G There will be two anniversaries from 10. to Celebrated on August 12th at the Nürburgring: the AvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix is celebrating its 40th edition and BMW is celebrating Motorsport GmbH, which was founded 40 years ago, and its successor M GmbH. Since the Bavarians are known for having fun partying, they organize their own race right away. All classic BMW touring cars and GTs are allowed.
M stands for mega starter field
Norbert Knerr, Head of Historic Motorsport, is looking forward to the probably unique anniversary break: 'Because the response to our first contacts with the owners of classic BMW racing models was outstanding, we are expecting a full field.' Knerr promises excellent vehicles from the past 40 years for the M-brand race as part of the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix.
BMW with its own splendid specimens on the ring
Brings from its own collection BMW the 320 Group 5 (1977, ex-Marc Surer), the M3 Group A (1987, ex-Marc Hessel) as well as an M1 formerly controlled by Nelson Piquet and the 'Münchner Wirte' M1 from 1981 in the Eifel. This BMW was lovingly decorated with hand-painted motifs by the traditional Munich restaurateurs and was used in this paintwork by the driver trio of Prince Leopold of Bavaria, Christian Danner and Peter Oberndorfer at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Memories of the German Racing Championship
The Group 5 BMW from 1977 awakens memories of the great time of the German Racing Championship (DRM) in many fans, to which a separate race is dedicated at the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix. Marc Surer, Eddie Cheever and Manfred Winkelhock caused a sensation in the then newly created internal-combustion vehicles, BMW contests its own race at the Nürburgring. Because of their spectacular driving maneuvers, the three BMW drivers were soon called 'Wilde Reiter GmbH'.
BMW's DTM history
Ten years later, BMW sent another junior team to the Top series in German motorsport, now called the German Touring Car Championship (DTM). The BMW M3, of which BMW uses an early Group A version, was a permanent part of the parade championship until 1992. 20 years later, BMW started the championship with the current M3 DTM. Who knows: maybe visitors to the 40thAvD-Oldtimer-Grand-Prix as a cherry on the Bavarian cream also the current racer of the M family - on the weekend after the traditional event, the DTM circus with the six BMW M3 DTMs will make a guest appearance in the Eifel.