GREENVILLE - Denver Harter, 82, of Greenville and four other male members of his family took part in the same event, a cross-country motorcycle race in Roselawn, Ind., several weekends ago.
Taking part with him were his son, Bill; Bill’s son, Kyle; and Kyle and wife Sara’s sons, Hunter, 7, and Jacob, 4.
“I was thrilled to ride with my grandkids for the first time,” said Denver. “I never dreamed I’d get to ride with my great-grandsons. A man up there said he thinks we are the first four-generation family ever entered in the same event.”
All of the Harters were on Hondas during the event. Jacob rode on the front of his father’s cycle.
“I had to buy a motorcycle before Christmas for this,” Denver said. “This same event will come to Greenville in mid-May, and I will hang on to the bike until then.”
Local racing is done at the Treaty City Motorcycle Club, which sponsors the event.
“Kyle is president and Bill and I are life members,” said Denver.
“I remember the thrill 20 years ago when Kyle had his first endurance run in northern Indiana,” Denver said.
Also attending the recent event, were Bill’s wife, Jackie, and daughter, Bridget.
Hunter, who attends school at Ansonia, was first in his class at the event while Jacob was second in his class.
“Last year, Hunter was first in the whole league, mostly in northern Michigan,” Denver recalled. “He won 10 out of 11 races.”
As for Denver, well, he estimated he crashed 20 times.
“I must have,” he said during the recent interview. “I’m still aching. I couldn’t keep up with my grandsons. The soil was sandy and I stayed behind them because of sand in my eyes. I got so far behind, I couldn’t see them. Chris Cox was behind me and picked up my cycle. It was very hard riding on sand, but it was softer when you hit the ground, although I did get some bruises.”
The day of the event, they left Greenville at 4 a.m. and got back home at 10 p.m.
“It was a super fun day,” said Denver, who has been around motorcycle racing most of his life. “It’s the first time for me in 20 years. I’m a diabetic. We had a barrel of fun.”