I’m sure you’ve perused plenty of pixels about the glorious past and exciting future of BMWs, but on a day much closer to the bicentennial of the U.S., June 12, 1976, this BMW 3.5 CSL took on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and lost.
The real deal hitting the hard right after the Mulsanne Straight
Driven by Dieter Quester, Alain Peltier and Albrecht Krebs, the Group 5 car made the grid at 16th place, but withdrew due to a fire. Of the seven BMW 3.0 and 3.5 CSLs that qualified, the best finisher was the #42 3.5, driven by Sam Posey, Hughes de Fierlant and Harald Grohs, which staggered in 50 laps behind the winner, good enough for 10th place. The #95 3.0 CSL finished 24th, 112 laps behind, but the remaining cars suffered the epitome of the BMW acronym: Bring More Wrenches.
#41 - DNF oil consumption
#43 - DNF fire
#44 - DNF head gasket
#45 - DNF fire
#46 - DNF gearbox
Regardless, this IXO is a beautiful model, complete with that long delicate single-sweep wiper blade up front.
Okay, this didn't really happen.
Done view of the Le Mans diorama.
More bat-wing sweetness.