The guys love building custom bikes for worthy causes, and they pulled out all the stops when tasked with building for the Veterans Airlift Command on "American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" (Mon., 9 p.m. EST on Discovery). Paul Tuetul Sr. and his team put together a very impressive machine, with tributes to the armed forces in virtually every nook and cranny of the motorcycle.
Tuetul took the assembled crowd on a tour of the bike, spotlighting all the little touches they put on it to honor the military and its veterans. The bike featured two purple hearts, and an eagle theme throughout. There was an eagle's head up front, as well as eagle claws up on the front wheel. This theme was a visualization of the theme emblazoned on the exhaust covers.
"They've got Heart. They need Wings," the words read, which is what the VAC is all about. The organization brings wounded veterans and their families together through volunteer pilots and aircraft owners. While the original intention was to put the bike up for auction to raise money for the charity, the bike instead became a donation directly to the VAC itself.
Their intention is to display the bike at various events and air shows to raise awareness -- and funds -- for the VAC on an ongoing basis. Maybe this way, it can continue to support this worthy cause for years to come, rather than in one lump sum from auction.
"American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior" airs Mondays at 9 p.m. EST on Discovery.
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