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BMW Group Classic presents: anniversary stories for 2020.

Munich. Legendary indication premieres, trailblazing
innovations, tip sporting performances and pioneering decisions – the
story of a BMW Group is full of milestones that have done the
growth of a association for a past 104 years. And behind each
ancestral event, there are fascinating stories of people, technologies
and products. They are all about a bravery to brave to do something
new, creativity in a hunt for singular solutions and a willingness
to contest with a unequivocally best. In 2020, a horde of anniversaries offer
opportunities to recount these stories. As a taster for a many
opposite ancestral events that are estimable of courtesy in 2020, BMW
Group Classic presents 4 unequivocally special anniversary stories below.

The Boxer engine – unrivalled for 100 years: How a young
operative Martin Stolle brought BMW to a motorcycle.

Martin Stolle was a gifted immature operative in a development
dialect of BMW and he was carrying good fun roving his motorcycle
from a British marque Douglas. After a First World War, his
employer – like all German companies – was taboo from producing
aero-engines. They kept their heads above H2O with
large-displacement four-cylinder inline engines for trucks, tractors
and boats. A new product indispensable to be total in sequence to secure a
permanent future. Martin Stolle had a shining idea. Inspired by
a engine powering his Douglas machine, he designed a 500 cc,
air-cooled twin-cylinder engine with horizontally opposite combustion
chambers. This form of engine arrangement was already famous as a Boxer
engine, in that a pistons always operated “one opposite one” similar
to fighting competitors in a fight. The energy section tender aficionados
with a superb smooth-running opening right from a start –
a peculiarity that continues to excite fans of BMW motorcycles powered by
Boxer engines to this day.

In 1920, prolongation of a new engine was launched. At that time,
Stolle was usually 34 years aged and his pattern of a Boxer engine was
shaped on smooth-running and reliability. In his initial design, he
staid for generating 6.5 hp during 4 500 rpm. The new energy section was
granted to several motorcycle manufacturers underneath a sales
nomination “Bayern-Kleinmotor” (Bavaria Small Engine). And soon
Stolle’s growth was commissioned in motorcycles of a brands
Helios, Bison, SMW (Stockdorfer Motoren Werke), Corona and Hoco. The
many successful motorcycles were done by Nürnberger
Victoria-Werke, whose KR 1 indication powered by a “Bayern-Kleinmotor”
from BMW captivated a vast array of purchasers. More than 1 000
examples of a initial Boxer engine from BMW were commissioned in this
indication alone.

Two years after a launch of sales for a new BMW bestseller,
Martin Stolle followed in a footsteps of “his” engine. He switched
companies and changed to Victoria-Werke where he was concerned in other
successful motorcycle developments. In Munich, his bequest was not only
a groundbreaking engine judgment though also a pioneering impulse for
a destiny of BMW. The association was unfailing to pierce brazen on two
wheels. The growth of a finish motorcycle had already begun. In
Sep 1923, a BMW R 32 was presented – naturally powered by a
Boxer engine.

First in each respect: “Bobby” Kohlrausch and his victories
in a BMW 3/15 PS DA 3 “Type Wartburg” 90 years ago.

Motorcycle races were utterly simply too dangerous. For this reason
alone, a immature operative Robert Kohlrausch was given a sports automobile by
his father in 1930. From that indicate onwards, his son enjoyed a
marvellous career of speed on 4 wheels. In his initial foe on 15
Jun 1930, Kohlrausch took feat in a Kesselberg Race competing in
a sports-car category adult to 750 cubic centimetres.

The automobile that assisted a rookie in achieving success from a
station start came from Eisenach like a motorist himself. This was
where BMW constructed a initial roadster on wheels usually one year after
a entrance as an automobile manufacturer. The BMW 3/15 PS DA 3 “Type
Wartburg” – named after a city’s landmark palace – was ideal for
pushing quick laps with engine opening extended to 18 hp and a
weight of usually 400 kilograms. “Bobby” Kohlrausch was a initial driver
to know how to make a many of these qualities. He accelerated
from one feat to another, winning a sum of 27 inhabitant and
general races with a initial BMW roadster adult until 1933. This
fibre of wins enabled him to lay a substructure mill for the
repute of a code in engine sport.

Simultaneously, a “Type Wartburg” laid a tradition of BMW
roadsters 90 years ago. Its successors, a BMW 315/1 and the
BMW 319/1, also continued a successful racing heritage, along with
a BMW 328, that went on to turn a many successful German sports
automobile of all time. The BMW 507 was presented in 1955 and also raced in a
array of competitions though a car’s primary mindfulness to this day
has been a cultured interest and mythological aptitude as a dream
automobile. Sheer pushing pleasure defines a story of a BMW
roadster in all a facets to a benefaction day. It ranges from a BMW
Z1 designed as a record platform, by a BMW Z3 constructed for
a initial time in a USA and a BMW Z8 that quickly took on the
layer of a classic, to a BMW Z4 that is now stability the
tradition of open-top sports cars during BMW duration in a third generation.

80 years ago: feat during a Mille Miglia, a extemporaneous driver
change and an almighty record.

