Jim Guiffra / AFT Metric Customs takes Best of Show
Performance Machine presents 17th Annual 2008 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend, Calendar Bike Building Championship & 2-Day Calendar Girl Music Festival
July 12th-13th 2008, Queen Mary Event Park, Long Beach, CA - The 17th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend presented by Performance Machine, America's premier custom, cruiser, performance and sportbike weekend returned to the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach on July 12th-13th, 2008. Over 10,000 street motorcycle and music fans were in attendance for the world's most exciting 2-day motorcycle event weekend in the beautiful Queen Mary Event Park on the grass alongside the Pacific Ocean with it’s cool ocean breezes to fend off the inland California summer’s scorching heat. This remains the world's premier motorcycle show weekend featuring all major motorcycle and parts manufacturers, selected product and apparel vendors.
The weekend features many of the world's top Pro and Amateur street bike builders in attendance to compete in the Performance Machine Calendar Show Bike Building Championship with a bulging purse of $86,000 in cash and awards. There are 10 individual classes for American V-Twin and Metric Street Custom, Performance, Classic, Bobber, Chopper and Sportbike motorcycles The coveted Performance Machine Best of Show Trophy is awarded for the top overall bike at the Show and includes a $3,000 cash prize, an additional $7,000 in product awards bringing the total awards to $10,000 overall, plus the winning bike and builder receives an editorial bike feature in Iron Works magazine and the Iron & Lace Calendar photographed by Show producer Jim Gianatsis.
Taking home the coveted Best of Show award for the first time ever at a major show was an incredible metric custom from builder Jim Giuffra / AFTcustoms.com. Named “Er Head” for it’s air-cooled Yamaha XVS engine fed by a Mikuni HSR carb, the bike features a specially modified Yamaha/Redneck Engineering/ AFT Customs oil-in frame with RMD billet girder front forks, and a single shock rear suspension. Assisting Jim with the construction of the top bike was his assistant Ron Abel, and AFT Model Agency girls Kylie and Elaina.
Best of Show came from the premier Iron Works magazine sponsored Radical Pro Builder class, which again this year was extremely competitive, with 1st Place trophy going to Japanese builder Kenji Nagal from Ken’s Factory (Kens-Factory.com) who flew in just for the Calendar Bike Building Championship with his blown V-Twin powered polished aluminum custom from Nagoya City, Japan. Taking 1st and 2nd runner-up spots among many many incredible all-new machines premiering at the show were Todd Silicato, and last year’s Best of Show winner Greg Westbury of Westbury Hardcore.
Performance Machine also offers is own trophy for the Best Performance Machine Equipped Bike with a $5,000 product award from Performance Machine products going to Todd Silicato from Todd’s Custom Cycles for one of his bikes. Other favorite classes include the Iron Works magazine sponsored Radical Pro Builder which went to Japanese builder , the Mikuni American HR Carburetor sponsored American V-Twin Performance, and the Fast Dates Calendar sponsored Sportbike Class.
Spectators got to meet top celebrity custom bike builders including last year's best of Show winner Greg Westbury, 2004 Best of Show winner Shinya Kimura, plus Ron Simms, Todd Silicato and many more. They also attend free Calendar Bike Builder Seminars with the top Calendar builders to learn what it really takes to build some of the world's most innovative and beautiful custom bikes as featured in the Iron & Lace and Fast Dates Calendars.
One of the biggest spectator draws throughout the weekend was again the Calendar Show's exclusive S&S Cycle World Championship Horsepower Dyno Shoot Out hosted by Kerry Bryant of Area P Exhaust Systems. World Record runs are open up to anyone, including the change to see just how strong your streetbike really is, with Classes & Awards for all stock and modified American V-Twin and Metric Sportbikes. The most spectacular run during the weekend proved to be John Cabral's Suzuki Hayabusa American Turbo Powered 500hp +! Engine Blow Up at full throttle that saw titanium, aluminum , oil and coolant flying everywhere in spectacular fashion, forcing a shutdown of the Dyno for about an hour while it was cleaned up. The S&S Cycle staff used the lull in the action to answer engine building questions from the crowd and hand out free T-shirts.
Included with admission both days was the exciting 2-Day Calendar Girl Music Festival with beautiful girl bands and singers including singer songwriters Kari Kimmel and actress Elizabeth Nicole, pop rockers Taxi Doll, AC/DC Tribute rock band Whole Lotta Rosies, Lead Zeppelin tribute band Moby Chick, Reckless Driver, Absinthe Women, plus the sexy Purrfect Angelz dance shows jammed fans to the Main Stage both days.
The weekend’s stage activities were hosted by beautiful singer songwriter Kari Kimmel, with Ted Sands from Performance Machine co-hosting with Kari at the Awards Presentation Ceremonies on Sunday afternoon. Also on stage were the FastDates.com Calendar Kittens including Mary Riley and Jessica for the annual world premier of the new 2009 FastDates.com Motorcycle Pin Up Calendars.
Other exciting activities during the weekend include the S&S Cycle World Championship Horsepower Dyno Shoot Out; free Calendar Bike Building Seminars with celebrity Iron & Lace Calendar builders including Todd Silicato of Todd’s Cycle, Dave Stinsen of Edelbrock Engineering and Yasuyoshi Chikazawa of Chica Custom Cycles.
And don’t forget the theme of the entire LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend which is the world premier of this year’s new 2009 FastDates.com Motorcycle PinUp Calendars: the SBK World Superbike and Performance Machine sponsored Fast Dates superbike, Performance machine and Mikuni Carburetor sponsored Iron & Lace custom bikes, and Garage Girls together with the beautiful Calendar Kittens selling and autographing the Calendars and pose for photos with fans.
