Paramount Movie Ranch State Park, Agoura, CA, October 15th, 2017 – The LA Calendar Motorcycle Show continued its now 27-year tradition as the premier outdoor street bike event in America at two exciting 2017 dates and venues this year. The 2nd event this October had the Calendar Show’s Calendar Bike Building Championship joining the Rider RoundUp at the Ranch produced by celebrity Calendar Bike builder Russell Mitchell and wife Rachel / Exile Cycles at the Paramount Western Movie Ranch in Agoura, CA, just down the road from the legendary Southern California biker hangout The Rock Store on Mulholland Highway. It was an exciting day of beautiful Custom Motorcycles, Activities, great tasting Food Truck, BBQ and Craft Beer, Vendors, Manufacturers and Live Music.
The Rider Round Up at the Ranch was the second year celebration of Exile Cycles’ 20th Anniversary Party held at Paramount Ranch the year before, now continuing on an annual basis. And again it was a benefit to raise money to Fight Leukemia by auctioning off products and services, together with money donated by the Vendors and Sponsors, this year raising $7000 for the Cause.
The famous Paramount Ranch movie location is a fun place to hold a bike show, with spectators being able to ride their bikes and park in the streets of the old western town. For movie and TV Buffs, Paramount Ranch was first owned and built by Paramount Movie Studios as a western town movie set back in the 1923 for the then popular western movies. In the 1960’s a paved sports car road racing track was built on the land and held races for a few years. More recently the location was the set for the popular 90s TV Series of the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. A train station was built in the western town for Dr, Quinn, including the laying of real train tracks and the installation of a live running steam locomotive with cars which operated back and forth across the set. When the Dr. Quinn TV series ended the entire Paramount Ranch including the western town movie set was given to the U.S. Park System for public use, with the condition it could still be used for filming and special events. Most recently the western set was used it the HBO TV series West World.
The Train Station Platform was the location for this year’s Calendar Bike Building Championship, the custom motorcycle contest franchise feature of the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show producer by FastDates.com Calendar photographer Jim Gianatsis. Assisting Jim in producing this year’s bike contest was Calendar Kitten Corle, who ran the morning’s Contest Registration, posed for the bike owners and spectators for photos, and assisted Russell Mitchell and Jim with the authentic Mikuni Carburetor Trophies at the end of the day in the shaded concert and dining area.
The KTM single’s steel tube rigid frame chases hosing the water-cooled motor was built around 26-inch classic car tires with custom built spoked wheels. The tiny rear disc brake located behind the rider’s right foot, operates a shaft through the frame with a fixed primary sprocket on the other side, engaged with the drive chain, to slow the rear wheel down when the foot bake is pressed. Very original! The hand made springer front forks with hydraulic damping and a front headlight that turns with the steering stem is also unique. The bike is finished off with a beautiful had made aluminum fuel tank, handlebars and many other components. It was unanimous by anyone who saw it, that Max’s Supercharged KTM Board Track Racer Replica was the Show winner, one of the Calendar Bike Building Championship’s best ever builds in its 26 year history.
Garnering Judge’s Special Mention in this year’s 2017 Championship was 2016 Best of Show winner Yuichiti Yoshizkwa,/ Custom Works Zon / cw-zon.com who again flew in again from Japan with his complete build crew and their newest custom bike named “Zonkern”. The Sportser powered sport bike featured a highly intricate aluminum tube frame with a Ducati Superbike single side rear swingarm, and full hand fabricated aluminum gas tank and bodywork.
The Calendar Bike Building Championship Championship Class Winners included Todd Daniel in Street Custom with his beautiful Turbocharged Red Bagger which premiered at the Calendar Bike Builder’s Party back in July where it was photographed for the next Iron & Lace Calendar.
Also premiering back in July at the Builder’s party and also photographed for the Calendar was Richard Jones’ Sportster powered British replica custom, now taking the Classic American class. The Bar Hopper / Bobber Class was dominated by classic Triumph Twins from the ‘60s, with Anthony Robinson entering two Meriden bikes, and taking first place with the most unique which had the cylinder head reversed so the carburetors faced forward, and the exhausts ran straight out of the back of the heads.
