BMW M division and Nurburging both opened in 1972. 40 years later, it's time for a little high-octane celebration.
Whether they knew it at the time or not, 1972 turned out to be one heck of a year for German performance enthusiasts. Not only did BMW set up its famous M division that year, but it was also the same year in which the vaunted Nurburgring opened its gates. To celebrate the joint 40th anniversary, BMW and the organizers of the Oldtimer Grand Prix are planning a series of festivities.
The classic car race on the Nordschleife is one of the largest in the world, on par with the Le Mans Classic and Monaco Grand Prix Historique. This year it will include a 1,000-square-meter BMW Classic pavilion, a series of anniversary races for specific generations of M vehicles, demonstrations of the division's latest offerings and a parade of some of BMW's most iconic racers, including the M1, the 320 Group 5 racer, the '87 M3 Group A and the '95 320i STW, piloted by some of its most successful racing drivers from over the years.