2015 LA Calendar Best of Show winner Hiroyuki Hirata with Calendar Kittens Sara, Apple, Helena and Alena.
Builder Hiroyuki Hirata returns from Japan to take his 2nd Best of Show with "Zero Fighter"
2015 LA Calendar Motorcycle & Calendar Girl Music Show
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 competing 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.
Everyone in attendance complimented the new Sagebrush Cantina location for the Show with its rustic Spanish architecture and charm for the Calendar Motorcycle Show, offering a huge large shadowed outdoor patio, ample tables and chair, and s providing an up-close and intimate venue where builders and fans could hangout and interact through the day. The Mexican taco buffet provided with admission offered a great tasting lunch everyone loved, and full alcohol bar and waiter service was available. The permanent music stage and sound system sounded incredible with the live music shows. And there was ample parking for bikes and cars in the on property parking lot. The Cantina management loved hosting the Calendar Show, which now seems to have found the perfect location in greater Los Angeles after the economy downsized the motorcycle industry and fan base.
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 AFT 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 this 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
From the left: Producer Jim Gianatsis' neice and
assistant Jessica Erlich with Calendar Kittens Apple Price, Sarah Horvath, Alena Savostikova and Helena Milana greeted incoming spectators and sold the new 2016 FastDates.com Calendsrs.
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, Monterey, 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 annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show is normally held on the 4th 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
CALENDAR BIKE BUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
Best of Show: Hiroyuki Hirata, 1450cc Big Twin Full Custom "Zero Fighter"
AFT Customs Visionary Award: Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design, BMW R9T Retro Custom M-Cafe Racer
Imagine Vehicles International (http://imaginevehicles.com), Calin Senciac and Terry Ward, 1979 Honda CBX
Special Mention: Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design, Harley Sportster Cafe Racer
Pro Builder: 1. Raffi and Gustavo Penna, Ducati 848 Superbike Retro Cafe Custom; 2. Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design ,BMW R9T Retro Custom M-Cafe Racer; 3. Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles, Brown FXR.
Street Custom: 1. Rick Noceti, Harley-Davidson V-Rod Custom; 2. Mike Witte, WW Custom Cycles, 1991/2014 H-D Street Dragster w/126ci STar Racing motor; 3. Alan Briese2013 H-D FXOC 110th Aniversay Edition
Bar Hopper: 1. Mel Cary / Mule Motorcycles, Sportster Streetmaster; 2. Miike Witte, 1988 H-D XL Custom;
3. Josh Soto / Boars Nest 2014 H-D Shovelhead Custom.
Sportbike: 1. Mike Witte / 2001 Aprilia RS250 w/ Suzuki RG500 engined custom street racer;
2. Nick & Anje O'Kane, 2002 Suzuki TL1000R Cafe Racer; 3. Gustav Penna / ApogeMotorworks.com, Ducati Monster S4RS Street Fighter.
Classic American: 1. Thad Wolff, 1920 Harley-Davidsopn.
Classic Import: 1. Calin Senciac and Clint Browning / Imagine Vehicles International (http://imaginevehicles.com), 1978 Honda CB750; 2. Calin Senciac and Clint Browning / Imagine Vehicles International (http://imaginevehicles.com), 1979 Kawasaki ZX1000; 3. CJ Bonier, Kawasaki KZ1000J Superbike custom.
The 2015 Calednar Bike Show staff from left: Lee Chapin, event manager, Calendar Kittrens Sara, Helena and Apple, Jim Gianatis prodcer, and Kitten Alena.
Best of Show: Hiroyuki Hirata, B&B Factory of Japan
1450cc Big Twin Full Custom "Zero Fighter"
AFT Customs Visionary Award: Presented by Jim Giuffra / AFT Metric Customs to Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design, BMW R9T Retro Custom M-Cafe Racer
Pro Builder 1st Place: Raffi and Gustavo Penna, Ducati 848 Superbike Retro Cafe Custom
Street Custom: Rick Noceti,
Harley-Davidson V-Rod Custom
Bar Hopper: Mel Cary / Mule Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Sportster Streetmaster
Sportbike: Mike Witte / 2001 Aprilia RS250 w/ Suzuki RG500 engined custom styreet racer
Classic American: Thad Wolff, 1920 Harley-Davidson
Classic Import: Calin Senciac and Clint Browning / Imagine Vehicles International (http://imaginevehicles.com), 1978 Honda CB750
Special Mention: Jim Gianatsis awards
Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcyles for his
20 Years at the LA Calendar Motorcyle Show with his winning bikes featured in the FastDates.com Calendars
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This year's Calendar Bike Show featured a lot of top venders including Phillipe Danah(White shirt) from Frog Specialities displayed his great line of Beringer Brake and Hand Control proudcts used my many of the top FastDates.com Calendar Bike Builders like Richard Pollock (beside him in the Green shirt) and AFT Customs' Jim Guiffra.
