Portrait of Marc Dürscheidt

A LIFELONG DREAM COME TRUE.

A LIFELONG DREAM COME TRUE.

A LIFELONG DREAM COME TRUE.

Marc Dürscheidt is living his dream. The precision mechanic dedicated nine years of hard work to meticulously assembling a vintage BMW M1 by himself. He now lines up with that very car in classic races. It all began with some seemingly useless chassis parts in a garage. Nowadays, the legendary car not only has its owner under its spell, but also fans in the paddock.

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The rich sound of engines penetrates the quiet morning at the Salzburgring.
Highly polished cars shine in the early sun.
Start group 4 in the ADAC Classic rolls to the pre-start.

The rich sound of engines penetrates the quiet morning at the Salzburgring.
Highly polished cars shine in the early sun.
Start group 4 in the ADAC Classic rolls to the pre-start.

BMW M1: a lifelong dream come true.

Marc Dürscheidt sits at the wheel of the BMW M1 that he built himself –
in exactly the same place in the cockpit in which motorsport legend Manfred Winkelhock sat.
With every lap, he is fulfilling a dream that began roughly nine years ago.

Marc Dürscheidt sits at the wheel of the BMW M1 that he built himself –
in exactly the same place in the cockpit in which motorsport legend Manfred Winkelhock sat.
With every lap, he is fulfilling a dream that began roughly nine years ago.

BMW M1: a lifelong dream come true.

WELL OVER 6,000 HOURS OF WORK.

In June 2010, Dürscheidt bid for some chassis parts for an old BMW in an internet auction. What initially appeared useless, turned out to be treasure. The individual parts, which were found lying discarded next to a washing machine in a garage in Munich, belonged to a vintage super sports car. Back in 1980, this BMW M1, which March Engineering was commissioned to build, appeared in the legendary 24-hour race at Le Mans. However, the precision mechanic only discovered this when he was in the middle of his project. For years, Dürscheidt worked on the race car – always with his sights set on one definite goal, to be able to drive it again. So far, he has invested over 6,000 hours and a six-figure sum in the project. Dürscheidt took care of all the planning himself. “However, you can’t do all that work on your own. My brother, good friends and colleagues always helped me,” said the 35-year-old. His wife Stefanie also supported him – for example, when assembling the chassis parts.

 

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Car parts of the BMW M1 in a garage
Marc Dürscheidt and the first car parts of his BMW M1
Marc Dürscheidt wraps chassis parts of his BMW M1.
BMW M1 of Marc Dürscheidt on a lifting platform
BMW M1 of Marc Dürscheidt

Dürscheidt also received assistance from BMW.
BMW Group Classic offered him the opportunity to view the original car and to take photos.
“That was fascinating and a one-off experience,” he says.

Dürscheidt also received assistance from BMW.
BMW Group Classic offered him the opportunity to view the original car and to take photos.
“That was fascinating and a one-off experience,” he says.

BMW M1: a lifelong dream come true.

FIRST TIME ENGINE STARTED “WAS AWESOME”.

The project’s best moments were always those in which intermediate steps were completed. For example, constructing the engine took more than a year, because he was always missing parts. However, Dürscheidt did not give up. He put a lot of time and heart into his M1 and still raves about the moment the engine started for the first time: “That was awesome.”

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Engine of the BMW M1
Engine of the BMW M1

However, he also suffered set-backs. He discovered a racing gearbox in an Internet auction and transferred money to England. He thought it improbable that such a rare item could be part of a con, but that was exactly what it was. However, even when situations like this set him back and doubt started to creep into his head, he still never gave up and continued to believe in his dream. “The motivation that I would, at some point down the line, have a complete car and be able to drive it was always at the forefront of my mind,” said Dürscheidt.

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MAIDEN TRIP FACES OBSTACLES.

In September 2017, the car eventually set off on its maiden trip. On a quiet Saturday evening in the holiday period, Dürscheidt took the car to the industrial estate he worked in, and drove it up and down the streets a few times – until the first complaints started coming in. “It was not long before we had to stop,” he recalls.
Just one month later, he drove the car on a real racetrack for the first time, during a track day at Hockenheim – in extraordinary circumstances. The final assembly of the car took until 1 o’clock in the morning. Just a few hours later, they had to set off to the first driver briefing at the Hockenheimring. “I had perhaps managed two hours of sleep and it was all rather surreal, a bit like a dream,” says Dürscheidt.
The BMW M1 contested its first race in the 2018 Oldtimer Grand Prix at the Nürburgring. The delighted car mechanic completed two laps of the legendary Nordschleife – an unforgettable highlight. 

 

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For fans at the ADAC Salzburgring Classic, the vintage race car in the classic BMW M colours is a work of art – a true eye-catcher, which attracts plenty of attention and wide eyes in the paddock. Many visitors stop at Dürscheidt’s tent, examine the BMW M1 and pose countless questions to the man behind the car. Dürscheidt is delighted and more than happy to chat about his mammoth project: “It has turned out much better than I originally thought it would.” However, this is far from the end of the project for the BMW M1. Dürscheidt already has new plans for the super sports car. Top of the list is to acquire official documentation from the FIA. He is also planning the next engine, for which he is already collecting the first parts. “The car is intended to be the BMW M1 works turbo or the turbo BMW M1,” he says. At the moment, it has the power of a road car. “It is a great way of learning,” he says.
However, he still has a long way to go to achieve his goal. Marc Dürscheidt can continue to dream.

 

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Marc Dürscheidt in the interview
Marc Dürscheidt answers questions to visitors.
BMW M1 of Marc Dürscheidt at his tent
BMW M1 on the race track

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