Words and Photos by George Pritchard
Each year, the BMW Car Club of Great Britain hosts the BMW Festival at the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon. This year, it took place on Sunday 19th August, a gloriously sunny day in central England. The show grows in strength each year, with thousands of BMWs in attendance. 2012 celebrated BMW Car Clubs 60th anniversary, more the reason to make the Festival the largest and best yet.
Rivalries in the automotive world are unquestionably half the fun. From Ford vs. Chevy and BMW vs. Mercedes, to pistons vs. rotors and RWD vs. AWD, they each give us a side to support with our undying faith. However, for us car-guys-gone-geek, one of the greatest rivalries of all is Forza Motorsport vs. Gran Turismo.
Photography by Evano Gucciardo
Since 1979, the Volkswagen Jetta has played the rather standard role of “compact” family sedan. Over the course of the past 33 years, the Jetta has grown in many ways, the most obvious being its outright physical dimensions. However, the more important growth comes in the form of a community. The jetta has developed a rather particular following; an ownership demographic unlike any other.
As the sun dipped below the tips of the mountains on the horizon, the asphalt of the Las Vegas Motor Speedway began to glow with the light of fluorescents. Bits of tire surrounded the edge of the track like beaches of rubber sand. Practice was over, and true to its name, Round 6: After Dark began.
Slivers of sunlight remained as the cars gridded up. Drivers took turns boiling their tires before they were paired against their opponents.
In 1978, BMW introduced the M1, known by many as the godfather of the M lineage. Just 456 cars were built, sold to the public as homologation specials; consumer cars built by BMW for the express purpose of meeting production requirements in order to race the M1. However, the M1 was merely a gift to the public; it was never initially planned for production.