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OCC Road House & Museum – Construction Update

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The new OCC Road House & Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida is racing full throttle toward a June grand opening of this one-of-a-kind destination restaurant and attraction based on Paul Teutul Sr.’s wildly popular Orange County Choppers brand.

The partners – Keith Overton and Paul Teutul Sr. – met on-site recently with other team members to check on the progress and lend a hand in the construction.

Located on a 9.5 acre complex that is also home to Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson, OCC Road House & Museum will be decked out with a fleet of Paul Sr.’s custom choppers featured on the hit Discovery Network series “American Chopper,” along with hundreds of rare items from his vast collection of biker memorabilia, many never before seen by the public.

With more than 11,000 square feet of indoor space, the family-friendly OCC Road House will be one of the area’s largest full-service restaurants, with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 369 guests to enjoy a full menu of classic American fare.

The restaurant will also feature a massive 25,000-square-foot pavilion for concerts, outdoor dining, a billiards hall, floor games and other entertainment, and a retail store loaded with merchandise and collectibles for bikers, friends, and fans. For more information, please visit OCC Road House.

 

OCC Road House & Museum Roaring into St. Petersburg

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Local Businessman Keith Overton Partners with Celebrity Paul Teutul Sr. on New Orange County Choppers-Themed Restaurant and Attraction

St. Petersburg, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2020) – Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers fame and area hospitality executive Keith Overton today announced plans to open the OCC Road House & Museum, a new restaurant and attraction based on Teutul’s wildly popular OCC brand. Located adjacent to the 9.5 acre complex that is home to Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson, the one-of-a-kind destination restaurant will be decked out with a fleet of Paul Sr.’s custom choppers featured on the hit Discovery Network series “American Chopper,” along with hundreds of rare items from his vast collection of biker memorabilia, many never before seen by the public. With more than 11,000 square feet of indoor space, the family-friendly OCC Road House will be one of the area’s largest full-service restaurants, with indoor and outdoor seating for more than 325 guests to enjoy a full menu of classic American fare. The restaurant will also feature a massive 25,000-square-foot pavilion for concerts, outdoor dining, a billiards hall, floor games and other entertainment, and a retail store loaded with merchandise and collectibles for bikers, friends, and fans. The new OCC Road House & Museum is expected to break ground by the end of the year, with an anticipated opening in May 2021.

“As a long-time biker and St. Pete resident, I’m fired up to partner with Paul Teutul Sr. and bring something new and exciting to the dining and entertainment scene that will appeal to locals looking for great food, fun and live entertainment, and to motorcycle enthusiasts and OCC fans from all over the world,” said Keith Overton, owner and developer of the OCC Road House & Museum. “We expect this unique, destination experience to be an instant success, and a concept we will plan to immediately license to other interested restaurant owners throughout the U.S. and Europe.”

Overton, a 35-year veteran of Florida’s hospitality industry, served as President at TradeWinds Island Resorts for the past 25 years. During that time, he and his team worked with Bert King of Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson and Paul Sr. to create the overwhelmingly successful St. Pete Beach BikeFest, which attracted 75,000 visitors to the area annually. “That experience got me thinking about other opportunities to build on the synergies from St. Pete Beach BikeFest and Bert’s brand-new destination dealership, and to further collaborate with Paul Sr. on something bigger and badder,” said Overton.

Partnering with entrepreneur, TV celebrity, motorcycle builder and founder of Orange County Choppers Paul Teutul Sr. was an easy decision for Overton, as the two have become friends over the past decade. According to Overton, Paul Sr. has long-standing ties to Florida and the local community, and a huge following in the Sunshine State. The OCC Road House & Museum will be an extension of the OCC brand, showcasing Teutul’s one-of-a-kind creations in an upscale, industrial environment that will make guests and fans “feel like they’re hanging out with Paul in his workshop.”

The restaurant and museum will be packed with motorcycle memorabilia Paul Sr. has personally collected over the past three decades, including an enormous “patch wall” with tens of thousands of patches he has been gifted by members of the military and first responders over the years. Overton and Paul Sr. welcome military personnel and first responders, past and present, to help continue to fill the patch wall, leaving their mark for others to see. An Orange County Choppers Wall of History will feature custom choppers in a “chronology of chrome” detailing the brand’s more than 20-year evolution.

Building the OCC Road House & Museum adjacent to Bert’s Barracuda Harley-Davidson dealership was a natural choice for Overton as well. One of the top performing Harley-Davidson dealerships in the country, Bert’s Barracuda has a loyal following and attracts a steady stream of bikers and brand enthusiasts from far and wide. In addition to this built-in customer base and the region’s enduring tourism appeal, the restaurant’s central location in Pinellas County will make it a convenient option for lunch, Happy Hour, dinner, and late-night entertainment for the many nearby businesses and residents of the greater Tampa Bay area. A full year-round calendar of live nightly entertainment, major concerts featuring regional and national acts, and other charity and special events at the campus pavilion is also expected to generate additional traffic to the restaurant and museum.

