OCC vs. PJD – It’s on!
American Chopper: Paul Sr. & Paul Jr. Discuss The Cadillac Build-Off
The rivalry between father and son is about to begin again, as American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior season 2 is set to premiere April 25th on Discovery.
Instead of having to wait all those weeks to see what Orange County Choppers and Paul Jr. Designs will be creating in American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior season 2, we have photos of 6 complete bikes that are going to be featured this season. But before we jump into that, it’s only appropriate to update you on what has transpired between seasons.
The court case between Paul Teutul Jr. and Paul Teutul Sr. has been settled – well, the first one (no news on the second one). While the details of the settlement have not been disclosed, many people are reporting that the Black Widow bike has mysteriously disappeared from Orange County Choppers HQ and its website. Fans are currently speculating that, as part of the settlement, Paul Jr. will be receiving the Black Widow bike.
In regards to Orange County Choppers HQ’s foreclosure, things don’t appear to be looking up for the company. While in the series it was portrayed that things between OCC and their mortgage lender would end well, that isn’t exactly happening – at all. In fact, it appears that OCC is looking to build a brand new headquarters and allow the current one to be foreclosed on. Interestingly enough, OCC would like to build the brand new headquarters right next to the current one.
Plans for the new OCC HQ, which were presented to the Orange County Industrial Development Agency in March, list the new building as being a three-story, 25,000-square-foot facility (down from the 100,000-square-foot one they currently occupy), and would include a 20-seat café – in addition to spaces for manufacturing and fabrication, a retail store, offices, and warehouse space.
Because of the tourism and publicity that OCC brings to the town, it’s likely that the IDA will be forced to approve the tax-breaks required to build OCC’s new HQ, but they’re not exactly happy about it. More than once in the meeting IDA board members commented on the shadiness of the proposition. One board member remarked, “Don’t we then become a party to avoiding a foreclosure? Moving from building A to building B could probably be a way for a business to protect their business from a creditor.” Acknowledging that fact, the chairman of the IDA noted that this project created the appearance of inappropriateness.
To make matters worse, the spokesman presenting the building to the IDA wouldn’t acknowledge that the new building would, in fact, be used for OCC’s new headquarters. Instead, one of the board members had to continuously question the spokesman in order to get him to even acknowledge that Paul Sr. was a part of the deal.
Here is an excerpt of said questioning (G&M Orange is a company owned by Paul Sr.):
Spokesman: “G&M Orange is not Orange County Choppers”
IDA Board Member: “What is the product the company will produce?”
Spokesman: “Fabrication of motorcycles.”
IDA Board Member: “Is this going to compete with the existing facility?”
Eventually, the spokesman did acknowledge that Paul Sr. was the owner of G&M Orange.
If news of a settlement between Paul Sr. & Paul Jr. had you hoping that American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior would revert back to American Chopper: The Series, this recent foreclosure predicament and mysterious new building certainly seems to kills that notion.
Even if things between Paul Jr. & Paul Sr. were wonderful, I highly doubt that Paul Jr. would want to return to Orange County Choppers. From the looks of it, Paul Jr. Designs appears to be doing well on its own.
Alright, now that you’re caught up, let’s get to the bikes that will be featured on American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior. In total, we have photos of 6 bikes: 3 from Paul Jr. Designs and 3 from Orange County Choppers. In addition, it has been announced that OCC will also be creating a bike for Deadliest Catch.
Cranky Ape Bike – Paul Jr. Designs
Cranky Ape is a Minnesota-based nationwide business that remarkets bank repossessions and insurance-repairable recreational vehicles. For the purpose of this build, Cranky Ape commissioned Paul Jr. Designs to create 2 bikes: one custom chopper and one customized Harley Davidson motorcycle.
While the custom chopper will likely be used in the company’s promotion, the customized Harley Davidson will be auctioned off with proceeds going to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund in memory of Ronald Michael Ryan Jr., who was killed in the line of duty. Ryan Jr. was a close friend of Cranky Ape owner Brian Livingston.
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Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors Bike – Paul Jr. Designs
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors is a non-profit organization created by Minnesota Vikings player Jared Allen for the purpose of raising money to build or repair the homes of America’s injured Military Veterans.
Jared Allen’s Homes for Wounded Warriors commissioned Paul Jr. Designs to create a custom chopper that was unveiled at the Jeff Foxworthy show in Poughkeepsie, NY on March 26.
Fist Enterprises – Paul Jr. Designs
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Trans Am Depot – Orange County Choppers
Trans Am Depot is a Florida-based custom car company that specializes in restoring and designing custom Trans Ams.
With the release of their newest custom vehicles, the 2011 Trans Am, the 6t9 Trans Am and the 6t9 Goat, Trans Am Depot commissioned Orange County Choppers to create 3 custom choppers to replicate the look and feel of these vehicles.
Deadliest Catch Bike – Orange County Choppers
In a bit of cross-promotion between American Chopper and Deadliest Catch, Discovery Networks commissioned Orange County Choppers to build a theme bike based on the hit series Deadliest Catch.
American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior premieres April 25 on Discovery.