Collection of BMW Race Cars Makes West Coast Debut at America’s Car Museum

Collection of BMW Race Cars Makes West Coast Debut at America’s Car Museum


Collection of BMW Race Cars Makes West Coast Debut at America’s Car Museum


Tacoma, WA — LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) is the first to display the BMW Car Club of America Foundation’s “Heroes of Bavaria — 75 Years of BMW Motorsports” collection on the United States’ West Coast when it opened Saturday (May 12). The 17 iconic race cars will celebrate and detail BMW’s storied motorsports legacy in a one-year exhibit at ACM.

One of the most successful sports cars of the 1930s, the BMW 328. Photo: BMWCCA

 “As proven by the extraordinary collection of race cars within the Heroes of Bavaria exhibit, BMW vehicles have been tried and tested on race tracks for the last 75 years,” said America’s Automotive Trust CEO Adam Langsbard. “We’re thrilled to be the first to display this unrivaled collection on the West Coast and share BMW’s many motorsports accomplishments with the hundreds of thousands of guests who visit ACM each year.”
 As part of the grand opening festivities, ACM Master Collector Peter Gleason moderated a live discussion with notable BMW figures including:
• Bill Auberlen, the winningest BMW factory race car driver in history
• Erik Wensberg, longtime motorsport and M Brand Manager for BMW of North America
• Tom Plucinsky, BMW Group Product and Technology Department Head
The Heroes of Bavaria exhibit celebrates the history of BMW racing by featuring noteworthy race cars beginning with the infamous 328. The two-liter 328 — arguably one of the most successful sports cars of the 1930s — is just one example of BMW’s motoring legacy, having achieved a class win in the celebrated Mille Miglia in 1938 and an overall victory in 1940.”
Other notable vehicles will include the very first 1961 700 RS, a 1972 3.0 CSL Groupe 2 Rally Car — the only one of its kind — and a 2000 Williams Formula F1 driven by Ralf Schumacher in eight total races, achieving three podium finishes.
The full collection, which rounds out the 17 total vehicles, also includes:

1965 BMW 1800 TI/SA Photo © D. Randy Riggs

1976 Le Mans Posey BMW 3.5 CS Photo © D. Randy Riggs

2000 F1 BMW Williams FW22 3.0-liter V10 Photo © D. Randy Riggs


1977 BMW E21 Turbo Chassis #002 Photo © D. Randy Riggs

1992 BMW E36 M3 GTS-3 Photo © D. Randy Riggs

1994 BMW E36 318i British Touring Car Championship Photo © D. Randy Riggs

1972 BMW E9 3.0 CS Rally Photo © D. Randy Riggs

1981 March-BMW M1/C Photo © D. Randy Riggs

2016/17 M6 GTLM “Bill Power” honoring Bill Auberlen’s 400th race for BMW Motorsport. Photo © D. Randy Riggs

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