American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior season final concluded on Monday with the Cadillac unveil. For those not following the show, Paul Jr. was fired by his father, Paul Sr., from Orange County Chopper (OCC) two years ago. Jr. went on to start his own rival chopper shop (Paul Jr. Designs) and that started the Senior vs. Junior series of American Chopper.
Up until now, the two shops had never faced each other in a build off. Then Cadillac decided it would be a good idea to commission both OCC and PJD to design a bike for Cadillac. The bikes would then be unveiled at the GM Design Center, and fans will get to vote on which bike is best. Cadillac and Discovery would then auction off the bikes to the highest bidder and the money would go to Cure Duchenne.
For Cadillac, this was a media coup. For the cost of two bikes, which I assume cost $150K each, Cadillac was able to get themselves front and center into two season final episodes of American Chopper, which was the highest rated show during its Monday time slot. This could go down as the best $300K ad spend in history.
So, who build the better bike? Discovery opened the voting shortly after the show aired but have since shut it down. The reason? I think it’s to save Paul Sr. from further embarrassment. Before voting got shut down, Paul Jr. was leading with 96% of the over 200K votes casted.
In the charity auction, the current high bid for Senior’s bike is $10,000. The high bid for Junior’s bike is $100,000. The bidding will end July 31. I have a feeling Senior will end up buying his bike back for $100K just to make himself look good. I’m expecting Junior’s bike to go for $250K or more.
Who do you think won the bike build off between Senior and Junior? Sound off in the comments.
Paul Jr. Designs Cadillac Bike
Orange County Chopper Cadillac Bike