American Chopper: Paul Sr. & Paul Jr. Discuss The Cadillac Build-Off

American Chopper Senior Vs Junior Season 2

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The moment that American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior fans have been waiting for has finally arrived!

On May 30, American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior will begin its two-part Cadillac build-off that will pit Orange County Choppers against Paul Jr. Designs to see who can build the better bike for the same company.

With both Orange County Choppers and Paul Jr. Designs using the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe as inspiration for their bikes, Paul Teutul Jr. calls it an apples to apples build: Paul Jr. Designs to OCC.”

Unfortunately, Paul Teutul Sr. doesn’t see it that way, saying that this wasn’t a build-off, but that “it was just a bike that we both built for Cadillac.”

Of course, you wouldn’t know that from seeing the episode. From the moment that Paul, Sr. and Paul, Jr. quickly passed each other in the halls at the Cadillac headquarters, everyone – including Senior himself – made it sound like this was very much an OCC vs. PJD event. Even Bob Boniface, Director of Exterior Design at Cadillac, said that everyone at the car company is “expecting a pretty good shoot-out," but that “nobody is taking sides.”

American Chopper Build Off

Besides the highly-anticipated build-off, that both companies are taking extremely seriously, Cadillac upped the ante by making Paul, Sr. and Paul, Jr. unveil their bikes at the same time - in front of each other.

Paul, Sr. explains further:

“They made us meet in the center - bikes face to face - and I had to talk about my bike and then I had to hand him the mic and he talked about his bike. It was very civil.”

Paul, Jr. describes things from his side:

“You know, it was a little awkward, but we took alot of pride in the build and, obviously, I think it upped the ante a little bit for both sides. It was an awesome opportunity and we took full advantage of it, and it was a good unveil.”

Proving that even though they’re currently at odds, they’re still father and son, Paul, Jr. also downplayed any aspect of a build-off, but his comments in the episode say otherwise.

Explaining to me how he sees the event, Paul, Jr. said:

"You know, it was ok - it was fine. I mean, it's business. We had the same client, Cadillac, [and] they commissioned both of us to build a bike. We were both commissioned to build a bike for Cadillac and [were] given alot of creative freedom; at least we were on this side in the fact that we didn't have to submit drawings - I think they submitted drawings on their side. So, it made sense in that its business, so we were able to do it."

Without giving anything away, I will say that both Orange County Choppers and Paul Jr. Designs put a lot of work into both of their bikes. For fans of PJD’s residence tank-builder, Brendon Thompson, you’ll be happy to know that he sticks around the entire build.

Not to leave out OCC, if the episode stays in its current form, fans well be treated to a montage of curse-riddled rants from Mike Amorati that would make Joe Pesci blush at the end of the episode. (the version I saw was partially uncensored, but will obviously change when it airs)

First time since the series’ shift, it’s now safe to say that this is no longer American Chopper: The Series, it’s American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior.

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American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior airs Monday @9pm, on Discovery

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