Ron Baldonado / Rock Bottom Customs (above with this year's Calendar Kittens) from Thousand Oaks, CA (ph 805-701-5290) is a three time Class winner at the LA Calendar Show. This year he was between builds so he brought back his 2014 Class winning bike "Saturday Night Special" which isi featured on the cover of the new below: 2016 Iron & Lace Calendar withCalendar Kittens Jitka and Petra from the Czech Republic who were at last year's Show. Click on the Calendar cover to be taken to the ordering page.
"This year was one of my favorite LA Calendar Motorcycle Shows ever, " said producer Jim Gianatsis. "We had a great venue with incredible bikes and celebrity builders, beautiful Calendar Kittens, great music, tasty food and beverages that everyone said they really enjoyed," "People kept coming up to me all day saying it was one of their favorite Calendar Shows ever, and that they looked forward to future Shows returning to TheSagebrush Cantina. I look forward to making that happen. I'd also like to thank my Show assistants Lee Chapin, Craig Boone, Apple Price, Mark Donovan and Jessica Erlich for helping make it all come together so smoothly again this year."
Alex Nester, American Idol finalist and now on tour as vocalist and keyboard for the legendary guitarist Carlos Santa,
performed at the Show and donated her pay check to the American Cancer Society. Alex is a cancer survivor herself.
Benefit to Fight Cancer -
2015 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival
The 24th annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show was pleased to announce that the American Cancer Society was again Show's designated charity recipient. Each year, the American Cancer Society funds a select group of researchers, doctors, and nurses – those who have presented the best ideas with the most potential – to pursue new avenues, as well as strengthen existing ones, in the fight against cancer. Last year the Society awarded a total of $42,899,000 to 103 scientists and health professionals, both to find a cures for the many types of cancers, and to support and care for the facilities that treat and care for cancer patients.
"Everyone knows of friends and loved family members, or possibly themselves who have been impacted by cancer", explained Jim Gianatsis, producer of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and the Show's themed FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars. "I, myself, was cured of cancer 4 years ago, thanks to diagnostics, cures and surgeries, discovered by researchers funded by important charity organizations like the American Cancer Society. Motorcyclists are renown as a community for coming together to support important causes, and none is more important than curing the cancers which affect more people than any other disease. The 2015 LA Calendar Show raised and donated $600 this year to the American Cancer Society.
The Classic Bike displas including Thad Wolf's 1918 Harley-Davidson and Gil Vallencourt / Works Perfomace Norton Manx Single road race bike.
Above: 1st Place Bar Hopper: Mel Cary / Mule Motorcycles, Harley-Davidson Sportster Streetmaster.
The Calendar Bike Show weekend warpped up on Sunday at producer Jim Gianatsis house and photo studio where all the top bikes were photographed with the Calendar Kittens for the next 2017 FastDates.com Calendars, follow by a house party with all the builders and Bike Show staff, and a house concert by singer songwriter Natalie Gelman. Pictured below from left to right on the front row: Natalie Gelman, Jim Gianatsi, Calendar Kitteens Alena and Sara. Back row: Calendar Kitten Helena, past Show assistant and TV producer Adam Briles (Survivor, The Contender, Swamp People) and Jim's neice and current Show assistant Jessica Erlich.
One of the Venders included Hollywood Electric who displayed the Ergo Electric Superbke and a Brambo Streetbike.
Calendar Kitten Sara checks ouit the row of Pro Builder Class bikes.
Calendar Kitten Alena shows of the legendary Mikuni Carburetor Trophis and Miguiar Car care Products Gift Bags for 1st in Class and Best of Show. 2nd Place winners received engraved Beer Mugs, and 3rd Place receive engraved whisky flasks.
Legendary custom bike builder Ron Simms / Ron Simms Customs from Oakland, Califoria, has supported the Fastdates.com Calendars and attended the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show nearly every year since the early days at the Santa Monica Airport. This year Ron brought down an old-school Chopper and a Modern Bagger which were photographed by Show producer Jim Gianatsis, the day after the Show for the next Iron & Lace Calendar. Ron has three bikes in the new 2016 Iron & Lace Calendar.
Imagine Vehicles International brough a nice collection of pretty models and custom clasic metric bikes, including their
2014 Best of Show winning Honda CBX 1200cc 6-cylinder with single sided swingarm.The bike is featured in both the 2016 Iron & Lace and Fast Dates Racebike Calendars.
Former AMA Superbike racer and motorcycle industry test rider Thad Woflf rode in on his beautiful and unrestored original 1920 Harley-Davidson, so we just had to give him1st Place in the Classic American class and invited him to bring his bike to the Calendar shoot the next day.
Pro Builder 1st Place: Raffi and Gustavo Penna, Ducati 848 Superbike Retro Cafe Custom. They rode two custom Ducati to the Show
and took home trophies for both. Their custom bike shop is ApogeeMotorworks.com
World Premier of the New FastDates.com Calendars!
The Show features off the premier of next year's new 2015 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top road race and custom motorcycles with the Bikes. Builders and beautiful Calendar Kittens featured in the Calendars in attendance at the Show. Click above to find out more and to order.
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