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!