Who’s that man? Appeal launched to identity mystery man found in old photo album

Released in 1954, two years before going into mass production, it is thought that the motorbike was a prototype and was being road-tested to see how it would perform on rough terrain. Museum of Technology and Communication in Szczecin

The Museum of Technology and Communication in Szczecin has launched an appeal to find a mystery biker after his photograph was discovered in an old album bought at auction.

The album entitled ‘Mountain trials - Zakopane - October 1954. Kasprowy’ was purchased after its owner, a private collector who had worked at the Design Office of the Automotive Industry in Warsaw, died.

The photos show the man sitting on an early prototype M-07 Junak.Museum of Technology and Communication in Szczecin

The photos show the man sitting on a M-07 Junak, a Polish-made motorcycle dubbed the Polish Harley Davidson.

Released in 1954, two years before going into mass production, it is thought that the motorbike was a prototype and was being road-tested to see how it would perform on rough terrain.

Museum staff believe the man was a professional rider.Museum of Technology and Communication in Szczecin

The man’s attire suggest he may have been well to do as he is dressed in full leathers and what appears to be a tailor-made jacket.

On his head he is wearing a soft leather pilot’s cap.

A museum spokesman said: “It is definitely a professional. First of all, we know that the national team players and motorcyclists from the Warsaw Motorcycle Factory, where four Junak prototypes were built, participated in the Junak trials.

The album entitled ‘Mountain trials - Zakopane - October 1954. Kasprowy’ was purchased after its owner, a private collector who had worked at the Design Office of the Automotive Industry in Warsaw, died.Museum of Technology and Communication in Szczecin

“And, of course, the team from the Automotive Industry Design Bureau. Anyway, it is enough to look at how the motorcyclist in the photo is dressed.

“Only a few could afford such an outfit.”

To give further credence to the suggestion that the man was a professional rider, the road-test was later described by an engineer from the Automotive Engineering Bureau in Warsaw, and one of the motorbike’s designers.

Released in 1954, two years before going into mass production, it is thought that the motorbike was a prototype and was being road-tested to see how it would perform on rough terrain.Museum of Technology and Communication in Szczecin

Karol Wójcicki recalled: “A team of competitors from the national motorsport team was involved in the research. The tests were conducted very intensively, in difficult winter conditions.

“They included research on the movement characteristics of the Junak on dirt roads, in the field and in the mountains under various weather conditions.”

The museum is now hoping that by identifying the man they will be able to build up more information and add him into the history books.