100 Years of BMW
Photo and report Willem J. Staat
BMW celebrates it’s 100th anniversary this year. At the Brussels Motor Show they announced that there will be several activities during 2016. The Interclassics at Maastricht/NL opened in style with celebrating their birthday but unfortunately had little support from the manufacturer itself. A pity that some beauties from BMW Motorsport Classic failed. But on the other hand there was a beautiful Benetton B186 F1 car from Gerhard Berger, the ETCC Alpina BMW 3.5 CSL from 1978 in which touringcar legends Dieter Quester and Toine Hezemans raced, and also a completely restored BMW 320 Group 5 in with which Hans J. Stuck and Harald Grohs raced. Built in 1977. Heavily crashed but it now races in the hands of Franz Obermaier in Historic Racing. Anyway a good compensation for the Classics which failed. Another beauty was the Abarth Spyder in which rallyelegend Sandro Munari took part in the Targa Florio more than 45 years ago. Though it could have been a little bit better. Maastricht is always a quality show. Last year they expanded to Belgium for the first time. This year they will return in November with “The Legends of Spa Francorchamps” This promises.