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.
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 the dawn of a new age for BMW: A new, young Board of Management under Eberhard von Kuenheim had set out to strategically power and pursue the ongoing success of the Company. This included the construction of a new head … 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 by the hour or day. It just boggles my car loving mind walking around this place! And the best part is that anyone can come inside and a look around! Entry is FREE! I mean how cool is that!
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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 on display here. Take a look for yourself as I guide you thru the Museum….
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.
Here are some beautiful wallpapers for BMW M and M3 fans, from a photoshoot featuring 3 generations of M3s in colors which closely resemble the colors of the classic ///M stripes. Seen in the photos are: Laguna Seca Blue E92 M3, Interlagos Blue E46 M3, and Imola Red E30 M3.
For those curious as to the actual colors of the BMW M stripes, here’s some information on them:
Blue — Pantone Process Blue
Purple — Pantone 268
Red — Pantone Warm Red
blue violett GLASURIT-BMW 4000
light blue GLASURIT-BMW 5002
red GLASURIT-BMW 353
Blue — 0 138 201 (Hex: 008AC9)
Purple — 43 17 90 (Hex: 2B115A)
Red — 241 26 34 (Hex: F11A22)
Pantone = color process (order) used by printing shops to define colors.
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