Gallery: M celebrates its 40th birthday

Since 1972, BMW's M Division has filled trophy cabinets with race wins and made some of the coolest, most iconic road cars ever to grace tarmac. And to celebrate its 40th birthday, BMW invited TopGear.com to a special bash. The location echoed the cars: German, fast and scary. The Nürburgring Nordschliefe.

Yes, just a week after an extremely hairy and snowy adventure in James' least favourite holiday destination, we were back to drool over, drive and be shaken senseless in every M car ever produced.