15 June 2020
The latest relaxations in the lockdown are making our lives easier but it will be some time before we’re able to stage genuine live shows and exhibitions. BMW Group Classic is therefore delighted to take part in the first virtual online show for vintage cars, modern classics & Co.: “Classics to Click”. BMW Group Classic Spokesman Benjamin Voß will launch the event this coming Friday, 19 June, with a live presentation. He will give visitors a guided tour through the vehicle hall and feature a number of highlights from the collection. Throughout the day, a livestream will also present the entire spectrum of attractions, amenities and services at BMW Group Classic – ranging from the BMW Museum and the Archive, through the Workshop and Parts Shop, to offers provided by the BMW Group Classic Partner dealerships. The virtual stand – and many others – will be open to visitors for three further weeks (until 12 July). They only need to register briefly and they are then able to exchange ideas and chat with experts and other classic-car fans.
If the presenters of a clip are really having fun, their enthusiasm is inevitably transferred to the viewers. For this reason alone, it’s well worth looking at the new episode of “Inside BMW Classic”. The two hosts were given the opportunity to take a BMW Z1 and BMW Z3 respectively on an early-summer outing through the countryside and there’s naturally a great buzz of enthusiasm. They are both impressed with the position of the seat, which is exceptionally close to the asphalt and the powered rear axle, and therefore conveys a particularly intensive driving experience. This is one of the reasons why both models have earned a fixed place in the annals of BMW roadsters now spanning 90 years. Which of the dream cars is cooler? The BMW Z1 with the slide-down doors or the BMW Z3 as the marque’s first Bond car? This issue remains undecided, and luckily everybody is able to arrive at their own conclusion. After all, both roadsters can be rented from BMW Group Classic.
The name gives the game away. The shared experience is a huge part of the mix for Minipeople – the MINI Club from Lithuania. Some 40 members are all about living life to the full, get-togethers and sheer fun. The club was only founded in 2010 and the enthusiastic bunch of members has got a truly sensational set of achievements rolling (on the 10-inch wheels of the classic Mini). Over the past ten years, the club has staged four to five events and organised two foreign tours every year. In 2015, they even held an International Mini Meeting attended by more than 1100 participants in their Baltic homeland. The Minipeople embrace classic Minis and modern MINI models with equal fervour, and they have a hugely imaginative take on sharing their enjoyment of the cars with the global community on the Internet. The club has a very apt motto: “In people we trust”.
Finally: Wheels & Weißwürscht kicks off again. The laid-back parade of all types of classic vehicle from any manufacturer is ready to rumble again at BMW Group Classic (Moosacher Straße 66 in Munich) on Saturday 20 June. After that, the event will return to being a regular diary date on the first and third Saturday of each month until 17 October. Naturally, rules for social distancing and hygiene have to be maintained as enthusiasts talk turkey about classic motordom and partake of a free snack (for owners of classic vehicles). But that shouldn’t cramp the style of a flamboyant reunion.