In 1970 I bought the weekly magazine Motor every week. Printed in black and white on newsprint. The owner of the bookshop had a dark green BMW R60 with E-Glass make-up and Hoske mufflers. The June issue of Motor from 1970 featured an article about 'the Paladijn' by Ab van Ginhoven.
The Paladin was a tuned Triumph 650
And that tuning was really done completely arithmetically based on the physical laws to which gas and mixture flows are bound. For example, after a lot of calculations, the Paladijn got an extremely effective and optically very impressive inlet and exhaust system. As a 16-17 year old I didn't understand much of the theory, but the idea of being able to do such things without being a whole factory? I thought that was fantastic.
The Paladin always stayed in the background in my mind
And much later, when the Internet was just starting to take hold and I was a freelancer, I went looking for that Ab van Ginhoven. Long story short: I found him. He had become a widower. It went submodal. But we had a pretty long and pleasant conversation. And the Paladin? It had been stored for years to wait for better times. In a shed. I saw and caressed him then. Even more impressed than when I was 16-17.
I turned that meeting into a story for – I thought – Motor Emotion. And time went on. Motor Emotion was canceled. I do. I was asked by Classic & Retro magazine, which has already passed away. Then the Paladin came up again. And I started looking again for the place where that machine might be. That was now in The Hague. Ghisbert van Ginshoven is the boss at Beek Autotuning where they have taken tuning to the next level. Ab van Ginshoven had meanwhile passed away. The Paladin was still waiting for better days. In the attic. In 2018 I supplied Paladijn 2.0 text to Classic & Retro. But the Paladin continued to fascinate. A few years later, the Paladin history wrote in response to the most recent information Auto Motor Klassiek, the magazine that is one of the few constants in the magazine world.
And last week, based on that story, I received a message from… Spain
The writer had been a fellow motorcycle enthusiast/friend of Ab van Ginhoven. And he had the same hunger for fact for the Paladin that I had and have. His knowledge and experiences were again a valuable addition to the information I had gathered. And he also sent photos from the early days of the Paladin. I emailed him all the documentation I collected plus the various articles. Including the scans from the weekly magazine Motor.
At the moment we are happy to communicate
And so you see that the mild obsession for just one motorcycle can last fifty years. I firmly believe in long-term relationships. And recently I came across such a story first hand. But that was a much clearer history. Because the owner of the Honda CB750 K1 that I met in North Holland, he had bought his four-cylinder new. And simply ridden and cherished for over 50 years.
Is anyone still interested in the 2022 models?
Ab van Ginhovens Triumph in the project phase