# Years at the Bike Show : 4 years
Hank Thibodeau has been building bikes for about 15 years. His first shop build was a 1979 GL1000 Honda Goldwing. Let’s just say she went on a diet and hit the circuit. Since then he has built a shop bike each year as well as numerous customer builds and modifications. They participated in Easy Rider a couple of different times. Taking a 3rd place in Charlotte, a 4th place in Charlotte a different year with a different bike and was invited to the Easy Rider Nationals in Ohio. Walked away from the Nationals with a 4th place. There have been many other shows and various awards over the years. Too many to list here, but all are near and dear to their hearts and proudly represented in their shop. Most recently, they were invited to compete at the J&P Cycles Progressive Insurance International Bike Show in Washington DC. Walked away with a 2nd place in their class and an award for Ingenuity. Widowmaker also received an invitation to the Nationals in Chicago, which they politely declined for personal reasons. Thibodeau's son had a wrestling tournament that same weekend. Family comes first. That is why you almost always see the whole family at events and Widowmaker no longer participates in events that are not family friendly. As for written print, they have been featured in Barnett’s Motorcycle Online Magazine a couple of times. Additionally, they were contacted by Uli Cloesen to feature one of their builds (1972 Moto Guzzi) in his book titled Italian Custom Motorcycles which was published in March 2013. More recently they were selected by Jeff Najar of Biker Pros as the shop to provide product installation “how to tips” for technical articles supporting brands such as MotionPro, Baker Transmission, BDL Open Belt Primaries, etc... These articles have been featured in Cycle Source and Hot Bike magazines. There are also videos on Youtube. Over the years they have grown Widowmaker's name internationally – thanks primarily to social media and our ever-growing Widowmaker family. They have product and shirts in several states and countries outside the United States. From exhausts in Norway, shirts in Sweden and a Raffle ticket for their 2015 Charity Bike sold to a gentleman in the Arctic Circle. While this at times can be mind-boggling, they consciously choose to support local. This year will mark Widowmaker's 11th year of support for Capital City Bikefest and their 4th year participating in the Bike Show as an Invited Builder. In 2017 he took home 2nd Place in the Invited Builder Custom Class and 2nd Place in the Sportster/Buell Custom Stock Class at the Ray Price Capital City Bikefest Bike Show.