2018-09-13 / Front Page

Rasp Family Featured In American Motorcyclist

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


The Rasp family poses with treasured bike that made its way back into the family after being apart for 22 years. Pictured, left to right: Braelyn Barnes, Amaya Barnes, John Rasp III, Bessie Rasp, and Annette Rasp. Photo courtesy of Chrisstan Photography The Rasp family poses with treasured bike that made its way back into the family after being apart for 22 years. Pictured, left to right: Braelyn Barnes, Amaya Barnes, John Rasp III, Bessie Rasp, and Annette Rasp. Photo courtesy of Chrisstan Photography Local racecar driver and owner of Rasp Racing John Rasp III and his family have always been passionate about racing and motorcycles. Now, thanks to a repurchase from a longtime friend, the Rasp family is celebrating a reunion between man and bike and a two-page spread in American Motorcyclist magazine (American Motorcyclist Association). The family bike also made it to the cover of the magazine.

The article, written by John and Annette Rasp, tells the story of how a 1952 Harley El Panhead with a sidecar purchased by John’s father, John Jr. “Pete” Rasp, in 1962 created long-lasting memories for the family. Then in 1995 it was sold to family friend Luke Hill, who kept the bike until 2017, when Pete passed away.

After Pete’s death, Hill, who had become good friends with the Rasps, sold it back to the family. Upon getting it back, Rasp worked on the Harley and sidecar with his son, Justin, now 26, continuing the father-son tradition of working on bikes together. It was then painted by family friend and neighbor Matt Clusman.

The full article is published by AMA in the September 2018 issue of American Motorcyclist. Photographs were taken by Chrisstan Photography and can be seen on www.chrisstan.com under portraits, then family.

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