Paul Jr. Wins American Chopper Build-Off
Wednesday, December 07, 2011
It’s over. The grand question of our time has been answered. Paul Jr. has won “The Build-Off”.
Paul Jr. won the American Chopper Build-Off with ths bike, the PJD crew taking inspiration from a P-51 Mustang.
Paul Jr. Designs beat dad's Orange County Choppers
, and that rascally Jesse James
, in the much vaunted Discovery Channel American Chopper showdown
. A live show from Vegas revealed the Build-Off rankings, which had Junior besting James for the win.
The valorous PJD creation followed an aeronautical theme, taking inspiration from a P-51 Mustang fighter. James’s build was a bit more conventional (at least in custom chopper terms) with a low seat, super high apes, and raked out Springer front. As for Senior… His strange fire-spewing cross between a Can-Am Spyder and snowmobile was deemed least “chopper”-ish of the bunch. Or to be more accurate, the least popular amongst on-line voters. (See all three bikes in our Cruiser Editors preview blog American Chopper - OCC, PJD, JJ - Who Wins?)
The nasty rivalry between the Teutels and James has been the story arc of American Chopper of late. The live show got the all three builders on stage for the final results. The show had its awkward moments, as the crowd at the Hard Rock Café venue were clearly on the PJD side (boos for Senior and James at times). The reunion of Junior and Senior was notable in particular, as they reputedly hate each other’s guts – depending on how “real” viewers deem the reality TV feud (seems genuine to me though, as it's hard to believe a fake feud would include a real lawsuit).
So congratulations are in order? Paul Jr. is more popular than an angry father who turns against his son on cable television. Junior's also more loved than the bad boy who publicly humiliated his popular Hollywood A-list wife. Bravo.
Not sure how the folks at Discovery Channel will top things next season. My advice: Trim the Shark Week budget and bring back the PJD/OCC/JJ hatefest, but kick things up a notch with Bret Michaels and the dad from Jon & Kate Plus 8. And does The Situation ride motorcycles? If not, he should. Get them all together, voting each other off the island every week. Seacrest, make it happen!
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