18 June 2021
No “Wheels & Weißwürscht” on 19 June (in case you didn’t know, Weißwürscht are traditional Bavarian sausages made of veal). The meeting for venerable classics and modern collectables on the site of BMW Group Classic in Moosacher Straße in Munich was supposed to start up again on that date. But owing to the measures currently in force in Bavaria to protect against infection with the coronavirus, the event has to be cancelled at short notice. Assuming that the ongoing course of the pandemic permits, the plan is to finally start the event again on 3 July 2021. You can find the latest information on the website www.bmwgroup-classic.com/en.
The dates for 2021:
Lake Como is calling! Fans of classic cars from all over the world have had to await this moment for one and a half years. BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este are now brimming with anticipation at the prospect of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2021. After the long break enforced by the measures necessary for containment of the coronavirus and our responsibility to guests and employees, the organisers are now confident that the most exclusive and traditional heritage beauty contest for classic cars will take place in the period from 1 to 3 October 2021. At this year’s edition, historic cars will be presented in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este in a total of eight classes. For the first time, classic cars from the 1990s will also be included at the event on the shores of Lake Como – in the category “Hypercars of the 1990s”. “If you are a car nut, this is Nirvana,” said Yasmin Le Bon, former supermodel, classic car enthusiast and Jury Member of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. We say: absolutely right!
Today, this racing car still makes the hearts of motor-sport fans beat even faster: the BMW V12 LMR. In 1999, the prototype took overall victory in the 24 Hour Race at Le Mans. 22 years after its triumph, the BMW V12 LMR had another great performance. As the winner of a competition of BMW Group Classic on Instagram, photographer Daniel Nikodem (@bmwjogge) was given the unique opportunity to shoot an exceptional classic car exclusively and at a very special location. The BMW V12 LMR was selected in the version designed as an Art Car by American word artist Jenny Holzer (“Protect Me From What I Want”). The location for the shoot: the stage of the Bavarian State Opera. That’s an ideal match in several respects: Since 1997, the BMW Group has been in partnership with the leading international opera house and BMW has now expanded this collaboration to become a global partner of Munich’s cultural icon. Recently, BMW also announced its return to prototype motor sport in 2023. The photo shoot at the opera house yielded some stunning shots. Congratulations to Daniel Nikodem! What a majestic way to cast a new light on a priceless automobile treasure.
This time, the series “Inside BMW Group Classic” showcases a world premiere – a Concept Car that has never before left the secret garages of the BMW Group: the BMW ICE, a design idea from 2004. ICE stands for “Integrated Concept Engineering”, as BMW designer David Carp explains in the new episode of “Inside BMW Group Classic” on YouTube. And the ICE really is a very unusual one-of-a-kind special that combines a lot of different elements. The two-door body of the study clothes the chassis of a BMW X5, while the interior comes from the BMW Z4 Roadster and was expanded into a 2+2-seater. “A real crossover, a real Sports Activity Coupé”, says BMW Designer David Carp. But see for yourself. It’s awesome!