BMW Group Classic presents ten extraordinary race cars during the demonstration programme of the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort. The successful vehicles will be piloted by Dutch and international race celebrities with ‘BMW genes’ on Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 August at Circuit Park Zandvoort in the Netherlands. Enjoy the packed three-day programme of the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort!
Various BMW race cars will be showcased during the BMW High Speed Demo Laps. The BMW V12 LMR will be one of the prominent cars that hit the track. This historic BMW won the 1999 edition of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. Steve Soper was part of the team with the second BMW and scored a fifth place in the same race. The BMW celebrity will perform a demonstration during the Historic Grand Prix Zandvoort.
BMW was also successful in Formula 2 at the time it was the main feeder series for talented drivers to Formula 1. The BMW Junior Team was unbeatable with the March-BMW 782 in 1978, as Bruno Giacomelli dominated the European championship. BMW Junior driver Marc Surer won the European title the following year and will pilot, together with Jan Lammers, the March-BMW 782 at Circuit Park Zandvoort.
Another prominent chapter in BMW’s motorsport history is the Brabham BMW BT52 in which Nelson Piquet won the Formula 1 championship in 1983. It was for the first time that a race car with a turbo engine claimed an F1 title. The BMW Turbo engine won four Grands Prix in 1983 and in total BMW was successful nine times in Formula 1. BMW will put the car on display.
BMW M1 Procar
The BMW M1 Procar championship was a support programme of the Formula 1 Grands Prix in 1979 and 1980 and has also competed at Circuit Park Zandvoort. Formula 1 drivers like Nelson Piquet, Niki Lauda, Alan Jones and Jan Lammers battled against each other and faced competition from Dutchmen Toine Hezemans and Michael Bleekemolen as well. Lammers and Bleekemolen will revive this era with an extraordinary demonstration.
BMW is highly successful in the DTM. Not only nowadays (BMW secured the first seven positions in the last DTM race at Circuit Park Zandvoort), but also in the past. The iconic edition of the BMW M3, the E30, is an example of that. This DTM champion won’t be absent during the Historic Grand Prix.
The BMW 635CSi has also been successful. In addition to the title in European touring car championship, the BMW 635 CSi was victorious in many races like the 24 hours races of Spa-Francorchamps and Nürburgring. Among the drivers is BMW legend Harald Grohs who will be lapping the Zandvoort track with this vehicle. He will also perform a demonstration with a modern BMW racer; a BMW E92 M2 GT2. This vehicle was a podium finisher in his class in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Adrian van Hooydonk
None other than BMW top designer Adrian van Hooydonk will show his BMW 1800 TI/SA to the public. Van Hooydonk can also enjoy the beautiful design of the Chevron BMW B21 during his demonstration laps. This sports car celebrated successes in the early 70s. After more than 40 years, Toine Hezemans will be back behind the wheel of this two-litre sports car.
A BMW 2002 and three successful BMW race motorbikes will complete the line-up of the BMW High Speed Demo Laps.
You won’t miss anything with a three-day entry ticket (40 euros in advance booking). Order your tickets via www.historicgrandprix.nl/english/tickets/.