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AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix 2012 - 40 years of BMW M: BMW M anniversary race

AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix 2012 - 40 years of the BMW M
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J anniversary race '40 Years of the BMW M ': Standing still means going backwards. This even applies to a traditional event like the Oldtimer Grand Prix. That is why the organizers of the classic Nürburgring weekend are always open to new ideas: This openness gives viewers a highlight this year for which the trip to the Eifel alone would be worthwhile - a mega race with 50 BMWs on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of BMW M GmbH.

Racing cars of BMW Motorsport GmbH from 1972 to 1993

All touring cars and GTs built from the founding year of BMW Motorsport GmbH in 1972 and the Successor BMW M GmbH until 1993 were developed and used. The oldest cars are the CSL racing touring cars, which caused a sensation especially in the European Touring Car Championship. The youngest starters will be the 3-series super touring cars and GT racing versions of the Z4.

On May 1, 1972, BMW Motorsport GmbH started in Munich. The first product of the motorsport studio was the 3.0 CSL, which made the blue-purple-red-striped dress popular on all touring car catwalks. In 1973, the team around motorsport boss Jochen Neerpasch celebrated the European championship with Dutch driver Toine Hezemans - the young company's first major success.

Audience favorite and series winner Batmobil

Overall, the 'Batmobil 'This is how the CSL is called because of the mighty wing mechanism, six titles in the European touring car championship. The touring car, for example, is just as important in the anniversary field at the Nürburgring as the M1. The mid-engined sports car with a racing trim of 480 hp is the first BMW to have the M for motorsport in its model name.

The traditional BMW Group Classic department wants to take part in the race at the Oldtimer Grand Prix itself with two original racing M1s. In the Classic department on Schleißheimer Strasse in Munich, a former Procar car by Nelson Piquet from 1979 in the factory colors and the M1 in the 'Münchener Wirte' design that Christian made in 1981 at the Le Mans 24-hour race are currently being prepared Danner, Peter Oberndorfer and Prince Leopold of Bavaria.

320 Group 5, BMW M1, 635 CSi and M3

In addition, a 320 Group 5 will be at the start, which was launched in 1977 in Junior Team was controlled by the Swiss Marc Surer in the German Racing Championship. However, most starters willcome from the large group of BMW drivers who use their cars themselves in the broad field of historic motorsport. Therefore the BMW 635 CSI and especially the M3, the most successful touring car in the world, will also be represented. This sportiest three from the E30 family not only promoted its drivers to the world championship, European championship or German touring car championship, but also crossed the finish line of the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring four times in a row.

The Oldtimer Grand Prix is ​​crowning its own 40th edition with the one-off anniversary race by BMW M. Incidentally, the race is the perfect prelude to the DTM appearance of the current representatives of M GmbH, who appear exactly one week after the traditional event in the Eifel and want to carry the baton of their successful predecessors to the finish line as the winner under the sign of the M.

  • Start race 1: Saturday, August 11th, 1:30 p.m., GP circuit
  • Start race 2: Sunday, August 12th. August, 12:55 p.m., GP track


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