The BMW M1 has a strong motorsport pedigree in Continental Europe, so it’s no surprise that there are numerous examples in the paddock on the track at the Oldtimer GP. Choosing just one as a Car That Rocks is tricky, then, so forgive us for being drawn, magpie-like, to the one with the shiniest livery. The BASF Cassetten colour scheme is borrowed from the 1981 DRM championship winning car of Helmut Henzler, although this particular car’s history is a little different…
It was originally driven by F1 driver Mark Surer in the BMW M1 Procar Championship and finished in a Pooh Jeans livery. This single-make event acted as the support for Formula One and brought together drivers from all different disciplines of motorsport. The logic was sound: the appeal different racing drivers competing on a level playing field would still have appeal today. It also helped BMW speed along the homologation process to take the M1 racing in other classes.
Gunter Schindler has owned the car for three years and this is the second time it has made an appearance at the Oldtimer GP. We caught up with him just after he had put the car second in class and sixth overall. “There were no problems at all,” he said. “It was a fun race!”
Photography: Jochen Van Cauwenberge at Frozenspeed