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Darien Lake, NY- Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, set to open for the 2008 season on May 3, is thrilled to announce a strategic alliance with New York based Orange County Choppers (OCC). The partnership, which is the first theme park alliance for OCC, includes naming Darien Lake's newest thrill ride – a motorcycle themed roller coaster - the Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster. OCC will also build a custom bike inspired by the new ride and overall Darien Lake Theme Park Resort experience, to be featured on an upcoming episode of American Chopper, which airs Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. Eastern on TLC.
As a part of the partnership, the crew from OCC will visit Darien Lake Theme Park Resort to experience the entire park first hand and gain inspiration for a custom OCC MotoCoaster motorcycle. The design and build of this custom bike will be featured on an episode of American Chopper, the popular television show featuring Paul Sr., Paul Jr., and Mikey Teutul of Orange County Choppers.
The Teutuls, founders of OCC, are slated to make various appearances throughout the season at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. The Teutuls are currently scheduled to be at the park on Friday, May 16 for the Grand Opening of the original MotoCoaster roller coaster and to conduct research and find inspiration as they plan to design a custom chopper for the park.
In June, the Teutuls will return to the park to unveil the finished custom bike which will remain on permanent display at Darien Lake Theme Park Resort. During the unveiling of the custom Darien Lake chopper, new themeing for the re-named Orange County Choppers MotoCoaster will also be presented.
In addition, as part of the alliance, Darien Lake Theme Park Resort guests will have the opportunity to win an exclusive Orange County Choppers production bike, painted with a unique Darien Lake design.
"We are excited to partner with Orange County Choppers as we present this first of its kind roller coaster experience to Western New York," said Christopher Thorpe, Darien Lake's General Manager. "It is truly an awesome partnership for both organizations and a great opportunity to have fun with fans while delivering a completely unique ride experience."
About Orange County Choppers, Inc.:
Paul Teutul, Sr., metalworker by trade and founder of Orange County Choppers, first began his business of building custom choppers out of the basement of his home in Montgomery, NY. With the creative help and following of his oldest son, Paul Jr., the two were soon on their way to the top with the success of Paul Sr.'s first bike, "True Blue" at Daytona Biketoberfest in 1999. From that point on, Paul Sr. knew he had something and established Orange County Choppers that same year.
The Teutuls were quickly becoming recognized by chopper enthusiasts everywhere. They were not only making a name for themselves in the custom bike world, but were picked up by the Discovery Channel in 2002 as the basis of what is now the hit television series, American Chopper. Their popularity has led them to build custom theme bikes for some of the biggest names in corporate America such as Intel, Sunoco and Hewlett-Packard. Today, Orange County Choppers is regarded as one of the world's premier builders of custom motorcycles.
About Darien Lake Theme Park Resort:
Darien Lake Theme Park Resort, owned and operated by PARC Management, is New York State's largest theme park and resort, located between Buffalo and Rochester, NY and just a short drive from Niagara Falls. The resort includes three on-site lodging choices including a 162-room themed hotel, RV rental and a 1,200 site campground. With more than 100 rides, shows and attractions, kids' park, waterpark and a 20,000-capacity outdoor concert venue, Darien Lake is the family vacation destination. For park hours and more information, please visit www.GoDarienLake.com