Passion project for friend plays out on television

The late Kai Raecke is shown in a still photo taken from a memorial video created by his coworkers, Dave Nichols, Steve “Beatnik” Werner, Bryan Glickfeld, Kit Maira and Jasper Harris. Valley News/Courtesy photo
When Valerie Rocio Raecke of Menifee decided to honor her late husband, Kai Raecke, by having his favorite motorcycle restored to its former glory, she couldn’t think of anyone better to do the job than his longtime friend, Ian Roussel. The star of MAVTV’s “Full Custom Garage,” Roussel has been building cars in his free time since 1984. He opened his vehicle customization shop in Los Angeles in 1998.Rocio Raecke said her husband talked often about restoring his first love but other obligations always took over as it sat in the garage for years. Raecke’s work as an editor, most notably for “Easyriders” magazine, involved traveling to events and reviewing bikes that sponsors such as Harley Davidson, Victory and Indian Chief would lend the magazine. Although he had little fr
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