Builder Hiroyuki Hirata returns from Japan to take his 2nd Best of Show with “Zero Fighter”
August 7, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – 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.
Now 2-time LA Calendar Best of Show winner Hiroyuki Hirata with FastDates.com Calendar Kittens Sara, Apple, Helena and Alena.
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
Calendar Kittens 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 Place in Pro Builder and won the AFT Customs Visionary Award for the most innovative bike at the Show.
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.
This year’s Calendar Bike Show featured a lot of top venders including Phillipe Danah(White shirt) from Frog Specialties displayed his great line of Beringer Brake and Hand Control products 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.
The next 2016 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show is tentatively scheduled for Saturday July 23rd 10am-3pm 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
CALENDAR BIKE BUILDING CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
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
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, WW Custom Cycles, 1991/2014 H-D Street Dragster w/126ci Star Racing motor; 3. Alan Briese2013 H-D FXOC 110th Anniversary Edition
Bar Hopper: 1. Mel Cary / Mule Motorcycles, Sportster Streetmaster; 2. Mike Witte, 1988 H-D XL Custom;
3. Josh Soto / Boars Nest 2014 H-D Shovelhead Custom.
Sportbike: 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 / Apoge, Ducati Monster S4RS Street Fighter.
Classic American: 1. Thad Wolf, 1918 Harley-Davidson.
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.