This past weekend, during the DTM race at the Norisring street circuit in Nuremberg, Germany, BMW Motorsport put on an M1 Procar revival. Fourteen of the incredible race cars were on hand at the circuit, and all participated in running a couple of laps. A few of the men who raced the cars in their heyday were also present, including Hans-Joachim Stuck, Marc Surer, and Jan Lammers, along with former head of BMW Motorsport GmbH, Jochen Neerpasch.
During the weekend’s festivities, Marc Surer met up with Sheldon van der Linde, the youngest member of BMW Team RBM, which races in DTM. Van der Linde, who was born in 1999, the same year that BMW’s V12 LMR claimed outright victory at Le Mans, sat down in the legendary race car, and went through the procedure involved with starting it up alongside Surer. Clearly a different world from the technology-packed cockpit of the M4 DTM where van der Linde earns his living, the excitement between two racers from different generations remains palpable.
Check out the clip of the M1 Procar and its high-strung BMW Motorsport M88 being fired up below.—Alex Tock
[Video courtesy BMW AG.]