american-chopper.jpgHOWES CAVE, N.Y. -- The great cave of the Northeast, Howe Caverns, and its new caved-themed motorcycle created by Orange County Choppers in Newburgh, are the featured attractions of the May 28 episode of American Choppers. The program, that stars OCC's Teutul family, will air at 9 p.m. on The Learning Channel.  Paul Teutul Sr. and sons, Paul Jr. and Michael, visited the Caverns in early April to film the episode. The episode's description says, "The guys head to Howe Caverns to face their fears and explore caves."  "When the Teutuls saw the size of the rooms in the cave, the fear seemed to subside a bit," said Howe Caverns General Manager Robert Holt. The Howe Caverns cave-themed bike was unveiled on April 26 during OCC's 10th anniversary celebration at its Newburgh headquarters. A second cave bike will be unveiled at Howe Caverns on Aug. 1 with members of the Teutul family scheduled to participate in Howe Caverns 80th anniversary community celebration of re-opening to the public in 1929. The second cave chopper that will be the grand prize in a raffle drawing, with proceeds benefitting the Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology and a yet-to-be designated non-profit organization in Schoharie County. The idea for the cave chopper began with a telephone call from Michael Galasso to OCC in March. Mr. Galasso is vice president of aggregate and hot mix production for Cobleskill Stone Products and president of the board of directors of the Cave House Museum of Mining & Geology. The Cave House Museum is adjacent to the natural entrance to Howe Caverns and is a repository for history of caving, mining and geology in Howes Cave. Howe Caverns' custom bike has handle grips resembling its well-known cave formation, the Chinese Pagoda, with bat-winged shaped rear-view mirrors. The bike's details include elements that look like flowstone and vertebrae to signify the many animals that through millions of years have become part of the limestone cave. There are images of the cave's discoverer Lester Howe and his cow, Millicent. Howe credited his cow with the discovery of the great wonder down under. The Howe Caverns logo and message, Go Underground, also are featured in the design. The back of the bike's seat carries the message, "In Memory of Benson Guenther" -- a tribute to Howe Caverns' educator who died in 2008. ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY CHOPPERS OCC is a custom motorcycle manufacturer founded in 1999 by Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. Their international headquarters is located in Newburgh and includes their production and retail facilities. The company began as a sideline to the family's steel manufacturing company that was founded in the late 1970s by Paul Sr. The company is featured on American Chopper, a reality TV show that first aired in September 2002 on the Discovery Channel. It now runs on TLC. For more information, visit http://www.orangecountychoppers.com/. ABOUT HOWE CAVERNS Howe Caverns is New York State's second most-visited natural attraction, located about 45 minutes southwest of Albany, off Exit 22 of I-88, between Albany and Cooperstown.  It is the largest cave open to the public in the Northeast. Open daily, except Thanksgiving and Christmas days when it is closed, Howe Caverns' hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For additional information, call 518-296-8900, or visit www.howecaverns.com

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