Posted Dec 5, 2012 @ 2:46 AM
Posted Dec 11, 2012 @ 7:35 PM
Posted Dec 11, 2012 @ 11:52 PM
Posted Dec 12, 2012 @ 7:47 PM
Jesse James is the most arrogant guy I think I've ever heard, anywhere. My husband was out there for the Vegas show and met Paul Jr. and said he seemed like a decent enough guy. But apparently every time Jesse James passed by any of the Gas Monkey crew, he called them faggots and mouthed off about them. What a baby.
I think Paul Jr's bike was done more or less on time, and I know for a fact that Aaron got the Gas Monkey bike running and ready on November 2nd (the original deadline) before midnight, because my husband was standing there taking a video of it when he fired it up. What I really hated was not only did Jesse James bring his bike late, but nobody pointed out just HOW late it was. It wasn't 2 weeks late ... It was FIVE weeks late. The original deadline was for a 6-week build. He took almost twice as long as they were given, and was cheeky enough to sit there and say outright on the show last night that he knew when the contest was, and that was how long he was going to take to build his bike. Meanwhile, Aaron literally slept in the back of my husband's 1951 Ford half the time, working basically around the clock trying to meet that deadline.
Jr's bike was very attractive and cool looking, but for me, he summed it up best when he himself said "it would look right at home in a car museum." It's not a bike you'd ride very often, if at all. It's a piece of art.
Gas Monkey treated the competition like the old chopper build-offs, where the whole point was to start with a motorcycle and chop it. That's what Aaron did, and I wish they'd shown more of the actual welding/fabricating he did to get that bike to look like it does now. Jr. and Sr. have huge staffs and lots of fancy equipment, so you'd expect their efforts to be elaborate, but what Aaron did was build a bike he could ride to Vegas and keep riding after the contest. Looking forward to seeing Fred back in Dallas tomorrow (ETA: Apparently, Discovery is keeping Fred, at least for now).
My husband told me that he had heard today that Paul Jr. got something like 50% of the vote last night, Gas Monkey came in second, then Jesse James, then Sr. (ETA: I just saw the numbers on a Web site, and it was 58% for PJD, 20% for GMG, 13% for Jesse, and 9% for Paul Sr. ... Wait, that wasn't the Discovery site I got those from after all; it was some other TV site, so I don't know if they are "official" or not.)
Edited by Gelpen, Dec 13, 2012 @ 6:23 PM.
Posted Dec 13, 2012 @ 2:15 AM
Posted Dec 13, 2012 @ 5:51 PM
Also, it's pretty clear that on these Chopper Live shows, the contestants are encouraged to stir things up and do a lot of trash talking. Compared to the old Biker Build Off shows, where the builders were always very respectful and complimentary of their competition, at least once the bikes were built.
Posted Dec 13, 2012 @ 7:38 PM
Posted Dec 16, 2012 @ 1:01 PM
Jesse James was never going to win because of being a loudmouth A-hole. Senior for the same reason, although he has improved. Gas Monkey couldn't win, because although they customized a nice bike, it was really nothing special. They got second place for not being jerks.
I thought the two best or most interesting bikes were Junior and Senior, they were about equal, and it depended on which one fit your taste more.
The advantage Junior has had is that he is acutely aware of his image, and even if he is a raging a-hole in real life (I don't know whether he is or isn't), you will never see being a raging A-hole on camera. Also, I think he is deeply committed to his Christianity (Witness the PJD-777 shirts, etc.), and with being a committed Christian comes behavior standards. I am saying that as someone who is not religious, but I can respect Paul Jr.'s faith and how he lives it out, at least on camera.
Posted Dec 17, 2012 @ 8:17 PM
I have no problem with jr for the most part, but if he is pretending to be someone else then he sucks... where else in his life might he be a calculated fake? a son, a husband, a brother and maybe later a father...
I would not call that a tactic of a "commited christian"
I think the show ending will give a much needed perspective to jr and sr. years later when people no longer fall at their popular feet to gravel for approval, will they realize what is really important in life. Money and fame is not one of them.....
Edited by eddieD, Dec 17, 2012 @ 8:25 PM.
Posted Dec 19, 2012 @ 11:52 AM
Posted May 20, 2013 @ 6:47 PM
Posted Nov 17, 2013 @ 3:10 PM
The idiot cake decorators already ran out of cash and are back suckling the faked-reality teat...