Few exhibits seize the early 2000s actuality TV vibe in addition to American Chopper. It was every thing you wished in a actuality present — cool bikes, larger-than-life characters, and simply the correct amount of drama (however nothing too melodramatic). The present initially ran from 2002 to 2010, however spinoffs and specials have stored Senior and Junior on the air for many of the previous 20 years.
True OG followers will keep in mind Vinnie DiMartino, who appeared on American Chopper till 2007 when he concurrently left Orange County Choppers and the present. Within the 13 years since, Vinnie has definitely stored busy. Right here’s what he’s been as much as since strolling out of Orange County Choppers for the final time.
What occurred to Vinnie from ‘American Chopper’?
Vinnie first joined the OCC workforce earlier than American Chopper was formally a present. He had been highschool mates with Paul Teutul Jr., so it was a fairly pure transfer for him to begin working there in 2002. A month into his employment, he discovered that he was additionally going to be on the fact TV present. He labored for the corporate for 5 years earlier than lastly deciding to maneuver on.
Vinnie packed up his work station whereas filming an episode of American Chopper. Chatting with the digital camera, he expressed that he had been annoyed with the frenetic tempo of the work, in addition to the restricted alternatives for progress inside the firm, and in the end determined to place in his discover.
“I’ve been doing this for 5 years,” he mentioned. “Construct after construct, deadline after deadline, and right here I’m — nonetheless in the identical place. I feel it’s simply greatest for my complete household if we simply get out and do a transfer.”
OCC founder Paul Teutul Sr. didn’t spend an excessive amount of time mourning Vinnie’s departure. “I’ve been in enterprise for 30-plus years and I’ve seen some good individuals come and go, and everyone’s replaceable,” he mentioned. Kinda harsh!
Vinnie went on to begin his personal bike-building firm referred to as V-Power Customs. After a couple of months, Cody Connelly (his former OCC coworker), joined him at his new firm. A number of years later, Vinnie rejoined the American Chopper gang on the spinoff present Senior vs. Junior, this time working for Paul Teutul Jr. As a part of the settlement to seem on the present, Vinnie insisted on having the ability to put on hats and shirts with the V-Power brand so nobody would assume his separate enterprise had flopped.
In 2013, Vinnie revealed that V-Power Customs had been renamed to DiMartino Motorsport Automotive, his firm that he nonetheless runs to today. It appears as if Vinnie has moved away from fabricating customized bikes and towards automotive service and repairs.
And, after all, Vinnie continues to be fairly the household man. Judging by his Instagram feed, he and his spouse Melissa spend lots of time with their 4 children: Vanessa, twins Isabella and Ava, and Vincent. Although we miss seeing Vinnie on our TV screens, we want him and his household one of the best!
Don’t miss the all-new two-hour American Chopper particular airing Tuesday, Aug. four at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery. You may also compensate for previous episodes of the present on Discovery Go.