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LaLD Car Week 2019: 1990s - 1992 BMW M3 DTM

Although this Schnitzer Motorsport entry into the 1992 DTM championship driven by Joachim Winkelhock ended the season with a win and a couple of podiums, it was a very tough campaign for them, and the BMWs in general. The Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo2 (whew!) that year was pretty much the king, winning 16 of the 24 races. This would also be the last year that BMW would field a factory car in the DTM for 20 years, dropping the program when the specification changed. The new regulations for 1993 required a V6 engine, which BMW didn’t make, and they thought their motorsport efforts could be better used elsewhere.

BMW would build a version of the next generation 3-series to the Super Touring specification, Schnitzer, Winkelhock and BMW moving to the BTCC for 1993 where they would win the championship.

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Here we see Joachim visiting the service station to get some fuel and have the plugs changed. He just happens to be there at the same time as Armin Hahne in his Jägermeister-sponsored M3, along with Canadian former-F1 driver Allen Berg in his 1991-campaigned Tic Tac M3.

I love the iconic livery on this Warsteiner-sponsored M3, the white paint split asymmetrically by the M stripes. It hearkens back to the colors of the factory racers from the 70's, bringing to mind the 3.0 CSL cars run in Group 5, Le Mans and various Touring Car Championships, but with a refreshed style.

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These 1/64 models are made by Tarmac Works, and seem to be pretty faithful to the original, especially in profile. They are quite detailed and very well done.

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Sorry for the so-so pics, I rushed through this shoot this morning before my kid got up and the whirlwind started :-P

Thanks for looking :-)

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