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BMW M1 Procar Revival 2008
As part of the 30th anniversary celebrations of its birth, the BMW M1 super sports car will make a return to the race track during the 2008 German Grand Prix. On 19th and 20th July the BMW M1 Procar Revival at the Hockenheimring will see ten of these impressive cars taking part in two demonstration races.
The event is planned as homage to the popular Procar Series, which attracted massive public interest when it appeared on the support programmes of Formula One Grands Prix in 1979 and 1980. Here world class drivers met old hands and newcomers - each determined to prove their prowess in identical BMW M1 Procar racing cars. Little wonder, then, the Procar events were followed as enthusiastically as the Formula One races of the day.
World famous drivers in the BMW M1.
What applied 30 years ago will apply during the revival at Hockenheim: renowned drivers will prove their skill behind the steering wheels of 470 bhp BMW M1 Procars. Six-time Grand Prix winner Jacques Laffite is particularly relishing his return to a BMW M1 cockpit. Former Formula One drivers such as Marc Surer and Christian Danner will also be present, as will BMW Brand Ambassador Prince Leopold of Bavaria, and veterans Dieter Quester and Harald Grohs.
BMW M1 Art Car in action.
The tenth car there to thrill the spectators at the classic Hockenheim circuit is the BMW M1 Art Car. Pop artist Any Warhol converted this vehicle into an artwork on four wheels. It will be the first time since the 1979 Le Mans 24 Hour Endurance Race this evocative car will be seen in action on a race track.
Jochen Neerpasch, who was then chief of BMW Motorsport GmbH and thus responsible for initiating the Procar Series together with Bernie Ecclestone and Max Mosley, will be in the BMW M1 Art Car for both demonstration races.
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