2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show

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The 2018 Rider RoundUp at the Ranch
& Calendar Bike Building Championship

A Fun Day at Paramount Western Movie Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains

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Paramount Ranch State Park, Agoura, CA, Sunday Oct 7th 2018 -The 2018 Calendar Bike Building Championship continued its now 28-year tradition as the premier outdoor street bike event in America, again in association for the 2nd year in a row with the Rider RoundUp at the Ranch produced by Calendar Bike Builder Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles. The event featured top Celebrity Custom Bikes & Builders, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, Live Music performances. And the world premier of next year's new 2019 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top Sport and Custom Motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens in attendance at the Show. Select Builders and their Bikes were be invited to be photographed by producer Jim Gianatsis for the next FastDates.com Calendars.

2018 Iron & Lace Calendar
The 2018 Calendar Bike Building Champiomship celebrated the premier of the new 2019 FastDates.com Calendars and showcased Todd Daniels' incredible Superchared Red Bagger which won the Sreetret Custom Class at 2017 Show,
and is featured in the new 2019 Iron & Lace Calendar

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Builder's Party
Calendar Kitten Corle Bunchwith Todd Daniel's winning Bagger from last year's Show.

The LA Calendar Motorcycle Show's Calendar Bike Building Championship produced by Jim Gianatsis / FastDates.com continued its now 28-year tradition as one of the premier custom bike shows in America now in partnership with the Rider RoundUp at the Ranch. The event takes place on Sunday October 7th 2018 in the Old Western Town movie set at Paramount State Park, Agoura, CA, produced by Calendar Bike Builder Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles. Featuring top Celebrity Custom Bikes & Builders, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, Live Music performances. With the premier of the new 2019 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top Sport and Custom Motorcycles with the beautiful Calendar Kittens in attendance at the Show. Selected Builders and their winning Bikes will be invited to be photographed in nearby Woodland Hills, CA, on Monday Oct 8th by producer Jim Gianatsis for the next FastDates.com Calendars.

Todd Daniels Bagger

? Taking Best of Show at the 2018 Rider RoundUp Calendar Bike Building Championship was Anthony Robinson / Motorcycles & Coffee, Palmdale, CA, who was awarded the 2018 Mikuni Carburetor Best of Show trophy for his Triumph Custom Bobber by Russell Mitchell and FastDates.com Calendar Kitten Corle Bunch.

Todd Daniel Sagger Sara
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Corle checks out some of the cool custom bikes ridden to the Show by spectators

Corle Bunch on the train station platform with Anthony Robinson's Mikuni Carburetor Best of Show winning Triumph Custom Bobber

Russell Mitchell

Calendar Kitten Corle welcomes spectators to Paramount Ranch where they got to park their bikes in the middle of the Western Town movie set used in many popular TV show's including "Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman and HBO's "West World".

Calendar Kitten Corle on Vendors Row.


Russell Mitchell and Corlee Buch with the brewmasters from Five Threads Breweing in nearby Westlake, CA, who offered up 5 different styles of their great tasting Craft Brewed Beers for the 2nd year in a row.

Calendar Kitten Corle on Vendors Row at the Jim's Machine and Black Bike Wheels booths.

FastDates.com Calendar Kittens gone wild! Event promotor Russell Mitchell's wife Rachel in the Orange T-shirt with Corle Bunch. Rachel has appeared with Exile bikes in two editions of the Iron & Lace Calendar, and organizes the event's charity raising for Lymphomia Cancer Research.

FastDates.com Photographer and Bike Buikding Championship producer Jim Gianatsis with Calendar Kitten Cole Bunch who is featured on the cover of the new 2019 Iron & Lace Calendar with 2017 Best of Show winner Matt Hazens' KTM Board Track Racer replica.

Paramount Ranch State Park fire damage


Ron Simms custom

Best of Show: Anthony Robinson with Russell Mitchell and Corle Bunch, Triumph Custom Bobber

Pro Builder 1st Place: Lonny Spiva with Russell Mitchell and Corle Bunch, Heartland Custom FXR Softail

Bar Hopper 1st Place: Jon Schroder with Russell Mitchell and Corle Bunch, Suzuki 250 Single

Street Custom 1st Place: Marco Djoric with Russell Mitchell and Corle Bunch, with a Mad Max Style Lae model Triumph.

