Classic 70’s and 80’s BMW Motorsport: A Photo Album

February 28, 2012

The BMW Motorsport Division was a dominant force on racetracks worldwide in the 1970’s and 80’s. Both privateers and the BMW works teams taking chequered flags on a fairly regular basis. Here we present an assortment of mostly rare photos from that exciting era… Enjoy..!

The unstoppable 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ having a spit of flame on the overrun.

BMW E21 320 Turbo Group 5 being tended-to in a convenient manner while an M1 Procar sits off to the right and a 3.0 CSL hovers in behind… Nice black-sasquatch boots by the way

E30 M3 leaping its way across the chicane

M1 Procar driven by Hans Stuck

E24 635CSi just stepping out for a dab of oppo…

BMW M-mechanics sorting through their combined wizardry on the 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ lump.

The 2002 wide-body racer belching out some flames

Page from an old Alpina brochure showcasing the BMW 2002 and 3.0 CSL racing efforts – look at the dish on those wheels..!

A classic photo from the era – 3.0 CSL flying at the Nurburgring

The 2002 cocking a leg up on the push from the bend

The E24 6-series having a sideways glance towards the corner

M1 Procar advertising one of the oddest-ever combinations of sponsors – Bosch, BBS, Penthouse and Pooh Jeans… The perks must have been outstanding..!

Oh y’know… just a regular Autobahn commute on a Monday morning

Alpina-liveried 3.0 CSL…

The JPS (John Players Special) sponsored E24 635CSi…

Not really a competition-based photo, but who could turn down an Alpina-smothered 2002 on lock…

The 3.0 CSL ‘Batmobile’ attacking a bend…

Another one of the E24 635CSi…

E30 M3 braking late for the corner…

E21 320 Turbo Group-5 car clearing some tarmac.

More leaping shenanigans… Not exactly a ‘motorsport’ photo but a classic 2002 pic nontheless

Going slightly off track here again – the T100 F2 car of 1967

The E9 3.0 CSL ‘Art car’ being chased by a Martini-liveried Porsche 911

The M-cars of the 80’s – E30 M3, E28 M5 and the E24 M6

Again, not exactly motorsport-related… but who doesn’t enjoy a sideways M1

In conclusion, how could I NOT include the competition-spec BMW Microcar…!?

-Blake J.

Pic of the Day: BMW 3.0 CSL Alpina

October 12, 2011

Equally stunning off the track as on it, the legendary BMW 3.0 CSL (Coupe Sport Leichtbau – ‘L’ meaning lightweight) of the 1970’s managed to claim the top Championship prize for the European Touring Car series in ’73 and then for 5 years in a row from ’75 – ’79. The Bavarian ‘Batmobile’ was introduced by BMW’s Motorsport division in 1972 and quickly won over the crowds and racecar drivers fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to witness and/or drive/tame these menacing beasts.

Displaying the BMW styling trademarks of the day – the undercut ‘sharknose’ front-end housing those quad head-lamps, the sleek and simple waistline leading to the ‘Hofmeister’ kink within the C-pillar and the pert posterior – the beautifully svelte E9 coupe bodyshell was alleviated to near-cartoonish levels of visual drama during the transformation to full-on race-spec CSL. A deep front air-dam, ‘fins’ that run along the tops of the front wings, the roof spoiler and the hugely iconic (and enormous) rear wing – it was a mixture of understated elegance mixing with visually dramatic levels of racing-aero knowledge of the time.

-Blake J.

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