Ultimate Builder Chicago: Widman takes national title

Publish Date: 
Feb 12, 2014

ROSEMONT, Ill. -- Paul Widman of Bare Knuckle Choppers won the freestyle category at the Progressive International Motorcycle Show held Feb. 8-10 in Chicago, and was named the U.S. grand champion of the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show.

Widman took home a check for $5,000 as cash awards were doubled to $14,000 and prizes to $7,000. Jon Shipley won the Modified Harley class; he took home a check for $3,000 and a Harley-Davidson 120R motor.

Josh Weinmann won the People’s Choice award. He received a Bell Custom 500 helmet pinstriped by Skratch. Working Class Choppers took the Hashtag Hustler award and received a J&P Cycles $150 gift certificate. In the SHO DOG Awards, Mark Gates won a Rocking K Custom Leather’s chain wallet and Backbone Built Bikes won a Garage Leathers’ Solo Bag. All award winners received a swag bag of Metal Rescue and a premium cleaning kit from Wizards.

Program sponsors are Progressive Insurance and Harley-Davidson. Contributing Sponsors include Wizards, Bell Helmets, Metal Rescue, Rocking K Custom Leathers and Garage Leathers Solo Bags.

The Ultimate Builder competition is managed for the Motorcycle Shows by Bob Kay and Jeff Najar.

See all the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show winners here.


First Place: Widman’s championship ride is a 1940 EL Knucklehead named Jane Doe. The jewel-like bike features HD 74-inch mil with shaved and resized flywheels, large port heads and Kibblewhite valves. The chopper sports a handmade frame and front end. The handmade tank sports 1.75-inch coco bolo wood inserts.



Second place: Ron Harris, Chop Doc Choppers, for "‘Ol 48," a 2013 Board Tracker.





Third place: Rich Worley, American Biker, "Steampunk Shovel," 2012 Custom.





Modified Harley

First Place: Jon Shipley of The Hoosier Daddy Choppers was all smiles as his "Firehouse Racer" won the championship.

His 2013 Boardtracker features a Harley-Davidson 96 CI twin cam engine with hand-fabricated exhaust tipped with 1920s-era fire hose brass nozzles, S&S Carb and Ultima 2-inch belt drive. Illumination comes from a 1910 Jose Lucas Carbide headlight and an After Hours Choppers tail light. The leather seat is from Anvil Customs.


Second place: Joel Gurath, Backbone Built Bikes, for "Retro Sexy," 2005 FXST.





Third place: Dell Battle, 2009 Racer, 200 HD Roadglide.



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