The Tale of a motorcycle maker: From celebrity status to bankruptcy

On May 1 in the year 1949, Paul Teutul Sr. was born in New York City. He founded a company and named it Orange County Choppers (OCC), a manufacturer of made to order motorcycles. His journey from anonymity to fame started when his “True Blue” machine was featured at the Daytona Biketoberfest in 1999. Previously, he was the owner of a shop making bicycles. This fabrication shop is now owned and managed by his son Daniel.

Teutul Sr. soon appeared on television when his company was filmed for a reality television series on Discovery Channel. The documentary featured the father called “Senior” and his son Paul Jr. and the staff of the company. The popularity of the show inspired two video games. Later the son left the company after a misunderstanding with his father which resulted in a lawsuit. The son then started his own company called Paul Jr. Designs.

Paul Sr. was also featured in several other television programs as well as in the music video for Nickelback’s “Rockstar”. Later, he became a contestant in the show Celebrity Apprentice 5 but was fired by the host and now President Donald Trump.

In 2018, news reports said Paul Sr. filed for Chapter 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. He promised to the court that he will pay off his debts by selling properties including a 38 acre property. Although the filing attracted nasty rumours, it is a legal means for people including Paul Teutul Sr. to restart his life and probably his business.

Paul Sr. was married twice. He divorced his first wife, Paula, in 1995 after 26 years of marriage. He married his second wife Beth in 2007 but they divorced in 2015. He has 3 sons and a daughter.

our businessman-turned-TV celebrity is fond of tattoos which he uses to make public statements. He had a chance to meet famous people including the former president of Brazil Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva and First Lady Marisa Letícia.

The protagonist of our tale is said to be very particular about neatness in the shop. He is also very meticulous about unique designs such that many celebrities were attracted to his creations.

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Paul Teutul Sr.
Paul Teutul Sr. (Credit: wikicommons)

2 comments

  1. That was an interesting tale; what happened to him and his son? Are they still living? Being an avid rider myself I was interested in this story. My preference has been and is the Harley Davidson bike and I have never heard of OCC before, but rallies I am familiar with. I’m a card carrying member of the CMA’s; Christian Motorcycle Assoc. although I have found 1 Chapter in the State of AZ and that’s sad. Riding is my favorite thing to do! Thanks for sharing.

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