One of the highlights at the 2013 M Festival was the now annual M Corso. A day before the 24 hour of Nurburgring race, the “Green Hell” becomes available to 200 M Festival visitors who celebrate the iconic race track in their own M cars.
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While two years ago we toured the “Green Hell” aboard the BMW 1M, this time we were behind the wheel of a BMW M6 Gran Coupe, without a doubt of the most polarizing M cars at the event.
Prior to the start of the M Corso parade, BMW fans from around the world roamed around to see the latest and greatest M cars, some of them quite unique. From E30 M3s to Z8 Roadsters, 1Ms and M3 GTS models, the 2013 M Corso lineup was one of the most interesting ones to date.
A few cars that stood out the most were a Lime Green BMW M6 Coupe, a 3.0 CSL two Frozen Red M3 and M5 models, and plenty of heavily modded 1Ms and M3s.
Shortly after the typical track briefing we were lined up to begin our journey around the famous Nordschleife. The 200 cars caravan was met with enthusiasm by side spectators that decided this year to get closer to the cars on the track and express their admiration for the M brand. The friendly hand-waving, horn-honking parade lap at very slow speed, and while some of us were aching for some high-speed chases, the effect on the fans and the drivers was the one we all expected: a bond tied together by the love for ///M and their cars.
For someone going through this parade the first time the emotions can be quite high, especially if you factor in the waving, clapping and smiling that came from a warm crowd eager to see some action. Many fans joined the cars on the track and at times we had to safely avoid the human blocks formed on the track, making this experience even more rewarding and memorable. Basically during the 30 minutes ride we had the opportunity to not only chat with race fans peaking inside our car but also to rev up the engine, as requested by many fans.
Two years later and the M Corso doesn’t stop to amaze us and we are already looking forward to a new experience in 2014, but for now enjoy the exclusive and comprehensive photo gallery.