Custom Chopper To Benefit Victory Junction
May 6, 2006 | 4:38 P.M. EST
Sunoco representatives, along with Paul Teutul Sr., Paul Teutul Jr. and Mikey Teutul of OCC will unveil the benefit bike during the May 6 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series pre-race festivities at Richmond International Raceway.
"The Victory Junction Gang Camp has become a haven for chronically ill kids – it's a place where they can go and just be kids," said Bob Owens, Sunoco's senior vice president. "We are big supporters of the Pettys and the camp and thought that by working with the Teutuls we could help raise money and awareness for the camp by creating a signature bike. What the Teutuls have built has gone beyond our expectations, much like what the camp has done for the campers and their families."
The Teutuls have rolled out more than 450 custom motorcycles from their OCC shop over the last 10 years. However the Sunoco bike is the first to resemble a vintage board-track racer. This unique motorcycle reflects key elements of Sunoco's history. "Sunoco manufactures high quality performance products for consumers, so a high performance race bike seemed like the right design to represent the Sunoco brand," said Bob Owens. Sunoco's long history in racing fuel is reflected by the 260, which refers to GTX 260, a key race fuel product from Sunoco.
During the bike build, Sunoco took the Teutuls on a trip to visit the Victory Junction Gang Camp. They toured the camp, fished with the kids, and participated in a birthday celebration for one lucky camper. The Teutuls also visited Lowe's Motor Speedway, where they took turns behind the wheel of a NASCAR stock car, with the guidance of Richard and Kyle Petty, through the Richard Petty Driving Experience.
"I can't thank the great people at Sunoco enough for their ongoing support of the Victory Junction Gang Camp and my family," said Kyle Petty, co-founder with his wife Pattie, of VJGC and president of Petty Enterprises. "As an avid motorcycle enthusiast, I can't tell you how cool it is that they've partnered with the Teutuls to build this bike."
OCC has built a strong reputation for creating unique motorcycles that are not just for 'show.' The Sunoco benefit bike will be showcased during Kyle Petty's 12th annual cross-country charity ride, which will begin in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, on July 22 and end at the Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, N.C., on July 30.
"What the Petty's are doing to help these kids at the Victory Junction Gang Camp is nothing short of amazing," said Paul Teutul Sr. "And we couldn't be more proud that the money raised from the Sunoco bike will go to the camp and help these kids forget about their illnesses for a while."
The Sunoco bike will be given away this summer to one lucky fan via the Victory Junction Gang Camp website. For more details visit www.victoryjunction.org.