A wild meet­ing of men, machismo and ma­chine

Amer­i­can Chop­per IV 7.30pm, Dis­cov­ery

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Tv - Greg Cal­laghan

‘‘ I WANT it real long, low and nasty,’’ Paul ‘‘ Paulie’’ Teu­tul in­structs his in­dus­trial de­signer Ja­son as they pore over a sketch. Paulie is talkin’ a se­ri­ously hot­ted- up hog, dude; the fiercest two- wheeler you ever did see. An ear- split­tin’ thun­der­ous roar, bro, not the met­ro­sex­ual purr of a Vespa or 125cc. Think machismo, not mac­chi­ato.

At the cus­tom bike- build­ing fac­tory of OCC ( Orange County Chop­per) the Teu­tul boys ( that’s the heav­ily mus­cled, tat­tooed Paul Sr and his sons Paul Jr, Michael and Danny) are about to build one of their sleek­est, fiercest bikes, to be un­veiled at the Maxim Su­per Bowl party.

We’ve al­ready seen them build su­per­hero bikes for the Bat­man and Spi­der- Man movies, war­rior bikes for cor­po­rates with too much money and, most mov­ingly, for a cer­e­mony to hon­our the fire­fight­ers who lost their lives in the Septem­ber 11 at­tacks.

De­pend­ing on your taste, the Teu­tul bikes are ei­ther ab­surdly over the top or mas­ter­pieces of de­sign and en­gi­neer­ing.

You only have to check out the photo above to recog­nise that the Amer­i­can Chop­per boys are in touch with their in­ner cave­man. In tonight’s episode, Paul Sr chews out Paulie, and growls at his graphic de­signer, threat­en­ing to punch his face in. It’s all ratch­eted up for the sake of the cam­eras, of course, but when Paul and his sons squab­ble over dead­lines and de­signs and hurl in­sults at each an­other, you know they’re bat­tling, like other fa­thers and sons across the planet, over in­de­pen­dence and con­trol. It’s just this mob is a lit­tle more testos­terone- tarred than most.

Ever since a leather- clad Mar­lon Brando filled the screen in The Wild One in 1953, mo­tor­cy­cles have come to sym­bol­ise wind- in- the- hair free­dom and chest- beat­ing viril­ity. So don’t ex­pect to see a Queer Eye for the Mo­tor­cy­cle Guy any time soon.

Amer­i­can Chop­per is part of a new wave of car- and- bike makeover shows that in­cludes Top Gear , Mon­ster Garage and Pimp My Ride .

But it’s not all su­per- sized road power and un­re­con­structed mas­culin­ity. Tonight, grease mon­key Vin­nie gets a back wax and foot mas­sage.

‘‘ It’s just a dumb bike, man,’’ de­signer Ja­son sighs at one point in tonight’s show. But he’s not down for long. Not when you’re liv­ing to ride.

The whole hog: Orange County Chop­pers’ Paul Teu­tul Jr and Paul Teu­tul Sr of Amer­i­can Chop­per

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