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THE BMW GROUP CLASSIC NEWSLETTER #30.


14 October 2019

STORY OF THE WEEK

THE SECOND LIFE OF MOTOR-SPORT RARITY BMW 530 MLE READY TO GO.

One year of artisan craftsmanship and lots of historical know-how were required – now the car is ready to go. A BMW 530 MLE was restored in South Africa. The “Motorsport Limited Edition” (MLE) of the classic first-generation BMW 5 Series was only manufactured in South Africa from 1976 and just 227 units were built there. From its first race onwards, the car achieved 15 wins from 15 consecutive starts. Four employees who were involved in production of the original more than 40 years ago took part in the restoration at the Rosslyn plant. A film documents the painstaking work and the impressive result.

BMW GROUP CLASSIC CLIPS

BMW PROCAR RACER AT THE NORISRING: “YOU GET INTO THE CAR AND EVERYTHING FEELS RIGHT.”

When legends like Hans-Joachim Stuck and Marc Surer get back behind the wheel of a racing car, something special must be going on. And it certainly was at the Procar Revival on the Norisring in July. The legendary BMW M1 in the racing version from 1979 and 1980 lined up on the starting grid. Leading drivers from Formula One raced these cars in fascinating duels. The result can be seen (and heard) in a short film in the series “Our Passion Our Adventures” on the YouTube channel of BMW Group Classic, including some great comments (Stuck: “Today felt like coming home. You get into the car and everything feels right.”). Just as exciting: a film from the Festival of Speed in Goodwood. 

60 YEARS OF MINI

A SPORT TAILOR-MADE FOR THE CLASSIC MINI.

It was as though this sport had been tailor-made for the classic Mini. In 1969, the triumphal march of the diminutive runabout was launched with rallycross racing in the United Kingdom. The classic Mini demonstrated its real strengths on the twists and turns driving through sand and mud, outperforming competitors with much more powerful engines. In fact, rallycross had only just been invented as a TV format – undoubtedly one of the best ideas that television producers had ever had.

CLASSIC AROUND THE WORLD

BORN TO BE WILD IN WISCONSIN: PORTRAIT OF A SPECIAL COLLECTOR.

Wisconsin, the US state by the Great Lakes, was the land of Harley Davidsons, particularly during the 1970s. Purchasing a BMW R 60/2 there was the action of a truly free spirit – exemplified by Peter Alberts as a member of a comedy ensemble and co-founder of a cartoon-book publisher. Today, Alberts enjoys presenting his collection of twelve classic BMW motorcycles in Los Angeles, as the centrepiece of his workshop, which is well established in the Californian scene.

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