ARLINGTON, Va. (Oct. 2, 2007) – Hundreds of Soldiers gathered here in front of the Army National Guard Readiness Center on Sept. 27 to witness the unveiling of the “Patriot Chopper,” the first of three bikes to be built by Orange County Choppers for the National Guard. The Teutuls have a history of building patriotic bikes, and they have produced multiple theme bikes for several branches of the military. Paul Sr. made a grand entrance on the bike, coasting in coolly and revving the engine to the enthusiastic cheers of the crowd. The finished bike showcases a Tailgunner Exhaust, Rotary Cannon “FIGHTER” model that actually has spinning barrels, the blade spokes of the wheels feature 3-D inlaid spearheads, representing the seven Army values and an ammunition belt lines the handlebars. Chromed M-4 magazines serve as the struts, and an M-4 carbine is mounted on the side of the rear wheel. The “Patriot Chopper” is the first of three bikes commissioned by the Army National Guard. The purpose is two-fold. First, the bikes are intended to be a recruiting tool. Second, the bikes can also convey important messages about safety. Army Guard recruiters will display them at rallies across the country to entice potential Soldiers to talk with them. “They’re very willing to help us out in terms of safety awareness and wearing the proper gear for our Soldiers,” said Maj. Gen. Nuttall. “The bike is one part of it – the build. But the safety is really what we’re trying to get after.”
OCC locks and loads as they pay tribute to the troops with a custom bike for the Army National Guard.