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Stewart-Haas Racing on American Chopper
A tour of Stewart-Haas Racing’s (SHR) 144,000-square foot facility in Kannapolis, N.C., will reveal a lot of pretty cool machines, but until Orange County Choppers (OCC) visited SHR, all those machines were of the four-wheeled variety.
But thanks to OCC and TLC’s “American Chopper,” a beautifully sculpted motorcycle bearing the look and feel of SHR now sits in the main lobby.
Stewart-Haas Racing will be featured on the Thursday, Feb. 4 edition of TLC’s “American Chopper.”
The episode will air at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST), but check local listings as some cable companies could air it at a different time.
And in case you can’t make it to SHR to see this work of art, you can catch how OCC built the custom bike at 9 p.m. EST (8 p.m. CST) on Thursday, Feb. 4 when the build is chronicled on TLC’s “American Chopper.”
Using machinery from Haas Automation, the largest machine tool builder in the western world and co-owner of SHR, OCC created such items as the bike’s wheels, hubs, sprockets, grips, lugnuts, footpegs and air cleaner, which features the distinctive Haas Automation logo.
Haas Automation’s Super Mini Mill, SL-20 Turning Center, EC-500 Horizontal Machining Center and TL-1 Lathe, among others, can been seen crafting slabs of metal into glistening works of art.
OCC patriarch Paul Teutul Sr., delivered the finished product to SHR in January, where two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Tony Stewart, along with Haas Automation CEO Gene Haas, accepted the bike before giving Teutul a tour of the shop.
For someone who has spent his life building both beautiful and powerful machinery, “Senior” was impressed with the expansive SHR race shop and the team it housed. His favorite stop during his tour – the CNC machine room, home to an array of Haas Automation equipment.
It makes sense, for OCC has been a Haas Automation customer since 2004, a relationship that shows the diverse nature of Haas Automation’s consumer base.
OCC didn’t need to knock out thousands of parts at a time. Instead, the small company needed to make extremely precise, but good-looking parts in small quantities. Enter Haas Automation.
Teutul’s first purchase was a Haas VF-5 Vertical Machining Center in October 2004 – an American machine tool that met all his requirements. Within a year, OCC added two more Haas machines. Today, seven Haas CNC machines dot the shop floor of OCC.
And at SHR, a stunning byproduct of those machines is on full display.