AMERICAN CHOPPER’S Paul Teutul, Sr. Keeps the Pedal to the Metal
Paul, how are you and your family handling the pandemic?
It has been pretty difficult for all of us. I think the hardest thing is I did not get to see my grandkids for a few months. I just saw them for the first time this week and it was great!
Are you working on any cool new bikes?
We just completed a really cool bobber style for a law firm in Arkansas. We did a killer chopper for ABC building supply. The ABC bike will be airing on August 3rd, at 9 pm, on the Discovery channel. You don’t want to miss this one.
Do you find yourself riding more during the pandemic?
We did get to ride a lot more. Me and Joan ride every chance we get. It is still never enough for me.
How are you staying in shape? I work out 4 days a week. I don’t go heavy like I used to, I do lighter weight and more reps. I think it is all about consistency. As for diet, I struggle every day to keep weight on. I drink “weight gain” and eat twice what most people would ever eat. It makes Joan crazy that I can eat so much and never gain weight. I am really fortunate, I just got my blood work back and it
on the upcoming American Chopper episode was close to perfect.
Big fans of American Chopper– what kind of feedback do you get from fans on why they love the show?
We really have great fans all over the world. Some people are all about bikes and how they are built, others can relate to the family dynamics. I think that I have really always been a blue-collar guy that wound up on a television show and for better or worse I was just myself. The number one comment we get at Orange County Choppers is how much people identify with the everyday struggles that come with being in business, and how hard it can be to work with family.
American Chopper is fascinating on a number of levels– the artistic process, the camaraderie, the father-son family dynamic, the small business aspect, client and fan interaction…what are some of the biggest takeaways for you on why the show has such resonance for so many people?
The art and work that goes into every bike is pretty cool to watch whether you are a rider or not. Orange County Choppers has been fortunate enough to have some of the greatest talent in the world working here. I also think it was because it was really just everyday life. Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a scripted guy or an actor. Even if I was asked to do a script I could never remember the lines.
A lot is made about the relationship between you and your sons- there really has never been a reality show that has gone into these types of father-son relationships so honestly… what have you learned about your sons and yourself over the course of American Chopper? If your sons were to read this article in the future- what would you want them each to know?