-inch rim, six-speed transmission, custom exhaust, custom paint, shaved fork lowers, and custom gas tank and oil tanks.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show
Custom Retro Runner-Up:
1979 Harley-Davidson Sportster
Rob Clark and painter Dunworth/Dana Helmuth secured second place with a much sportier 1979 Harley-Davidson Sportster. That modded rear end betrays its vintage race geometry and street-rod aspirations.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show
Custom Harley-Davidson Winner:
2002 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer
Robert Wilcox with C&C Cycle, Roy Chamberlin, and painter Empire State Hail won a pile of prizes for this 2002 Harley-Davidson Softail Springer. Custom fenders, a modified gas tank with an FLHR dash, a Zippers 107 kit with diamond-cut heads, and a Baker six-speed tranny round out the highlight reel.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show
Custom Harley Runner-Up:
2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic
Margaret Nicastri with C&C Cycle, Roy Chamberlin, and painter Circle W Restorations, Cliff & Skip won this category with their 2004 Harley-Davidson Electra Glide Ultra Classic. You’ll see a a custom dash, custom fenders, frenched-in lights, 200-section rear tire, and a Zippers 103 kit with Thundermax, just for starters.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show
1974 Honda CB550 Four
Jason Wharton won a gift card, riding gear, and a plaque with this hugely popular 1974 Honda CB550 Four, which rocked a chopped fork, a stretched rear, molded frame, custom paint, and all kinds of mad detailing, all augmented with 3-D printed parts and a skateboard.Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Best Chopper Winner:

Not surprisingly, Hank Thibodeau of Widowmaker Custom Design & Repair won this grouping too with that Hazey Thoughts chopper from the Freestyle category. This thing must really be a handful in turns.

K&N Garage Builder Winner:

ason Wharton nailed down a $500 K&N Garage gift card, again with that blacked-out 1974 Honda CB550 Four. After all, what’s not to like?

Best Street Bike Winner:

Hello. We suppose it’s inevitable to see some of the same bikes in multiple categories, but Jason Wharton’s 1974 Honda CB550 Four seems to have really struck a chord.

Best Bagger Winner:

Look familiar? Margaret Nicastri, Roy Chamberlin, and painter Circle W Restorations, Cliff & Skip won a U Koala Bag and a plaque for their extremely colorful 2004 Harley-Davidson FLHTCUI.