2018 Calendar Bike Cuilding Championship Resukrs
Best of Show: Anthony Robinshon, '66 Triumph T-100 Bobber.

Pro Builder: 1. Lonny Spiva, Heartland Fat Tire Softail Custom; 2. Todd Daniel, H-D Bagger Custom; 3. Navid Kmansari, H-D Bagger Custom.

Street Custom: 1. Marko Doric, Triumph Mad Max; 2. Richard Jones, Softail Springer Custom; 3. Joshua Bishop,

Bar Hopper; Jon Schroder, Suzuki GS250 Single; 2. Colson Sarlo, '64 H-D Panhead; 3. Adrian Packett, Canyon Motorcycles Triumph Custom Bobber.

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Calendar Kitten Corle on Vendors row at the Fueling and Heartland booths.

Best of Show

Alex Nester

It's a wrap! At the end of the day Bike Championship producer Jim Gianatsis and FastDates.com Calendar Kitten Corle Bunch finally get a chance to enjoy the great BBQ lunch and craft beers on the Paramount Ranch Train Station platform as they wind down the 28th annual Calendar Bike Building Championship portion of the 2nd Rider RoundUp at the Ranch.

Paramount Ranch State Park fire damage

California Wildfires Devistate Paramount Ranch Calendar Bike Show Location
Agoura. CA, November 10th 2018 - The devistating California wildfires in November 2018 killed some100 people and left thousands without homes. Southern California's so called Woolsey Canyon Fire burned through the Santa Monica Mountains down into Malibu, and in its path burned much of Paramount Ranch State Park and the Western Town where the Rider RoundUp Calendar Bike Building Championhip has been held the last 2 years. The only movie set structures left standing were the famous schoolhouse / church, and the train station. Most recently the Western Town was used in the HBO TV Series West World. Word has it that the Hollywood Studios will pitch-in to rebuild the destroyed Western Town in the next year.

But for now, because of economic conditions and the downturn of interest and participation in the custom bike industry, the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show has no plans to produce an event for 2019, sadly after 27 years, bringing to an end one of the longest and once most successful streetbike motorcycle show in American. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported us over those years, it was a great ride! - Jim Gianatsis, Producer

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LA Calendar Motorcycle Show History
The first annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show actually started out as a backyard BBQ at producer Jim Gianatsis' house in 1991 to celebrate the publication of the 1992 Fast Dates racebike, and first 1992 Mikuni Iron & Lace Calendar with custom bikes and models. One of the calendar models, Playboy Playmate Teri Weigel, actually handled cooking the burgers on the outdoor grill.

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.

This first Calendar was produced by Gianatsis Design for our client Mikuni to replace the generic stock nude photogrpahy which Mikuni had been buying from Japan, imprinting Mikuni name on it and giving it to distributors as a Christmas present each year.
It was our intention (Gianatsis Design and Mikuni marketing director Lee Chapin) to bring out an origional calendar which incorporated Mikuni carburetor products.

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.
The 1991 Mikuni Calendar was photographed in its entirity by myself and included cover model and new Playboy Playmate Pamela Andreson with Miguel Duhamel's Yoshimura Suzuki "Big Poppa" unlimited class Superbike.

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.
It was such a great party, I suggested we open it to the public the following year, and weith Mikuni as a 50/50 parter to moved to to the Santa Monica Airport's Museum of Flying

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.

And Mikuni Corporation felt the Calendar Show was taking time away from the Carburetior Division's main focus of carburetor development and sales. So Mikuni relinquised its partnership in the Calendar Show to Gianatis Design, and in 2000 the Calendar Show was renamed the Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show and it moved to the Queen Mary Park in Long Beach in association with the Queen Mary Corp. The Queen Mary Park location right on on the Pacific Ocean proved to be an incredible event location for a Motorcycle Show in the hot SoCal in the summer, and in 2001 we expanded the Show to 2-days as it continued to grow.

The Calendar Show continued to grow during the mid 2000s with the American V-twin custom bike market, fuel by TV Shows like American Thunder, West Coast Choppers and Biker Buildoff.

