Monday, March 15, 2010
"Ignacio Acebedo Sigrand (31), never imagined that the curiosity which led him to type the name of his maternal grandfather on his computer, would plunge him into the greatest adventure of his life.
In May 2008, bored in bed from a knee operation, Ignacio reflected how little he knew of the life of his grandfather, Roberto Sigrand, whose history belonged to a family past silenced from a bad relationship with his grandfather one of his sons. He wrote Sigrand's name into a search engine. To the surprise of Ignacio, the name appeared on several sites, but one especially caught his attention.
"I found a blog from an American collector of motorcycles [The Vintagent] and saw my grandfather Roberto mounted to a motorcycle. I felt the urgent need to move towards that history, with the help of my aunt and my mother, who knew this bike, the Zenith SUPER KIM. My grandfather had reached 250 km per hour resulting in the 30 South American speed records", enthused Acebedo. But the powerful machine was lost after the death of Sigrand in1974 when the factory where the bike was displayed was sold, and the trail was lost.
[Thanks to Jorge Pullin for sending the link! Check out the original, with video, here.
If you want to read more about the amazing saga of 'Super Kim' and the Sigrand family, follow these posts.
The story of 'Super Kim' will continue on the Vintagent. Ignacio has sent a mountain of information, which I am in the process of sorting, and will be shared here. Stay tuned!]