Paul Sr. to appear on Celebrity Apprentice

Washington Times Gives Him Little Chance of Finishing

If you believe the Harley-Davidson motorcycle forums and Cyril Huze blog, the motorcycle community is weary of the whole concept of “celebrity” motorcycle builders.

Obviously we’re in the minority.  The rest of the country still has an infatuation with the larger than life persona of Orange County Chopper founder Paul Teutul Sr.

So much so that Donald Trump has cast the short tempered, wrench throwing, biceps bulging builder in the new season of Celebrity Apprentice.

The 62 year old Teutul joins 17 other well known, not so well known and used to be famous celebrities for the new season which premiers February 12th on NBC.  To make it easier, we categorized them into three tiers, front runners, middle packers, and snowball chance in hell of winning.  While the Washington Times puts the odds at 20-1 of Sr. actually winning, we placed him in the middle packers.  He’s got enough celebrity and business connections through his “theme bike” builds that he might be able to raise the dough it takes to win, but it’s going to be tough and his reputation is that he “does not play well with others.”   Make your pick in the poll at the end of the story.

Front Runners

Dee Snider, 56, rock star. 
The only other “biker” in the bunch, Snider and Teutul might form a “secret” alliance
Michael Andretti, 49, race car driver. 
Son of an Indy Car Legend, and highly competitive.  He won’t like losing to a “biker”
Arsenio Hall, 55, talk show host/comedian.
President Bill Clinton once appeared on his show playing the saxophone.  For that he deserves some respect. 
Penn Jillette, (of Penn and Teller)  56, magician. 
He’s the one who does all the talking in that well known Vegas act.  Magicians are crafty and he could pull the wool over the Don’s eyes, making it appear that his screw ups belong to someone else…
Victoria Gotti, 48, mob boss daughter
We’re not saying anything negative or positive about a mob boss daughter.  We’re dumb, but not suicidal.
 

Middle of the Packers

Paul Teutul Sr., 62, (“American Chopper”). 
His biggest weakness is his “I’m right and you’re an idiot” mentality, but it’s going to be fun watching the sparks fly when he gets pissed at another contestant.  Let’s hope he stays around long enough to be entertaining.
Cheryl Tiegs, 64, supermodel. 
Ok, she’s 64, and still hot as hell…but she got zero chance against Teutul’s asshole attitude in a verbal smack down. Still she’s the most formidable eye candy in the group.
Clay Aiken, 32, American Idol runner-up. 
Aiken came in second to Ruben Studdard…boy was he screwed on that one…and we predict history will probably repeat itself.
George Takei, 74, actor
Hipster trekkies will be pulling for their old friend Sulu, who was always there for Capt. Kirk and Mr. Spock.  If there ever was a team player, Takei is the real deal.
Lou Ferrigno, 59, Incredible Hulk
He’ll probably get knocked out of the pile early, but we bet he can stand toe to toe with anyone on the show and hold his own.  
Tia Carrere, 44, actress, model, and singer
Not quite the pushover as the others, but it’s hard to imagine her pulling together enough resources to actually win.  

SNOWBALL CHANCE IN HELL

Adam Carolla, 47, comedian
Who is this guy?  Oh, wait, he’s on Comedy Central…I think.  More cannon fodder. 
Debbie Gibson, 41, pop singer. 
Only in her dreams…. Sorry, that was just too easy a pun not to pen.  
Dayana Mendoza, 25, former Miss Universe. 
Cannon fodder….sexy, but cannon fodder. 
Teresa Giudice, 39, “Real Housewives of New Jersey”
Toast…..done…no chance…unless…..
Aubrey O’Day, 27, singer
If looks were currency, this flaming redhead would have money to spare, but she’s another one of those “Who the devil is that” celebrities.
Patricia Velasquez, 40, model
Same as O’Day but without the red hair and 20 something drop dead looks.
Lisa Lampenelli, 50, comedian. 
We don’t know why she was selected…maybe as cannon fodder?

