Ultimate Builder Completes the California Swing
December 7-9th is the perfect storm for the SOCAL custom bike enthusiast as the Ultimate Builder, David Mann and Mooneyes all fire up on the same weekend. The J&P Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show rolled into Long Beach, CA on December 7th with 43 outstanding custom sleds. Guys from LA, San Diego, NORCAL and Vegas came to compete for bragging rights and a piece of the $7,000 in prize money and $500+ in prizes.
Ultimate Builder: FreeStyle Class
Shaun Ruddy of Chop Deluxe wheeled Retro Racer into the 2012 SOCAL Ultimate Builder , everyone new that his sled was in contention for the win. And Shaun pulled it off by the slimmest of margins against 2nd place finisher Pala Duro. Shaun’s bike features hand machined brass pieces throughout, 127” Ultima EL Bruto, Panhead front rocker boxes and custom front end.
- Shaun Ruddy, Chop Deluxe – 2012 Retro Racer
- Rick Bray – Pala Duro, 1981 Kustom Kustom
- Seth Slagiel – Speedy, 2012 Twisted Speedy
Ultimate Builder: MOD Harley Class
The California King of Mod Harley – Bruce Boldon wins SOCAL and NORCAL editions of Ultimate Builder in the MOD Harley class with Wicked Beauty, making him the MOD Harley King. His bike is a 2003 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy. Boldon went for the big bore kit, Screamin’ Eagle cams and diamond cut heads. If the bike isn’t chromed then its powder coated. Ridewright wheels are engraved and diamond cut. The frame is chromed and engraved.
- Bruce Boldon – Wicked Beauty, 2003 Fat Boy
- Chris Richardson, LA Speedshop – Corner Crook, 1948 H-D FL
- David Givens, AIP Racing – Dream Smasher, ’07 Night Train
Ultimate Builder: Performance Custom Class
The purpose-built race bikes got traction at the Ultimate Builder with Paul Morris and his racer, Street Pro, taking the win by a wheel against Ray Wheeler and his turbocharged Bonneville racer. Mooris’ bike sports a Gangster frame, full MSD ignition, carbon fiber body work and rear wheel. Chassis is custom built with a stretched swingarm and slammed suspension.
- Paul Morris – Street Pro, 2010 G2 Gangster
- Ray Wheeler – Raycer, 2012 Har-Busa
- Motogpwerks.com – Suzuki TL 1000R
Ultimate Builder: Retro MOD Class
Paul Ponkow of Bones Legacy built this wild child called Satyricon. The bike has a 53deg rake, 8” stretch and a 30” over rigid front end. Special features include a hand-ade oil tank, sissy bar, seat, exhaust, handlebars, foot controls and brake linkage. It’s a beautiful 1964 Triumph TR-6 with a 650cc mil that was balanced and blue printed with polished rods, coated valves and an SRM blow off valve.
- Paul Ponkow, Bones Legacy – Satyricon, ’64 Triumph TR-6
- Chris Richardson, LA Speedshop – Benji Stacks, 47 FL
- Daniel Sosa, Torch Industries – Pelionero
Ultimate Builder: MOD Street Class
R.I.S. Designs thrashed until early Saturday morning and brought in this tasty 2003 RC51 with paint by No Mercy Air. It features a Grip Ace, custom body, single sided swingarm, custom pipes and billet and custom rims.
- R.I.S. Designs- GUCCI, 2003 Honda RC51
- Javon Samonte – 2004 Yamaha YZF-R1
- Elijah Navarro – Sleeping Beauty, 07 ZX10R
You Never Know Who Will Show Up
Pictured: Bob Kay, Brian Klock, Ashley, Keith “Bandit” Ball and Rick Bray
During the photo shoot with Ashley and Rick Bray a number of the guys standing around decided that they needed a snap with Ashley so they stormed the set. You can see Rick wasn’t so keen as his pregnant wife was looking on.
Marilyn Stemp, Editor of IronWorks Magazine
Marilyn Stemp, Editor of IronWorks Magazine, holds court at the Ultimate Builder Awards Ceremony about the support the magazine provides the show and how she is impressed with the quality of the custom bikes. She pulled a couple of feature articles out of the show. Watch for West Coast builders Rick Bray and Todd Silicato from Todd’s Cycle in up coming issues.
Keith Ball of Bikernet.com Provides Showcase Bikes
Bikernet provided 4 Bonneville Salt Flat race bikes for the non-competing Showcase class. Keith’s bikes are designed specifically for the salt. They were positioned in the exhibition hall and greeted visitors when they first walked in.
Biker Pros produces world-class events
The Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show is produced by www.bikerpros.com. At each round of the competition Biker Pros photographs each bike and makes them available in their Flickr gallery at www.flickr.com/photos/bikerpros.