American Choppers – Cadillac Challenge

The Discovery Channel’s American Choppers’ Teutuls will design and compete against one another with custom chopper creations inspired by Cadillac. Viewers will vote for the winning design and the choppers will be auctioned off to raise funds and awareness for Cure Duchenne – the national nonprofit organization whose purpose is to cure Duchenne, the most devastating and lethal muscle disease diagnosed in childhood.

This is the first time father and son have faced off with competing builds for the same client since Paul Jr. left to start his own company. The two found a good reason to work toward a common goal in helping Cure Duchenne.

Following the big reveal at General Motors Design Center in Warren, Mich., in the second episode on June 6th, the choppers will be auctioned off with proceeds to benefit Cure Duchenne. The auction will take place on and will continue through the month of July.

Cure Duchenne Founder and President Debra Miller explained the Cadillac partnership has brought great resources to the organization over the last six months. “We have exponentially grown our awareness because of Cadillac. Millions of people now know what Duchenne is and the devastation it wreaks,” Miller said. “We truly believe we can find a cure for Duchenne if we continue to keep it front and center in the minds of people. We are extremely grateful to Cadillac for its support.”

During filming of the first episode of American Choppers in late April, Cure Duchenne boys and their families visited Teutuls Sr. and Teutuls Jr. at their workshops in Newburgh, N.Y., to serve as inspiration for the designs. Families included: the Gearys and son Dakota, 9, of Weirton, W.Va.; the McNarys and sons Austin, 12, and Max, 9, of Saxtons River, Vt.; the Capolongos, and son Michael, 4, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and the Franks and son Kevin, 11, of Emerson, N.J.

The second episode featuring the big reveal was attended by Cure Duchenne representative Mindy Cameron (parent of son Christopher, 9) of Newport Beach, Calif., the Van Houtens and son Kyle, 11, of Hartland, Mich.; the Maes and son Alex, 14, of Canton, Mich. Keith and Julie Van Houten are employed by General Motors Engineering and Jeff Maes is Cadillac’s Remarketing Manager.