Collection of BMW’s Most Iconic Race Cars Opens at the LeMay, America’s Car Museum

Date May 11, 2018

Written by Ed Higginbotham


The LeMay, America’s Car Museum in Tacoma, Washington, just announced a special display scheduled to start on May 12. Sixteen of BMW’s most iconic race cars from private collectors and the BMW USA Classic Collection will chronicle and celebrate BMW’s storied motorsports legacy.

Among the cars on display will be the very first 1961 700 RS, a 1972 3.0 CSL Group 2 Rally Car—the only one of its kind—and a 2000 BMW Williams Formula F1 driven by Ralf Schumacher.

The Bavarian-themed grand opening celebration at America’s Car Museum takes place the evening of May 12. As part of the festivities, America’s Car Museum Master Collector Peter Gleason will moderate a live discussion with notable BMW figures including Bill Auberlen, Erik Wensberg and Thomas Plucinsky. Tickets for the grand opening can be purchased here. Bonus: The first 150 guests will receive a free poster.

For those who cannot make the evening opening, ACM Curator of Exhibitry Scot Keller will be leading an exclusive early entry Curator Talk & Tour on the morning of May 13.

Here’s a list of the 16 cars included in this display:

• 1937 BMW 328 Roadster
• 1961 700 RS First Built 700 RS
• 1965 BMW 1800 TI/SA
• 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL Group 2 Rally #6 Rauro Aaltonen/John Davenport
• 1977 BMW (E21) 320 Turbo IMSA Group 5 #2 David Hobbs
• 1981 March-BMW 812 Formula 2 #5 Christian Danner
• 1981 March-BMW M1/C IMSA #2 David Hobbs/Mark Surer
• 1986 BMW 635i ‘John Player Special’ Livery #1
• 1987 BMW (E30) M3 Korman Firehawk Series #28 Davy Jones
• 1992 BMW (E36) M3 GTS-3 IMSA #07 ‘Valvoline’ Livery
• 1994 BMW (E34) M5 Bridgestone Supercar #2 David Donohue
• 1994 BMW (E36) 320i Super Touring #2 Paul Morris
• 2000 BMW.Williams FW22 Formula 1 #10 Ralf Schumacher
• 2011 BMW (E92) M3 GT IMSA Champion #56 Joey Hand/Dirk Mueller
• 2015 BMW (E89) Z4 GTLM IMSABMW NA 40th Anniversary’ Livery #25 Auberlen/Werner/Farfus
• 2017 BMW (F13) M6 GTLM IMSA ‘Bill Power’ Livery #25 Bill Auberlen/Alexander Sims/Kuno Wittmer


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