Reality TV star and New York chopper-building legend to appear at Leesburg Bikefest

A reality television star and founder of New York-based Orange County Choppers will be at the Leesburg Bikefest event this weekend.

Paul Teutul Sr., known for building custom choppers and appearing on reality television shows, will be at the Rat’s Hole Show during all three days of this weekend’s Leesburg Bikefest.

Paul Teutul Sr., known worldwide by motorcycle enthusiasts for his custom choppers and reality TV shows titled “American Chopper” and “Orange County Choppers,” will be at the Rat’s Hole Show on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. It will mark the first appearance at the Leesburg Bikefest for the 69-year-old Teutul, who promises to be a popular draw among the thousands of bikers who plan to attend the three-day event.

Bikefest, billed as the “World’s Largest 3 Day Motorcycle & Music Event,” gets under way Friday. It will be scattered over 30 blocks with more than 55 concerts, 200-plus vendors, six Hotbody Contests and bike and stunt shows.

The headliners for this year’s event are rapper Vanilla Ice, Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil and country/rock musician Uncle Kracker.

Robert Matthew Van Winkle, better known to music fans as Vanilla Ice.

Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle, takes the main Town Square stage Friday at 10 p.m. The controversial 51-year-old rapper who enjoyed his heyday in the music field in the early 1990s is making his second appearance at the Leesburg Bikefest, having performed at the event in 2014. Best known for his song “Ice Ice Baby,” Van Winkle is a “Brother vs. Brother” and “Dancing With the Stars” alum. He can be seen on the DIY Network in “The Vanilla Ice Project,” a show that started in 2010 and features Van Winkle and his crew renovating and flipping high-dollar homes in the Palm Beach area.

Vince Neil, the legendary lead singer for Motley Crue.

Neil, best known as the lead singer of Motley Crue, is the headliner Saturday night on the Town Square stage, beginning at 10 p.m. The 57-year-old rock legend, who appeared on “Celebrity Apprentice” in January of 2017 and is arguably one of the biggest names to ever perform at Bikefest, has an unmistakable voice that is connected to some of the greatest songs in rock and roll history. He’ll be performing many of those Motley Crue favorites, including “Girls, Girls, Girls,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Kickstart My Heart,” “Same Ol’ Situation,” “Wild Side,” “Shout at the Devil” and “Home Sweet Home,” to name a few.

Uncle Kracker, whose real name is Matthew Shafer.

Uncle Kracker, also known as 44-year-old Matthew Shafer, will be on the main town square stage on Sunday from 2:30-4 p.m. A songwriter and rapper, he is best known for his country and rock music. He formerly served as a DJ for Kid Rock’s band, Twisted Tucker Brown, and has been a solo artist since 1999.

The Mount Clemens, Mich. native has appeared on “Late Night With Conan O’Brien” and the Country Music Awards. He has had two top-10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, “Follow Me” and “Drift Away.” And his newest release, “Floatin,” has proven quite popular with fans at sold-out shows across the country.