FastDates.com Calendar Kitten and SBK Fast Dates World Suerbike Girl, Gemma Gleeson with the controversial Jesse Rooke Customs/ Russell Mitchell, Exile Cycles X-1 Kali Cruiser bike from the TV Show Build or Bust, on location at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach.
American Iron & RoadBike Magazines are
New Associate Sponsors of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show
Los Angeles, CA, Jan 1st - The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show welcomes two of America's leading streetbike magazines, American Iron and RoadBike, as Associate Magazine Sponsors of the Show beginning this year 2006 under a newly signed 5 year agreement. Published by Tam Communications, American Iron Magazine is one of the biggest selling titles in the American V-Twin market, while RoadBike Magazine is the biggest print magazine in the fast growing Metric cruiser and streetbike market. The Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show is the biggest custom and performance streetbike show in America, and this new partnership brings together these respective market leaders to continue to grow and expand, both for the benefit of the motorcycle industry involved with both, and for their fan base of readers and attendees.
Buzz Kanter, Publisher of Tam Communications said "We are excited to have American Iron & RoadBike become involved as multi-year Associate Sponsor and Partner in the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, one of America's premier street motorcycle events. And certainly the most recognized and popular streetbike event on the West Coast. It will help to give our magazines a closer tie-in to our readers and advertisers located there, add more balanced coverage of West Coast bikes, builders and product companies. And it will help our continued growth as America's favorite American V-twin and Metric Street Bike magazines. We will have special special American Iron and Road Bike Readers Trophies to award in the Bike Contest, and Road Bike magazine will be title sponsor of the new RoadBike Metric Custom Class to help promote the biggest growing motorcycle segment in America."
Jim Gianatsis of Gianatsis Design Associates, producers of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, as well as the popular FastDates.com Calendars and Website, had this to say about the new partnership, "I am really excited to have both American Iron and RoadBike Magazines join us to share with us their readership, and to help us expand the audience and market base of our Calendar Motorcycle Show. This offers a huge benefit for all of our Show's Exhibitors, like our title sponsors Performance Machine and Jardine Performance who offer aftermarket products for both the Metric and American V-Twin markets. It gives the major Japanese manufacturers a big consumer venue close to home in Los Angeles where their new street cruiser brand lines will be well received by their target audience. And it gives metric custom bike builders and owners the most exciting Bike Show in the world to show and see the newest custom bikes and parts.
The 15th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend takes place July 15-16th 2006 at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach / Los Angeles, as it continues its extraordinary growth and success having become the biggest Custom and Performance Streetbike Show in America (and possibly the World) focused on the custom, cruiser and high performance sport / streetbike markets.
Spectator attendance reaches close to 20,000 hard core motorcycle enthusiasts at the exciting 2-day weekend. Exhibitors include 195 major motorcycle and parts manufacturers, with selected product and apparel venders added into the mix to keep it fun for the entire family. Spectators have a chance to meet top celebrity custom bike builders and attend free Iron & Lace Calendar Bike Builder Seminars, watch the the excitement of the Jardine World Record Horsepower Dyno Shoot Out, see the world's top custom bikes in the Performance Machine Calendar Show Bike Building Championship featuring the new RoadBike Magazine Metric Class, enjoy the exciting new Metric Midway featuring Japanese Cruisers, European and Japanese Sportbikes.
All weekend long entertainment includes 2-Day Musical Festival showcasing top sexy rockin' girl bands and singers including Zeparella, the exciting Purrfect Angelz stage shows, and of course the world premier of the new 2007 FastDates.com Motorcycle Pinup Calendars with the beautiful Calendar Kittens in attendance. Bike Show admission includes complimentary admission to the historic Queen Mary ocean liner, and the Saturday Night Calendar Bike Builder's Party. For additional information visit the Calendar Bike Show.
Sponsored by Performance Machine, Jardine Performance, American Iron American V-Twin and RoadBike Metric Cruiser magazine, The Los Angeles Times / Recycler.com / Cycle Buys, Speed TV's American Thunder, Trader Publications / Cycle Trader, BikerNet.com, Quick Throttle and Connection magazines, and the FastDates.com Calendars.