At a cost of more than $6.5 million to build, Overton expects the OCC Road House & Museum to provide a significant economic benefit to the City of Pinellas Park and the entire area by creating more than 50 construction jobs, and roughly 90 full-time and 20 part-time restaurant positions. “The timing of this announcement and the project is intended to bring some very positive news to residents and businesses in this community who are dealing with the negative effects of the pandemic. Paul, Bert and I are very confident about Florida’s recovery and the success of this newly created concept,” added Overton.

For more information on the OCC Road House & Museum, visit OCCRoadHouse.com or call Keith Overton, President & CEO, at (727) 432-3428. For media inquiries, contact Kelly Prieto, Vice President of Hayworth PR, at (386) 677-7000 ext. 2.

Ford Mustang driven by Steve McQueen in ‘Bullitt’ sells for $3.4 million

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This was the highest price a Ford Mustang ever fetched in any auction.

The 1968 Ford Mustang GT that Steve McQueen drove in the classic car chase from the movie “Bullitt, one of the most famed cars from American cinema, sold for $3.4 million (£2.60 million) at auction in Florida on Friday, Mecum Auctions said.

It was the highest price ever paid for a Ford Mustang at auction, according to David Morton, marketing manager for the auction house in Kissimmee, near Orlando. The buyer has not been publicly identified.

“The hammer dropped at $3.4 million, but with buyers’ fees, the total cost is $3.74 million,” he said, adding it shattered the auction house’s previous record set last year of $2.2 million.

The unrestored muscle car, its “highland green” paint looking rusty and black upholstery splitting apart, starred in a 10-minute sequence in the 1968 film, getting airborne a few times as it sped through the hilly streets of San Francisco.

The car was auctioned without a reserve, or minimum sale price, a risky decision that could have forced the owners to sell low.

McQueen filmed with the window down so viewers could see he was behind the wheel. Although credited as the driver, McQueen actually shared the wheel with Hollywood stunt driver Bud Ekins, according to the movie database IMDB.

Many movie buffs view the chase as ground-breaking for its duration and white-knuckle drama. The sequence forgoes a score in favour of roaring engines and screeching tires. McQueen, playing the no-nonsense police Lieutenant Frank Bullitt, was chasing bad guys who drove a black 1968 Dodge Charger.

After filming, the Mustang was sold to a Warner Brothers employee, and later to a New Jersey police detective. He in turn sold it for $6,000 in 1974 to Robert Kiernan of Madison, New Jersey, who held onto the car until he died in 2014.

Kiernan rejected multiple offers for the car, including one from McQueen himself, according to the New York Times. He left it to his son, Sean.

“I would like to appeal to you to get back my ’68 Mustang,” McQueen wrote to Kiernan in 1977, according to the Times. “I would like very much to keep it in the family, in its original condition as it was used in the film, rather than have it restored; which is simply personal with me.”

McQueen died in 1980 at age 50. Robert Kiernan never responded to McQueen’s letter, which Sean Kiernan still has, the Times said.

Sean Kiernan told Mecum in a promotional video that his mother drove the car until the clutch failed in 1980. It went nearly 40 years without being driven until recently, with 65,000 miles on the odometer, Kiernan said.

Ultimate Concert Package Give-A-Ways

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We are giving away a couple packages to both the Coral Head BluesFest in Marathon, Fl

& the Coral Head MusicFest in Pinellas Park, Fl.

Courtesy of WAIL 99.5 FM (Fl Keys) & The Shark 98.7 FM (Tampa Bay)

Visit https://www.coralheadmusicfest.com/

Marathon, Florida Keys

Listen in to 99.5 and Sun 103.1 for your chance to win the daily prize of a complimentary ticket to the show. All winners will be entered into a drawing to receive

2 NIGHT HOTEL STAY AT EITHER SKIPJACK RESORT OR CAPT PIPS HIDEAWAY RESORT FOR TWO (Fri/Sat)

TRANSPORTATION FROM HOTEL TO THE CONCERT COURTESY OF NATIVE TAXI

FREE BEVERAGES DURING THE SHOW

(BEER / WINE / SODA / WATER)

ADDITIONAL PRIZE:

WHOEVER WINS THE CAPT. PIPS PACKAGE WILL ALSO GET A FREE SNORKEL TRIP PLUS 1/2 DAY BOAT RENTAL.

Listen in to The Wail 99.5 during the ‘Hoebee in the Afternoon’ experience for your chance to win FREE tickets to the Coral Head Blues Fest. All daily winners will be entered into a drawing to receive the Ultimate Experience!

