Back to the future. 25 years of the BMW Z1
It was a true quantum leap: when BMW unveiled the Z1 to the international motoring press in the Italian town of Punta Ala back in autumn 1988, its direct predecessor was parked in the hotel’s inner courtyard – a BMW 507 from the late 1950s, the last time the BMW model range had included a two-seater sports car. The leap through time to the Z1 was in fact even greater than the intervening period of 30 years … CONTINUED
German car magazine Sport Auto hosts an annual event called the Tuner Gran Prix (or Tuner Wars as some call it). Nearly every major German car tuner attends, along with some smaller private teams. The atmosphere is more like a club racing event than a high stress professional race, with lots of rare and expensive cars thrown in!
Fastest car around the Hockenheimring track wins. And also they had a drifting challenge in the SACH’s curve right in front of the grand stands. It … CONTINUED
For more than 90 years, the blue and white roundel has represented and symbolized BMW. But do you know the true origin of the BMW roundel?
Many think that the roundel symbolizes a spinning airplane propeller blade – from the days when BMW built aircraft engine in the early 20th century, but that’s not so. Find out the real history behind the blue and white roundel in this video as Kai Jacobson, BMW’s in-house historian explains the origin of one of the world’s most recognizable logos today.… CONTINUED
Chris Harris dusts off his 1986 E28 M5, the first M5 ever built (and by hand too), which he hasn’t driven for years. It still feels nuts to him today, so what the hell was it like for him in 1986? See inside.
“A company is like a human being. As long as it goes in for sports, it is fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance.” These were the words of Robert A. Lutz, BMW AG Board Member Sales, back in 1972. They were the words christening the youngest subsidiary of BMW AG at the time, BMW Motorsport GmbH. Today the company is called BMW M GmbH. But it is just as fit, well-trained, full of enthusiasm and performance as it was 40 years ago.
The early 1970s were … CONTINUED
Dackelone takes us on another great photo tour, this time of the MeilenWerk Stuttgart (located in Böblingen, just South of Stuttgart – just South on the A81 where it crosses the A8) is a living , breathing car museum! One part hotel, one part restaurant, and one (huge) part a living auto museum and used car dealership! The cars on display are ever changing – no two visits will be alike. Most of the cars here you will find are for sale. Some you can rent … CONTINUED
We take you on a tour of the Classic Coupes exhibit at the BMW Museum.
The BMW Museum has changed up a few of their exhibits. Down at the base of the classic “ball” are three super cars: 1M, 1M Homage and the 1M Concept. All three in red! It is quite a sight to behold.
And upstairs where the “Art Cars” were shown up in the classic “ball” is now a special showing of “classic coupes”. There is a little bit of BMW’s grand past and present … CONTINUED
BMW Classic had a great showing of cars at the Techno Classica Autoshow held in Essen, Germany. The Techno Classica is billed as the worlds largest classic car show. It never dissapoints. At the BMW display area were some great cars from BMW’s glory days (and even some modern models). What makes it all so great is that most of the cars shown were BMW car club member’s cars. See our entire coverage of the Techno Classica below. Enjoy!
BMW Classic presents a new short film “Three of a Kind” which will be premiered this week at the Techno Classica 2012 Show in Essen, Germany.
Three generations of 3 series are featured – the E21 coupe, E31 cabrio and E36 M3 (representing the 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s).
BIMMERPOST moderator Dackelone recently visited the Klassikstadt in Frankfurt, Germany, a mega warehouse housing an awesome collection of modern and old classic cars, including a large collection of some of the most unique BMWs of the last several decades. As always, he’s brought back a mega gallery of photos, so set aside some time for some browsing.