What is Vinnie from American Chopper doing now? Meet his family
Vincent DiMartino, better known as Vinnie is
an American custom motorcycle designer/automotive builder. He is also owner of
DiMartino Motorsports Automotive and Truck Repair. He came into the
limelight from the TV show American Chopper, which showcased the work and life
of Orange County Choppers (OCC).
Vincent DiMartino’s life before American Chopper Happened
Vinnie was born on October 9, 1972, in Hudson
Valley New York. Out of four children of John and Margaret DiMartino, he is the second one. He got his exposure to cars and motorbikes at his father’s auto repair shop.
At the age of 14, Vinnie had already started working at a small engine repair shop. Within few years, he began rebuilding motorcycles, cars and anything else he could find. In 2002, he began working for OCC through his high school friend Paul Teutul Jr. Junior is in turn the son of the owner of OCC, Paul Teutul Sr. Within a month after he started working there, he learned that The Discovery Channel was documenting his workplace as a reality TV show American Chopper.
Vincent DiMartino’s Career Has Resulted in Colossal Net Worth
Starting off work at OCC in 2002, Vinnie served as a mechanic and swiftly got included as a designer and fabricator. American Chopper gave him a broader exposure and gained popularity among viewers.
After serving OCC for five years, in August 2007, Vinnie unexpectedly quit the company and his departure was followed by a co-worker, Cody Connelly. Within several months, he and Cody, started V-Force Customs, a custom motorcycle business in Rock Tavern, New York.
As the unforeseen leave of Vinnie had buzzed the internet leaving people to wonder about the factor that led him to do so, he later took to VForceCustoms website “FAQ” to address his departure. He stated that he “didn’t have any chance for advancement” and also he “always wanted to have my own shop.” Further adding he mentioned, “Nothing against them, but it was time to move on.”
Even though the V-Force Customs was doing well, DiMartino opted to come back to TV in 2010, joining Paul Jr Design in American Chopper, Sr vs. Jr. Part of the agreement of Vinnie being in the show was that he would be able to wear attire bearing his V-Force Customs’ logo just to indicate that his business was still running. Furthermore, Vinnie has also appeared on many other automobile-centric TV shows as a guest including Throttle Junkies TV . All those have helped him to pile up impressive net worth which is estimated to be $3 million.
Where is Vincent DiMartino Now in 2018?
American Chopper Sr vs Jr ran for
2 years and was cancelled on December 2012. Vinnie returned to his old business
right after and made changes immediately. He changes the name of V Force
Customs to DiMartino Motorsports Automotive and Truck Repair and
continued his business which expanded from custom bike builds to car and truck
repairs and maintenance also.
His company services all City of Montgomery
official vehicles plus private customers. He also helps Paul Jr on occasions
with their custom bikes and is happy and content with his business and family.
There are also rumors for American Chopper returning to TV in 2018 but Vinnie coming back on the show is not confirmed yet. Him being a fan favorite and being the most hardworking and dedicated member of the team, it will be no surprise if he does have a part to play in the new season of American Chopper.
As of now, Vinnie is sharing blissful life with his wife and children. He has been married to his wife Melissa for years. The two shares four children, a son, Vincent, and daughters Vanessa and twins Isabella & Ava.
His son is already following his father’s footprints. Vincent frequently come to his place of business. His son helps him on bike and truck repairs, starting young just like Vinnie. With no doubts, Vincent is already a Vinnie certified gearhead.
Vincent “Vinnie” DiMartino is an
American motorcycle builder, who worked at Orange County Choppers from 2002 to
DiMartino was born in 1972, Hudson
Valley, New York and grew up hanging around his father’s auto repair shop.
Growing up, he became a gearhead
and started working at a small engine repair shop at the age of 14.
In 2002, he began working for
Orange County Choppers, the shop owned by his high-school friend, Paul Teutul
Jr.’s father, Paul Teutul Sr.
He also starred in ‘American
Chopper,’ a reality show on the Discovery Channel based on OCC.
DiMartino left OCC in August 2007,
and his co-worker Cody Connelly also followed him.
Afterward, Cody joined Vincent at
his custom motorcycle shop, V-Force Customs, in Rock Tavern, NY.
His departure from OCC created
quite a buzz in the media and fans were desperate to know the reason.
Later, addressing his departure,
he stated on his website that he didn’t have any chance for advancement at OCC
and he also wanted to have his own shop.
In 2010, he returned to the show,
‘American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior’, however, instead of rejoining his former
employer at OCC, he joined his friend at Paul Jr. Designs.
Part of the agreement of DiMartino
being on the show was, he would be able to wear hats & T-shirts bearing
V-Force logo to ensure people that V-Force wasn’t out of business.
Currently, he owns and operates
DiMartino Motorsports Automotive and Truck Repair in Montgomery City.
On February 6, 2013, he revealed
on Twitter that DiMartino Motorsports was the new name for his company, V-Force
Though he is focused on his shop,
he occasionally helps out Paul Jr. at Paul Jr. Designs.
Outside of work, Vinnie loves
spending time with his family.
He is married to Melissa DiMartino
and shares four children, three daughters, and a son with her.
His little boy, Vincent seems to
have inherited his dad’s love for bikes and cars.