The Szczecin Museum of Technology and Communication has launched an appeal to find a mysterious biker after his photo was found in an old album bought at auction.
The album titled “Mountain trials – Zakopane – October 1954. Kasprowy” was purchased after the death of its owner, a private collector who had worked in the automotive industry design office in Warsaw.
The photos show the man sitting on an M-07 Junak, a Polish-made motorcycle known as the Polish Harley Davidson.
Released in 1954, two years before going into mass production, the motorcycle is believed to be a prototype and was being road tested to see how it would perform on rough terrain.
The man’s attire suggests he may have been done well as he is dressed in full leathers and what appears to be a tailored jacket.
On his head he wears a soft leather pilot cap.
A spokesperson for the museum said: “He’s definitely a professional. First of all, we know that the players of the national team and the motorcyclists of the Warsaw Motorcycle Factory, where four Junak prototypes were built, took part in the Junak tests.
“And, of course, the Automotive Industry Design Office team. Anyway, just look at how the motorcyclist in the photo is dressed.
“Only a few could afford such an outfit.”
To give more credit to the suggestion that the man was a professional rider, the test drive was later described by an engineer from the Warsaw Automotive Engineering Bureau and one of the designers of the motorcycle.
Karol Wójcicki recalled: “A team of competitors from the national motorsport team was involved in the research. The tests were carried out very intensively, in difficult winter conditions.
“They included research into the Junak’s travel characteristics on dirt roads, in the terrain, and in the mountains under various weather conditions.”
The museum now hopes that by identifying the man, it can accumulate more information and add it to the history books.