【DE】Munich milestones

Great victories, legendary slopes, fast cars from Bavaria: Special show “BMW Motorsport” at RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA® 2021


Automobiles veterans of all ages: Special show “BMW Motorsport” at RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA® with exhibits from six decades


Motorsport is as old as motorized private transport. With the triumphal march of the automobile, the initial races quickly became important image events, indicators of the importance and technical superiority of a brand. For more than ninety years, the car manufacturer BMW has also been active in international racing. A special show at RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA® is dedicated to the exciting topic “BMW Motorsport” (Hall 4A).



Photo: retro-classics-bavaria.de



Pre-war successes and post-war speedsters

The exhibition spans an arc from the beginnings of BMW motorsport engagement to the 1980s, says curator Uwe Wießmath. You can see some milestones in automotive history, including the 328, the best-known BMW sports car from the pre-war period. The model presented in 1936 drove to victory in the Eifel race in June of the same year. With further successes of the 328 – for example at the German Grand Prix 1938, at the 24-hour race of Le Mans in 1939 or at the Mille Miglia 1940 – BMW wrote a bit earlier racing history.

Due to the destruction in the Munich headquarters and the loss of the vehicle factory in Eisenach, BMW was only able to resume automotive production in 1952. Meanwhile, smaller and smaller vehicles were in demand – such as the BMW 700, which was produced from 1959 and was used in numerous circuit and mountain races and can also be seen at the RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA®.


Series models and super sports cars

The popular “threesome BMWs”, which achieved considerable success in the touring car version, are indispensable in the streetscape of the seventies and eighties. However, the 320 Group 5 Turbo presented in Nuremberg is fundamentally different from the production model, for example by its significantly reduced weight and a stately power of around 300 hp.

In the mid-1970s, BMW began developing the M1, a futuristic super sports car for which a new racing series was specially created. “In the Procar series, which was held as a brand cup as part of Formula 1, the then crème de la crème of motorsport started,” raves Uwe Wießmath. In total, only 460 copies of the M1 were built. It is therefore very special that we can show one of these vehicles at RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA®!”


About the RETRO CLASSICS® Bavaria:

The RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA® will take place for the fifth time this year at NürnbergMesse. At the sister event of the world’s largest trade fair for driving culture, the Stuttgart RETRO CLASSICS®, national and international car manufacturers, dealers, collectors and specialists once again present the whole world of automotive classics at the end of the season: classic cars, youngtimers, NEO CLASSICS®, parts and accessories on an area of around 40,000 square meters. As a stylish scene meeting place, the fair also offers an opportunity for stimulating conversations and professional exchange. Top-class special shows, an informative supporting program and a large vehicle sales exchange complete the diverse offer of the fair.


Date: 3rd to 5th December 2021, NürnbergMesse

Opening hours: daily 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Further information and pictures about RETRO CLASSICS BAVARIA® on the Internet at: https://www.retro-classics-bavaria.de

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