BIKER BUILD-OFF’ ROARS BACK FOR FIFTH SEASON;
ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS’ SERIES TO AIR IN FALL ’06
Los Angeles, Calif. – February 6, 2006 – “Biker Build-Off,” the consistently popular series from Original Productions that made custom bike-building a mass culture phenomenon, is back for its fifth season on Discovery, launching in the Fall of 2006.
Production begins today on the latest series of contests in which 26 fabricators will square off in 13 head-to-head competitions. By the time the final detail is applied to the last bikes, these trend-setting builders will have once again set the standard for what makes choppers cool.
“In the six years since we started spotlighting chopper culture, we’ve seen how these bike legends as well as hot-shot newcomers connect with a huge, diverse audience,” says “Biker Build-Off” creator Thom Beers, CEO and Executive of Original Productions, and the man who first saw the television appeal of biker competitions. “With each series, we boost the excitement and celebrate the phenomenon even more. Season five will continue that tradition.”
Hugh King – known throughout the gearhead community as “The Chopper King,” thanks to his hands-on involvement as co-executive producer of the “Biker Build-Off” series and director-producer of its predecessor, “Motorcycle Mania” – has again assembled the cream of custom bike builders to compete in “Biker Build-Off.”
As with the previous “Biker Build-Offs,” each builder will be given two weeks to create a custom motorcycle, from the ground up. Although aesthetics are crucial to all the builds, the contest also requires the bikes to work; the builders must ride them as far as 1,000 miles to major bike events, where attendees vote for their favorite.
The stakes, and tension, are raised with the fifth season, however. Each builder/designer will be allowed only one packet of tools to use on the road to the competition, and there will be no follow truck packed with extra equipment. If a bike breaks down and the rider can’t fix it with what he’s carrying, he’s out of the competition.
In three of the Build-Offs the trophy will go to the fastest bike rather than to, as in the past, the most popular. The contestants in those match-ups will build track and motocross bikes, then go head to head for the top prize.
Also “Biker Build-Off” season 5 will feature a woman builder for the first time and the most multi-cultural, multi-national lineup of artisans ever. But, then, the motorcycle subculture is growing at a ferocious pace.
“Biker Build-Off” has made many custom builders, who once worked in obscurity and were only known to just a handful of dedicated riders, into national celebrities. Their shops are destinations for the millions of biker faithful, and their work is in great demand. A-list Hollywood celebrities, white-collar executives and professionals are among the growing audience for high end, one-of-a-kind bikes.
That mass appeal doesn’t surprise The Chopper King. In his years producing motorcycle competitions – first for Original Prods.’ “Motorcycle Mania” series” and then for “Biker Build-Off” – King has seen how these craftsman connect powerfully with viewers.
“They create kinetic art: sculptures that just happen to go 120 MPH,” King says. “These are the last of the great artisans, guys who can work with their hands. They take metal and shape it, take pipe and bend it, take paint and leather and rubber and refashion it, making each bike unique and special. We once knew how to use our hands, how to use tools; now most of us just know how to push computer keys. Not these guys.”
Viewers of the upcoming season of “Biker Build-Off” will see artisans from across the chopper spectrum. The match-ups this season include:
• Mike Metzger vs. Larry Linkogle: Both men build Motocross bikes, and will subject their creations to awesome long-distance flips and jumps for the gold
• Ivy Tosclair vs. Kevin Alsop: A small shop owner and prize winner from New Orleans goes up against a major manufacturer and legend from Big Bear, Calif.
• Scott Long vs. Trevelene: Two of the toughest guys in the business face off in a contest to build the ultimate old-school chopper.
• Roland Sands vs. Jesse Rooke: Both builders are young, both are based in Southern California, and both are convinced they can build the fastest bike.
• Paul Yaffee vs. Dave Perewitz: A pair of world famous, veteran builders – one from the Southwest, one from the Northeast – goes bike-to-bike.
• Ell Pitts vs. Harold Pontarelli: Both are big names in the chopper world and neither is comfortable with finishing in second place.
• Matt Hotch vs. Roger Goldammer: The reigning “Biker Build-Off” champion squares off with the reigning world champion.
• Billy Lane vs. Russell Mitchell: One’s all-American, the other’s British (although he’s gone native in North Hollywood), both are looking to be crowned the undisputed stud muffin of bikerdom.
• Craig Whitford vs. Mike Long: You think trikes are kids’ stuff? Don’t tell these guys, two of the baddest three wheel builders around.
• Kim Suter vs. Gypsy Charros: An up-and-coming female bike builder from Texas goes against an established and famous male builder from Kansas.
• Jason Hart vs. Brian Klock: They’re young, extremely inventive, heavily rewarded builders, both from the heart of the Midwest, and now they’re going mano-a-mano.
• Detroit Brothers vs. Jason Kangas: Two rough neck young brothers go up against one of the newest kids on the chopper block. But neither does anything that can be mistaken for child’s play.
• Marcus Walz vs. Michael Prugh: A pair of the leading designers in the world -- One’s from Germany (though he works out of Florida), the other is from Rapid City, SD – seek global domination.
“These guys are all the top of the top, making the coolest, most coveted machines,” King says of his lucky 13 match-ups. “They know that they have to build bikes that have to be beautiful and they have to work.”
King will be showcasing the competitions on the go-to website for gearheads, and gearhead wannabes: www.chopperking.com