News - March 2004
FastDates.com World Premier!
Confederate Motorcycle's "Wraith"
1st -A "Wraith" is the ghost of someone (or
something) that has just, or will die, and in this case it is
the modern sportbike reincarnation of a vintage 1920's board track
racer from Confederate Motorcycles. Jim Gianatsis
photographed Wraith with beautiful model Andrea Cobb for the 2005
Iron & Lace Calendar in January 2004. We
were excited and privilageed to be the first to showcase Wraith
on the FastDates.com in its world premier. And since February
is host to Valentin's Day we just had to dress Andrea in some
sexy red lingerie from Victoria's Secret.
shown here is the origional concept bike built by Confederate
Motorcycles, New Orleans, in the fall of 2003. In side view it
resembles a classic 1920's board track racer, updated for the
21st century. The unique aluminum tube backbone frame supports
a specially built Harley-Davidson XR750 unit construction Dirt
Tracker engine with increased displacement and STD cases.
single sided swingarm, wheels and brakes are borrowed directly
from a Ducati 998 Superbike for ease of fabrication on the concept
bike, but these components could change once the Wraith goes into
production. The exotic cantilever front forks constructed from
billet aluminum and carbon fibre are a production item from a
plans to build 30 Wraith limited production bikes in 2005
with a selling price around $75,000 each. Almost a bargain
price for such an exotic and technically advanced retro
can see a lot more of the radical Confederate Wraith bike
in our hot new Members Corner section The Iron &
Lace Garage featuring high quality 10 x14 screen
saver size pictorials of the world's finest custom bikes
from top builders featured in the Iron & Lace
Upcoming 2005 FastDates.com Angel
discovered beautiful 5'8" Andra Cobb by an incredible
stroke of fate, and luck. We had booked one of our calendar
models for the newt, cutting edge Mikuni
Carburetor advertising campaign "Explicit Performace."
Everyone showed up for the scheduled ad shoot at our studio...
the client, the engine, the photographer and makeup artist...
everyone except the model! In a panic we called Brand Model
& Talent Agency and asked them to send us the best model
they could to save the day, immediately.
had never heard of or ever seen a picture of Andra Cobb,
but we booked her sight unseen, only to be totally blown
away when she arrived at our studio 2 hours later. Andra
is one of the most beautiful models we had ever met and
the most fun to work with!
Gianatsis enjoyed working with Andra so much for
Iron & Lace calendar sponsor Mikuni's ad campaign
which turned out incredible, that Jim brought Andra back
to the studio the next week to photograph with the hot new
Confederate Wraith bike to include them in the already completed
2005 Iron & Lace and Fast Dates
Calendars. Andra will also be one of our official SBK Fast
Dates World Superbike girls at Laguna
Seca World Superbike and our LA
Calendar Motorcycle Show this July 2004.
• Andra in Member's
Design launches exciting,
sexy new Advertising Campaign
for Mikuni American
featuring beautiful new
calendar model Andra Cobb
20, 2004: Mikuni American, manufacturer of the
industry leading Mikuni HSR 42/45/48 Performance Carburetors
for the American V-Twin market and sponsor of the Iron &
Lace Calendar, is kicking off an exciting and sexy new advertsing
campaign in 2004. The advertising campaign is being produced
by Gianatsis Design Associates, Mikuni's contracted advertsing
agency and publisher of the Iron & Lace Calendar.
President of marketing Lee Chapin explains the radical new
advertising approach for the otherwise conservative Japanese
fuel induction manufacturer which supplies many of the origional
equipment carburetor and fuel injection systems and components
found on vehicles from many of the world's top motorcycle
and automobile manufacturers.
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the introduction of the HSR smoothbore carburetor line back in
the 1980's, Mikuni has relied on a straight product shot of the
carb with a lot of descriptive text to let the consumer about
the exclusive performance features and advantages our HSR carburetors
offers in the aftermarket compared to stock and our competitiors'
products. Now, some 15 years later that original advertsing concept
combined together with other marketing programs like our appearance
at major consumer and dealer events, and our sponsorship of the
Iron & Lace Calendar featuring many of America's top custom
bike builders using Mikuni HSR carburetors, Mikuni has successfully
established itself as the leading name and performance carburetor
in the V-twin market worldwide.
felt it was time for a fresh new approach towards marketing the
HSR carb, one that was completely new to the industry and hadn't
been done before. Because of our name recognition in the motorcycle
industry we felt an image ad featuring just a photograph with
minimal text was the way to go. Together with our advertising
agency Gianatsis Design we discussed numerous images concepts.
Gianatsis mentioned one of his favotite new music CD's was Liz
Phair which featured a picture of Liz on the CD cover, sitting
on the floor behind her guitar in a very sexy pose. We then thought
why not have a sexy model hold the HSR carburetor! But the carburetor
would be too small when held by a model, and how would youru dress
her? Which led us to the idea of having the HSR carb placed on
a V-twin motor with the model placed behind the motor, hugging
it, just like Liz was hugging her guitar on her CD. The motor
would be large enough that the model could be nude behind it without
anything being revealed, and with minimal or no copy in the ad
it would really grab people's attention, make them stop to figure
out what the ad was all about."
Model and Talent Agency in Santa Fe Springs, CA, refered us to
a new model named Andra Cobb. Andra was booked, sight unseen,
to be one of the most beautiful, and the nicest models Jim Gianatsis
has ever worked with. The shoot came out incredible, Lee Chain
was estatic, and the new 2004 Mikuni HSR ad campaign photos were
in the can and wrapped in less than 2 hours. Look for the new
Gianatsis Design produced Mikuni campaign featuring Andra Cobb
in Hot Bike, American Rider and Iron Works magazines in the coming
needless to say, Andra was quickly rebooked by Jim to be featured
in the upcoming 2005 Iron & Lace Calendar togther with the
awesome new Confederate / By design concept bike Wraith. You can
also see a lot more of beautiful Andra in the coming weeks in
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