Martin Tomczyk, Philipp Eng

Captivating cars at the Legends Parade.

The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg once again hosted a parade of historic racing cars and well-known drivers on Sunday.

Shortly before the start of the Austrian Grand Prix, eleven classic touring cars from the 1970s and 80s transported the crowd back to the golden age of the German Racing Championship (DRM). BMW Group Classic was also involved in this year’s Legends Parade with two extraordinary cars from its collection. The spectators were treated to an appearance from a BMW M1, the mid-engine sports car introduced 40 years ago, and a BMW 3.0 CSL, which, as a successful sports car, was the sporting figurehead of the range of coupes introduced by the brand 50 years ago. In total, the BMW 3.0 CSL won six titles in the European Touring Car Championship, the first of which came in its debut year in 1973. The European champion that year was Dutchman Toine Hezemans, who was back at the wheel of the BMW 3.0 CSL in this year’s Legends Parade. The BMW M1 from the BMW Group Classic collection was driven by former Formula 1 driver Christian Danner. Danner also enjoyed success on the touring car scene and is one of the drivers who had already acquainted himself with the BMW M1 in the Procar Series. The contingent of old DRM racing cars also featured three privately-owned BMWs, including a BMW 3.6 CSL Alpina, with three-time Formula 1 World Champion Niki Lauda behind the wheel.

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