Launched as the German Production Car Championship, the first DTM race got underway in 1984. In the thick of the action from day one was BMW Motorsport and the BMW 635 CSi. It was a colourful crowd that took to the grid in Zolder on 11th March: BMW, Opel, Rover, Alfa Romeo, Ford, and VW – and there was an emphatic winner of the inaugural race. BMW locked out the top four positions, led by the impressive Harald Grohs. In doing so, they heralded the first chapter of the race series, which would go on to become one of the most successful and best series in the world over the coming decades. At the end of the season, it was once again a BMW driver sitting pretty at the top of the Drivers’ Championship. Curiously, it was not Grohs, who claimed four victories over the course of the season, but Volker Strycek. The German did not win a single race, but was consistency personified and had racked up the most points by the end of the season.