New England Themed Motorcycle To Benefit Charities
BOSTON (CBS) – Outside Florian Hall in Dorchester Sunday, reality television star Paul Teutul unveiled a custom New England themed motorcycle that will be raffled off for charity.
The Orange County Choppers founder was approached by Metro SWAT to design a bike with the New England Patriots insignia that could be given away in benefit of several children’s charities.
When Boston firefighters Michael Kennedy and Lt. Ed Walsh died in the line of duty this past March, Teutul reworked the bike plans to include a tribute to them.
“To take 10 steps back after they’ve designed something, and redesign the whole thing in honor of Michael and Ed, that’s incredible,” said Kathy Crosby, mother to Michael Kennedy.
Crosby attended the unveiling along with numerous friends and family members, firefighters, SWAT team members and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.
“It’s a piece of history because the Patriots have never done anything like this and to have something with our names and their memory attached to it is special,” said Jay Brennan of Metro SWAT.
The OCC bike is outfitted with a 111 Baker 6-speed transmission engine, custom exhaust, handle bars and wheels, a football seat made by Wilson, a Boston Strong ribbon, a hand painted tribute to the Back Bay firefighters, and metal work that includes Metro SWAT’s logo and logos for each of the Patriot’s Superbowl wins.
Tickets to win the bike cost $10 and will go on sale Tuesday. Proceeds will benefit Special Olympics in Massachusetts, Jack Williams Wednesday’s Child, and the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation. The raffle winner will be picked at the Patriot’s final home game this fall.
Before then, you can see it at Metro SWAT’s New England Fitness Challenge this September. For more information on that event, and updates on the bike’s travels, like the group on Facebook.
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