My husband and I used to watch American Chopper together when we were dating and first married. I was never big into motorcycles, but the show was captivating, the motorcycles they built were pretty awesome, and Ed loved it. So we watched, and I found myself getting more and more into it as time went by. Ed and some of friends went to the original shop, met Paul Jr., and brought them a fire patch from the Clinton Volunteer Fire Department.
After they built the new shop, I went with Ed to watch the OCC guys build bikes and check out the bikes they had on display. Even I thought it was cool. We lived within a couple hour drive of the shop, so when the restaurant opened, we had to check that out too. Y’all the beer battered mozzarella sticks are worth the trip! We don’t live in the Northeast anymore, but when we visit, we’ll sometimes make a detour to OCC and PJD. Our kids love checking out the bikes too.
So when I saw that Paul Teutul Jr. wrote a book, The Build: Designing My Life of Choppers, Family & Family, I knew I needed to get it for Ed. Of course, I also knew I would read it myself for this review. I thought it might be interesting, but given that I’m not a huge motorcycle person, I wasn’t sure how into it I would get.
But let me tell you, I could not put this book down! Paul Jr. is an amazing story teller, and he gives readers a behind the scenes look at what was really going on before, during, and after the show. He also shares how his faith has shaped his life and how he responds to his father’s attacks with grace. But the book is not preachy at all.
I was surprised to learn more details about Jr. and Sr.’s relationship than were shown on the show. We liked to think that maybe some of it was exaggerated for the cameras, but apparently not. It’s actually worse than we thought. Yet, Jr. does a wonderful job of telling the truth while still honoring his father. If I was in his situation I don’t know that I would have been able to do the same.
For those of you who are into motorcycles, Paul Jr. gives plenty of interesting insight into the build and design process as well. And there is a full color section with pictures of Jr.’s life and some of the bikes—including the stories behind some of the most popular bikes.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this book when I got it, but I think I might actually read it again.
*I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. My opinions are my own.