Auction company donates chopper’s proceeds
July 15, 2011
Filed under Features
CrankyApe.com, a Minnesota-based powersports auction company, has donated the proceeds from the sale of a Paul Jr. Designs chopper to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
The 2007 Harley-Davidson has been customized by Paul Jr. Designs before ending up at CrankyApe.com for auction. The two owners of CrankyApe.com decided to auction the bike and donate the funds to the NLEOMF because co-founder Brian Livingston, a former police officer, lost his friend officer Ronald Michael Ryan Jr. when Ryan was willed along with officer Timothy James Jones and K-9 Laser when they were investigating a suspicious person sleeping in a car along a St. Paul, Minn., roadway.
“It’s something I think about all the time, even though it happened in 1994. And as a company owner now, we’re just glad we’re able to contribute and do something good for the law enforcement community,” Livingston said in a press release.
In anticipation of the charitable auction, Paul Jr. Designs team stripped down the motorcycle to the frame and engine and rebuilt it. The rebuild was featured on Discovery Channel’s “American Chopper: Sr. vs. Jr.” CrankyApe.com donated $27,077 from the bike’s sale.