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Custom motorcycle build competition underway

First-round winners emerge as tour opens in Northern California


Progressive IMS Outdoors launched its 2012 motorcycle show scheduled July 16-18 at Sonoma Raceway, where it presented the first round of awards in the annual J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder custom bike show series.

“We designed the competition to spotlight professional and amateur builders alike, attracting world-class builders at each stop along the tour that come to showcase their rolling works of art,” Bob Kay, director of the ultimate builder bike show series, is quoted in a post-event news release. 

“Not only do the participants receive well-deserved recognition, but the custom motorcycles on display provide event attendees the opportunity to engage with some of the finest customs across the US.

“Each bike,” he added, “tells a unique story.”

At each stop in the series, competition is held in three categories — custom street, custom classic and freestyle. There also is a People’s Choice award based on voting by show visitors.  Winners in the various rounds are eligible for the championship event scheduled for late October in Atlanta.

Sonoma winners were:

Custom Classic — Hugo Eccles of Untitled Motorcycles and his 1975 Moto Guzzi Supernaturale, a minimalist cafe racer with an 844cc engine. The build is nearly 25 percent lighter than the 1975 donor bike on which it is based.

Custom Street — Daniel Stern and painter Art Himsl won with a 2004 Harley-Davidson Softail and sidecar with handmade fenders and body panels. The sidecar also has an exotic wood floor and custom luggage fitting behind the seat.

Freestyle — Gino and Denis Ilacqua of Jezabel Customs and painter Shane Leasure won with a 1976 Custom Chopper featuring throwback rocker boxes, a custom oil tank, twist bar, plus bent metal pieces using camper propane tanks and a vise to shape fabricated pieces. 

People’s Choice (see photo at top of story) — Joe Stoesser’s “The Team Dream” is a 1994 Harley-Davidson FXR  built in a one-car garage and features a nickel-plated frame, one-off swing arm, candy paint, and several hundred hours of hand engravings.

The 2021 series next moves to the Chicago area for an event August 20-22 at Pingree Grove, Illinois. Other events are scheduled for September 3-5 at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in New York, September 10-12 at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania, October 1-3 at Texas Motor Speedway, October 8-11 at the  Lebanon, Tennessee, October 15-17 at Lakeland, Florida, October 29-31 at Georgia International Horse Park, with a Southern California event yet to be announced.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.



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