Pinellas Park, Fl (Tampa Bay)

Listen in to The Shark 98.7 from 12pm – 6pm daily for your chance to win free tickets to the show. All daily winners will automatically be entered in a drawing to receive the Ultimate Package for Two!

Winner will receive:

2 Night Stay at Hampton Inn & Suites

on Ulmerton Rd. (Fri/Sat)

Transportation to and from the concert courtesy of Alpha Limousine

2 VIP tickets to the concert

VIP Table with Bottle Service at the After Party at The Whiskey in Seminole.

2 Meet & Greets with Vince Neil & Sebastian Bach

WIN VIP TICKETS AND A MEET AND GREET FOR TWO WITH SEBASTIAN BACH

Drawing Date: Oct. 15, 2019 Prize: 2 VIP Passes & 2 Meet & Greets with Sebastian Bach at the Coral Head MusicFest 2019 England Bros. Park, Pinellas Park, Fl. November 2, 2019.

VIP includes Free Beverages, Food (meal ticket), Preferred Seating, Preferred Parking. Winner will be notified by phone.

WIN A FULLY RESTORED TO ORIGINAL 1965 HARLEY PAN HEAD

This motorcycle will be raffled off during the Coral Head BluesFest Oct. 19, 2019.

Fully restored to original by K&G Cycles in Florida City and has a value of $25,000. Winner will have the option to take $5,000 cash in lieu of the prize.

All 500 tickets must be sold. If tickets are not sold out by this date, the drawing will be held during the Coral Head MusicFest on Feb. 15, 2020 – Marathon, Florida.

Motorcycle can be seen at K & G Cycles in Florida City.

Coral Head MusicFest

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The Coral Head MusicFest is an American Legion charity concert series created and coordinated by Rich Anderson the Director of the American Legion Riders Post 154 in Marathon, FL. The Coral Head MusicFest is on the fourth successful year in the Florida Keys, being brought to Pinellas Park for the first time.

The Pinellas Park concert will take place on November 2nd at England Brothers Park and is expected to be an annual event for our area with proceeds benefiting our local Veteran charities, Project VetRelief and Bay Pines Veterans Recreation center which is the designated charity of post 104. Our Pinellas Park event headliners and performers are Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, Slaughter, Mitch Perry Group and Hairdaze & Jen.

We are expecting attendance to be 8,000 plus. Sebastian Bach is currently on his 30th anniversary tour in which he will perform his very first Skid Row album, we are his last scheduled performance of that tour.

http://www.coralheadmusicfest.com/

https://www.facebook.com/CoralHeadMusicFest/

http://www.projectvetrelief.org/

https://www.instagram.com/coralheadmusicfest/

Cross Country Chase Stage 9

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The last full day of racing included 259-miles of sightseeing through parks, parts of the Everglades and through swampy areas that kept riders eyeing the roadsides for alligators while keeping an eye on the sky for predicted rain, but the weather witch was kind enough to wait until after enjoying a great party and dinner at Peterson’s Harley-Davidson in South Florida to turn on the water works.

And tomorrow’s route scant 129-miles into the Florida Keys will bring the run total to 2,368-miles of true grit. Riders will arrive at the checkered flag with hearts full of elation over a job well done, and hearts full of sorrow to see it all come to an end.

Class I will head out of Miami at 8:30 with the other two classes leaving at 15-minute intervals and arrival in Key West required by 1:30.

Scores are posted at the website and you will notice that there are 10 riders listed as DNS, DNF or DQ.  https://themotorcyclechase.com/routes/

New Motorcycle Rights Organization

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Biker Lives Matter Florida USA
Great News…. John Rogue has once again stepped up and will be leading the upcoming Board of Directors for Biker Lives Matter – Florida USA… as “President”

for those that don’t know Rogue ” I am a well known Photo-Journalist in the Motorcycle Field and have had my work continually published in national magazines since the late 60s. I also do work for select individuals.” *source bikerrogue.com

He has been involved in Biker Rights almost as long as I have been alive (a long dang time)… was one of the founders of the “original” A.B.A.T.E. ….

We couldn’t ask for a better or more experienced person to take the controls… Thank You Rogue….

Rogue is the Senior Editor at Bikernet.com

ROGUE SAYS: To many brothers and sisters are being killed by stupid drivers ( I almost had a lady hit me today by coming into my lane)

I believe we can put together a new organization to get legislation passed that will seriously penalize any one that hits and injures or kills a motorcyclist.

I do not think it is going to be easy or quick But like other Motorcycle Rights we have fought for in the past and won I think we can with this one as well.

There is NO FEE TO JOIN THIS ORGANIZATION

GET INVOLVED NOW!