St. Louis-based Hydromat Inc. is celebrating its 40th anniversary (1979 -2019). As part of this celebration, the company engaged Orange County Choppers (OCC) to build a custom motorcycle to commemorate this milestone. The bobber-style bike is themed in the classic Hydromat logo style. The OCC head designer Jason Pohl then utilized the red color theme of the new Hydromat Eclipse 12-100 machine to tie the past to the present.
Orange County Choppers has been the center of the hit reality TV series “American Chopper,” which debuted in September 2002 on the Discovery Channel. After a five-year hiatus, the show returned to the network in 2018 with all new episodes. Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. are reunited in the current version of the show as the motorcycle builders return to reclaim their place atop the world of customized bike building.
OCC bikes are customized and built around a theme or for a broad spectrum of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. The design and build of the 40th anniversary Hydromat bike will be the feature of the first episode of American Chopper’s 2019 season and will air on the Discovery Channel Feb. 12th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT (check local listings).
CEO and co-founder of Hydromat Bruno Schmitter, President Matthias Walter, and other Hydromat associates welcomed OCC’s founder Paul Teutul Sr. to the IMTS Trade Show in Chicago this past September for the unveiling of the Hydromat motorcycle. A large crowd stopped by to witness the occasion. The unveiling will be a part of the upcoming show that will also include scenes from OCC’s visit to Hydromat’s Campus in St. Louis, along with its famous design and building processes.