BMW Contingent Including Formula 1 Car Heading to Legends of the Autobahn 2014

BMW North America just announced that for this year’s Legends of the Autobahn concours, an important BMW contingent will be making its way to Monterey, California. Amongst the line-up you’ll even get to see a BMW Formula 1 car!
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The complete collection of cars that will be making the trip includes two Sebring winners, one IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Champion and the aforementioned Formula 1 car. Furthermore, more modern cars will also be showing up, the BMW 30th Anniversary Edition model making its North American debut.

The BMW.Williams FW22 F1 car is the one that will be put up for display in Monterey. Having been driven by Ralf Schumacher in 2000 for a overall fifth finish in the Driver’s Championship and third-place in the Constructors Championship, the car is still sporting the original Number 9 livery.

Right next to it you’ll get to admire the BMW V-12 LMR prototype race car that raced in the 1999 24 Hours of LeMans but other races as well. This is one of the two Sebring winners that will be up on display, having achieved the performance in 1999.

The second winner is the Number 25 BMW 3.0CSL that claimed the number one spot in 1975, the same car that will make an appearance at the 2014 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Over there it will be driven by BMW North America’s CEO, Ludwig Willisch.

Another car that will be on display at both events will be the No. 2 BMW M1 IMSA Group 4 car campaigned by BMW of North America at the 24 Hours of Daytona and Mosport during the 1981 season. This one will be driven by Randy Pobst on Laguna Seca.

Last, but not least, the 1994 and 1995 IMSA Bridgestone Supercar Championship winner will make an appearance. This is the one M5 that was rightfully called a ‘supercar’ defeating the likes of Porsche, Lotus and Ferrari in the run for the title.

The E34 M5 used a 450 HP inline 6-cylinder engine and kept all of its doors while doing the amazing feats attributed to its name. BMW even used it in marketing campaigns, with lines like: “The 1994 IMSA Supercar Champion has something exotic Ferrari, Lotus, and Porsche competitors don’t. Four doors. Of course, come to think of it, the BMW M5 Sedan also has the trophy.”

Legends of the Autobahn began as a stand-alone concours for BMW vehicles in 2009 and rapidly evolved into a joint venture of three of the largest car clubs: the BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, and the Audi Club North America.

Visitors are expected at the Nicklaus Club in Monterey, California, next Friday where festivities will begin at 9 AM until 3 PM. Access to the venue is free.
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