ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS

 

OCC RETURNS TO THE DISCOVERY CHANNEL


After five years off the air, Discovery Channel is reviving the iconic motorcycle-construction reality series American Chopper. The famously feuding father-son team of Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. are back on board as the show’s bike-building craftsmen.

In the new show, the duo “set out reclaim their preeminent bike brands and – hopefully, rebuild some sort of relationship … with A-list celebrities, world famous athletes and Forbes 100 businesses as clients, millions of dollars and their brands’ reputations are on the line with every signature build.”

An update on the duo from Discovery: “The Teutuls have been on a wild ride, and it certainly isn’t ending anytime soon. Paul Sr. has revamped Orange County Choppers – turning it into a complex with a shop, café, bowling alley, restaurant and of course, the showroom – but all that didn’t come without a hefty price tag and he is feeling the burden of a high overhead and a lack of foot traffic. Meanwhile, Paul Jr. has also felt the sting of a rough economy – with his business built solely on high-dollar custom-builds and commissions becoming tougher to come by, Paul Jr. stresses about the long-term stability of his own shop, Paul Jr. Designs especially now that he has his own family.”

“American Chopper was one of Discovery’s most popular series ever,” said Rich Ross, Group President of Discovery. “Everyone is eager to see what the Teutul family has been up to. This Spring, you’ll find out.”

The original American Chopper premiered as a special in 2002 and ran for 10 years, airing 223 episodes before being cancelled in 2010 and then was rebooted as the spinoff American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior for another two years.

One of Discovery’s most popular programs, American Chopper averaged 3.4 million viewers at its peak. The show also helped pioneer the “docusoap” reality genre making way for shows like Keeping Up with the Kardashians and The Real Housewives of Orange County, plus inspired a surge of gear-head reality shows.

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The Teutuls have been on a wild ride, and it certainly isn't ending anytime soon

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Be sure to check out American Chopper on The Discovery Channel.

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PAUL SR.


Orange County Choppers (OCC) is a world famous custom motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1999 by Paul Teutul Sr. At their facility based in Newburgh, NY, Paul Sr. and his team of custom fabricators design, engineer and manufacture unique choppers. Orange County Choppers has been the center of the hit TV reality series “American Chopper”. American Chopper debuted in September 2002 on the Discovery Channel. They continue to entertain millions of people worldwide on a weekly basis. OCC bikes are customized and built around a theme or, increasingly, for a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world.

Paul Sr. has appeared on numerous TV shows including the Celebrity Apprentice, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel and countless other nationally televised talk shows. Paul Sr’s tough guy image is contradicted by his tireless involvement with various charities (HVSPCA, Make-A-Wish, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of America).
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JOANNIE KAY

CEO

Joannie Kay has held various executive roles, as well as being self-employed for over 15 years. Her leadership and expertise has been instrumental in various corporate mergers and acquisitions. She has brought these attributes to Orange County Choppers.

It was culture shock for this male-dominated executive team to have a female at the helm. The results have have been monumental.

Joannie has been actively involved in animal rescue for the last 30 years. She is also currently the Board President for the Hudson Valley SPCA, a not-for-profit No Kill animal shelter in New Windsor NY.
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THE CREW AT OCC

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Mikey Teutel

Executive
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Jason Pohl

Senior Designer & Machinist
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Phillip Nask

Bodywork, Paint & Bike Builder
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Nick Mariconi

Machinist & "Go-To" guy
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Allan Bates

Mechanic/Technology Engineer
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Mike Burkhouse

Parts Manager
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Focker

Visiting Photographer/Journalist
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Debbie Hammer

Bookeeper/Assistant