American Chopper’ Star Vinnie Demartino

Celebrities, Celebrity Q&A, People
on May 29, 2005

What happened to Vinnie, who was Paulie's right hand man on American Chopper?
—Ray Y., Missouri

Vinnie Demartino, 32, is still very much a part of Orange County Choppers. "There were a couple of episodes I wasn't as involved in, but I'm still very much involved," says Demartino, who has been friends with Paul Teutul Jr. since the third grade. Demartino began riding motorcycles when he was 3. "My father sold motorcycles, and he made my first with training wheels," he says. The Newburgh, N.Y. (pop. 28,259), native now lives in Pinebush, N.Y., with his wife of four years, Melissa, and baby daughter Vanessa. "I drive her around the yard on my scooter right now." Demartino admits that he has a love-hate relationship with the show. "It's a lot of work," he says. "When the cameras stop rolling, we're still working."