FIM announcement. 2006 MotoGP Provisional Calendar
The Portuguese Grand Prix, scheduled on the circuit of Estoril, will be held on October 15th (instead of October 22nd). The 2006 MotoGP World Championship calendar is the following:
Dates Grand Prix Circuit
March 26th Spain Jerez de la Frontera
April 8th ** Qatar Doha/Losail
April 30th Turkey Istanbul
May 14th China Shanghai
May 21st France Le Mans
June 4th Italy Mugello
June 18th Catalunya Catalunya
June 24th ** Netherlands Assen
July 2nd Great Britain Donington Park
July 16th Germany Sachsenring
July 23rd United States * Laguna Seca
Aug 20th Czech Republic Brno
Sept 10th Malaysia Sepang
Sept 17th Australia Phillip Island
Sept 24th Japan Motegi
Oct 15th Portugal Estoril
Oct 29th Valencia Ricardo Tormo – Valencia
*: Only MotoGP class **: Saturday
SBK World Superbike Championship 2006 Official Calendar
The 2006 Calendar Superbike has been published. The calendar is the following:
February 25 Qatar Doha/Losail
Marchs 5 Australia/Australie Phillip Island
April 23 Spain/Espagne Valencia
May 7 Italy/Italie Monza
May 28 Great-Britain/Grande-Bretagne Silverstone
June 25 San Marino/Saint-Marin Misano
July 23 Czech Rep./Rép. Tchèque Brno
August 6 Great-Britain/Grande-Bretagne Brands Hatch
Sept 3 Netherlands/Pays-Bas Assen
Sept 10 Germany/Allemagne Eurospeedway Lausitz
Oct 1 Italy/Italie Imola
Oct 8 France Magny-Cours
Oct 22 South Africa/Afrique du Sud Tba
Tba : to be announced/à annoncer
2006 Pirelli Calendar Revealed!
the world's most exclusive and expensively produced pinup
from the word's biggest tire manufacturer
Paris, France, Nov 18th 2005 - The 2006 edition of the Pirelli Calendar, a cult object for more than 40 years for people who love photography, beauty, and the evolution of society, was presented in its world premier in Paris. The 2006 edition features photography by the British - Turkish duo, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot, world renowned photographers who specialize in women's portraits, and was shot in a striking sixties-like setting on the French Riveria and stars six extraordinary beautiful and sensual women.
Calendar Books and the Pirelli Calendar Website are your best opportunity to see
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someday Pirelli will offer their calendar for sale internationally
through their website. But for now, you can find detailed information
and pictures from the Pirelli Calendars on the Pirelli website
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Ducati New York to host party celebrating the new Monster S4Rs
Is Kong Ready for it? Ducati's new ultimate Monster S4R Makes its
USA and East Coast Debut in Manhattan on on January 19th
- Ducati North America will entertain the who’s who of New York on Thursday, January 19th at the Company’s flagship motorcycle dealership, Ducati New York, located at 155 Avenue of the Americas. Join fellow Ducatisti in Manhattan from 7-10pm for food, drinks, music and Ducati’s 2006 lineup including the state-of-the-art Monster S4Rs.
Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America, will be on hand to unveil the Monster S4Rs. The marriage of Ducati’s 999 Superbike Testastretta engine with the latest Monster chassis is a milestone for Ducati’s premier line of naked bikes. Equipped with top-shelf components including Öhlins suspension, Marchesini forged 10-spoke wheels and Brembo radial caliper brakes; the S4Rs is a race track capable street fighter.
Pumping out a breathtaking 130 horsepower, the S4Rs will keep the Monster ahead of the chasing pack and, once again, Ducati’s premier Monster is a testament to Ducati's commitment to maintaining its leadership in the USA naked bike category.
This unveiling will be the first time the Monster S4Rs has been shown on the East Coast and precedes deliveries that will commence in the Spring of 2006. Get a glimpse of the stunning new S4Rs before the rest of the public see it at the New York International Motorcycle Show over the following weekend. For more information and details about the party, visit www.ducatiusa.com.
Founded in 1926, Ducati builds racing-inspired motorcycles characterized by unique engine features, innovative design, advanced engineering and overall technical excellence. The Company produces motorcycles in six market segments which vary in their technical and design features and intended customers: Superbike, Supersport, Monster, Sport Touring, Multistrada and the new SportClassic. The Company’s motorcycles are sold in more than 60 countries worldwide, with a primary focus in the Western European, Japan and North American markets. Ducati has won thirteen of the last fifteen World Superbike Championship titles and more individual victories than the competition put together. For more information about the Company, please visit our web site at www.ducatiusa.com.
Yamaha gives up its cigarette sponsorship in 2006 to foot its huge MotoGP race budget alone in the traditional Yamaha International race colors.
Kate Beckinsale returns to Kick
Werewolf Ass and Seek Revenge
in theatres in January!