The initial foe also happened to be a initial feat for the
BMW 328. At a Eifel Race in 1936 hold on a Nürburgring, it was the
fastest automobile in a two-litre class. Four years later, a car
competed in a foe that remade a BMW 328 into a motor-sport
legend. Two group raced to a fantastic triumph. The twin of Fritz
Huschke von Hanstein and Walter Bäumer gathering in a Mille Miglia held
in 1940, a foe that entered a annals of engine foe and the
association BMW – and this usually had a unequivocally ideal finale as a outcome of
a startling stopover shortly before a finishing line.

In 1938, a BMW 328 had already done a symbol with a category victory
in a Mille Miglia. Two years later, BMW set a sights on overall
victory. Three roadsters and dual sealed versions of a BMW 328 were
entered in a race. The BMW 328 coupé had been styled with an
aerodynamically streamlined physique by Italian dilettante coachbuilder
Touring. The immature drivers von Hanstein and Bäumer were nominated as
drivers. Both of them had started their racing careers on motorcycles
and during a commencement of a 1930s they had both achieved initial
successes with BMW models in automobile racing. Bäumer had already
been successful pushing a BMW 3/15 PS DA 3 “Type Wartburg”, and in
1938 von Hanstein became a German Sports Car Hillclimb Champion in
a BMW 328. They were a dream group for a Mille Miglia in 1940.

When a foe started on 28 Apr 1940, a dual sealed BMW 328 cars
lived adult to expectations and took a lead right from a start. But
after usually 7 laps, a BMW 328 Kamm coupé had to retire from the
foe with technical problems. Now it was adult to von Hanstein and Bäumer
to secure success for BMW. Their Touring coupé unerringly ate adult the
miles and continued to enhance a lead over a Italian competitors
who had achieved many racing victories. Only a constellation in the
cockpit gave a group government a genuine headache. Fritz Huschke von
Hanstein was so fixated on feat that he invariably pushed forward
a change in drivers that had indeed been agreed. And Bäumer soon
found it intensely formidable to conceal his impatience. The team
government systematic him to sojourn in a newcomer seat. Shortly before
a finishing line, a drivers undertook a stratagem that took
spectators’ exhale away. Von Hanstein brought a BMW 328 to a stop on
a open highway and Bäumer took over a steering wheel. There was
positively plenty time for a late change in driver. When Bäumer
crossed a finishing line, a BMW 328 Touring coupé had a lead of a
entertain of an hour over a second-placed Alfa Romeo. Von Hanstein and
Bäumer also set adult a speed record with an normal speed of 166.7 km/h
that went down as an almighty record never to be equalled in the
story of a Mille Miglia. The 3 BMW 328 roadsters that had
lined adult during a start took third, fifth and sixth places to acquire the
group endowment for a group from Munich alongside altogether victory.

60 years of MINI indication farrago – and a special by American
Nicholas Upton.

The classical Mini has always been a source of impulse for Nicholas
Upton from a US. He has easy a far-reaching operation of examples of the
British strange tiny car. And Upton has been forgetful of a Morris
Mini Traveller for a unequivocally prolonged time. A unequivocally special form of
replacement plan has been entrance to delight during his seminar in
California. Upton has total a engineering of a classical Mini
Cooper S with a physique of a Morris Mini Traveller and total an
estate automobile that never even existed. The tiny runabout from a West
Coast of a US is not going to win any prizes for authentic
restoration, though it will be a genuine eyecatcher during any assembly of
classical cars. Upton’s tradition special is one of a topics in the
video-clip array “Work in Progress” in that BMW Group Classic
presents surprising classical fans and their vehicles – we can watch it on
a YouTube channel of BMW Group Classic.

A resources of opposite versions is a basic component of the
tradition of a MINI brand. 60 years have now elapsed given it was
launched. Even then, it was apparent that a insubordinate judgment of
a classical Mini was good for some-more than one model. The inventive
talent of a engineers and a code farrago of a British Motor
Corporation (BMC) paved a approach for this. As early as 1960, BMW
presented a Mini Van alongside a classical Mini.  The sealed delivery
outpost was a ideal association automobile for workmen and tradespeople.  An
estate automobile with all-round glazing followed and this was marketed as
a Morris Mini Traveller and a Austin Seven Countryman. A Mini
Pick-up finished a choice of tiny blurb vehicles in the
following year. And a enterprise for some-more refinement was shortly satisfied.
The Wolseley Hornet and a Riley Elf supposing an particular profile
with admirably upmarket radiator grilles, an extended luggage
cell and swallow-tail wings during a rear.

In addition, a chronicle was total in 1961 that would minister to
a mythological standing of a classical Mini like no other. The Mini
Cooper met a enterprise for extended pushing fun with outlay increased
from 34 to 55 hp and suitable framework modifications. The sports-car
engineer John Cooper had identified a sporting talent of a classic
Mini during an early stage. Ultimately, energy was serve extended with
a Mini Cooper S make-up 70 hp. It shaped a height for those
racing vehicles that enabled a classical Mini to take 3 victories
during a Monte Carlo Rally – and delivered a impulse for Nicholas
Upton’s singular chronicle of a Morris Mini Traveller.