Paul Teutul Jr. took the title and the honor of ultimate bike builder when he won the American Chopper Live competition in Las Vegas last year. Does Junior have what it takes to come up big two years in a row? Here's a look at how the champ got his start:
Paul Teutul Jr.--aka Junior or Paulie--was born with sheet metal in his blood. From the age of 12, he spent his summers at his father's steel business learning all the skills of fabrication that he would later use building motorcycles. While in high school Junior also took part in a Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCE) program, which allowed him to further hone his craft.
Soon after graduation Paul Jr. went to work for his father's Orange County Ironworks, becoming head of its railing shop. But as his father began to spend more time building motorcycles for pleasure, he approached his son to assist. It was then that Paul Sr. recognized his son's design and fabrication talent, and with his blessing, Junior left the rail shop to help establish Orange County Choppers as a business in 1999.
That year, the father-and-son team debuted their bikes in Daytona to massive interest. After working as the chief designer and fabricator at OCC, Paul Jr. was ready to go out on his own. In 2010, Junior opened Paul Jr. Designs--his startup shop located across the street from OCC's original site.