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THE BMW GROUP CLASSIC NEWSLETTER #32.


28 October 2019

BMW GROUP CLASSIC CLIPS

“WORK IN PROGRESS”: HOW CLASSICS AWAKEN TO NEW BEAUTY.

The Italian-American Jason Camissa is a thoroughbred fan of classic cars and an award-winning automotive journalist into the bargain – the ideal host for the new video series of BMW Group Classic: “Work in Progress”. Camissa pays visits to enthusiasts who are putting a new and individual lustre on battered beauties of the brands BMW, MINI and Rolls-Royce. In the first episode (online since Friday), a BMW 325is embarks on an incredible comeback from the scrap heap to the race track. Over the coming weeks, a new episode from a total of eight will go online on each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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HYPERCARS IN AUTOMOBILE NIRVANA: NEW CLASSES FOR THE CONCORSO D’ELEGANZA VILLA D’ESTE 2020.

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is the absolute pinnacle of automobile nobility. Or, as former super model, classic-car enthusiast and Jury member Yasmin Le Bon says: “This is true Nirvana for automobile aficionados.” It’s not that easy to enter this exclusive paradise located on the banks of Lake Como. The next opportunity will be from 22 to 24 May 2020. And the registration phase has now opened for those lucky enough to own an outstanding historic automobile or motorcycle. The first award classes for automobiles are enticing. Classic cars from the 1990s are being presented at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este for the first time. “Hypercars” from this era rank alongside “Pre-war Roadsters” in generating fascination. They are joined by vehicles in the category of “Cops and Robbers” inspired by the crime genre and daredevil car chases. If you want to take a faster route to the “Concorso Nirvana”, just view the wonderful film about the 2019 edition available on the YouTube channel of BMW Group Classic.

STORY OF THE WEEK

THE DEFINITION OF “COOL”: GIANNI CHERBASSI AND THE BMW R80 G/S.

Summarising precisely what Gianni Cherbassi does for a living is not that easy: part-time model, designer, fashion influencer – these are all occupations that are based on his laid-back manner and sense of style. And that’s where his motorcycle comes in. Gianni Cherbassi has been riding the road-going Enduro BMW R80 G/S since his student days. In 1980, the machine took a somewhat different turn with a robust 50 hp and athletic single swing arm. As Gianni Cherbassi rides his bike in the mountains around his home town of Perugia, it becomes clear why this motorcycle developed into a style icon and must-have classic bike in Italy. Nobody can demonstrate its status better than Gianni Cherbassi: King of Cool. 

60 YEARS OF MINI

WHEN FOR ONCE NOBODY WAS ABLE TO HOLD THE DOOR OPEN FOR THE QUEEN.

The distinguished appearance of these gentlemen indicates that the Beach version of the classic Mini was not a DIY job carried out by an itinerant group of fans. In fact, the door-less concept goes back to the legendary designer-in-chief at Austin Dick Burzi. It seems that fewer than 20 units of this beach buggy were produced and one of them was accorded the very highest honour. Queen Elizabeth II briefly took her place in the wicker seat in front of Windsor Castle. It may well be the only time that nobody was able to hold the door open for the Queen...

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