BMW is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and it sure is not going by unnoticed. The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed taking place in the UK each year chips in by making the Bavarian automaker their “Honored Marque” during this year’s festival.
Being this year’s FOS honored marque will essentially put a focus on the Bavarian brand’s history of both old and new roadcars and celebrate its many motorsport successes throughout the years. Expect a comprehensive lineup of exclusive and historical BMW’s to be present at the world’s largest automotive garden party.
To give you an idea of what BMW is bringing to this year’s Goodwood FOS, here are a few special cars that will sure be part of the celebratory occasion:
The BMW 328 Touring Coupé “Superleggera”, the BMW that won the legendary Mille Miglia back in 1940 by taking four of the top six positions and setting a new average speed record for the race.
The BMW 1800 TiSA, the endurance BMW that won the Spa 24 Hours in 1965, BMW’s first endurance win at the Belgian endurance classic with 21 more to follow so far.
The BMW M1 Procar, famous for supporting the F1 World Championship in 1979 and 1980.
The Brabham-BMW BT52, the BMW that was the first turbocharged car to win the world championship in 1983.
The BMW M3 (E30), until date the most successful touring car on planet earth. It won several championships, including the 1987 World Touring Car Championship.
The BMW 635 CSI, famous for winning the Spa 24 Hours in ’83, ’85 and ’86 and the European Touring Car Championship with Dieter Quester behind the wheel.
The McLaren-BMW F1 GTR Long Tail, a legendary race car that many of you might remember from Le Mans in 1997.
The BMW V12 LMR, the only BMW to be victorious at the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans until date, it took home the trophy back in 1999.
The BMW M3 DTM, a Sebring 12 Hours winner from 2010 and 2011 and snatching away the cup at the American Le Mans Series GT Championship.
The BMW S 1000 RR, the BMW that took first place at the senior TT in 2014, 75 years after BMW’s win at the TT of 1939 that saw a non-British driver win the race for the first time in history.
In addition to all the BMW goodness at the festival, Goodwood presents a film in honor of BMW’s successes in motorsport over the years.