The annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has long been recognized as one of the most prestigious, perhaps the most prestigious, classic car events in the world. As such, in recent years it has expanded into a series of loosely related events comprising what has become known as Monterey Car Week.
It has also become a favoured venue for automakers to present new production models and concept vehicles to an upscale audience in an established atmosphere of largesse.
This year, BMW will be among that exalted number, hosting a press conference on Thursday, August 15th at the Reviewing Stand for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on the 18th green of The Lodge at Pebble Beach.
Along with the North American premieres of several new production models from both BMW and Mini, two new concept vehicles will be presented.
One will be the BMW Garmisch – a faithful recreation of a long-lost concept car originally created by Marcello Gandini and constructed by Bertone for the 1970 Geneva Auto Show. After the show, the car was apparently shipped to BMW – then somehow just vanished.
The second concept is a glimpse into the possible future of the BMW M brand. The 600- horsepower PHEV BMW Vision M NEXT is said to be, “a progressive hybrid sports car that makes a very clear and confident statement, in terms of both appearance and interaction” according to Domagoj Dukec, vice-president of BMW Design.
Drawing inspiration from the iconic BMW Turbo and BMW M1, it adopts a future-focused interpretation of design elements that include a low-slung, wedge-shaped silhouette, gullwing doors and striking colour scheme.
In addition to the new models unveiled, BMW will also be an integral part of the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, as IMSA celebrates 50 years of sports car racing in the USA.
BMW will run four historically significant cars driven by four iconic IMSA drivers. The 1975 Sebring 12-hour winner and 1976 Daytona 24 winner Brian Redman will be reunited with the No. 25 1975 IMSA Group 4 3.0 CSL. BMW ace driver Bill Auberlen will drive the 1999 Sebring 12 hour winning BMW V12 LMR. BMW Motorsport drivers John Edwards and Connor DePhillippi will drive the unbeatable-in-its-day, fire breathing V-8 powered 2001 (E46) M3 GTR and the No. 56 2011 (E92) M3 GT, respectively.
The V12 LMR, M3 GTR and M3 GT will compete in the new for 2019 Masters Endurance Legends class with 40-minute races on both Saturday and Sunday.