The BMW CCA Foundation and Final Drive Museum selected the 1989 E30 BMW M3 Cecotto as the “Car of the Month presented to you by Continental in September”. The campaign, which began in June, will highlight one car each month until the remainder of the year, to help support the exhibition The Power of M at the museum, celebrating BMW Motorsport’s 50th anniversary.
The exhibition, which opened to the public on May 16 and will run until January 2023, features 25 cars and one motorcycle that represent the history of BMW Motorsport, including important racing cars and their on-road counterparts from BMW M.
“Each car has its own story that has proven itself as either a race winner or a road champion. We at BMW CCA are proud of how BMW’s legacy of winning racing has been translated into producing premium consumer cars,” said Bruce Hazzard, Board Secretary and Chairman of the Exhibition Committee for the Ultimate Driving Museum. .
The initial “Car of the Month” for June was the 1974 E9 3.0 BMW CSL, the July pick was the 1979 E26 BMW M1 Procar, and in August the E28 was the 1987 BMW M5.
Appeared in September E30 M3 Cecotto No. It is equipped with a GETRAG 265 five-speed manual, has a total weight of 2,640 pounds and a top speed of 150 mph. It is owned by Cameron Bleuse, of Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
In 1985, BMW President Eberhard von Koenheim told BMW Motorsport Technical Director Paul Roche, “We need a new sports engine for the third series.” Two weeks later, Rosche had a working prototype of the S14 Four installed in the 3 Series. Von Kuenheim loved it, and thus the E30 M3, the most successful touring car of all time, was born.
Along the way, the E30 M3 has captivated the careers of racers such as Johnny Cecotto, who was celebrated in this special edition of the 1989 Italian Motor Championship. The AE40556 is number 447 of 505 Cecotto/Roberto Ravaglia special editions, of which 25 are a celebration of the Bravaglia. It features all but the 220-horsepower Evolution II upgrades: Instead, the S14 introduced a new 215-horsepower, catalyst-equipped four.
New No. AE40556 sold in Munich on June 20, 1990. In 2003, it was registered to Pieter Zijlmans of Etten-Leur, The Netherlands. Zijlmans took it to a DTM meeting in the Nürburgring, where he met the name of the car, and started an online registration for Cecotto M3s owners. Shortly before his death in May 2016, he sold his beloved M3 to Cameron Bleuse from Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
“It’s in great original condition, and I appreciate how Peter loved it,” Bleuse says. “This car has a nice life in Europe, and we give it the same treatment in the Rocky Mountains.”
“By recognizing each month one of the iconic cars on display at the show, we hope to bring awareness of BMW enthusiasts and the public to the dynamic origin that each of these cars represents in BMW Motorsport history,” added Hazard.
Along with 25 cars and one motorcycle, The Power of M includes full-time media shows, telling the history of cars and BMW M in words and pictures.
The exhibition will also be celebrated with a lavishly produced book presenting the history of each car and the M/BMW Motorsport brand, with text by Jackie Jouret along with new photography by Klaus Schnitzer and archival photos. The books will be sold through the BMW CCA Foundation Store as well as Amazon.
The Power of M: Celebrating 50 Years, open to the public from May 16 through January 2023, is the fifth major exhibition organized by the BMW CCA Foundation. It comes on the heels of these previous major exhibitions: Champions of Bavaria 2017; 2018 Icon: 50 years from 2002; Passion 2019: 50 Years of BMW Cars and Society; The Genesis 2020: BMW from the start.
GENESIS closed in May 2021 after a successful year-long drive at the Ultimate Driving Museum – right across Highway 101 from BMW Manufacturing, and adjacent to the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina.
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