Many of the celebrity custom bike builders who gained their recognition and fame at the Show and being featured in the FastDates.com Calendars included Ron Simms / Bay Area Customs, Russ Tom / Downtown Harley-Davidson, Jessie Rooke, Roland Sands / Roland Sands Design, Jesse James / West Coast Customs, Tussell Mitchell / Exile Cycles, Richard Pollock / Mule Motorcycles, Jim Giuffra / AFT Customs.

Show Producer Jim Gianatsis introduced many newaspects to motorccyle events at the LA Calendsr Motorcyle Show during this period including the Calendar Bike Building Championship, the Calendar Girl Music Festival, the World Championship Dyno Shootout, Supermoto races in the parking lot, Bike Builder Seminars, Calendat Girl Beauty Pagent, and the Perfect Angels all-girl dance team.

The LA Calendar Show reached its peak in the year 2007 at the Queen Mary Park venue with a 2-day weekend event that drew 191 major motorcyle manufacturers, custom bike companies, product companies, vendors, and some 7,000 paid spectators.

Then in year 2008 with the economic collapse which started on Wall Street and spread across America and around the world, many people no longer had the disposable income to spend on expensive toys like custom motorcycles, even motorccyles in genearal, and many custom bike companies and aftermarket parts companies were soon out of business.

By year 2011 almost all paid admission street bike events on the West Coast had gone out of business. The LA Calendar Motorccyle Show was the last to remain and had downsized to 1 day at the Queen Mary's smaller Sea walk location, with now some 40 vendors and prodcut comapies and 1000 paid admisisons.

In 2012 the Calendar Show move to the Calabasas Inn in Calabasas, CA, an outdoor banquest and wedding facility which was better suited to the now downsized event. But misguided Biker groups, spurred by social media, would boycott and block the entrance of the Show that year because of its "No Gang Color Policy" which had been in effectall previous 20 years, and was also enfored at other bike events across California, with the protrst and blockade only hurting the motorcycle sporteven further. The Calabasas Inn would go out of business later that year, forcing the Show return to the more expenses Queen Mary Sea Walk in 2013.

In 2014 the Calender Show found a more affordable and beautiful location as it move to at the Malibu Gold Course in the Santa Monica Mountains near the Rock Store. Vendors numbered 22 with a paid attendance now down around 500. Following the Show that year the Malibu Golf Course announced it would close for 2 years for a major renovation. It would later declare bankruptcy and close for good, probably in part because the long running California draught made in cost prohibitive to water a small private gold course.

This required the Show to move again to a new venue in 2015, this time being the popular biker weekend hangout in Calabassas again, this time at the Sagebrush Cantina. The Show remained at the Cantina for 2 years until 2016, but attendance continued to decline.

One of the biggest changes and challenges from the 2008 recession which really impacted paid admission events like the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show was that local motorcycle dealers became very aggressive in trying to draw potential customers to their dealerships on weekends. Many dealers began holding Open House events in their parking lots on the weekends with free live music, free food and beverages, vendors and demo bike rides.

Plus the internet with its free content of motorcycle pictures and information, pretty models, and product vendors has impacted attendance at paid motorcycle events as well.

These two factors, free competing events by dealers in Southern California and free content on the web, has became the big challenge for the LA Calendar Show, that even its exclusive featuring of many the world's top custom bike builders with their latest custom bikes, beautiful Calendar models, and top name female performers can not overcome.

For 2017 and 2018 Jim Gianatsis moved the Calendar Show his home studio in Woodland Hills, and invited his favorite Calendar Builders and singers to come for a calendar Shoot, Concert and House Party.

And then in October 2017 & 2018 we partnered with long time friend and Calendar Bike Builder Russell Mitchand his Rider Roundup at the Ranch at Paramount Western Movie set in Agoura, CA.

For now, FastDates.com Calendar photographer and Calendar Show producer Jim Gianatsis will continue the Show as an annual tribute to the world's top custom bike builders and beautiful models and music performers in support of the FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars. It may return full circle to that back yard BBQ at Jim's house where it first started some 25 years ago, but it will continue. And hopefully the industry and motorcycle enthusiasts will still want to be a part of it.

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. - Jim Gianatsis