Black Beauty: The Australian ‘JPS’ BMW 635 CSi
The beautiful black and gold colours of John Player Special make up one of the most recognizable and celebrated liveries in motorsport.
In 1985 in Australia they adorned a BMW 635 CSi coupe which, partnered with Jim Richards, dominated both the Australian Touring Car Championship and Australian Endurance Championship in spectacular fashion.
The previous four years, however, had seen the car fail to snatch even one outright victory, despite a world-class team, quick driver and capable car. They’d also seen the team face plenty of controversy, and a sport evolving yearly as it fought to find a competitive balance.
In 1985 it all came together, and the story of how it did is fascinating. Check it out at the Shannons Club here.
Via the Shannons Club