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Iron & Lace Custom Bike Pinup Calendar News May-June 2011

This month in the 2011 Iron & Lace Calendar
Joanna Krupa and a Custom Chopper
This month's beautiful Calendar Kitten is none other than Supermodel Joanna Krupa who has graced the covers and been featured inside of every major mens magazine in the world from Maxim, to Playboy, to Gentleman's Quarterly. You might have even caught her on television in last season's Dancing With The Stars. We excited to have discovered Joanna as a pretty local model living here in the San Fernando Valley and did a number of Calendar shoots before her career took off and her rates skyrocketed to $10,000 a day. This Calendar bike picture was actually taken back in 2004 but was never used, just to proove that a beautiful girl and cool custom bike are timeless! You'll find a lot more pictures of Joanna with even less coverage in Members Corner. Photo by Jim Gianatsis.

All of our Iron & Lace Calendar bikes including the LA Calendar Show and AMD World Championship winners
are feature in large photo pictorials in the Calendar Bike Garage. • Past Editon Calendars are still available in Collector's Corner


2011 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show

20th Anniversary Celebration! A New Location, a New Show Day,
and Lower Admission Prices as the 2011 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Gir Music Festival,
Saturday July 16th 2011 the Queen Mary Seawalk Village, Long Beach

Celebrity Builders AFT Customs, Jim Nasi
Bike Premiers for 2011 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show
July 16th
Los Angeles, CA, April 11th, 2011 - The 20th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show presented by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys, America's premier custom, cruiser, performance streetbike event returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA on Saturday July 16, 2011.  The Show features 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 cash and awards including the coveted Best of Show Trophy.   Making a return to this year's Show are two legendary custom bike builders which have been featured in the popular Iron & Lace Custom Motorcycle PinUp Calendars over the past 20 years.

Jim Guiffra AFT CustomsJim 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.

Builder Jim Giuffra and the AFT Customs Motorsports Models return to this year's Calendar Show on a 4-year winning streak which has already seen them take home a Best of Show and three 1st Place Metric Custom titles. All of the custom bikes emerging from AFT Customs shop in Jackson, CA, are the creation of shop owner Jim Guiffra, but are hand craft from the ground-up by the beautiful motorsports savvy trade show models represented by the AFT Modeling Agency. In fact two of the girls, Cyndi and Kristen, recently returned from Miller Electric Welding's corporate headquarters in Wisconsin where they received their TIG Welding Certifications. All of the Agency's girls are fully versed in motorcycle tuning, repair,and custom bike fabrication, making them the perfect spokes models for motorsports manufacturers at trade shows and consumer events.

AFT bike build for LA Calednar Motorcycle Show

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.

Jim Nasi Bagger Steel
Jim Nasi Bagger "Steel"

Legendary custom bike builder Jim Nasi out of Phoenix, AZ, makes his long anticipated return to the the West Coast and the Calendar Show this year. Jim will be premiering an all-new radical Custom Bagger that is so cutting edge - like all his show bikes, it has already been scheduled for a coveted Iron & Lace Calendar shoot even before being completed.

Other Exciting Calendar Motorcycle Show activities during the weekend include the Horsepower Dyno Shoot Out, Calendar Bike Building Seminars,  world premier of the new 2012 Motorcycle PinUp Calendars with the beautiful Calendar Kittens.  And the Calendar Girl Music Festival headlining with the band Frentik and its singer Emily Jaye who will be hosting the Awards Festivities with's Keith "Bandit" Ball and Calendar Show producer Jim Gianatsis.

Join the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show for a New Location, a New Show Day, and Lower $20 Admission Prices as the Show celebrates its 20th Anniversary! The event moves from the traditional Queen Mary Event Park of years past, now dockside next to the historic Queen Mary ocean liner on Saturday in the exciting Seawalk Village which replicates an old British seaside town for a step back in history. This is one of the world's premier motorcycle events featuring major motorcycle and parts manufacturers, top name builders, selected exhibitors, product and apparel vendors.

Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys present the Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show with Associate Sponsors: Iron Works Magazine, Mikuni Carburetors, Blanco Basura Beer,, Meguiar's Car Care Products, and the Website & Calendars.

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Apple Price, Melody Schuster, Feed a ModelJim Gianatsis with two beautiful Calendar Kittens, Founders, Board Directors and Contributing Artists Apple Price (left) and Melody Schuster (right), both featured in the 2011 Iron & Lace Calendar

Calendar Kittens host "Last Night a DJ Saved by Life" benefit
The Los Angeles Fashion District - It was an exciting evening of glitz, glamor, paint and canvas, and beautiful Calendar Kittens as the world renown charity held their annual artwork and music gala on a warm mid-winter evening in the adv-ant garde Fashion District of downtown Los Angeles. The event took place at Haute Olive on 838 S. Spring Street, a vintage fashion boutique on the cutting edge of what's now and hip. Hosted by the charity's founders, Calendar Kittens and multi media artists Apple Price and Melody Schuster, is dedicated to keeping beautiful young models off the streets, out of trouble, and from going hungry by giving them the opportunity to learn and express their artistic skills, and then a safe and exciting venue to showcase and sell their artwork. You won't find these dedicated, talented and smart young ladies partying with Charlie Sheen in Las Vegas or Girls Gone Wild on Spring Break!

