Gallery: M celebrates its 40th birthday
And TopGear.com headed to Germany to join the party… Rowan Horncastle reports
Posted: 14 Nov 2012
Harald Grohs is a pensioner. But he doesn't smell of urine-roasted peanuts and drive a CityRover. Instead, he drives a BMW M1 ProCar and smells of burning rubber. We like Harald. And we like his car.
After it's convoluted development, the BMW M1 actually missed its opportunity to race entirely - which was what it was designed for in the first place. But in an effort to salvage the M1 racing project, Jochen Neerpasch came up with a plan - ProCar.
ProCar pitched the stars of Formula 1 against up-and-coming drivers in identically prepared M1s. These events supported regular Formula 1 races and the top-five qualifiers of the F1 race would be entered into this one-make race.