Paul Teutul Sr. and the cast of Orange County Choppers will bring the badass to CMT starting this weekend (Nov. 16). The world renowned custom-motorcycle builder says he’s looking forward to a fresh start.
“New show, new everything,” Teutul said in an interview with CMT Hot 20 Countdown . “Everybody here is totally excited that we’ve got free range to do what we want to do.”
Teutul, who’s been in the business for more than 30 years, says most of his team has been along for the ride for a solid 10 of those years.
“We have Rick [Petko]. He’s the main fabricator,” Teutul began.
“I’m known for doing a lot of sheet work,” Petko explained. “I prefer doing things by hand. It seems like it’s becoming a lost art. You can shape it, you can distort it, you can pound the shit out of it and just make it your own.”
“Christian [Welter] does all the wiring,” the boss continued.
“It’s crazy, you never know what to expect from front ends to tires to motors to electrical,” Welter said. “I do it all.”
“Nick [Hansford] does a lot of the mechanical work, Ralphie [Estrada] does all the painting and Jim Quinn does all the machining,” said Teutul, rounding out his build crew.
The show will follow Teutul and the OCC gang that fans have grown to know and love as they take on their most challenging projects yet — but with a fresh new CMT twist.
“Every day is basically a new adventure working at OCC,” says designer Jason Pohl.
“We’re still up to our old antics and pranks and blowing a lot of stuff up,” added Welter.
“A lot more crazy designs, a lot more building, a lot more hands-on metalwork and a lot of fire,” Petko predicted.
“I love anything that has to do with destruction,” said Teutul. “We’re all about it.”
Steve Moreau, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Orange County Choppers company, summed up what fans can expect.
“You’re gonna see designs that you could never dream of before,” he said. “You’re also gonna see exhilarating fights, so hang in for the ride. It’s gonna be awesome.”
Don’t miss CMT’s series premiere of Orange County Choppers on Saturday (Nov. 16) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. For more information, tune in to CMT Hot 20 Countdown Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 16-17) at 11 a.m. ET/PT.