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BMW’s M1, the Thoroughbred Racer from the Late ’70s: Development

May 27, 2020

By Marcel Hundscheid / Speed-O-Graphica

Forty one years ago BMW released the iconic M1. It was not only the first BMW to wear the letter M, but the first thoroughbred sports car to roll off the production line at BMW. More than four decades after the first presentation, it remains a showstopper both on public roads and on the race track.

In a series of articles we will focus on the history and development of this legendary BMW. In addition, we will look back on a piece of racing history and its popularity during historical motorsport events.

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1976 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR

1976 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR For Sale

Images and history via Williams i’Anson
This awe inspiring 1976 Porsche 934 Turbo RSR is one of just 31 cars built. It competed successfully in the World Championship for Makes as well as Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft …

1984 John Fitzpatrick Racing Porsche 956B

For sale: Rare John Fitzpatrick Racing Porsche 956B

History and photos via Maxted Page / By Marcel Hundscheid of Speed-O-Graphica
This remarkable Porsche 956B finished third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in 1984, having led the race. It’s up for sale …

1997 Ex-Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams FW19

For Sale: 1997 Ex-Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams FW19

History and photos via Williams i’Anson.
This Williams FW19 was Heinz-Harald Frentzen’s primary car for the 1997 Formula 1 World Championship. In it, he won the San Marino Grand Prix and drove to second in the …

Brabham BT49 – Widescreen Gallery

By Marcel Hundscheid / Speed-O-Graphica
Take a few minutes to get to know the distinctive versions of the Brabham BT49, raced between 1979 and 1981 in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship, with this widescreen gallery …

For Sale: Ex-1967 Lotus 49 Formula 1

By Marcel Hundscheid of Speed-O-Graphica, images by Chromecars
This stunning Lotus 49 is one of eight still in existence. It debuted with Jim Clark at the wheel and had a brief stint with Jo Siffert. Today, …

Jim Clark

Video: Jim Clark’s Top 10 Greatest Drives

52 years ago on the 7th of April 1968, Formula1 lost the legendary Jim Clark. To celebrate his racing milestones, Autosport has taken a look through his races and picked out his top 10 drives, …

2020 HSRCA Autumn Festival

Photo Gallery: The HSRCA’s 2020 Autumn Festival

Photos by Seth Reinhardt
2020 is turning out to not be the most hospitable year for motorsport, but here in NSW we were able to head out one last time before locking down to weather the …

Commemorative Formula 1 Champagne Bottles

Check out these super cool commemorative F1 Champagne bottles.