Archive for October 28th, 2011

October 28, 2011

¡Viva la Revolución!:

Here’s where a certain Norton motorcycle changed world affairs; in 1952 a young medical student Ernesto Guevara and his friend Alberto Granado travelled the length of South America witnessing the poverty, exploitation, and economoc extremes that changed the course of his life indefinitely. Their steed, a 1939 500cc model was named El Poderosa “The Mighty One”,

El Poderosa (copy)

Norton 16H 500cc Side Valve Single

The iconic Alberto Korda photograph ‘Guerrillero Heroico” of Che which became THE defining image of the Twentieth Century.

A wonderfully evocative movie “The Motorcycle Diaries” based on his autoboigraphical book of the same name, starring Gael García Bernal as Che and Rodrigo de la Serna as Alberto. A Norton featured as the third main character.