2017 Rider RoundUp Calendar Bike Building Championship
Best of Show: Max Hazan’s Supercharged KTM Single Cafe Racer.
Judge’s Special Mention: Yuichiti Yoshizkwa,/ Custom Works Zon Sportster
Street Custom: 1. Todd Daniel Red Turbo Bagger; 2. John Meade / Azzkikr Custom Bagger.
Bar Hopper: 1. Anthony Robinson Triumph Bobber w/ reversed heads; 2. David Bird, Triumph Bobber; 3. Anthony Robinson Triumph Bobber.
Classic American: Richard Jones Sportster British Retro; 2. Spike’s custom Harley; 3. Richard Jones aluminum frame Big Twin / 2016 Show Class winner.
Russell (Mohawk and shades) and Rachel Mitchell (pink hair on the chopper) with their Exile Krew of Volunteers who worked hard to put on a great event and raised $7000 to help fight Leukemia. Thanks Guys and Gals!
To me, and this could simply be my opinion, I gained a whole new appreciation for the Harley-Davidson brand after watching the 6 hour Discovery channel movie, Harley & the Davidson’s. Other than the overflow of commercials, the show was fantastic. Some may disagree because of the way Indian Motorcycles and Ford had their colors shown at that time, but that was business more than 100 years ago & today is a new day. So, back to the show, it basically has caused me to want to get my butt back to Milwaukee to the Harley-Davidson Museum as fast as I can. I don’t feel that I appreciated all that I saw, the first time around at the H-D 110th. Below are some pics from my visit, I have many more plus I will do an additional post regarding the artist that created most of the most recognizable H-D artwork ever created, and the artists sensational studio.
Please see the pasted release below that announces the free on-line screening of Why We Ride for the next 7 days, to help encourage riders to participate in the I AM STURGIS Kickstarter campaign. The link to the free on-line screener is https://www.kickstarter.com/pr
Editor’s Note: Bryan Carroll, Producer/Director of the film “Why We Ride” will be in Sturgis for the 75th anniversary rally filming his next production, “I Am Sturgis.” He recently wrote about the motivation behind this, his second film, and agreed to let us share it with ITN readers.
If you are as inspired by Bryan’s sentiments as we are, support this effort and visit the film’s Kickstarter page here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/338580709/i-am-sturgis-the-movie
By Bryan H. Carroll
When you create a film like Why We Ride that is telling an internal story about a subject, you have to be 100% committed to the journey without knowing the destination. All projects that you put your heart and soul into will have a long term affect on your life. You have experiences while making them, and at that time you don’t know how they will affect you later in life. Some of those experiences may take years before they bubble back up to the surface and have an emotional affect on you. There were two locations we filmed at on Why We Ride that had an immediate emotional affect on us. One was Sturgis and the other was Bonneville. We knew then that we would be back sometime in the future to explore further what their internal story was.
Sturgis was the one place we could not stop talking about. It always came up in conversations and it was our first location we filmed at on Why We Ride. My stepfather would bring me back shirts when I was a kid and tell us stories about it so I knew I would be going there one day. When I did finally make it to Sturgis I was overwhelmed. There is a spirit there that enters you and grabs onto your heart. The beauty of the Black Hills is God given and you can feel it in the air. You can put your hand on a boulder there and you feel this energy, and then you can understand why the Native American’s hold this place sacred. I saw a community of some of the most patriotic people. I felt so proud to be an American and realized at that moment that Sturgis is not just a place, it’s who we are. When you say I am an American its not about your address or even where you were born. It’s in your DNA. It’s your spirit. It’s why for the last 250 years people from all over the world have come to this country. It was always in them, they just needed a place to all gather and to be around like-minded people. This is the same story as Sturgis. There are a whole bunch of us out there who still need to venture out and seek that next journey.
Now more than any time in history we need to tell this story to the next generation. I Am Sturgis is bold. It’s to the point about who we are. It’s bold like my parents and ancestors who made that long journey to come to this country. It’s bold like General Sturgis and the pioneers who went west. It’s bold like the hundreds of thousands of motorcyclist who make the Journey each year to gather with friends from around the world. It’s bold like America.