It’s been 20 years since motorsports racing and fashion photographer Jim Gianatsis first produced the Fast Dates Racebike Swimsuit Model PinUp Calendar. The first 1991 edition of the then Mikuni Fast Dates Calendar premiered in the summer of 1990 featuring a then unknown Playboy Playmate on the cover named Pamela Anderson, posing in a pink bikini in the saddle of Miguel Duhamel’s Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R750L AMA Superbike. Then published by Mikuni American, the Calendar was used as a marketing promotion to showcase all the top racing bikes of the time which used Mikuni carburetors. Since then the Calendar has featured all the world’s top racing motorcycles from Wayne Rainey to Valentino Rossi’s MotoGP winners, and the World Superbikes of Doug Polen to Troy Bayliss.
A little know fact, but there actually were earlier Mikuni Calendars, but the public never got to see them. In the 1980s Mikuni purchased pre printed nude model calendars from a printer in Japan imprinted them with Mikuni’s company name, and sent them out to distributors and friends at Christmas time. Gianatsis Design became Mikuni American’s ad agency in 1987 and Jim convinced them it might be fun to publish their own nude calendar and incorporate the Mikuni carburetors in the pictures. The first original Mikuni Calendar was published for 1990 and featured Jim’s photo of Playboy Playmate Terri Lynn Doss on the cover holding a Mikuni carburetor, while inside they continued with stock photos of nude models. The calendar was advertised in in Cycle News that fall and sold out the complete print run.For 1991 Jim and Mikuni’s sales manager Lee Chapin wanted to try and offer them retail in motorcycle dealers through Mikuni distributors, but they knew nude pinup model calendars couldn’t be sold in a family visited motorcycle dealerships, so the new 1991 Fast Dates Calendar was photographed with all the models in swimsuits or lingerie with top racing bikes that used Mikuni carburetors and Fast Dates was born. In successive years other Mikuni Calendars were made for their other markets: Berm Busters motocross, Hot Waves personal watercraft, Iron & Lace custom bikes, Ripped Pavement roadracing action and Garage Girls pinups. Over the years as the markets have changed, and swimsuit calendars have become less acceptable in America culture, some of those titles have come and gone, and Mikuni American turned over their Calendar program to Gianatsis Design.Now known as the FastDates.com Calendars, for Calendars are home to the world’s most popular swimsuit model and motorcycle themed website featuring custom streetbike, sportbike, beautiful model and racing news, tuning performance, books and movies, and photo features. The Calendars have achieved a strong world-wide marketing program and fan base. And Calendar in turn have spun off the annual LA Calendar Motorcycle Show Weekend each July, now in its 18th year, America’s premier streetbike event weekend. For 13 years the Fast Dates racebike calendar has been the official calendar of SBK World Superbike Championship, and the Calendar Kittens often serve as the official grid girls for the World Championship winning Ducati Corse team.2010 Fast Dates Racebike Pinup CalendarThe SBK World Superbike endorsed 2010 Fast Dates Race Bike Swimsuit Pinup Calendar sponsored by Performance Machine and photographed by Jim Gianatsis always features the word’s top sport and roadracing bikes. This year’s cover features Ducati’s World Superbike Championship winning homologation 1098R Superbike with beautiful Calendar Kittens Rachel Bernstein and Ducati Corse grid girl Sabella Shake.Of course, there’s all all the top factory race bikes of the SBK World Superbike Championship photographed this year on location at the Miller Motorsports Park race in Utah, USA. Included are the top factory superbikes from Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki, and Ducati including 3-time World Champion Troy Bayliss’ Xerox Ducati 1098F08, Carlos Checa’s Ten Kate Honda CBR1000RR, and Max Biaggi’s Alstare Suzuki GSXR1000.There’s also some exciting street legal exotica with a Bimota Tesa 3D and an American V-Twin naked bike. While the Fast Dates Calendar Kittens this year are the SBK Championship’ barely legal Pirelli and Hannespree grid girls ?Lauren Brooke, Jamie Jungers, ?Shona Kay and Kami Wilson. Mix in bite of sexy LA Calendar Kitten, Apple, and you’re sure to be purring with contentment!2010 Garage Girls Calendar“All Killer, No Filler” again describes this year’s exciting 2010 Garage Girls Calendar photographed by Jim Gianatsis featuring a close-up look at this year’s most beautiful FastDates.com Calendar Kittens, but without the bikes getting in the way! The sexy Garage Cats include 3 beautiful cover supermodels: Rachel Bernstein, Playboy Playmate Athena Lundburg, and Hustler centerfold and adult teen film star Jayme Langford. We’ve got your wall covered, with them uncovered in little more than fur protectors, from very nice to very naughty!Also getting dirty in this year’s Garage Girls Calendar are models Apple and Cora Skinner, two more of this year’s hottest Calendar Kittens. Garage Girls is the perfect companion to our other FastDates.com Motorcycle Calendars, Fast Dates and Iron & Lace, so you can keep up to date all year long, both in the Garage where you keep your tools, and in the House where you park your bike!