BMW M1 Procar was short-lived but the racing it offered up sublime. Races were held at Monaco, Zolder, Silverstone, Zandvoort, Monza, Donington Park, Brands Hatch, Imola and many more. And the cars? Well, they were monsters. The work of BMW’s Motorsport division and its boss, Jochen Neerpasch, the racers were based on the M1 road car but with huge wings, massive flared arches, racing brakes, gearboxes and suspension, and 470PS (345kW), 9,000rpm 3.5-litre straight-six engines. They weighed only 1,020kg, too, nearly 300kg less than the road going machines, and would top out at 193mph.
In truth it wasn’t as though every name from the F1 grid competed, because they didn’t, but the grid was packed with sportscar, touring car and F1 talent. The full list of entrants is far too long to detail here (it’s a ridiculous who’s who of 1970s motorsport), so here are some of the most famous names. And if you haven’t watched our film ‘M1 Procar: Two Years of Heaven’, you really, really should.