Teutul to bring famous ‘Spiderman’ bike to MDIR
Bike fest runs this weekend; lots of drag racing on tap
Paul Teutul Sr. entertained millions on his reality television show and even sat in the board room with President Donald Trump. Now, he’s on his way to one of the biggest motorcycle drag races and festivals of the year at Maryland International Raceway in Mechanicsville, according to a news release.
The International Drag Bike League has announced the world-famous motorcycle builder and his Orange County Chopper team will take part in the WPGC Bike Fest on July 30. Teutul will bring along his son, Mikey, and the popular Spiderman custom chopper. Along with fan mingling, team OCC will enter the IDBL’s huge motorcycle show, featuring 16 categories of competition.
“We are very excited about this,” Teutul said in the release. “I’ve seen a lot of videos online from this event, featuring a lot of really fast bikes. It will be great to get to the track and meet everyone involved. I know we will see some amazing motorcycles.”
Orange County Choppers, founded by Teutul in 1999, has become a household name in the motorcycle world. Teutul and his team of custom fabricators design, engineer and manufacture unique choppers, as seen by millions on the hit TV reality series “American Chopper” on the Discover y Channel.
In addition, Teutul has appeared on numerous nationally-televised shows including the “Celebrity Apprentice,” “Good Morning America,” and late-night talk shows hosted by Jay Leno, David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel.
No stranger to drag racing, Teutul will be reunited with 16-time Top Fuel Motorcycle champion Larry “Spiderman” McBride, who was featured on an episode of American Chopper. McBride will be racing an OCCbuilt, Lawless Industries electric dragbike.
In May 2012, “Spiderman” piloted the electric dragbike to an unprecedented elapsed-time of 6.94 seconds at 201 mph. It marked the first time any electric-powered vehicle had been in the sixes or over 200 mph on a drag strip. Now, Teutul will have a front row seat to watch McBride attempt to break another world record, the coveted 5.70 mark held by Sweden’s Peter Svensson.
OCC bikes are customized and built around a theme or, increasingly, for a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. The Spiderman bike is one of OCC’s most popular builds and rarely leaves the Newburgh, N.Y.based shop.
Teutul’s tough-guy image is contradicted by his tireless involvement with various charities (HVSPCA animal rescue, MakeA-Wish, St Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Boys and Girls Club of America). Teutul and his crew will also be a part of the IDBL’s “Paint the 1/4 Pink” fundraiser for breast cancer patients.
The WPGC Bike Fest begins July 28 and features more than a dozen classes of racing along with a Daytona Bike Week-like festival on Sunday, which includes the custom motorcycle show, live music, a bikini contest, a beer garden, great food and much more.
For more information, go to www.RaceIDBL.com.
The 9-U Warriors Baseball Club of Charles County, managed by James Gregory, came out on top at the Chesapeake Baseball Association Tournament held June 17 and 18 at GORC Park in Odenton. The 9-U division of the Association is comprised of 13 travel baseball teams located throughout Anne Arundel, Charles and Prince George’s counties. The Warriors finished the regular season with a 9-2 record and entered into the tournament as the third seed behind GORC and Bowie. The team played a total of five games over the course of the tournament and finished 5-0, winning their division. The Warriors defeated the Southern Maryland Knights (23-5), API (7-1) and the Bowie Bulldogs (20-6), placing them first in the gold bracket after the seeding rounds. On June 18, during single elimination play, the Warriors continued to play strong and defeated the Classic Crusaders (19-7) in the semifinals. In the championship game, it was the Warriors, once again, who came out on top defeating GORC (10-5). The Warriors racked up 79 runs over the five games and displayed excellent pitching, fielding and base running throughout all the games. In the back row, from left, are coach Jon Kale, manager James Gregory, coach Aaron Michael and coach John Todd. In the middle row are Jonathan Kale, left, Jesse Fisher, Eddie Holt, Connor Todd, Kaine Simon and Cooper Pollard. In front row are Dillon Gordon, left, Jason Gregory, Henry Moltumyr, Austin Michael, Blake Gordon and Nick Mudd. Not pictured is coach Jon Moltumyr.