Sturgis Buffalo Chip® Presents The Limpnickie Lot at the West Gate

Buffalo Chip Campground, SD (July 1, 2011)- The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is proud to announce the partnership they have embarked upon with the Limpnickie Lot to showcase the next generation of motorcycle builders.

This year the Limpnickie Lot will be featured at The Buffalo Chip®, near the West Gate (where the large Buffalo Sculpture is located) in the free area. They will be creating their own FREE Limpnickie village complete with over 20 Limpnickie Lot motorcycle builders and a skateboard ramp.

The Limpnickie Lot brings with it two great Cycle Source Magazine events to Chip, The Cycle Source Free Night Time Chopper Show will take place on Friday August 12th, which is free to enter and features prizes from Legends Air and 10 classes to enter. The fifth annual Cycle Source Black Hills Run will start and end at The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® this year with a host of great destinations throughout the Black Hills. The ride will take place on Tuesday, August 9th at noon.
Rod Woodruff said “We have watched what Chris and Taber have created over the last few years and feel like the Buffalo Chip is the perfect place for them to realize their fullest potential in Sturgis. We see this as a long-term partnership that will round out the world class attractions that the Buffalo Chip already offers.”
“This new free area of the facility will be a combination of the laid back Limpnickie attitude and the world-class destination of the Chip.” Said co-owner of the Limpnickie Lot Chris Callen.
The Limpnickie Lot took the motorcycle industry by storm in March of 2008 during Daytona Bike Week when the original 11 Limpnickie Lot members took over the parking lot in front of the Stone Edge Skatepark. It was the first time young builders and small parts manufactures had joined together in an effort that would combine their passion for custom motorcycles and their cultural identifiers like skateboarding, punk rock and metal music.

They had a successful week that changed the face of motorcycling and finally gave the rising next generation of motorcycle builders a united voice. “We wanted to have our own kind of rally and found other like minded next generation builders who shared our common interests. It has blown up over the last few years and we are really stoked to be at The Buffalo Chip this year.” Said co-owner of the Limpnickie Lot, Taber Nash.
The Limpnickie Lot addition is the crown on an already packed 30 Years Strong Celebration at the Legendary Buffalo Chip. This year the Sturgis Buffalo Chip will feature Charlie Brechtel, Edgar Winter, Alice Cooper, Pop Evil, Bachman Turner, Styx, Williams and Ree, Sweet Cyanide, Buckcherry, Def Leppard, Toby Keith, Poison, Lukas Nelson, Greg Allman, Lynrd Skynrd, Jeff Bridges and Friends, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, Tesla and George Thorogood and the Destroyers.
For thirty years the Legendary Buffalo Chip has proven itself as the heart of Sturgis Rally Week. Poised and ready to once again offer their visitors the complete biker experience, the Legendary Buffalo Chip has rounded up an enormous selection of biker-centric fun and festivities in addition to offering the summer’s biggest and most authentic music experience of Rally Week. Reservations for multi-day passes or daily admissions are available online at BuffaloChip.com or by calling 605-347-9000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. (MST) Mondaythrough Friday.

Michael Lichter at Work

Lee Wimmer (left) with Michael Lichter getting ready to photograph his bike for a future feature in Easyrider Magazine

Custom motorcycle builders know one thing, Michael Lichter is a photographic wizard. And with over three decades in the industry and lifestyle, Easyrider photographer Michael Lichter has become almost as famous as the bikes he photographs.

Quiet and unassuming, Lichter goes about his work out of the spotlight. The same spotlight he deftly shines upon the two wheel lifestyle, capturing the essence and spirit of the “american biker.”

This January in Charlotte, Lichter set up his studio, as he does at all the Easyrider Bike Show stops to photograph bikes that will eventually find their way onto the pages of Easyrider magazine. This video shows just a fraction of the time and care Lichter and his staff take to get the bike into position to begin the photo shoot.

You’ll notice that no detail is overlooked as an assistant cleans both tires before backing the bike into place.