2016 LA Calendar Motorcycle Best of Show winner Yuichi Yoshizkwaat center, joined from left: Hiroko Taka, show producer and photographer Jim Gianatsis, Calendar Kittens Kaustin Rose, Alissa Bourne, Daria Dali.
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The Sagebrush Cantina, Calabasas, CA, Saturday July 23rd 2016 - The 2016 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show with sponsorship support by Russ Brown Attorneys continued its now 25-year tradition as one of America’s premier annual outdoor street bike events as it rocked the legendary biker party zone at the Sagebrush Cantina for the 2nd year in beautiful downtown Calabasas, California. Celebrity Custom Bike Builders premiered their latest works of rolling art in the Calendar Bike Building Championship, alongside selected Product Manufacturers and Vendors.
Taking Best of Show this year, as in the last 4 out of 5 years, was another new-to-America custom bike builder out of Japan.
Yuichi Yoshizkwa / Custom Works Zon / cw-zon.com, flew his bike in from Japan to take Best of Show at the 2016 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show. This was the 4th out of 5 years that virtually unknown Japanese Builders have claimed the top spot at America's premier custom motorcycle show with their very unique and ornate hand crafted builds. Yuichiti's Cafe Racer themed retro Big Twin bike featured engraved hand formed brass bodywork, a unique front single sided and rear single sided swingarm suspension bolted to a one-off aluminum girder frame, and its American V-Twin replica Shovel Head motor fed by a exhaust powered turbocharger!
Yuichi Yoshizawa returned to the winners circle in the Street Custom Class with a dragster styled Harley-Davidson Flat Tracker 750cc that he had built with Custom Works partner Yoshikazu Ueda. A few months earlier the pair had garnered the the win with this bike in the Harley-Davidson of Japan sponsored “Street Build Off” where five of Japan’s top custom workshops were given free reign to tear into Harley’s new Street 750, with results that were incredible. It was jaw dropping to see that Harley’s new water-cooled budget minded street cruiser could also be the base for this incredible custom featuring a single-cradle frame and completely new suspension front and back. The vibe is functional, with an eye on the drag strip: There’s a 19-inch W&W wheel up front, and a 15-inch Rocket Racing rear rim. Joining Yoshizkwa on his trip to America and in the winner’s circle at the Calendar Show was his good friend Hiroko Takai / also of Custom Works, followed by a road trip to Sturgis to show off their Show winning bikes.
The Show always marks the annual premier of new FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars with the new 2017 Fast Dates World Superbike, Iron & Lace CustomMotorcycles and Garage Girls Pin Up Calendars featuring the world's top Race Bikes, Cafe Racers and Custom Motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens in attendance at the Show.This year’s Kittens included official SBK World Superbike podium girls Alissa Bourne and Penthouse centerfold Austin Rose who worked the podium at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca USA World Superbike round just 2 weekends before, and beautiful Russian model Daria Dali.
This year the Calendar Motorcycle Show payed special tribute to legendary custom bike builder Ron Simms / Ron Simms.com out of Oakland, California, as one of the favorite and most successful FastDates.com Calendar Bike Builders over the last 25 years. Ron has attended nearly every Calendar Show over the years going back to the mid ‘90s when the Show started at the Santa Monica Airport. His newest custom bikes are always photographed by Calendar publisher Jim Gianatsis for the Iron & Lace Calendar, with the bike shoots also featured in major magazines like Easyriders and American Iron.
An incredible day of live Calendar Girl Music featured American Idol contender Alex Nester and her band performing two exciting sets of rock classics and her own original songs. Alex also serves as vocalist and keyboardist in the bands of legendary guitarist Carlos Santana and his son Salvador Santana. Also performing was incredibly talented 16-year old singer songwriter Jac Mackenzie, also featured on American Idol lat season.
Like many we know impacted by cancer, singer Alex Nester and Calendar Show producer Jim Gianatsis are cancer survivors, with a portion of ticket sales from the Calendar Show being donated to the American Cancer Society to help others. To find our more about the important work of fighting cancer go to www.Cancer.org
The once Mikuni American sponsored LA Calendar Motorcycle Show saw its glory days from 1996-2008 as the premier custom street bike event in America when the custom bike market was at its height. The Calendar Show spanned two days at major Southern California venues the Santa Monica Airport Museum of Flying and The Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach, drawing anually some 10,000 paid spectators and 190 major motorcycle and parts companies. Then with the Economic Downturn of 2008 much of people’s expendable income went away, and with it some 80% of the custom motorcycle industry going away, causing the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show to downsize as well.
