American Choppers in Australia

Monday, August 27, 2007

What are you doing here?
"I'm the chief fabricator and engineer.
You want an autograph?"
- Mikey

The Discovery Channel is currently featuring the American Choppers in Australia. Paul Teutul Sr. and his sons Paul Jr. and Mikey, were brought to the country last February 2007 by Tourism Australia and Discovery Networks to experience the best Australia has to offer and to design a Down Under-themed chopper. Aside from a visit to Russell Crowe's NSW farming property and a little cricket game with him, the undoubted softies toured incredible sights from the Harbour Bridge, Mrs Macquarie's Chair and Bondi Beach to Uluru and the Great Barrier Reef. The featured landmarks are simply marvelous that they compel admiration and make one arrange reservation right away at hotels in Sydney, or even at hotels in Melbourne or hotels in Brisbane.

In due course, Paul Jr. produced a bike that features the attractions of Australia. A map of the country was incorporated on the bike's gas tank. A mini-surfboard served as a cover for the belt drive. An illustration of Sydney's opera house was stamped on the taildragger fender. Boomerangs served as the wheels' spokes. The exhaust pipe was designed to look like a shark's tail. A snapshot of the Great Barrier Reef was painted on the oil's tank. And a kangaroo sign was displayed near the bike's engine. My only problem with the bike is that its handlebar is just too high that a small person won't be able to see the road. Just imagining the bike however makes one remember what Australia is all about.


THE ANiTOKiD said...

American Choppers is one of my favorite tv programs. I used to ride motorcycles (i call em bikes). The thrill of the open space - the road beneath you and the wind rushing to you! Wow!

Saw this episode, and yes the bike rocks! Nub (the graphic designer that Paul and others outsource to) has done an amazing job with the bike's graphics! I also fell in love with the way the boomerangs were integrated in the bike - total coolness in my book! Or in anyone's book.

I'm glad to see Vince have the chance to travel too. He's very good with his craft. His skill compliments Paul Jr.'s knack for designing beautiful bikes. Of course, what would be the show without Mikey, right? And what about Paul Sr.? Now, that's one cool pop! And I kid you not!

Novice Blogger said...

Wow, we have something in common about the American Choppers bro! I was a bike person as well since bikes are usually the ride back in my town.

I agree with you about Nub as one sick graphic designer! The designs done are awesome! Vinnie as well is one sick all-around guy! Paul Jr. is lucky to have him. And for the Teutuls, they are quite funny when they show their soft sides especially Paul Sr. You are given the impression that they are big macho guys with big hearts.

THE ANiTOKiD said...

I agree! Though Paul Sr. tries to project himself as a one tough cowboy, we all could tell that his love for his children is so great! - and that nothing matters more in this world than his kids.

Novice Blogger said...

Sometimes you'd think that a muscle brawl is an eventuality everytime Paul Sr and Paul Jr engage into a heated argument. But it seems Mikey is the only one qualified to physically wrestle with the Sr. Hehe.