Friday Roundup: BMW Motorsport
Happy Friday! The holidays are nearing, things are getting busy, and we’ve still got a lot of video footage to edit, so stay tuned! In the meantime…since BMW Motorsport was created forty years ago, we’ve put together a roundup of BMW M Racing for all of you fans out there.
Classic Driver recently put out a great feature on BMW Motorsport, from which we quote below.
Forty years ago this year, a far-sighted BMW Board of Management under Eberhard von Kuenheim took the decision to fully embrace motor sport as a means of attracting younger customers. Once Jochen Neerpasch and Martin Braungart had been hired from the Ford competitions department in Cologne in the late spring of 1972, BMW Motorsport GmbH was born.
Nowadays it is better known simply as ‘BMW M GmbH’, maker of some of the best high-performance cars in the world, with the M1 supercar and generations of M3s and M5s to its credit.
In the 1960s and early 70s, though, BMW as a company was happy merely to supply excellent four-cylinder engines for F2, as well as supporting tuners such as Alpina and Schnitzer which prepared small racing saloons (1800 Tis, 2000 TIs, as well as the entire 02 Series).
For 1973, BMW Motorsport – operating out of an 8000-square metre building in Munich’s Preussenstrasse – really meant business, entering a works team in the European Touring Car Championship, the Le Mans 24 Hours and selected German national events.
Click here to read the rest of the Classic Driver feature.
Earlier this week, we shared a photo on our Facebook page of Andy Warhol’s BMW Art Car. The history of BMW Motorsport video on the BMW website (We definitely recommend a watch. Click here to view it.) mentions that this M1 Art Car, which Andy Warhol painted colorfully in 1979, took sixth place in the overall rankings after 300 laps at Le Mans. Watch the video below to see Warhol in the studio painting that iconic car.
Said Warhol of the brightly-painted (and even finger-painted) car:
I tried to portray a sense of speed. When a car is going really fast all the lines and colors become a blur.
Andy Warhol Art car photo and quote source: bmwartcarcollection.com
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