Both models Apple and Melody have been featured in recent editions of the Motorcycle PinUp Calendars, and they appeared at the last two LA Calendar Motorcycle Shows to help premier their new Calendars. "Feed A Model gives nice young ladies the opportunity to be productive citizens and great role models in a town run amuck with the inebriated divas and substance abused actors you see showcased every night on the 6 O'Clock News", explains Schuster. "It's something we are passionate about, to give back to the community which has helped us to become successful models, multi media artists and world famous Calendar Kittens!"

At right: the paper mache collage "Very Hollywood" created by Calendar Kitten Apple which Jim Gianatsis purchased for his collection, helping to support the efforts of keeping starving models off the Sunset Strip at night. Click to enlarge.

Making a not too unexpected appearance was Calendars and Website publishing magnate and photographer Jimmy "The Greek" Gianatsis. The Calendar Kittens first greeted Jim with hugs and kiss outside at the curb when he arrived in his limo, then brought him inside the store gallery to meet the other models and guests, and then a guided tour of the art exhibition. The artwork and guests spilled out onto the sidewalk where a live DJ was spinning tunes to add to the fun party atmosphere. After plying "The Greek" with a few glasses of champaigne, the girls soon had him pulling out his checkbook to add some of their incredible artwork to his noted collection back at the Calendar Kitten Mansion.

In all it was quite an incredible evening and everyone had a great time. You can find out more about FeedAModel, their incredible charity work, shop their artwork and find out when their next excitig event is by visiting

You can also hang with Apple and Melody on your walls by ordering their Fast Dates, Garage Girls, and Iron & Lace Calendars at

Melody Schuster

Above, Melody with her latest piece of incredible art "LA with Tree". The painted canvas alone, without the tree, can be purchased online at
. Below: Apple gets gets peeled down to her swimsuit at Malibu Beach!

This month in the 2011 Iron & Lace Calendar
Calendar Kitten Melody with Kenji Nagai's Best of Show winner
Our Calendar Kitten and mixed media artist Melody Schuster shows us all her curves as she shoots in the studio with this incredible custom "One Eyed Jacks" from Kengi Nagai / Ken's Factory, Tokyo, Japan, which took Best of Show at the 2009 LA Calendar Motorcyle Show Weekend. Photo by Jim Gianatsis.

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Big Dog Motorcycles is No More - in Foreclosure
Once the Biggest Custom Bike Manufacturer is Gone
along with many others that Rode the Housing Boom

Curtesy Dan Voorhis, The Wichita Eagle, April 8th - Big Dog Motorcycles, the high flying beneficiary of last decade's go-go economy, is dead.
Intrust Bank foreclosed on the company at 1520 E. Douglas on Wednesday, and now owns the company's remaining assets. Founder Sheldon Coleman Jr. has dissolved the corporation.
Coleman has formed BDM Performance Products and is bringing over the 22 remaining Big Dog employees, said Mike Simmons, the new company's president.

The company will supply parts, accessories and gear for the more than 25,000 Big Dog motorcycles. The operation will be based in Big Dog's former service and research and development buildings and the former Johnstone Supply building, just east of downtown.
Simmons said the move will happen as soon as possible, but could take weeks, he said.
The company informed many of its dealers this week that it is shutting down.

Big Dog Motorcycles of Tampa dealer William "Tank" Sherman said his biggest concern was whether the company would honor the warranty claims of Big Dog dealers and customers.
The answer, Simmons said, is no. Big Dog Motorcycles has dissolved, along with any claims and debts.

While there have been some hard feelings as business has soured, he said, the company hasn't ruined its relationship with its dealers.

"We've been up front about the business and more than fair with our (dealer) network," he said.
It's been a crushing finale for a company that rode the spectacular rise of the housing boom.

Coleman — heir and once CEO of the Coleman Co. —started customizing Harleys in his garage in 1994. He quickly moved into production, selling 100 by 1996.
The market seemed insatiable. The company saw its annual growth rate hit as high as 80 percent.

In 2005, at the height of its popularity, the company built more than 5,000 bikes, had more than 300 workers and more than $120 million in revenue.
That year it held its first Tornado Rally, which brought thousands of Big Dog aficionados to Wichita. Coleman bought 106 acres on Greenwich Road with the expectation of possible expansion.

The housing and credit booms created tremendous windfalls for homeowners and homebuilders. Luxuries suddenly became affordable — or at least could be financed — and those included the $30,000 to $40,000 gleaming, stylish, powerful V-twin rockets made by Big Dog.
The models often were bought by men in their 30s and 40s suddenly flush with cash who wanted something with more pizzazz than a Harley-Davidson.
Company officials once said that one of their key customers were the small building contractors so busy in Florida, California, Nevada and Arizona, where the housing boom and bust was most prevalent.

The first layoffs came in early 2007 after disappointing sales. Sales continued to drop and more layoffs followed. Coleman started borrowing to keep the operation running — but the slump was just too long and too deep.

When asked whether he thinks a Big Dog-like motorcycle manufacturing company would ever be resurrected, Simmons wasn't interested in speculating. The present is too complicated and painful.
"I can't predict the future," he said.

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