2014 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show

Russell Mitchell

Calendar Kittens and part time Russian Mobsters Helena and Alana with Samuel Kao / JSK Custom Design's cool BMW R9T Retro Custom with legendary BMW Martini Racing paintwork
. The bike took 2nd Palce in Pro Builder and won the AFT Customs Visionary Award for the most inovative bike at the Show.

Calendar Kitten Helena poses with celebrity Iron & Lace Calendar Bike Builder Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles.
Russell spent the day at the Show with his family, and displayed two of his newest builds. The Oranded Priper Exile Softail took 3rd Place in
this year's pro Builder Class and will be featured in the next 2017 Iron & Lace Calendar

Best of Show 2014 Image Vehicles2015 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

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.

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 Visionary Award 2014 LA Calendar MotorcycleShow

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

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

Classic American: Thad Wolff, 1920 Harley-Davidson

Classic Import: Calin Senciac and Clint Browning / Imagine Vehicles International (http://imaginevehicles.com), 1978 Honda CB750

American cancer Society with Canyon Motorcycles

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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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, and motorccyles in genearal, and bike companies and many 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.

For 2014 the Calender Show found a more affordale and beautiful location as it move to at the Malibu Gold Course in the Santa Monica Mountains near the Rock Store. Vendosrs numbered 22 with a paid attendace now around 500. Following the Show that year the Malibu Golf Course announced it would close for 2 years for a major renovation.

This required the Show to move again to a new venue in 2014, this time bing the popular biker weekend hangout in Calabasas again, this time at the Sagebrush Cantina.

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

Plus the internet with its free content of motorcyle 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 cusom bikes, beautiful Calendar models, and top name female performers can not overcome.

But for now, FastDates.com Calendsr photogrpher 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 Motorcyel PinUp Calendsrs. 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 industy and motorcyle 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