New Book Available on the BMW "King Cam" Works Racers

Herborn, Germany

From shortly after their start of motorcycle production in 1923, BMW has been involved in racing. The machines used at this time were performance optimized and derived from the production vehicles.

The königswellen (OHC) machines of the 1930s and 1950s, however, were designed exclusively for racing.

BMW and VBMWMO Member Win Awards at Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Monterey, California

Famous BMWs took 1-2 at the Pebble Beach Concours this year. BMW AG continued a streak of wins with the unique R7 prototype, beautifully restored by a team of star restoration experts assembled for the project. Last year, as we reported, the R7 won a prestigious award at the Amelia Island Concours. You can read BMW's press release here.

In addition, VBMWMO founder and member #2, Jeff Dean, came second with his beautifully and painstakingly restored 1954 R68. The restoration, carried out by renowned restorer Tim Stafford of San Diego, has been seen at the Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering and is absolutely stunning.

Another exciting year at Bonneville!

08/09/2012 - 08/12/2012
Bonneville Salt Flats, Wendover, UT

2012 Speed Week is underway, and Kevin and Barbara Brooks of Olympia are campaigning their vintage BMWs in many classes:

  • 250 single.
  • 250 sidecar.
  • 350 (yes! 350!).
  • 500.
  • 650.
  • 650 sidecar.

They are aiming to set many new speed records. Barbara is tweeting the proceedings as the action unfolds.

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BMW 1954 R25/3 hits 81mph at ECTA

04/28/2012 - 04/29/2012
Wilmington, OH

The East Coast Timing Association (ECTA) held its inaugural event in Wilmington, Ohio on the weekend of April 28th – 29th, 2012. For the last 15 years, the ECTA has run events in Maxton, NC, but has moved to a new location in Ohio. The event was a huge success for the ECTA and the city of Wilmington, selling out well in advance with 175 pre entries.

Veteranen Club Looking for RS Info

Herborn, Germany

The BMW Veteranen-Club Deutschland e.V. is looking to gather photos, information, history and stories about the famed BMW type 253 rennsport machines. The 60th anniversary of the type 253 RS54 machines, from 1954, is rapidly approaching, and the Veteranen-Club is undertaking a project to put together detailed information about these fascinating but relatively obscure purpose built motorcycles. If you can help, they would like to hear from you.

Chicago Vintage Racing Sets New Records!

05/13/2011 - 05/15/2011
Maxton, NC

Chicago Vintage Racing (Daniel May and Rebecca Berneck) traveled to the ECTA (East Coast Timing Association) May 2011 meet in Maxton, North Carolina on May 13-15, 2011, with a vision to beat the standing land speed record in the P/PV-250/4 motorcycle class set last October, in addition to setting a new record in the MPS/VG-250/4 class.

Brooks Motor Works Landspeed Record Slide Show

South Sound BMW, Seattle/Tacoma Metro Area

If anyone is in the Seattle/Tacoma metro area, Kevin and Barbara Brooks will be giving a talk at South Sound BMW on January 22 about their efforts in setting land speed records at Bonneville in their R50/2 and R50/2 sidecar.

They will start around 6pm and there is a $12 admission fee, South Sound asks to call to RSVP. Contact information is:

South Sound Motorcycles

New Land Speed Records Set on R25/3

10/30/2010 - 10/31/2010
Maxton, North Carolina

Word is in that long time vintage BMW rider and restorer, Daniel May and racer Rebecca Berneck, have just set three new top speed records in 250cc Vintage classes. Our congratulations go out to them!

The new top speed in the P/PV-250/4 class of 72.08536 mph was set at the Maxton Mile during the October ECTA meet there over the weekend of October 30 and 31 by Berneck. May set records in two other categories with the bike as well.

Brooks Motor Works Returns to Bonneville Speed Week

08/13/2010 - 08/20/2010
Bonneville Salt Flats near Wendover, UT

Kevin Brooks and his team at Brooks Motor Works are back at it! They have brought a 1955 R50 based sidecar rig and are planning to capture another world record!

Issue 2/2010 of the BMW ICC Newsletter Available


The 2nd quarter (Spring) newsletter from the International Council of BMW Clubs (BMW ICC) is now available. Clicking on this link to the Council News 2/2010 will download the english PDF directly to your computer.

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