BMW’s history in the world of motorsports is rich and diverse, with more than just a few titles to claim as their own. We often reminisce of their “glory days,” where BMWs ruled the circuits of DTM, the ETCC, and more. However, rewinding a full half century prior, we’re able to take a look at BMW’s roots in motorsport. The 328, built from 1936 to 1940, stands as perhaps one of BMW’s best-known pre-war cars, and with good reason.
More than two years ago, StanceWorks embarked on its most modern project car to date – a 2000 BMW 740iL, with Jeremy Whittle behind the wheel. What began as “daily cruiser” quickly evolved, and in time, became what we’d consider might just be one of the best E38s out there, although we’re clearly biased.
Although penned by Frank Stella, the famous abstract and minimalist artist whom painted the second official BMW Art Car following Alexander Calder, this BMW M1 Art Car isn’t the “real deal.” Make no mistake, this M1 Procar is as real as they come, and the lines that trace its panels were designed by Stella himself.
With each passing year, as of late, BMW brings forth a new “Hommage” design study, which blends the future of BMW’s styling with its rich, well-defined past. Incredible examples, such as the 328 Hommage, the M1 Hommage, and of course, last year’s CSL Hommage, help to define where BMW is heading in the future, while recognizing and paying due tribute to the cars that established the brand.
On Wednesday, we began our journey with CSL #001/79 – Willi Martini’s own E9 race car. After several decades of seclusion, the car was finally brought to Southern California, where famed BMW restorer, Ron Perry, and his business partner, Bill Kincaid, have undertaken the effort to restore the car to its former glory.