New York bowler wins bowling "Strike Bike"

    12/19/08

    BPAA News

    Custom motorcycle designed by famed Orange County Choppers featured on show

    The Bowling Proprietors' Association of America (BPAA) Beverage Committee congratulates Steve Arndt II of Waterloo, NY, on being selected as the grand prize winner in the 2008 "Win the Strike Bike" promotion.

    Click on the image to enlarge it. Ardnt is a league bowler at Falcon Lanes, a 16 lane center in Auburn, NY. The custom-designed bowling-themed motorcycle was built by the famed Teutul family at their Orange County Chopper facility in Newburgh, NY. Participants in the nationwide contest received a special code whenever they purchased a 44-oz Pepsi beverage in specially-marked Strike Bike cups that were only available in BPAA-Pepsi centers. During the 45-day promotion, over 52,000 entrants logged on to www.gobowling.com and entered their number for a chance to win. "I bought several soft drinks between September 15 and October 31, 2008," said a still-beaming Ardnt. "But I never thought I'd be the one holding the winning number." A soon-to-be newlywed, Steve Ardnt and his fiancée are big bowlers and huge Orange County Chopper fans. As part of the package Steve and several of his family members traveled to the headquarters of Orange County Choppers to meet up with the Teutuls who custom made the Strike Bike which was featured in a 2008 episode of their TV show, American Chopper, on the Learning Channel. "I still can't believe it," Ardnt said while taking a private tour of the Newburgh, NY facility where the TV show is filmed. "I mean, I was flipped out about winning the bike and meeting the OCC guys! The Strike Bike was by far the largest and best received promotion that the Beverage Committee provided to centers that participate in the BPAA-Pepsi national program, and plans are already in the works for 2009's promotion.