Following the Monday airing of an “American Chopper” episode filmed locally in June, photos are available of the trike designed for Carolina Carports by Paul Jr. (Paul Tuetul Jr.), star of the Discovery Network reality show.
The vehicle was unveiled on June 23 at an invitation-only event at Carolina Carports’ sales facility on U.S. 52 in Mount Airy. The event was shrouded in secrecy to maintain surprise at the appearance of the vehicle until the show aired Monday.
There will be another public unveiling at a later date so the community can see the custom-built trike, according to Heather Smith, Carolina Carports general manager.
“We’re working with Paul Jr. to see when he is available to return and work with us in presenting it to the public,” she said.
This is not the first time the local company has partnered with the television show. Both Paul Jr. and Manny Perez, Carolina Carports general manager, characterized the new vehicle as a 2.0 edition. Carolina Carports partnered previously with Tuetul in 2010 to build a Carolina Carports chopper, which appeared on an earlier episode of “American Chopper” and was shown at the Autumn Leaves Festival that year.
“This is one of my favorite trikes I’ve ever built,” said Paul Jr., as he presented the motorcycle to the audience. “I haven’t built that many trikes, but this is one of my favorites.”
Tuetul said the trike had “the best-sounding exhaust I’ve ever built,” and attributed the superior sound to the square tubing used in the motorcycle’s construction, an homage to the square metal tubing manufactured by Carolina Carports in the construction of their buildings.
Adela Herrera, owner of Carolina Carports, stepped forward and thanked Paul Jr. and everyone present, saying “We build our product from beginning to end. It is amazing to see how beautiful this is.”
Paul Jr. invited her to step aboard. She did so, and they posed together as the cameras of professionals and amateurs alike recorded the moment for posterity.
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