There was also the Calendar Girl Model Search Pageant each day with beautiful winners Andrea Hilaro, Kseniya Kseniya Strizhenko and Penny Mentred on Saturday, then Erin Yarbrough, Kseniya Strizhenko again and Petra Moos on Sunday winning $600 in cash awards each day, along with a possible paid booking to shoot for the next FastDates.com Calendars.
Spectators also get complimentary weekend admission aboard the historic Queen Mary Ghost Ship, and entry to the Saturday Night Iron & Lace Calendar Builders Party with a live band in the ship's Observation Bar. Spectators arriving on motorcycles get security parking for just $5 right at the Show's Main Entrance. When the Queen Mary's on site parking reach capacity, spectators arriving my car were directed to park in the downtown Long Beach Parking Garages on Shoreline Drive with free Shuttle Busses or paid Taxi Boat rides available from Shoreline Village Marina direct to the Show.
Title and Associate Sponsorship support for the premier streetbike event weekend in America is provided by Performance Machine, Iron Works magazine, S&S Cycle, NOs Energy Drink, ReCycler.com, CycleTrader.com, Thunder Press and Quick Throttle event publications, Mikuni Carburetors, Meguiar’s Car Care Products, and the FastDates.com Calendars.
The 2009 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show & Calendar Girl Music Festival Weekend is scheduled for July 11th-12th 2009 at the Queen Mary Park in Long Beach, CA. For complete details including additional event coverage and pictures, the show schedules, hotels and parking information visit www.FastDates.com.
2008 Calendar Bike Building Championship Results:
Best of Show: Jim Giuffra /AFT Customs, Yamaha XVS Boardtracker Special Construction
Iron Works Pro Builder: 1. Kenji Nagai / Ken’s Factory, Japan, “Velvet Hand” Special Construction w/125 ci Patrick Racing / Magnacharger; 2. Todd Silicato / Todd’s Cycle, Panhead Special Construction; 3. Greg Westbury / Westbury Hand Crafted, “A;; Killer, No Filler” Bobber Special Construction.
Mikuni Street Custom: 1. Devin Montgomery/Mid Evil Inc, S&S engine custom; 2.Mickey Morisol, 107ci S&S chopper; 3. Jay Jay Ransom, 2002 H-D Springer, 107 ci engine.
Mikuni Street Performance: 1. P.W. Morris, 1991 H-D FXR w/126ci G2 (9 sec 1/4 mile Club); 2. Mickey Morisol, Chopper Doctors w/ 107ci S&S; 3. Jose Benitz, Special Construction w/ Ultima engine.
Mikuni Street Chopper: 1. Clyde Ransome, Special Construction w/ RevTec engine; 2. John Myer, 2003 H-D Softail w/ 95ci H-D Twin cam; 3. Mike Toupin / Chopper Design Group, Special Construction w’100ci engine.
Iron Works Bar Hopper: 1. Cassidy Lachos / Lion Motorbikes , 1985 Sportster, rigid lowered; 2. Robert Brunson, chopper w// RevTech 88ci engine; 3. Eddie Shigeta / east-West MC Products, chopper.
Iron Works Classic Late Post 1956: 1. Jay Jay Ransom, 2004 H-D Dresser w/104 ci engine; 2. Spanky / Streetlife Motorcycles, 2006 H-D w/124ci engine; 3. Ryan Reed, 2008 H-D.
Iron Works Classic Early Pre 1956: 1. William Jackson / Bob Hancock, 1935 Excelsior w/ 500cc JAP engine.
Iron Works Sportster: 1. David Arbuthnott, 1964 Sportster XLH rigid bar hopper ; 2. Ben Faiella, 2003 Sportster custom; 3. Steve Dresen, 1996 Sportster.
Metric Custom: 1. Gilbert Gonzalez, 2000 Yamaha Roadstar; 2. Brandon Boy, 1971 Triumph Bonneville chopper; 3. Eric hansen, 2006 Yamaha warrior.
Fast Dates Sportbike: 1. Will Song / WSD Moto, 2007 Yamaha R6; 2. Nick Gargano 1985 Yamaha RZ350; 3. Leo Najarian / Suzuki Jordan, 2006 Suzuki GSXR750.
2008 S&S presents the World Record LA Calendar Show Dyno Horsepower Shootout Class Winners:
600cc Sportbike: Kelly Bryant - '07 Yamaha R6 - 113.3 hp
750cc Sportbike: Art Haserjian - '05 Suzuki GSXR750 - 121.87 hp
1000cc Sportbike: Kerry Bryant - '04 Kawasaki ZX10 - 161.4 hp
Open Sportbike: Thad Wiltz - '04 Kawasaki Hayabusa - 227.52 hp
Sportbike/Turbo: John Noonan - '03 Hayabusa - 490.63 hp
Sportster/Buell: Bennett's Performance '00 Special Const. S&S - 125.29 hp
V-Twin - 74 - 80": Mark Mignella - '04 Harley-Davidson V-Rod - 101.27 hp
V-Twin - 81 - 88": John Cabral - '08 Harley-Davidson V-Rod - 153.82 hp
V-Twin - 89 - 95": Andrew Demotte - '06 Harley-Davidson FLHX - 103.69 hp
V-Twin - 96 - 113": Patrick Racing - Harley-Davidson Twin Cam - 118.59 hp
V-Twin - 114" Plus: Bennett's Performance '96 Bonneville Bike - 223.00 hp
V-Twin/Turbo: John Cabral - '99 Harley-Davidson FLH Bagger - 233.78 hp