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Classic BMW 635 CSi racer to make European debut

Wednesday 07 June 2017, By Autovolo

Classic BMW 635 CSi racer to make European debut

Classic BMW 635 CSi racer to make European debut

A classic BMW 635 CSi racer from the 1980s is set to make its European debut at the upcoming Silverstone Classic. 

It’ll be the first time that the black and gold BMW has set foot outside of its native Australasia, where it took place in a number of racing series.

New Zealand racing icon Jim Richards will once again get behind the wheel of the CSi – having been the car’s original star driver.

Richards first raced the BMW in 1983 when it was a part of the Frank Gardner Racing team.

Though the car’s beginnings under Group C touring car regulations were unsuccessful, things improved when Australia adopted Group A regulations in 1985.

Following this, the BMW won seven of the ten rounds on the race calendar, culminating in it claiming the Australian Touring Car Championship title.

While it was competing in Group A specification the car was bought by collector Peter Sturgeon – who owns the car to this day.

It was then converted back to Group C standard after Richards and Pip Baker – who worked with racing team owner Frank Gardner – convinced him to do so.

Sturgeon said: “Pip adopted the project and it took him almost 18 months to complete. It was worth all the effort, though, as the final result is utterly amazing.

“The sound of the straight six, twin-cam engine revving at more than 8000rpm is something all petrol heads should hear.

“In Group C form, this is the one and only 24-valve engined BMW 635 ever raced and to have Jim back driving it is very, very special.”

The Silverstone Classic runs from July 28 to July 30.