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The sexy drity Garage Kittens for 2012 include beautiful cover models, Playboy's Laya Bella and Hollywood movie starlet Candise Lakota. Add in Playboy Playmates Heather Rae Young, Jamie Edmondson and Tiffany Toth, Hustler's Barley Legal sex kitten Bree Daniels, pinup girls Jennifer Englund, Brit Shelstad and Sara Balint for the sexiest pit crew ever! They may not know how to change a wheel, but they'll certainly have you jacked up in a hurry and loosing your lug nuts.
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You'll also find our Garage Girls in some very sexy and revealing pictorials in MEMBERS CORNER
20th Anniversary Celebration! A New Location, a New Show Day,
Celebrity Builders AFT Customs & Model Agency Girls
Jim Giuffra (middle) and the AFT Model Agency girls took 1st Place Metric custom at the 2010 Calendar Show, joined from left to right by singer/songwriter/actress and hostess Elizabeth Nicole, magician Krystan Lambert, Keith "Bandit" Ball, magician Krystan Lambert, Keith "Bandit" Ball, Calendar Kittens Melody Schuster and Candise Lakota.
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."
The AFT Customs bikes are sponsored by suppliers: Miller Welding, Race Tech, Works Connection, Avon Tyre, Bell /Easton, Dyna Tech, Joker Machine, Grip Ace, Beringer Brakes, JE Piston, Web Cams, Clear Water Lights, Moto Master, Shorai Batteries, Leo Vince, Joker Machine.
SBK World Superbike Championship, Round 5 of 10, Miller USA
Our 2011 Miller USA Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar Shoot
This year's SBK Fast Dates Calendar Kitten, Taylor Gunnin, served as the official Alfa Romeo SBK grid girl on Race Day. This year it wasn't in the budget to fly-in Alfa Romeos track cars from Italy, so pretend the Dodge Charger is an Alfa in disguise.
Our weekend started off on Friday afternoon at Los Angeles International Airport when I meet our newest Calendar Kitten, beautiful 5'8' California blond Taylor Gunnin from nearby Anaheim Hills. We meet for the first time and checked in at the Delta Airlines terminal. On our 1 hour 45 minute plane ride up to Salt Lake I learned that Taylor was a soon to be graduating Senior at a local University, she was completing her major in Marketing, and had just started an internship at mid-size event production company.
I had checked the weather report for Salt Lake prior to leaving Los Angeles that morning and saw the forecast was for cold and rain. I wisely decided to pack a waterproof Ducati enduro jacket for myself, and a Ducati thermal jacket for Taylor. They would prove to be very necessary.
The next day, Saturday, Timed Practice Day for World Superbikes, the weather began turning unusually cold and the skies started darkening. Saturday evening after Practice from 5:45 until dark around 8pm is the usual time I try to photograph as many of the factory World Superbikes as I can. Usually a team will have one of their top rider's 2 race bike available for me to shoot on Pit Lane for a few minutes. I have to catch the bikes between their being rebuilt after Practice and the team mechanics going back to their hotels for the night. Any bikes we miss, I'll try to reschedule to shoot during the lunch break on Sunday, just before Superpole. Usually the Spectator Pit Walk is going on the same time as the track's lunch break, so many fans get the added bonus of seeing a Fast Dates Calendar shoot taking place.
Normally I book two models for the annual Fast Dates Calendar shoot, but this year I had couldn't find a local model in Salt Lake that I liked, and my budget didn't have room to bring up a second model from LA this year. To kill some time during the afternoon before our shoot I was wandering the Paddock to visit the AMA race teams, check out the stunt bike show, and browse the vendors. The local Big Dog custom motorcycle dealer was there in the paddock and had two very pretty models working his display, one being a drop dead curly haired brunette with a rocking' body packed in the tiniest spandex boy shorts and tank top. She looked to be the perfect match to my blond hair Taylor so I walked over and asked her when she got off work, and if she might like to shoot with us for the Calendar that evening. She said yes, a deal was struck in an instant, and 19-year old Miss Camilla Chinquiy agreed to meet us up in the Media Center at 4:30pm when she got off work! It proved to be an incredible stroke of luck as you can see in the photos here, and you will see in the next Fast Dates Calendar., Camilla looks just as incredible as Taylor, and they contrast and match each other perfectly.
