BMW 700 Sport
With the BMW 700, the Bavarian Motor Works (BMW) overcame the greatest economic crisis in its corporate history and returned to profitability in the automotive industry. Responding to the desires of many sporty and ambitious drivers, BMW also introduced a sporty car in 1960. The BMW 700 Sport met the requirements for entry into the touring car category, establishing BMW as a serious contender in motorsport once again. Thanks to its success and low acquisition costs, numerous amateur racing drivers acquired a BMW 700 in the early 1960s.
To further promote brand awareness, BMW initiated the "Sport Trophy for Car Drivers" in 1962. All licensed race drivers using BMW vehicles could participate. The competition evaluated the top three positions in the German Rally, Touring Car, Circuit, and Mountain Championships for Touring Cars. The prize was awarded annually after the results of the last race, going to the BMW driver with the highest point total. Additionally, the company introduced a women's trophy for rally drivers. In 1962, Toni Fischhaber from Bad Tölz emerged as the dominant winner of the BMW Sport Trophy, securing 8 class victories, 6 second-place finishes, and one third-place finish in mountain and circuit races. Ingrid Steffen from Kiel received the women's prize.