Jeremy Cupp’s 1976 custom Harley-Davidson won the Ultimate Builder Custom Bike U.S. Championships last weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida.
The Mount Crawford, Virgina resident who works for LC Fabrications also won the Freestyle Class, and had to beat 19 other competitors to snare the National Championship. “I am incredibly humbled to receive this award,” he said. “I’m still in shock that I actually won; each in this field of competitors was world-class in its own right.”
Cupp’s win comes with a $6,000 prize and an entry in the World Championship to be held later this year in Sturgis. The winning motorcycle, which Cupp named “Old Black,” is based on a Harley-Davidson XL with an 883 cc engine that has been modified with two rear heads and dual Amal carburetors. However, it’s the bike’s chassis that makes it stand out. The use of a hillclimber chassis and dual jack-shafted drive chains mounted on the rear wheel gave the motorcycle a distinctly menacing appearance.
Winners of other categories included Steve Iacona of Iacona Custom Cycle, who took first place in the Modified Harley-Davidson class with a 1976 machine. Mark Webster’s 1973 Yamaha TX 650 won in the Retro-Mod category and A1 Cycles’ Mike Beland with his 2012 A1 Street Racer was voted best Performance Custom.