Then it was time to set up all my camera gear which includes a Hasselbald HD39 digital (the world's best quality, most expensive still camera) and remote wireless triggered Quantum Flash unit. The girls checked their makeup and start changing it their swimsuits. Then we walked down to the pits just as Practice ended and the skies opened up in a downpour of rain and temperatures dropped towards the 50s. We had no choice, the principal shoots for the race weekend had to take place then and there.
I set up our shoot right in front of the Althea garage which had a slight roof overhang above it, leaving a 2x6 foot dry spot on Pit Lane to pose the bikes and the models while I stood in the rain with my camera covered. The factory teams had to push their bikes down the Pit Lane in the rain to get where we were set up. Some of the teams had already closed up their garages and left the track, and we would have to try and shoot them on Sunday during the Lunch break. But that evening we did manage to shoot 6 bikes beginning with Carlos Checa's championship points leading Althea Ducati 1198RS.
As soon as the shoot finished that evening, Camilla told us she had to drive back to Salt Lake City to start her third job of that day, performing as a disco dancer at a club rave. I asked her if she was available to come back to the track the next day to shoot with us again and she said she'd love to. I learned the next day that she danced at the rave club until 5am on Sunday morning, maybe getting 2 hours sleep at home, eating and showering, then driving back to Miller on Sunday to meet us again at 11am.
By then then the weather had gotten even worse, the temperature dropping even more and the rain turning to hail and snow that nightfall. There was no way we could shoot outside on Pit Lane any more the cold rain was coming down so hard. So we moved inside the cramped team garages at BMW and Aprilia, moved their backup bikes out od the way, and photographed both Troy Corser and Max Biaggi's bikes. These girls were doing an incredible job and looking great in the process!
Race day Monday, Memorial Day, was Taylor's turn to go to work for SBK as a grid girl. I turned her over to Umbrella Girls USA that morning where Ann and Jenna paired the girls up according to their height and hair color to be SBK Podium Girls, Tissot Girls, Pirelli Girls, with Taylor ending up as one of the Alfa Romeo Girls. You may have caught Taylor on screen for a brief moment in Speed TV broadcast of WSBK Race 2. Unfortunately Speed TV makes it a point of editing out all the hot girl and rider shots on the starting grid of their delayed broadcasts of the SBK supplied TV feeds so we lucky Americans can see and hear Greg White and Scott Russell talking about nothing. While in the Europe the fans get full race coverage with the grid girls at the start, plus a 1-hour SBK Superpole program the day before, and a pre-race show on race day with rider's interviews. At the very least, we wish Speed TV would let us have the same great British TV commentators who report on the rest of the Championship series as it travels around the world.
On the American Memorial Day holiday enthusiastic Superbike fans fans were treated to a double win from a rider who was robbed of a double last year by simple bad luck, Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati). The Spaniard, who entered this event as championship leader, had a dose of good luck this time as his two main rivals had difficult race day experiences. Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike) was tenth and then sixth, while Max Biaggi (Aprilia Alitalia) crashed out of race one after colliding with Jonathan Rea (Castrol Honda). Reigning champion Biaggi recovered good ground in race two, taking third place.
This Month in the 2011 Garage Girls Calendar...
The Pretty Reckless "Light My Fire" Record Release Tour photography by Jim Gianatsis
A few months ago Taylor was put on "Hiatus" by the TV show producers for her "difficult attitude" on set. Perhaps a ploy? Which quickly allowed Interscope to put a national tour together for "Light My Fire" which was released this week in America as The Pretty Reckless kicked off a 24 -stop tour across America in just 8 weeks. Their record release tour kicked off to a sold out audience of teenage Gossip Girl fans and middle aged Joan Jet era gothic rock music fans at the beautiful old art deco El Ray Theatre in Los Angeles on February 11th. We were there to take it all in as huge Pretty Reckless fans, where we were treated to one of the best rock and roll shows ever headlines by Taylor's amazing vocals and stunning good looks with the still underage teen star on stage in revealing scant lingerie her trademark, and performing all the incredible songs on their new album To find out more about Taylor and The Pretty Reckless check out their Girls That Kick Ass! page here, check out their Music Videos here and on YouTube.com, and definitely buy "Light My Fire". We guarantee you will be blown away. Tour dates at www.The PrettyReckless.com.