Show funder, producer and FastDates.com Calendar photographer Jim Gianatsis has endeavored to keep the Show continuing these last 6 years as the last independently produced street bike event on the west coast. It has been difficult because of high event location costs, staffing and advertising. While today, on any given weekend in Southern California many Motorcycle Dealers, Cities and Indian Casinos, in an attempt to pull in the few motorcycle baby boomers and customers left after the economic downturn, put on free Open Houses and competing Events with their own staff, in their own parking lots, with live music, free BBQ, sale prices and demo rides. It is nearly impossible for an independently produced bike event on the West Coast like the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show to convince spectators to pay a low $20 admission, and to encourage the few remaining manufacturers and sponsors to support it.
The LA Calendar Show and the associated FastDates.com Calendars produced by Jim Gianatsis / Gianatsis Design Associates has seen a rich history over its last 25 years. It pioneered Supermoto races at the Show, innovative features like its Calendar Bike Building Championship, World Record Dyno Shootout, Builders Seminars, the Calendar Girl Model Pageant and its Calendar Girl Music Festival which many other International Motorcycle Events have copied. And it help to launch the careers of many celebrity builders including Jesse James, Russell Mitchell, Roland Sands, Russ Tom, Harold Pontarelli, AFT Customs, Richard Pollock and so many others who had their first custom bikes featured at the show and in the Calendars. Not to forget the legendary builders who have also have been an important part of the Show and featured in the Calendars - Ron Simms, Arlen Ness, Paul Yaffe, Jim Nasi, Shinya Kimura, Chica, Todd’s Cycle and so many more. As long as Show producer Jim Gianatsis can afford to keep the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show alive to support the custom and street sport bike market we all love, he will try to do so. Any supporters who would like to help keep the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and the custom bike building industry alive, your support is invited and welcome.
The annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show is normally held on the 3rd weekend in July at the Sagebrush Cantina, 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. For additional information and more Calendar Bike Show coverage go to: www.FastDates.com/BIKESHOW.HTM
2016 CALENDAR BIKE BUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Pro Builder: 1. Gustavo Penna & Oliver van Anhault / Apogee Motor Works, Ducati 1098 Superbike Retro Cafe Custom; 2.Richard Jones, Aluminum Frame Softail Twin Cam Custom; 3. Ron Simms/ Old School Orange Flame Shovelhead.
Street Custom: 1. Yuichi Yoshizkwa and Yoshikazu Ueda / Custom Works Zon, Harley_Davidson Street 750 Tracker;
Bar Hopper: 1. Michal LaFountain, 1967 Kawasaki 650cc W1 Cafe Racer; 2. Kris Van Damme, Triumph Thruxton; 3. Kevin Stanley, Triumph Thruxton.
Sportbike: 1. . Adam Gasperic / Gasser Customs, Honda CB700 Cafe Racer; 2. Robert Loomis, Norton framed H-D 1200 Sportster Cafe Racer; 3. Alan Breise, BMW HP4 Superbike.
Classic American: 1. Joe Chavez, Beercan Willy 1957 Panhead / 1966 Shovelhead custom.
Classic Import: 1. Nick O'Kane, Honda CB1100 Cafe Racer; 2. Jim Giuffra/ AFT Metric Customs, Honda VTX1300; 3. Vidas Enck, 1951 Vincent Black Shadow.
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2016 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Media Information
Los Angeles, CA, Feb 1st 2016 - The 2016 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continues its now 25-year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America as we rock the legendary biker hangout and party zone: the Sagebrush Cantina in beautiful downtown Calabasas, California. Featured as always are top Celebrity Custom Bike Builders, the Calendar Bike Building Championship & Concourse d' Elegance, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, Calendar Girl Music live performances. The Show marks the world premier of next year's new 2017 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top Sport and Custom Motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens in attendance at the Show.
Celebrity Builders from Around the World Bringing Hot New Bike Premiers!