In the sequel to the $100 Million world wide hit and a FastDates.com favorite of beautiful Chicks Who Kick Ass, Underworld Evolution continues the saga of war between the aristocratic Death Dealers (vampires) and the barbaric Lycanns (werewolves). The film traces the beginning of the ancient feud between the two tribes as the beautiful vampire heroine Selene (Kate Beckinsale) discovers that she has been betrayed by her own kind and seeks revenge. This is one girl you do not want to piss off! This fast-paced modern-day tale of deadly action, ruthless intrigue and forbiden love (!) takes them into battle to end all wars as the immortals must finally face their retribution.
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Chica Custom Cafe Racer
You say you're really bored with nothing to do this winter while you're snowed in back East? How about turning those piles of used bike parts you've had stacked up for years in the garage into a cool Cafe Racer like this retro Harley built by our famed Iron and Lace Calendar builder and Biker Build Off TV star Yasuyoshi Chikazawa of Chica Custom in Huntington Beach, CA. ChicaCustomCycles.com.
The only thing new on this bike is the Akront rims and the headlight. The front end is off an old Japaese streetbike from back in the '70's, the frame was hand built, and the aluminum gas tank was hand beaten and welded. For about $5,000 in swap meet parts and a month's work you've got an exotic retro racer worth some $40,000 on the custom market. Look for a complete feature pictorial photographed by ace calendar photographer
Jim Gianatsis on this Chica Cafe Racer in an upcoming issue of American Iron magazine.
SI Swimsuit 15-inch Wall Calendar w/poster
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Honda Plans Ownership of Suzuka Track
Jan 3, 2006 - Japan's Honda Motor Co., Ltd. intends to make Suzuka Circuitland Co., Ltd. a wholly owned subsidiary, and to merge it with its Twin Ring Motegi Co., Ltd.
Honda says it plans to acquire ownership of Suzuka by obtaining all of Suzuka's shares by share exchange. Honda currently owns 85.4% of Suzuka. One share of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. equals 0.024 a share of Suzuka, thus 0.024 shares of Honda will be allocated for each Suzuka share. No Honda share will be allocated to 34,163,410 shares of Suzuki already held by Honda.
The official date of the share exchange will be March 10, 2006, after Suzuka has obtained a resolution approving the share exchange agreement from its extraordinary general shareholders' meeting to be held on February 7, 2006.
Honda's decision was made at a board of directors meeting held December 19. Honda officials say the company decided to make Suzuka a wholly owned subsidiary to operate the business with greater flexibility and efficiency, thereby better engaging Honda in the further development of motorsports, mobility, and safe driving campaigns.
The purchase also allows Honda to merge Suzuka with Twin Ring Motegi Co., Ltd. a move expected to take place in 2006. Twin Ring Motegi operates an oval course - the only one of its kind in Asia. Honda says merging the two will increase operating efficiencies.
There will be no change in either party's corporate name, business, address, or representation following the Honda and Suzuka share exchange. Also, since Suzuka already is a Honda consolidated subsidiary, Honda expects no significant change in its consolidated financial results as a result of the share exchange.
2007 Fast Dates Cover!
Jan 1st, 2006 - Beautiful 20 year old Irish Supermodel Gemma Gleeson was selected by FastDates.com Calendar director Jim Gianatsis to be the featured cover model of the new 2007 SBK Fast Dates Racebike Pinup Calendar which will be released world wide on July 1st, 2006.
Gemma is featured on the cover of the 2007 Calendar with reigning 2006 SBK World Superbike Champion Troy Corser's Team Alstare Corona Suzuki GSXR1000.
Gemma was one of three London based moderls with the agency UniversalModels.com, the official FastDates.com world-wide source for hiring a Calendar Kitten, who shot with Jim at Brands hatch zWorld Superbike in August of 2005 for the 2007 Fast Dates Calendar which is endorsed by the SBK World Superbike Championhip and sponsored by Performance Machine and Jardine Products.
DUCATI ANNOUNCES $1,000,000 RACING CONTINGENCY PROGRAM FOR 2006
Expanded Ducati Racing Contingency Program increases funds and event support for regional club races in 2006
Cupertino, CA – December 10th, 2005 – Ducati North America officially announces that the popular racing contingency program that debuted in 2005 will return in 2006, better than ever! The 2006 program will have boosted payouts and more coverage for regional club races.
“After a very successful first year, I am pleased to announce that we have raised the bar and are now offering bonus payouts at even more race events in 2006 with the addition of WERA to our roster of racing organizations,” said Michael Lock, CEO of Ducati North America. “Racing is an exciting but very expensive sport, and this is our way of supporting the efforts of dedicated Ducati racers throughout the country. Racing is in our blood and Ducati is an important presence at the grass roots as well as the attention-grabbing international level.”
For 2006 Ducati will again offer two contingency programs, one for the professional AMA race series and the other for many regional club race series. A significant addition to the program is the WERA series, which is one of the country’s premier club racing organizations and boasts over 3000 competitive members.
