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.

Heinrich replaces Robb as head of BMW Motorrad Design Studio


Munich. Edgar Heinrich (53) will be taking over the BMW Group's BMW Motorrad Design Studio as of July 1st 2012. He succeeds David Robb. After completing his university degree in design, Edgar Heinrich started his career as a motorcycle designer with BMW back in 1986.

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. joins VBMWMO


Today we announce the merger of Andrew Macpherson's website,, which focuses specifically on the BMW R90S model, into the Vintage BMW Motorcycle Owners club's more general website. By combining forces, we hope to increase awareness of this special model and provide a single place to find information about all vintage BMW motorcycles.

Whitehorse Press to Reprint Bill Stermer's "BMW R100RS"


"BMW R100RS" by Bill Stermer, a timeless book in the Whitehorse Press Collector Series is
back in print by popular demand!

Bonhams Oxford Auction in Conjunction with the VMCC Banbury Run

06/18/2011 - 06/19/2011
Oxford, UK

Renowned auction house Bonhams plans to hold an auction of Pioneer, Vintage and Collectors' Motorcycles & Related Spares and Memorabilia in association with the VMCC Banbury Run.

Quail Motorcycle Gathering Review in Sports Car Digest


It's not often that the car people give we motorcyclists a lot of room in their media, but that's not the case with the four long pages that Sports Car Digest has given author and photographer William Edgar. His extensive piece reviewing this year's Quail Lodge Motorcycle Gathering, titled Bike Day Bliss, covers every aspect of the event in detail.

Photo © William Edgar

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