Founder of Orange County Choppers and “American Chopper” reality star Paul Teutel Sr., is moving the company’s headquarters from New York to Florida in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
After news broke last week that the company would be flying south and shooting new episodes of the show in Florida, Teutel told an interviewer that the reason for the move was obvious.
“I think I have more of a fan base down there in Florida and the riding season is nine months maybe even ten. In New York you have a short season, maybe only 3 months or so,” he remarked.
Beyond the nice weather and extended riding season, politics were “a lot” of the relocation. “There’s more of a sense of freedom down there than in New York that’s for sure.”
He also thinks Florida has a better chance of recovering from the economic devastation caused by statewide lockdowns than New York does. “The whole thing makes sense,” he continued.
Teutel has been vocal in his opposition of shutting down businesses. “Keep the six-foot rule and keep the mask on.” He continued. “And, you know, that also means you could do that in a workshop. So things should not really stop because of that, you know what I’m saying?”
Though he is adamant about respecting mask rules to protect the people around him. “I think it’s more about other people than myself. You know what I mean? You need to respect. If that’s the rules, that’s the rules. I don’t know about wearing a mask all the time but when you’re out in public and they ask you to do that and people out there are, you know, in a situation where they want to be protected, then you need to allow them to have that right. So it’s not just about yourself, it’s about the people around you,” he concluded.