Twice a year, motorbike fans from all around the world converge on the Isle of Man. Since 1907 this small island in the Irish Sea has hosted the Tourist Trophy, the oldest and most challenging motorcycle race on the calendar. For 14 days in May/June there’s only one game in town: the races on the Snaefell Mountain Course. The second motorcycle get-together in this otherwise tranquil sliver of land traditionally takes place in August, when the Classic TT (Tourist Trophy) roars into life with no less enthusiasm – if not quite the same speeds. The start and finish of the races are in the capital Douglas.
Nowhere else in the world does the native population regard a sporting event so staunchly as their own local skirmish, yet lay on a warm welcome for all visitors. Georg Meier, for example, is virtually unknown in Germany beyond motorcycle circles, but on the Isle of Man he’s a household name and remains a legend here to this day. 75 years ago “Schorsch” Meier became the first rider from outside Great Britain to win the Senior Tourist Trophy – on a supercharged BMW “Kompressor” machine.
The 2014 Classic TT will run from 20 – 29 August, and BMW Group Classic will be in attendance with a large truck, a tent, and an exhibition of classic and current motorcycles bearing the BMW badge. Three of its machines will also take part in the legendary Lap of Honour. One of them, the supercharged BMW 255 piloted to victory by Georg Meier 75 years ago, will be ridden by his nephew Wolfgang Meier. It will be joined by a 1937 BMW R 5 SS and a BMW R 51 from 1939.

Twice a year, motorbike fans from all around the world converge on the Isle of Man. Since 1907 this small island in the Irish Sea has hosted the Tourist Trophy, the oldest and most challenging motorcycle race on the calendar. For 14 days in May/June there’s only one game in town: the races on the Snaefell Mountain Course. The second motorcycle get-together in this otherwise tranquil sliver of land traditionally takes place in August, when the Classic TT (Tourist Trophy) roars into life with no less enthusiasm – if not quite the same speeds. The start and finish of the races are in the capital Douglas.

Nowhere else in the world does the native population regard a sporting event so staunchly as their own local skirmish, yet lay on a warm welcome for all visitors. Georg Meier, for example, is virtually unknown in Germany beyond motorcycle circles, but on the Isle of Man he’s a household name and remains a legend here to this day. 75 years ago “Schorsch” Meier became the first rider from outside Great Britain to win the Senior Tourist Trophy – on a supercharged BMW “Kompressor” machine.

The 2014 Classic TT will run from 20 – 29 August, and BMW Group Classic will be in attendance with a large truck, a tent, and an exhibition of classic and current motorcycles bearing the BMW badge. Three of its machines will also take part in the legendary Lap of Honour. One of them, the supercharged BMW 255 piloted to victory by Georg Meier 75 years ago, will be ridden by his nephew Wolfgang Meier. It will be joined by a 1937 BMW R 5 SS and a BMW R 51 from 1939.

Six safety car periods, a 60-minute interruption and a thrilling finish: The BMW drivers and teams have experienced a turbulent race, which was nerve-wracking at the end, at the 66th staging of the 24-hour classic at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (BE). After 527 laps, Dirk Werner (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Markus Palttala (FI) in the number 77 BMW Z4 GT3 finished in second place. It was the first podium success for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS at its home race in the Ardennes. The track is only about 140 kilometres from the team’s HQ in Gosselies (BE). Victory at the 24 Hours of Spa went to the Audi drivers Laurens Vanthoor (BE), René Rast (DE) and Markus Winkelhock (DE), who only caught the BMW Z4 GT3 15 minutes before the end of the race and won by just 7.077 seconds in one of the closest finishes at Spa ever.

Six safety car periods, a 60-minute interruption and a thrilling finish: The BMW drivers and teams have experienced a turbulent race, which was nerve-wracking at the end, at the 66th staging of the 24-hour classic at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps (BE). After 527 laps, Dirk Werner (DE), Lucas Luhr (DE) and Markus Palttala (FI) in the number 77 BMW Z4 GT3 finished in second place. It was the first podium success for BMW Sports Trophy Team Marc VDS at its home race in the Ardennes. The track is only about 140 kilometres from the team’s HQ in Gosselies (BE). Victory at the 24 Hours of Spa went to the Audi drivers Laurens Vanthoor (BE), René Rast (DE) and Markus Winkelhock (DE), who only caught the BMW Z4 GT3 15 minutes before the end of the race and won by just 7.077 seconds in one of the closest finishes at Spa ever.