Yeah, we all have watched the OCC Boys in American Chopper at least once or twice the past 8 years or so… I watched religiously when it first aired, and lost interest once the drama became… well… drama.
I was a bigger fan of the Biker Build Off series that was more than likely sparked by Jesse James’ debut on the Discovery Channel with Motorcycle Mania…
Anyway, we have an interesting head to head coming up on American Chopper between Paul Jr., Paul Sr., and Mr. Jesse James… This might actually get me to park my ass on the couch for an hour.
December 5th will air with the “build-off” happening. The December 6th show will air live from Vegas as the bikes are debuted and voted upon. A winner will be announced and who knows what will happen. The show has never been live before, so this could be interesting. The shows both air at 9pm Eastern.
If you watch, let me know what you think. I will be sure to catch it on the computer at some point, as we no longer have cable. Hey, it’s gas and spark plugs or cable… what would you choose?
update: Behind the scenes… looks like Cole Foster is a hired hand… he is in Austin with Jesse now working on the bike… I wonder if I tooled over there this weekend if I could get a sneak peak…
Orange County Choppers founder Paul Teutul Sr. has been named among a handful of luminaries identified as customers in an East Coast steroids case.
Business records quoted in the Albany Times Union indicate Teutul Sr. got steroids from James M. D’Amico, a dentist from Cape Coral, Fla., who had a revoked dental license when he was prescribing powerful drugs to patients he’d never met, including pro athletes. D’Amico pleaded guilty to some charges in the case.
The case, prosecuted in South Florida, has ties to a steroids-distribution investigation launched four years ago in Albany, the newspaper reported.
The records indicate Teutul, 61, received dozens of prescriptions for steroids and human growth hormone authorized by D’Amico and three other Florida physicians over a four-year period ending in 2005.
A person who identified himself as Teutul at a cellular telephone number listed for him in the business records referred the call to Steve Moreau, a manager at OCC.
“Honestly, really, I couldn’t do this even if it was about chewing bubble gum,” Teutul told the newspaper in response to questions about steroids and D’Amico. “Everything has procedure. Call the shop.”
Business records show Teutul received 73 prescriptions at a cost of $51,784.78 between Aug. 2, 2002 and Oct. 3, 2006. D’Amico’s name is listed on 11 prescriptions that records indicate were shipped to Teutul in New York. The prescriptions included human growth hormone and steroids such as testosterone, nandrolone and stanozolol, the records show.
Orange County Choppers may still be in business, but their show, “American Chopper,” is over. Do you remember when American Chopper started? I do. I always thought the drama was a little on the ridiculous side, but I was really into watching the bikes come together. After about half a season, my dad and I were on the phone and talking about the show. He mentioned that “those guys didn’t even build bikes, they just assembled them.” Which was very true. Everything was done outside of their facility from paint, to CNC work, to engine assembly, framework, and even front ends and wheels… Now, there was always a fabrication element, but they never actually made a tank or fender.
Regardless, I was hooked and I dug the show. My wife and I had ridden to Sturgis from Houston for our Honeymoon and we got to meet the guys. At that time, the lines were still not too long and the merchandise sales were not too great. We had a much better time hanging out with Mikey and Cody (Mikey was not yet a real “character” on the show… in fact when we asked if my wife could have a picture with him he said, “Why?? I guess so, but you have to come back here.” [Behind the table where they were selling shirts but not signing anything, as they were not “stars”]).
The years went on, the show got sillier, the drama more intense, the destruction of property more childish, but the actual bike building increased. The crew hired some folks to actually make bike parts and design their own proprietary pieces. Mikey became a clown to fill time in the show and Sr. and Jr. continued to really not make anything themselves. Not that they couldn’t, mind you… I am sure they could and still can; however the talent happened behind the scenes a bit.
About three years ago, I just lost interest. Too much gratuitous yelling, smashing of perfectly good doors and windows, and a bunch of footage of them doing things unrelated to building bikes or even the bike business in general. I believe I was one who held out pretty long too. I remember folks giving it a chance, watching it a few times, and then just changing the channel.
But, it had a fairly successful run. Orange County Choppers has their own roller coaster, which I wrote about, they now have a line of production bikes; they still make a ton of cash off of OCC products and gear. Key characters have come and gone, getting training and/or exposure and then heading out to work on their own. And, finally, Jr. left the biz to do some other design work and Sr. started a lawsuit against him. Quite a ride indeed.
The TLC reality series is closing shop after six seasons, with the series finale airing Thursday, Feb. 11 at 9/8c.
If you can believe it, tonight is the first night of American Chopper’s Sixth Season!Wow, how much biker drama can you get?I will admit that when the show first began, I would watch it all the time.My father and I used to watch and say, “We can do that… all they do is order some parts and bolt them together.”Well, as we all know, most of the fabrication is now done in house and there are some real builders in the garage… don’t know who they are necessarily, but someone is making the parts.
Theme bikes have fallen a bit out of favor, but it seems to he going strong for this television family. American Chopper gets off to a quick start with OCC taking on the challenge of a double build. Two bikes, one commissioned by the National Hockey League and the other by Northrop Grumman, maker of the B-2 bomber. Both bikes feature cutting-edge designs and intense fabrications. In the second episode, the guys go tie-dyed in twisted metal, taking on a ’60s-themed project to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Woodstock. And in the third episode, the OCC gang heads to Anchorage, Alaska, to build a motorcycle in honor of Alaska’s 50 Years of Statehood Celebration.
There will, of course, be a lot of yelling and screaming… a lot of tossing things around and snarling, a lot of senseless damage to buildings and vehicles (because, hey, we make so much money we can replace a door or window every day if we want to!), and there will be more bikes, design, and fans.
If you are diggin’ the OCC Crew, be sure to tune in tonight for the kick off to the new season.
Well, just when you thought the boys from OCC couldn’t get their fingers into any more projects or marketing schemes, they go from theme bikes to theme parks! It’s true my friends, Orange County Choppers has their name on a new rollercoaster ride located at Darian Lake in Darien Center, NY.
This new Motocoaster was designed by Zamperia and places the riders on/in sportbike style cars. Rider’s shoot around the nearly 1200 foot track at speeds up to nearly 40mph. The coaster accelerates quickly, going from 0 to 38 mph in only three seconds.
For any of you who freak out taking your bike over a long tall bridge, this could be therapy or a nightmare… depends on how you are feeling that day. Regardless, being 44 feet in the air astride a sport bike has got to get the juices flowing. I just wonder why they didn’t make the cars look like their new Splitback bike that received so many awards in 2008. Maybe Paulie was trying for something “new.”