• Feb 11th 2008 at 3:01PM
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Where did Vinnie go? Ever since the American Chopper episode where it was revealed that Vincent DiMartino was leaving for greener pastures and new opportunities, fans of the show have wondered what he was up to. The answer is that he's still building custom motorcycles, just for his own company: V-Force Customs. Not only that, but Cody Connelly, also from Orange County fame, has joined forces with Vinnie in the creation of their own custom bike operation. The company is currently working on its shop in New York, but plans to introduce its first bike at Daytona Beach for Bike Week 2008. February 29th is coming up pretty quickly, so we should be getting some more information soon enough. After touring for a year, the dynamic duo will be giving the bike to one lucky customer.

If you're interested in knowing more, the company has set up a web forum, and it appears that both Vinnie and Cody occasionally make it there to communicate with fans directly. Considering that Vinnie was one of the best things about OCC, we are pretty sure he'll do alright for himself and look forward to seeing his first solo effort in Daytona. For a very grainy and low-quality preview of what they are working on, check out our gallery below.

[Source: V-Force Customs]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Bout time Vinnie started earning his true value which is far in excess of what Sr. and Jr. wanted to share. Their loss.

      Vinnie better have superb design talent because the creative difference is what will sustain interest in V Force bikes.

      Vinnie's an engineer and thoughtful assembler-fabricator... hope he has design talent hired to create the rolling sculpture people pay big $$$$ to buy... mere choppers you can buy anywhere.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I have owned a few businesses, some small, some bigger. Vinnie left because
      he felt he could become as successful as
      the Tuttles. We know he is a good
      builder, we don't Know if he can run a business. It is very hard to do both— builds and operations. He must sell his
      exposure on American Chopper to drive
      up the billings in his company. This will give him some momentum.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm going to be on a reality show that will air this year and I can tell you one thing for sure: The camera is ALWAYS rolling and the producers can make you look like a hero or zero whenever or for whatever reason they see fit. Creative editing is an artform.
      • 7 Years Ago
      good move for both of them. I wish their new venture all the best http://www.tagsum.com/news/10251/Vinnie-and-Cody-from-OCC-create-their-own-custom-bike-company
      • 7 Years Ago
      Good for him, I would of done the same thing....OCC used to work out of a POS garage and due to the show they grew to a huge custom built warehouse which they bought the land, How many companies get to enjoy such success..During all this time Vinnie has been in the same position...He made awise choice because he wasnt going to grow as an individual at OCC unless he branched to his own..
      • 7 Years Ago
      The day that episode aired I went online and found out this was happening. I appreciate what you're doing Autoblog, but to say that people have been left wondering isn't true. Anyone with 2 minutes and access to google already knew.

      I'm sad to see Vinnie leave the show. It was pretty clear that things weren't amicable. I don't think Vinnie got the recognition and presumably the money for his work. The fact that Paul Sr. said "everyone is replaceable" to someone who helped build his empire is crap. This is what happens when you hang out with Donnie Deutsch too much.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Someone asked in comments on autoblog.com a couple days ago. And then two people said "what, he's gone?" and mentioned the "pop said he was replaceable on air" stuff.

        I think all that was enough to lead to autoblog making an article. It is a blog, not CNN. If you find something your readers are interested and can be dug up easily and quickly, you put it on the blog, even if it isn't exactly like breaking The Pentagon Papers in terms of news.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow, I didn't know he left. I'm not current on the show, but when there's nothing else on in HD, I'll tune in.
      • 7 Years Ago
      As a lover of the show originally and just a causual watcher now, I have to say that I think things worked out the best for everyone here.

      I thought Vinny's interaction with the others did make for a better show but I can't say that someone else couldn't have done as well. He was definately a good bike builder but there are probably many of them too. At the end of the day, the Teutels risked their own finances to start the company, they brought the Discovery Channel, they're feuding made for good TV, and Mikey's comedy helped keep the show interesting longer than it should have been.

      While I do believe that Vinny contributed alot to the show, he did not have anything to lose if the business went down the drain, he was a bike builder, he got paid better than most bike builders (who don't own their own shops) because he was on the show. I personally, would have shared the wealth more than Paul Sr did, but Sr obviously knows how to run a business and had to do what he felt right for his business.

      Vinny will definately gain success from his exposure on the show and was probably smart to get out now and branch out on his own. The show is just not as interesting as it used to be. The business is running more smoothly and the lack of bickering between Sr and Jr makes things less interesting than when they were always screaming at eachother. I'd be willing to bet the show will be gone after this season or one more.

      OCC will have it's huge shop and be selling production bikes and still build customs. They won't get the same money anymore because they won't be on TV but they will probably still do well. Vinny and Cody will sell bikes because they can build good bikes and already have recognizable faces and some credibility in the industry. They will never do as well as OCC because there won't be a show but they will probably still be as successfull as any small bike builder.
      • 7 Years Ago

      I am assuming that was aimed at me so I'll fire back.

      I am not a CEO because I don't think I have what it takes to be one. I personally don't think I could balance the amount an average CEO has to balance and I am happy where I am at. People like you think you know how a business works because you read a book or worked at one job for a long time. Any corperate leader has alot on their plate, more than you could probably imagine.

      As for Vinnie, I really do wish him the best but you have to remember that the show would NOT have been nearly as successful if the Teutels were as animated as Vinnie and Cody. People tuned in not for the bikes but for the bickering so that helped bring the company up along with the employees. That allowed Vinnie's work to be seen by so many people all while using the OCC equipment and other resources. So to say OCC just screwed him over is assinine because without OCC there would be no V-Force.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Male soap operas
      • 7 Years Ago
      I sure would like to know how much $ those cats made while on the OCC show. I also wonder if the Teutels (sp) shared the wealth with any other employees. I will assume the parting was not "friendly". There is not a single reference to OCC on the V Force site.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Seemed to me they had to go pick up Vinnie once when his 1980s Chevy Beretta died, they did so in their brand new HUMMER. Then later they ran the HUMMER into some stuff without caring what happened and then drove it by the huge-ass house dad was building and got it stuck in the lake.

        So I'm guessing he wasn't getting a lot of the money the Teutels were.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hmm, I thought this was AUTOBLOG, not douche-bag, dumb-ass, BIKERBLOG.
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