Seventeen of the most iconic BMW race cars ever are on display at the LeMay — America’s Car Museum (ACM) as part of the exhibit “Heroes of Bavaria — 75 Years of BMW Motorsports”. Ranging from a 1937 BMW 328 Roadster to the Bill Power liveried 2017 BMW M6 GTLM driven at the 2016 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, the collection is presented by the BMWUSA Classic Collection as well as private collectors and will remain on display until May 2019.
“BMW has been a forward-looking company throughout its 100-plus year history, and the race cars from our past truly exemplify the spirit of innovation and engineering that has made BMW what it is today”, said Thomas Plucinsky, Head of BMW Group Product Communications and BMWUSA Classic. “We are happy to share eight of our best BMWUSA Classic Collection race cars with visitors to the Heroes of Bavaria exhibit at the LeMay.”
Plucinsky was part of a live discussion that took place at the exhibit’s grand-opening celebration this past May. ACM Master Collector Peter Gleason moderated the panel, which also included Bill Wensberg, BMW’s winningest factory race car driver, and retired BMW Motorsport and M Brand Manager Erik Wensberg.
Among the vehicles that are displayed at the “Heroes of Bavaria — 75 Years of BMW Motorsports” exhibition, there is the first 1961 700 RS ever built, a one-of-one 1972 3.0 CSL Group 2 Rally Car and the No. 10 BMW Williams FW22 Formula 1 car driven to three podium finishes by Ralf Schumacher in 2000. The exhibit is made possible through a collaboration with the BMW Car Club of America Foundation.
“As proven by the extraordinary collection of race cars within Heroes of Bavaria exhibit, BMW rightfully earns the title of the ‘Ultimate Driving Machine®.’ Their vehicles have been tried-and-tested on race tracks for the last 75 years”, said America’s Automotive Trust CEO Adam Langsbard. “We’re thrilled to be the first to display this unrivalled collection on the West Coast and share BMW’s many motorsports accomplishments with the hundreds of thousands of guests who visit ACM each year.”
For more information on the exhibit and on other exhibits offered at the ACM, visit americascarmuseum.org.
This article is presented by Gault Auto Sport BMW in Endicott, New York.