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Goodwood Festival of Speed to celebrate 50 years of BMW M

Goodwood Festival of Speed Central to celebrate 50 years of BMW M

The Central Feature at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will pay homage to half century of BMW’s Motorsport division.

The impressive sculpture at the event, which takes place between June 23-26, will showcase some of the most iconic models developed by BMW M.

Since the first Central Feature in 1997, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has become synonymous with the bold and innovative sculptures which each year celebrate the extraordinary achievements of a different manufacturer or milestone.

BMW’s Motorsport division was launched in May 1972 with only 35 employees. However, it soon became one of the most successful racing departments in the world.

Today, BMW M GmbH stands for compelling driving every day on the road, as well as on the racetrack – and 2022 sees BMW M celebrate its 50th anniversary, with a number of exciting launches and celebrations planned throughout the year, including the Festival of Speed’s monumental Central Feature.

Attendees of the Goodwood Festival of Speed can look forward to seeing BMW M’s most celebrated vehicles take to the Hill across the weekend, with many of its famous drivers behind the wheel alongside other special moments.

BMW will be present in two main locations; BMW M at Trackside and within the iconic Stable Yard – both locations will enable visitors to see the latest cars up close.

“We are delighted to be celebrating 50 years of BMW’s hugely successful Motorsport division at this year’s Festival of Speed, and it is especially fitting as we prepare to honour ‘The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport’,” said the Duke of Richmond.

“BMW M’s success can of course be attributed to half a century of innovation and we look forward to honouring the marque’s past, present and future achievements at Goodwood in June.”

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