At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, BMW was the Honored Marque of the event, prompting the Germans to bring out their A-game. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, it was only natural for a venue of this caliber to have BMW as its poster child. On this occasion, visitors had the pleasure of checking out some of the brand’s iconic models launched throughout its 100 years of existence.
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Furthermore, those really in love with the blue and white roundel also got to meet some of the drivers that took the Bavarian machines to the highest step on the podium. BMW old boys in attendance included the likes of Marc Surer, Harald Grohs, Johnny Cecotto, Yannick Dalmas and the irrepressible Allessandro Zanardi. All of them were smiling and willing to sign autographs for the fans.
Among the cars presented in Goodwood you could spot a beautiful 1957 BMW 507, the Mille Miglia-winning BMW 328 Touring Coupé from 1940, and a 1965 BMW 1800 TI/SA – an early example of BMW’s unparalleled success in touring car racing. BMW’s myriad motorsport successes were represented by the legendary BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Gordon Murray-designed Brabham-BMW BT52, and the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR.
Meanwhile, motorcycle enthusiasts were treated to an array of classic and modern bikes including a 1966 BMW R50 S Kaczor, a 1976 BMW R90S TT and legendary WR750 Kompressor from 1929. Suffice to say, there was plenty to see during the few couple of days when the manor of Lord March turns into a real Mecca for petrolheads.