PASSION: 50 Years of BMW Cars and Community

PASSION: 50 Years of BMW Cars and Community

by | Apr 11, 2019

The BMW CCA Foundation Museum has just wrapped up their second exhibit – ICON: 50 Years of the 2002. Thirty wonderful examples of the BMW 2002 were on display for this show. We enjoyed celebrating the 50th anniversary of this car. For 2019, the Foundation’s exhibit will celebrate another 50th anniversary.

Back in 1969, many people had fallen in love with the BMW 2002. Enthusiasts were buying these little sedans, flashing their headlights at other 02s, and gathering to talk about their common interest. Guys like Michel Potheau, Parker Spooner, Joseph Chamberlain, and Michael Izor in the Boston area were all BMW enthusiasts. They decided to form this little club called BMW Car Club of America (BMW CCA). Since then, it has grown to be one of the largest single-marque clubs in the world.

The PASSION exhibit will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the BMW CCA. The show will officially open Friday, May 17, 2019. If you can’t make it during the opening day, this exhibit will run through January 18, 2019. The 50th Oktoberfest will be held in Greenville, SC in October, during which there will be plenty of time to visit the Foundation’s exhibit.

Jackie Jouret is currently writing the latest exhibit book, PASSION, which will be available May 17. This will tell the story of how the club was formed, the history, and feature the 22 cars on display and their owners. As with the previous two Foundation exhibitions, the book will be available in hardcover slipcase collector edition and a more affordable softcover version.  

The following cars will be included in the exhibit:

  • 1969 2002
  • 1970 E9 2800CS
  • 1972 2002tii
  • 1980 E26 M1
  • 1981 E12 528i
  • 1985 E24 M635CSi
  • E28 5 Series Rusty Slammington
  • 1988 E30 M3
  • 1988 E30 M3 Club Racing (one of the first Club Racing cars)
  • 1989 E30 325is
  • 1994 E31 850CSi
  • 1995 E36 M3 (the very first car to be sold in the US)
  • 1995 E34 M5 Touring
  • 2001 E46 M3
  • 2001 E46 M3 One Lap car (Active Autowerke)
  • 2002 E39 M5 Dinan
  • 2002 E36/8 Z3 M Coupe
  • 2003 E46 330i ZHP
  • 2003 E53 X5 4.6is
  • 2011 E82 1 M Coupe
  • 2015 i8
  • 2016 F32 M4 GTS