Crawling through the paddock of the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion is, in many ways, perhaps the best part of the event as a whole. The scream of the classic race cars on track as they blaze a path around the famous Laguna Seca circuit is a sensory thrill of its own, as is the visual excitement of motorsport’s greatest battling head to head. For me, however, it’s the up-close and personal moments with both the legends and the underdogs…
Although penned by Frank Stella, the famous abstract and minimalist artist whom painted the second official BMW Art Car following Alexander Calder, this BMW M1 Art Car isn’t the “real deal.” Make no mistake, this M1 Procar is as real as they come, and the lines that trace its panels were designed by Stella himself.
Photography by D.Tek
Day by day, E30 M3 prices rise. Just a few years ago, $10,000 was a fair price to ask for a well-sorted car, and now, it’s not hard to find stripped shells selling for nearly the same. In all, the M3 is experiencing its birth as a true collector’s car. BMW enthusiasts are now scrambling to find the last remaining cars that have avoided the “collector’s tax.
In 1978, BMW introduced the M1, known by many as the godfather of the M lineage. Just 456 cars were built, sold to the public as homologation specials; consumer cars built by BMW for the express purpose of meeting production requirements in order to race the M1. However, the M1 was merely a gift to the public; it was never initially planned for production.