Specific dates, classes and rules will be announced in early January and will be modeled on the 2005 program.
YAMAHA without GAULOISES in 2006
As expected with the impending ban on cigarette sponsorships in sports in Europe beginning in 2007, Yamaha's early change to the revived factory White, Red & Black colors, and rider Valentino Rossi's disdain for cigatette sponsorship on their MotoGP team, Yamaha has annouched its parting of the ways with cigarette sponsor Galiouse beginning a year earlier in 2006.
12/23/05 - Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. hereby announces that Altadis/Seita’s sponsorship regarding Yamaha's Factory MotoGP Team will not continue after the end of the 2005 season.
For more than 40 years, Yamaha has successfully participated in the Road Racing Grand Prix World Championship and it has become the leading manufacturer of the MotoGP competition.
Altadis/Seita have been sponsors of the Yamaha Factory MotoGP project for the past three seasons under both the Fortuna and the Gauloises brands, during which time the companies shared two world championship victories in the MotoGP class in 2004 and 2005.
Yamaha will announce its 2006 MotoGP program in January 2006.
KENAN SOFUOGLU JOINS WINSTON TEN KATE HONDA SUPERSPORT
Winston Ten Kate Honda has announced that Kenan Sofuoglu will join the team as it aims for a record fifth World Supersport championship title in 2006.
The 22-year-old Turkish rider from Adapazari in northwest Turkey tested the championship-winning Winston Ten Kate Honda CBR600RR in Qatar earlier this month, impressing team personnel with his quick adaptation to new machinery on an unfamiliar circuit and his constant improvements during the three-day test.
Sofuoglu finished second in the 2005 European Superstock championship riding a Yamaha and will join new team-mate and 2005 World Supersport champion, Sébastien Charpentier, for further testing in January before the 2006 championship gets underway in Qatar on 25 February next year.
Ronald ten Kate – team manager - “We’re really happy to have signed one of the youngest and brightest talents in the World Superbike paddock after our recent test in Qatar showed Kenan’s undoubted potential. It’s always good to work with young riders that we can take forward to another level. We’re hoping that we’ll have all the new material in place for our next test in January, when Kenan will get another opportunity to learn some more about the CBR600RR and the way the team works.”
Kenan Sofuoglu - “For me, this is just a fantastic surprise. One month ago I wasn’t sure what I would be riding in 2006 but to have the chance to join Sébastien (Charpentier) in this amazing team is just like a dream.
Every rider I know wants a Ten Kate machine so I am incredibly happy to have been given this opportunity. I would like to thank Gerrit and Ronald (ten Kate) for the opportunity to test the bike in the first place and I cannot wait to ride it again.”
Team Sterilgarda Berik starts the SBK season with Xaus and Borciani
A new team is going to be lining up at the start of the 2006 World SBK Championship. The team in question, Sterilgarda Berik, will be represented by Ruben Xaus and Marco Borciani riding Ducati 999 F04s. After two difficult seasons in Moto GP, the Spanish rider who performed so well in SBK back in 2001, 2002 and 2003, taking part in 77 races, winning 9, coming second in 12 and third in 10, will surely be pleased to get back into things.
For Borciani on the other hand, Team Sterilgarda Berik means a chance to prove his worth after a disappointing season, and the chance to race in a team of his own making, which represents a secure future for him if he decides to retire as a rider. Technical directors for the bikes ridden by Xaus and Borciani are Roberto Valletta and Andrea Zampieri respectively. Marco Mozzone is the new team’s chief engine specialist and Natale Egi is its manager.
Nannelli and Alfonsi to ride Ducatis for Team PN Corse
A new name is about to enter the arena of the 2006 World SBK Championship. That name is PN Corse, the team managed by Maurizio Perlini, ex-technical director to Lorenzo Lanzi. Perlini has signed up Gianluca Nannelli and Lorenzo Alfonsi, and will be providing them both with Ducati 999 F04s with Öhlins suspensions. Nannelli and Alfonsi will both take part in all the races in the World SBK Championship, while Alfonsi will also ride in the Italian championship.
Gianluca Nannelli told us how he felt. “After the bad patch I’ve just been through, I want to thank Maurizio Perlini for giving me this great opportunity. I feel I’ve got everything it takes to do well now. I can’t wait to get out there and race. This season will be really decisive for the rest of my career.”
Maurizio Perlini also gave us his side of the story. “We are very enthusiastic about the coming season but we’ve got our feet firmly on the floor at the same time. Nannelli and Alfonsi both have what it takes to do extremely well and we’re determined as a team to give them every possible chance to make the most of their skills”.
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