Cleveland was smokin’ last weekend as the J&P Cycles
Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show swept into town. The show featured killer sleds from The Gas Box, Hoosier Daddy Choppers and Steele Kustoms to name a few. The Ultimate Builder hosted a healthy combination of Joes vs Pros with the builders selecting the money winners through peer-to-peer judging.
This clean 1983 BMW Boxer Bobber by The Gas Box took first place in the Freestyle Class at Cleveland's Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.
It's easy to see why Gary Savill of Silver Wraith Choppers was popular with the people, earning 'The People's Choice' in Cleveland.
Hoosier Daddy's Firehouse Racer has won numerous awards, adding the Mod Harley title to its resume at the Cleveland Ultimate Builder Show.
Perry Paugh took the terms 'performance custom' seriously, his 2004 Suzuki GSX1300R Pro Stock turbo drag bike winning first place in Cleveland's Performance Custom Class.
Third times a charm for Bill Steele who won the Retro Mod Class with his Pan-Shovel after placing in both the Freestyle and Mod Harley classes.
Doug Horner brought in this wonderful 1942 Indian Scout to the Cleveland Ultimate Builder Show, the vintage Indian earning second place in the Performance Custom Class.
The People’s Choice and the Hashtag Hustler awards were won by Gary Savill of Silver Wraith Choppers. The Hashtag Hustler is a new award with the builder winning a J&P Cycles $150 gift certificate for the best picture shot at the show using the using the #jpultimatebuilder hashtag.
SHO DOG Awards winners were John Klimo of Cuyahoga Valley Custom Cycles and Choppers who received a Rocking K Custom Leather’s chain wallet while Working Class Choppers took home a Garage Leathers’ Solo Bag. All award winners also received a swag bag from Metal Rescue.
The star of the show was The Gas Box as they took their third FreeStyle win in as many years. Jesse Bassett, the owner of The Gas Box, is a Gen Next builder savant from the Buckeye State. He has won with a BSA, Indian and now a BMW Boxer Bobber. The common denominator in his builds? They are freak’n cool. The bike features a custom frame and sheet metal in a rigid frame. The 1983 800cc mill sports Weber carbs.
1. Jesse Bassett, The Gas Box – 1983 BMW
2. Dennis Benefield, Dave Perewitz – Doubletake, 2009 Bobber
3. Bill Steele, Steele Kustoms – Grand Master, 2005 Steele Kustom
The Hoosier Daddy Chopper’s Firehouse Racer features a Harley-Davidson TwinCam 96 engine with hand-fabricated exhaust tips made from 1920’s fire hose brass nozzles. It also has an S&S Carb and Ultima 2-inch belt drive. Illumination comes from a 1910 Jose Lucas Carbide headlight and an After Hours Choppers taillight. The leather seat is from Anvil Customs.
1. Jon Shipley, Hoosier Daddy Chopper – Firehouse Racer, 2013 Boardtracker
2. Bill Steele, Steele Kustoms – HoneyBagger, 2006 H-D RoadGlide
3. Sean Cortmilia, Afterlife Cycles – Sinister, 1977 H-D Sportster
Bill Steele splits his time between hot rods and hot bikes and it shows as he creates some killer builds. ‘Blue Baller’ is a Pan-Shovel that features a smoothed chassis, foot clutch, jockey shift and a rebuilt and powdercoated engine. The bike just looks right. The feature that delivers the biggest impact is Bill’s outstanding paint job… Bellissimo!
1. Bill Steele, Steele Kustoms – Blue Baller, 2013 Steele Kustom
2. Stuart Lecht, Tuff-N Nuff - Tuff-N Nuff, 1980 Kawasaki
3. Steven Huckabee – Kawasaki, 1978 ZR1 1000
Perry Paugh rolled his Pro Stock drag bike, Kanji, into the I-X Center and rolled out with $1000 in his pocket. The 2004 Suzuki GSX 1300 features a TruTrac T4 Pro Stock frame, turbo and auto shift.
1. Perry Paugh, Dougherty’s M/C – Kanji, 2004 Suzuki GSX 1300R
2. Doug Horner, VMC Racing Frames – 1942 Indian Scout
3. Joe Colon, Zach Suydam – Skull Busa, 2000 Hayabusa
Thomas Foulds from Working Class Choppers won the MOD Street Class with Jizzeppi, his 1982 Suzuki GS450. The bike includes a new undertail frame and swingarm converted into a mono shock. Special features include copper accents including copper controls and rear controls.
1. Thomas Foulds, Working Class Choppers – Jizzeppi, 1982 Suzuki GS450
2. Frank Natoli, Northern Ohio Ducati & Triumph – Bellissima, 2010 Ducati GT1000
3. Micheal Sumaker, Cleveland Motorcycles – Blue, 2012 Cleveland Cyclewerks Heist