Legendary Builders featured in the popular FastDates.com Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle PinUp Calendars planning to attend include 2014 Best of Show winners Calin Senciac / Imagine Vehicles International premiering a new Moto Guzzi based cafe racer build, Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles (pictured above), Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles, Ron Simms / Ron Simms Customs, Jim Guiffra & Spokesmodels / AFT Customs, Chris Redpath / MotoGPwerks, Sam Kao / JSK Custom Design, Shinya Kimura / Chabott Engineering, Adrian Packet / Canyon Motorcycles and many more!
Includes the Calendar Girl Music Concert and American Cancer Society Benefit with Alex Nester
Calendar Show Hosted by official Fast Dates SBK World Superbike Umbrella Girls
"This year's SBK World Superbike round at Laguna Seca USA marks the 22nd year that the FastDates.com Calendars have provided our beautiful Calendar Kittens to be the official SBK Umbrella and Podium models, going back to the first ever American World Superbike race at Laguna Seca in 1995", explains FastDates.com Calendar and Show producer photographer Jim Gianatsis. "The Fast Dates Superbike Calendar shares a rich history with both AMA National and SBK World Superbike - the most exciting production based motorcycle roadracing series ever, all the top factory race teams and their riders over those many years, and with Mazda Raceway in the years that SBK has been here at one of America's most renown roadracing venues, and with our partner Umbrella Girls USA.
Last year's 2015 World and AMA Superbike round at Laguna Seca featured our official SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar Kittens Sara Horvath, Helene Milana and Alena Savostikova who spent the month of July with Calendar photographer Jim Gianatsis to shoot and work at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show. They are featured in the new 2017 FastDates.com Calendars: Fast Dates, Iron & Lace and Garage Girls which will premier at the 2017 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and be available July 1st online at FastDates.com
For additional information on these two great California based Motorcycle Events and to purchase tickets, and for more about the Fast Dates Calendars and Kittens visit: http://www.MazdaRaceway.com snd http://www.FastDatess.com
For Hi-Resolution Photos go to - http://www.FastDates.com/BikeShow2015/BIKESHOW2015.HTM
Builder Hiroyuki Hirata returns from Japan to take his 2nd Best of Show with "Zero Fighter"
The Sagebrush Cantina, Calabasas, CA, Saturday July 25th 2015 - The 2015 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continued its now 24- year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America as it rocked the legendary Los Angeles biker hangout and party zone, the Sagebrush Cantina in beautiful downtown Calabasas, California. Featured were top Celebrity Custom Bike Builders from across the globe competitiing in the Calendar Bike Building Championship, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, Calendar Girl Music live performances, and an incredibly delicious Sagebrush Cantina Taco Lunch Buffet included with admission. The Calendar Motorcycle Show again benefited the American Cancer Society with a portion of each Admission Ticket being donated to help find a cure.
The Calendar Motorcycle Show featured many of the world's top Pro and Amateur custom street bike builders in attendance with their newest 2-wheeled creations of rolling art to compete in the Calendar Show Bike Building Championship for fame and awards including the coveted Best of Show Trophy. The Calendar Show provides a broad focus for all motorcycle enthusiasts including the growing Collector Bike Market with Exhibitors and Bike Show classes for classic European, British and Japanese motorcycles, along with American V-Twins and Customs. Show Entries will be placed in a Concourse display on the Cantina's large outdoor event patio.
Famed Japanese custom bike builder Hiroyuki Hirata / B&B Custom Factory, in Hiroshima, Japan, winner of the 2011 Best of Show at the Queen Mary with his full custom 1990 Harley FLHTC fully modified to the theme of "Japanese Culture”, after a four year hiatus, flew back to America again this year just for the Calendar Bike Bike Building Championship. And again for this year 2015 the Show’s celebrity judges who included Richard Pollock, Chris Redwing. Jim Guiffra and Jim Gianatsis awarded Hiroyuki the coveted Mikuni Carburetor Best of Show Trophy for his radical Big Twin custom premiering at the Show dubbed "Zero Fighter”.
Another repeat winner this year was Pro Class builder Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design, with an innovative BMW R9T Retro Custom in legendary BMW M car Martini Racing colors. Sam garnered the coveted AFY Visionary Award for the most innovative bike design at the Show, and backed it up with 2nd Place in Pro Builder. 1st Place in Pro Builder went to Hollywood film producer Raffia with his cool Gustavo Penna built Ducati 848 Superbike Retro Cafe Racer Custom.
