Nine decades of high speed: BMW at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2006
It’s a top class motor racing event: the Goodwood Festival of Speed will be held for the thirteenth time from July 7th - 9th, with its outstanding selection of motor racing cars. BMW Group Mobile Tradition has dug into its treasure chest once more and sent a fine selection to the south of England drawn from nine decades of BMW motor racing history.
The car most steeped in tradition takes Italian flair to Goodwood. At the Mille Miglia in 1940, the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster finished third, thus making a key contribution to the BMW team’s overall win. 130 bhp, tubular frame and aluminium body provide excellent volume-to-weight ratio and driving dynamics. BMW manager Dr. Friedrich Nitschke will be sitting at the wheel of this open two-seater.
As the representative of BMW’s successful rally history, Herbert Reiter will be driving up the hill at Goodwood in his BMW 2002 ti - the car which was once successful at the hands of Rauno Aaltonen on the race tracks of Europe. With the McLaren BMW F1 GTR, BMW provides one of the most powerful touring cars on the track: with a capacity of 6 litres, the BMW 12-cylinder engine has no less than 633 bhp. This car will be driven by Prof. Burkhard Göschel, Board Member of BMW AG for Development and Purchasing.
Like every year, Mobile Tradition will once again show classic motorcycles in Goodwood too. And there are two special premieres for visitors to look forward to. For the first time, the newly reconstructed factory racing machine BMW WR 750 will be seen on the race track again. BMW set numerous speed records as well as gaining national and international victories with this bike from 1929. Jürgen Schwarzmann, owner and restorer of the machine, will ride the WR 750 himself.
The Butler & Smith BMW R 90 S Superbike will also make a comeback to the race track. In 1976, Steve McLaughlin won the very first superbike race ever in motor racing history. BMW Group Mobile Tradition was able to acquire this rare specimen last year for its collection and after painstaking restoration, Jürgen Kübler of BMW M GmbH can present the 100 bhp machine to public in Goodwood after 30 years.