Already known as the biggest annual BMW party in the world, this year’s BMW Motorrad Days festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen has even more to celebrate than usual in 2013, as the brand will be commemorating its 90th anniversary at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain – the Zugspitze – from 5-7 July.
The central theme to this year’s event is ‘90 years of BMW Motorrad’ and if you’ve never had a chance to see some of the most important and iconic motorcycles from the brand’s history, then you are in for a treat. Gathered together in a big 500 m² exhibition marquee are a collection of rare BMW bikes that in their own way have played an important part in the development of this fascinating company.
Carefully transported direct from their home in Munich, there will be approximately 20 of these motorcycles on display – all milestones in the brand’s history – spanning the nine decades since BMW Motorrad proudly unveiled its first motorcycle back in 1923. With experts on hand to explain the historical significance of each machine, as well as owners and enthusiasts only too happy to talk and share their passion for these important motorcycles, a visit to this area of BMW Motorrad Days might just spark an interest and a desire to own, restore and ride a piece of BMW history.
Showcased in a special ‘90 years of BMW Motorrad’ exhibition in the BMW Classic tent, this journey through time is a must-see display of two-wheel rarities that according to BMW Classic historian and author Fred Jakobs, will show pioneering design, engineering and technology that was in many cases, years ahead of its time.
“Without revealing too many details, we’re planning to have around 20 important motorcycles in our 90 Years classic display. Naturally, the very first BMW motorcycle – the R 32 of 1923 – will be there for all to see, but there will also be some rare prototypes, such as the art-deco inspired R 7 prototype and the 125cc boxer-engined R 10 prototype. We will also showcase some important sports motorcycles from our illustrious past, including the 1939 Kompressor TT winner as well as some famous works GS racers that won the Dakar rallies in 1985 and 1999.”
Find out more about the brand’s illustrious history by literally stepping back in time inside the 500m² BMW Classic tent where you can easily lose a couple of hours immersing yourself in this breathtaking display of beautiful BMW bikes.
As well as this extensive Motorrad Exhibition, there will be clubs from across the globe ready to chat to you about how you can become involved. It was almost 80 years ago in 1928 when a group of BMW motorcycle riders founded the BMW Club Düsseldorf. In the decades that followed, new clubs were also established in North America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, Asia and Europe. This community of BMW friends has gone from strength-to-strength and remains active all over the world, from BMW Club Japan to the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America. Today, the international BMW Club organisation – with over 200,000 members – is the world’s largest network of clubs representing a car and motorcycle manufacturer.
Supporting the many clubs present will be a BMW Classic spare parts counter, where riders of vintage models will be able to source that vital component for their classic machine.
For many fans and owners of historic BMW motorcycles, what is important is to actually see them working and to ride them whenever possible. This is why the Classic Convoy is such an important event. Taking place this year on Friday 5 July, hear the roar of vintage engines and soak up the sight, smell and taste of decades of inspiring history on the move, as the classic convoy really is a scene to behold.
Linking the old with the new this year are two special ‘90 Years of BMW Motorrad’ models that are destined to become classics in their own right and will be won by two lucky visitors to the 13th BMW Motorrad Days event. The prize draw for a limited-edition BMW R 1200 R will take place on the Friday evening and the winner of the ‘90 Years’ BMW R 1200 RT will be announced in the party tent on the Saturday evening.
So, why not join more than 30,000 motorcyclists from all over the world in one of the most picturesque areas of Europe for three days of unstoppable riding pleasure, non-stop partying, shows, displays, trade stands, presentations, films, great food and drink from the region, and much, much more.
Detailed information can be found on this website, with links to accommodation providers and the BMW Community.