Other Celebrity Builders featured in the popular FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars who attend this year’s Show included 2014 Best of Show winner Calin Senciac / Imagine Vehicles International premiering a new wild bicycle styled Moto Guzzi based custom, Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles, Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles, Ron Simms / Ron Simms Customs, Jim Guiffra / AFT Customs, Chris Redpath / MotoGPwerks, and Ron Baldonado / Rock Bottom Motorcycle Company.
Included with admission was the Calendar Girl Music Show with live music by beautiful actress and singer songwriter Gwendolyn Edwards and her Band, and American Idol contender and Carlos Santa’s newest vocalist and keyboard Alex Nester, each performing a great mix of of their own original and cover songs . Like many we know impacted by cancer, both Alex and Jim Gianatsis are cancer survivors, with Alex generously donated her entire performance fee at Calendar Show to the American Cancer Society. Together with a portion of ticket proceeds, the Calendar Show donated $600 thi year to the American Cancer Society. To find our more about the ACS’s important work fighting cancer and how you can help go to www.Cancer.org
The annual Calendar Motorcycle Show always kicks off the world premier of this year’s new 2016 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top road race and custom motorcycles, with the beautiful Calendar Kittens featured in the Calendars in attendance at the Show. The Calendar Kittens at this year’s Show included the previous weekend’s SBK World Superbike Championship USA round at Laguna Seca Raceway, Montery, official podium and grid girls Sara Horvath, Helena Milana and Alena Savostikova, plus Apple Price. On Sunday following Saturday’s Calendar Show, producer Jim Gianatsis again photographed the winning bikes at his home studio with the Kittens for the next FastDates.com Calendars. Jim followed up the studio shoot with a house party and concert for the Bike Builders, his Show Staff and Calendar Kittens, with a live performance by previous Show singer songwriter Natale Gelman.
The next 2016 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show is tenatively scheduled for Saturday July 23rd 10am-3pm at the Sagebrush Cantina, 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. For additional information and more Calendar Bike Show coverage go to: www.FastDates.com/BIKESHOW.HTM
CALENDAR BIKE BUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles Honored at The 2015 Show!
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2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Best of Show winner Imagine Motorcycles International Honda CBX
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World Premier of the New FastDates.com Calendars!
2012 LA Calendar Best of Show winner Hideki Hoshikawa and his bike 'Asterisk'. Pictured from left are Calendar Kittens Halle and Sabella, Hideki, show producer Jim Gianatsis, and Kinsey Ray. The unique aluminum die cut and laser painted
Celebrity Builders Jim Giuffra and the Girls of of AFT Customs
Can you guess what kind of bike they're building?
AFT Customs will be premiering two new customs at this year's Calendar Show. "'Senthoh' is based on a 1975 Honda CB750 SOHC, my first streetbike in high school and the first bike I ever customized, " explains Giuffra. "The name in Japanese means 'beginning' both for me as a builder back then, and for the AFT girls today. I'm keeping the bike's specification quiet for now, but I will tell you it is a cafe racer."
"Our second bike premiering is named 'Azumati' - its a VT750 Bobber/Street tracker being built on commission for the Jackson Rancheria Indian Casino. Asumati is a Miwuk Indian word meaning grizzly bear, the monarch of the forest. In Miwuk stories the bear is a symbol of great strength and courage. This bike will be just as fierce with a Yamaha R1 front end, Race Tech Piggyback Rear Shocks, a hidden radiator, CR450 front hub and brake."
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The first Mikuni Calendar actually pubished in 1990 with my photo of Playmate Teri Lynn Doss on the cover holding a Mikuni carburetor, and inside the "Mikuni Calendar" featured nude model photography from Penthuse photographer Steven Hicks.
Then the next year, 1991 we decided to produce a Mikuni promotional calendar we could sell to the public and featurd Mikuni carburetors on all the top racing bikes of the era.
In 1992 we movied to Mikuni Calendar premier party to Mikuni American and invited all of the motorcycle media and mikuni distributors to attend, along with the models and big builders.
The Mikuni Calendar Motorcycle Show remained and grew at the Sanata Monica Airport through year 1999, but at that point the 1-day Show had become too big for the Museum Facility and the available parking.
Mikuni American still remains a Associate Sponsor of the Iron & Lace Calendar, and the Calendar Bike Building Championship at the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend.
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Jim Giuffra / AFT Customs, talks about his 2011 Best of show winner Sentoh -