Along with the introduction of a new water-cooled R1200GS at the Intermot show on October 2, BMW Motorrad announced a contest where five lucky winners would get an opportunity to ride the new GS on one of five stages around the world. Entries for the contest close on November 30, 2012 (see www.bmw-motorrad.com/gs to enter). Now BMW Motorrad has announced the celebrity jurors for the BMW Motorrad “Ride of Your Life” tour are Adrien Brody, Rick Yune, Charley Boorman and Jutta Kleinschmidt.
The four judges are enthusiastic motorcyclists who know exactly what it takes to complete in such a demanding tour around the world. So you can well imagine the challenges that the participants in the “Ride of Your Life” will have to face. According to BMW, the bikers who have the best chance of winning a place will be those who embody the ideal of the R1200GS: the perfect blend of sport, adventure, action and style.
These four dimensions are also reflected in the panel of judges. As one of the most successful rally riders of all time, Jutta Kleinschmidt represents the sporty nature of the bike. Charley Boorman is the adventurer and has traveled around the world on a GS. Actor and martial artist Rick Yune is the action man, and even when riding for fun he always chooses BMW motorbikes because safety is a key priority for him. Oscar winner Adrien Brody expects a bike to offer a combination of power and design.
Judging panel profiles
Jutta Kleinschmidt: A motorsport pioneer, Kleinschmidt took part in her first rally in 1987, in Egypt. In 1988, she took part in the demanding Dakar Rally through the desert on an HPN BMW motorbike. In 1992, she won the rally’s women’s competition on a standard BMW R100GS and in 2001 she won “Paris Dakar” – as first women ever. Until 1992 she worked for six years in BMW’s development division, and alongside this built her own bikes, winning many more motorsport trophies along the way.
Charley Boorman: As the son of a director and a costume designer, Boorman first appeared on screen when he was still a child. In 1997, the Englishman appeared in a film alongside Hollywood star Ewan McGregor for the first time, and the two men have been close friends ever since. In 2004, they went on a motorbike tour together from London to New York. A film of the journey was later shown on TV. A second tour from Scotland to South Africa followed in 2007.
Rick Yune: Korean-American Yune first made a name for himself as an Olympic taekwondo athlete. He then earned a living as a hedge fund manager on Wall Street while completing his studies. Here, he was discovered by a model scout and became the first Asian-American to appear in Versace and Polo campaigns. In 1999, he won his first big role in the film “Snow Falling on Cedars”. He then became known to the wider public when he played Pierce Brosnan’s adversary Zao in the 20th James Bond film “Die Another Day”. Yune practises several martial arts and enjoys riding fast motorbikes.
Adrien Brody: The son of Hungarian-born photographer Sylvia Plachy and retired history professor Elliot Brody, Adrien Brody grew up an only child in the Woodhaven section of Queens, New York, where he accompanied his mother on assignments for the Village Voice. He credits her with making him feel comfortable in front of the camera. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York. He has been riding motorbikes since he was 13.