LA Calendar Custom MC Show
 Hot bikes, babes and sun!

Dennis with was able to head up to Long Beach, CA for the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show July 16th put on by PMI and It’s set up next to the old and beautiful Queen Mary. it’s the 15th year for the small show and they do a pretty good job at it. It was hot that weekend, very hot. That out of the way, all the players where there: PMI, Ron Simms, Big Dog, American Iron Horse, Bourgetts. Its a great location along the water with the Queen Mary to one side and the Aquarium to the other. It is custom bike central. These bikes are truly fine art and they were all lined up to be admired. If you are into custom bikes, you will not be disappointed. They also had: Bike Building Seminars, a Dyno shoot-out, a bike Auction, bikes, bands, food and drink and of course beautiful women. I spoke with some of the vendors; who said it was busy on Saturday and slow on Sunday. They were not sure if it was the heat or the $20 entrance fee. So if you plan on riding the CA coast next year in July, add this show to your list.


70,000 in Cash & Awards at America's Biggest & Best Custom & Performance Streetbike Show

Performance Machine presents the 15th Annual 2006 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend Calendar Motorcycle Show Again Blows the Lid Off Long Beach

The Queen Mary, Long Beach, CA July 15-16th, 2006 -The 15th annual Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend presented by Performance Machine and produced by Jim Gianatsis of Gianatsis design Associates held annually every 3rd weekend in July at the Queen Mary Event Park in Long Beach/ Los Angeles continued to kick out all the stops again this year despite the long summer heat wave and the current attendance slump at most other motorcycle events to uphold the Calendar Shows' well earn reputation biggest and most exciting Custom and Performance Street Motorcycle Show in America.

The expanded Queen Mary Event park venue which has spilled out from the beautiful grass park alongside the Pacific Ocean into the Queen Mary parking lot again was again sold out of exhibitor space and standing room only for spectators both days, hosting 180 major custom bike and product manufacturers, top name custom bike builders and selected venders from across America added into the mix to keep it fun for the entire family. Spectator attendance reached 16,000 hard core motorcycle enthusiasts and celebrities at the exciting motorcycle weekend which features the sexy motorcycle pinup calendar girl theme with many beautiful spokes models throughout the Show.

Many of America's top Pro and Amateur street bike builders were in attendance to compete in the Performance Machine Calendar Show Bike Building Championship with a bulging purse of $70,000 in cash and awards. This year's Show Contest featured 3 new classes including Street Chopper, Bar Hopper and the new Road Bike Magazine Metric Class located in the exciting new Road bike Metric Midway

Japanese Cruisers, along with classes for European and Japanese Sport bikes. There were 10 Calendar bike Building Championship Classes including the premier Radical Pro Builder Class sponsored by American Iron magazine with a $5,000 cash purse up for grabs with the coveted Performance Machine Best of show Trophy.


Taking home top honors this year for Best of Show was 60 year old Russ Hess from Jacksboro, TX who returned to custom bike building after taking a 21 year sabbatical. Back in the late 1960's and early 70’s Russ had many of his custom built bikes and street rods grace the covers and center spreads of Street Chopper, Hot Rod and Rod & Custom magazines. Russ said he chose the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, Americans premier bike building contest to gauge just how good his first bike "Art Attack" from his new shop Cowboy Custom Bikes in Jacksboro, Texas would stack up against other top builders from across the country.

This extremely intricate chopper that Russ built is a one of a kind with his co-owner stepson still in Iraq Tommy Wallace who is currently serving as a contractor will be home soon to help beat and shape metal with the best of them. Art Attack took a full 7 months to build from scratch and features a western show horse saddle motif with intricate gold, silver and ruby overleaf designs, a hand tooled saddle, and a beautiful wood over laid handlebar. Not just a show horse, "Art Attack" is powered by a thoroughbred 113 inch E Bruto 120 hp engine mated to a 6 speed tranny. Russ currently has two other bikes under construction which he hopes to premier at other top bike events before the end of the year. Many of the original bolt-on accessory components found on his bike like the exhaust system, carburetor intake, wheels and engine cover and available for sale from his shop

Other Calendar Bike Building Championship Classes featured contingency sponsorship by Jardine, Vance & Hines, Havoc Industries, American Iron, Road Bike and Iron Works magazines, Meguiar's Car Care Products with winners receiving complete exhaust systems of their choice and other many other awards totaling $70,000. Not the least of which is the $5,000 product award for Best Performance Machine Equipped Bike at the show from the title sponsor, plus another product award for $3,500 Custom Cycle Controls. Along with the Show's unique and famous working Mikuni Carburetor Desk Pen Set Awards for 1st Place in class, and engraved Calendar Show Whiskey Flasks for 2nd and 3rd, many of the class sponsors constructed unique one off trophies for their class winners consisting of Anodized Motorcycle Wheels (Best Performance Machine Bike), Engine Components (Iron Works magazine), and Jardine Exhaust Pipes (Metric Road Bike magazine).


Spectators dad a chance to meet and attend free Iron & Lace Calendar Bike Builder Seminars with America's top celebrity TV builders featured on American Thunder, Biker Build Off, Build or Bust and V-Twin TV (who were also filming there) including Russell Mitchell of Exile Cycles in a tag-team seminar with 3-time Show winner Jesse Rooke, putting on a back-and-forth comedy banter that had fans packed in and laughing the full hour. Plus other top Calendar Builders including Roland Sands of Performance Machine Mike Stafford of MGS Customs, Joe Takai of Mercury Customs, and Mike Powers of Powers Custom Cycles.

The most popular attractions at the Show included the Jardine World Record Horsepower Dyno shootout where James Noonan, the former world record holder returned to claim another class win.

And Big Daddy's Hillicoptermobile which featured a real military transport helicopter painted up with 1940's WWII bomber pinup nose art, grafted atop a magazine Metric Midway area on the drive able
bus chassis with a walkthrough party lounge inside.


All weekend long entertainment included a 2-Day Musical Festival on the Main Stage in the Queen Mary Park showcasing top sexy rockin' girl bands and singers including the Lead Zeppelin tribute band Zeparella, beautiful blues rocker Jesse Payo, with beautiful pop music harpist and singer Marnie Boyd performing with a huge classical harp near the park entry. The exciting Purrfect Angelz brought the Show to a standstill when they performed their exciting dance and musical stage shows both days, including three different 1 hour shows on Saturday featuring their USO performance for our troops in the Middle East, and their live performances with Trace Atkins on the CMT and CMA Country Music Awards.

Plus in the middle of the Show weekend on Saturday night on board the historical Queen Mary ocean liner in the art deco Observation Bar was the big Iron & Lace Calendar Builder's Party where you could hang with the builders, exhibitors, Show producer Jim Gianatsis and his staff, and dance with the Purrfect Angelz all night long to the cover tunes of beautiful Mary Fall and her band Reckless Driver. Bike Show spectators admission included complimentary admission to the historic Queen Mary ocean liner and the Saturday night Calendar Bike Builder's Party.


HOTRODHOTLINEBIKES.Com would like to thank Dennis with for letting us know about the 15th annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show and we would also like to thank Jim at FASTDATES.Com for letting us his web for more information on the show.

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