9 September 2019
They were plucky, and proud of their achievement: A series of photos posted on the Instagram channel of MINI CLASSIC provides a glimpse of what Jeanne de Ferranti and her friend Jane experienced on their globetrotting trip carried out between 1961 and 1963. The two young women drove a classic Mini by the name of “Honey” down under to Australia and New Zealand, and then made the return trip back to their homeland in Britain. Jeanne de Ferranti only related the tale of their adventures in 2015. The book entitled “The Journey That Never Was” refers to the fact that hardly anybody knew about their road trip because Jeanne’s parents regarded it as a waste of time and weren’t even interested in hearing about it later in life. They couldn’t have been more wrong – the book tells tales of inspiring encounters, and the photos bear witness to freedom, adventure and chutzpah.
Orange – and a really deep orange at that – was the trendy colour in the early 1970s. This was due not least to the popular Creme 21 skincare products at that time. The name lives on as the title of a fun rally for modern classics. BMW Group Classic is the main sponsor and it has recruited a new partner for the 18th edition (11 to 15 September 2019): the team from Automobil-Club Verkehr (ACV) will be driving what is likely to be the most beautiful car in the rally. The BMW 2002 tii in the stunning livery of Inka Orange was built from scratch in front of a public audience at the BMW Museum in 2005. Around 200 classic cars will line up at the start of the Creme 21 Rally being held on the Assen TT Circuit in the Netherlands. The exact circuit will only be revealed shortly before the start.
Winning races with series models or the competition vehicles derived from production cars is a dream scenario for every development engineer and naturally also for the Marketing Department of any manufacturer. “Win on Sunday – sell on Monday” is an old adage. BMW has always been a success story, as seen in a photo gallery on the Classic#Heart blog. The speed ambassadors of the brand include Helmut Dähne astride the BMW R 90 S (Isle of Man 1976) and Hans-Joachim Stuck (among others) with the BMW 3.0 CSL (USA 1975). Most importantly, the touring-car successes raised BMW in North America from an outlier to a highly desirable brand.
As far as aficionados are concerned, “The World Is Not Enough” by the band Garbage (1999) is one of the best Bond songs of all times, and naturally the same principle applies to the BMW Z8 when it comes to the category of “Bond Cars”. You can now check out both in the most authentic way possible. After an interlude lasting four years, the radio for the BMW Z8 is once again being supplied in the BMW Group Classic Parts Shop. The radio was developed exclusively for this model and it was never installed anywhere else.