2010 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Report
The good, the bad, but definitely not the ugly
Organizers for the 19th annual LA Calendar Show put on a commendable demonstration of high-speed performance in all sorts of packages – from custom sportbikes to drag bikes to choppers – and from blondes to brunettes to redheads.
The July 17-18 show – which we are unable at press time to verify was endorsed by the National Organization of Women – was otherwise a purely egalitarian affair where all forms of beauty were accepted, and nearly everything was on display.
The motorcycles were pretty cool, too.
Featured were a number of moto-creations from talented pro and amateur motorcycle builders, which gleamed in the sunlight astride the now permanently docked Queen Mary luxury liner at the Long Beach harbor.
Vendors of every stripe were also represented, hawking T-shirts, gear, services for hire, and other accessories for every genre of rider – from sport riders to cruiser fans, to flat-trackers, stunters, dirt riders, and more.
Unfortunately, the anticipated highlight of the day, the Calendar Girl Model Suit Swimsuit Pageant was cancelled because only a couple participants signed up. Nor did we get to see the FastDates.com Calendar Kittens on stage, as promised.
Not to be dissuaded, the music went on as local acts strutted their stuff. Likewise, a variety of lovelies at display booths, and others milling about the crowd, comprised their own movable feast for the eyes with all their talents showing.
Nor would this carefully orchestrated cultural exhibit have been complete without security. On hand were several privately-hired members of Long Beach’s finest, who’d been contracted to keep the peace in case anyone might show up from one of L.A.’s illustrious and enterprising gangs.
Although his black police-issue shirt said “Gang Enforcement,” one friendly officer showed he too was hip. For example, he said he believed the hit TV series featuring a fictional motorcycle gang, “The Sons of Anarchy” is a great show, although it’s not fully realistic in his estimation.
Fortunately at the present show, all was quiet, the officer said, as he stood around watching wannabe stunters practice on a wheelie machine, who his brothers might one day have to chase on the street.
In all seriousness, there were a bunch of great people there, and all seemed to be having a good time.
We were hard pressed to see any uninspiring bikes, and while the event may have been over-hyped, many decent people were working hard to sell their wares, share the love, and giving their best to keep the world of motorcycles rolling along.
If you want to see more from the LA Calendar Motorcycle Show, be sure to check out our comprehensive photo gallery.