BMW at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

BMW at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

BMW is a long time sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England and for the 2010 event the Bavarian manufacturer will roll out not only some cars and motorcycles from its glorious heritage but also a selection of the hottest current cars and its latest Art Car. It will be the perfect marriage of BMW past, present and future.

Something old…
Exactly 70 years after BMW achieved its most famous victory up to that date, the 1940 Mille Miglia winning 328 Touring Coupé will climb Goodwood’s hill. This unique car comes to Goodwood fresh from competing in the 2010 Mille Miglia. Driven by Guiliano Cané, several times a winner of this regularity competition, the Touring Coupé won the event outright, covering the 1,000 miles without a single technical hitch. It is believed to be the first time that the very same car has won the recreated Mille Miglia as well as the original event itself.

1940 Mille Miglia winning 328 Touring Coupé

Something new
Straight from the Le Mans 24 Hours the latest Art Car, a BMW M3 GT2, will be driven up the Goodwood hill by Dirk Müller. Müller is a long time BMW works driver having raced in the FIA World Touring Car Championship and, more recently in the American Le Mans Series driving a similar M3.

The M3 GT2 is the 17th in the series of BMW Art Cars and has been designed by American artist Jeff Koons. Koons follows in the footsteps of many of the greatest exponents of Pop and modern art including Andy Warhol and David Hockney.

BMW M3 GT2 Art Car designed by Jeff Koons

Something borrowed
World Superbike hero Troy Corser will ride BMW Park Lane’s UK Superstock spec S1000RR up the Goodwood hill. The Australian has recently taken a first World Superbike Championship podium position for BMW at the famous Assen circuit.

While Corser will be entertaining fans with his unique style, Motorcycle News road tester and superstock racer Michael Neeves, will be riding a slightly slower machine up the hill in the shape of a historic BMW R25. Doubtless the 12hp will seem a little pedestrian after the 200hp race bike.

The R25 was the first machine built by BMW in the austerity of the post-war period. The 247cc single cylinder machine was only built between 1950 and 1951 and its appearance at Goodwood offers the opportunity to see a small slice of history from a time when BMW was struggling to rebuild and survive after the loss, or devastation, of its pre-war plants. This machine has been borrowed from BMW Classic, Munich’s keeper of the company’s history, archive and its collection of cars, motorcycles and aero engines.

BMW R25/3

From BMW Corporate Communications: “From 1950 the slightly modified 250 cc model was available with a welded tubular frame featuring rear wheel suspension. While the R25/2 differed only slightly from the R25, the R25/3 introduced fundamental innovations. To increase engine power, BMW introduced an intake system carefully optimized in length. Also featuring full-hub brakes, 18 inch wheels and hydraulic telescopic wheel fork, the R25/3 reached the outstanding figure of 47,700 produced units which was not topped until the F650 and R1100RT models of the 1990s.”

R25, 1950-1951
247 cc (15.07 cu in) ohv 12 bhp

R25/2, 1951-54
247 cc (15.07 cu in) ohv 12 bhp

R25/3, 1953-56
247 cc (15.07 cu in) ohv 13 bhp

Also demonstrating on two wheels will be the Irish freestyle stunt rider Mattie Griffin who will be making his UK premier on a BMW F800R.

And something blue
Hopefully blue will be the color of the sky at Glorious Goodwood on the first weekend of July.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held from July 1- 4, 2010.

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