BMW Motorrad Motorsport
Chichester, Great Britain, 29/06/2016,
Last weekend, a who’s who of recent decades of motorsport assembled once again at the estate of Lord March in Chichester – for the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The festival was held for the first time in 1993 and is the largest event of its kind in the world. On show are racing cars and bikes from across all eras of motorsport, from pre-war models to the latest vehicles. Big stars and famous names are keen not to miss out on Goodwood, helping the Festival of Speed to attract roughly 180,000 visitors every year.
Given the fact that the company is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, it seems only fitting that BMW should be the “Honoured Marque” at this year’s festival. To mark the centenary, BMW Group Classic looked back on the most successful successes in the company’s 100-year history with a wide range of victorious vehicles and big-name racers. It also paid tribute to early record attempts with compressor motorcycles, its success in sidecar racing, and victories at the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy.
Among the vehicles in Goodwood were two BMW motorcycles that caused quite a stir on the Isle of Man. Helmut Dähne won the Isle of Man Production TT on a BMW R 90 S in 1976. Exactly 40 years later, he was back on the same model of bike, taking part in the traditional hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
BMW Motorrad celebrated an historic treble on the Isle of Man in 2014. 75 years after Georg “Schorsch” Meier claimed the first victory, Michael Dunlop claimed a hat-trick of wins on the BMW S 1000 RR. Dunlop’s victorious 2014 RR was also in Goodwood, ridden by two-time world champion Troy Corser.