About the Car
The BMW M3 was introduced in 1986. It is a high-performance version of the 3 series and has been produced for every generation since first production. The initial model had a coupe body, a convertible body was added later. Since 2014 the M3 has only been in a sedan body with the coupe and convertible going to the 4 series. The M3 used an BMW S14 2.3-2.5 litre four-cylinder engine with a five-speed manual transmission.
Fina, a Belgian oil company, was BMW’s primary oil and lubricant partner from 1988 to 1998.
Nurburgring 24 Hour is a touring and GT endurance 24-hour race held in Germany since 1970. The lap is 15.8 miles in length. The 1992 race was stopped for hours due to fog.
Johnny Cecotto, Christian Danner, Jean-Michael Martin, and Marc Duez won this race in the BMW M3 Evo.2. Johnny Cecotto, born in 1956 is a Venezuelan former Grand Prix motorcycle and auto racer. He was the youngest motorcycle road racing world champion at 19 and at 24 turned to Formula One and Touring Car racing. Christian Danner, born in 1958, is a former German racing driver. He raced Formula cars and touring cars. He came in 1st in 1985 International Formula 3000. Jean-Michael Martin, born in 1953, is a Belgian racing driver who won the 24 Hours of Spa four times. Marc Duez, born in 1957, is a Belgium race and rally driver. He has won the 24 Hours Nurburgring and 24 Hours Spa several times.
About the Brand
BMW is a German multinational company, founded in 1916 as a manufacturer of aircraft engines. BMW
produces luxury vehicles and motorcycles. Its headquarters are in Germany’s capital, Munich,
and supplies the vehicles worldwide. A major emphasis of BMW is based on product innovation and
development, and quality and reliability.
About the Manufacturer
Minichamps was founded in 1990 as a die-cast car producer in Aachen, Germany under the name of Paul’s Model Art GmbH. The original company was the Danhausen, a trade company that made 1:43 scale models and sold them over the counter and mail order. From 1971 to 1993 the company published the famous Danhausen World Model Car Book. Danhausen was owned by the grandsons of Emma Danhausen – Hans Peter and Paul Gunter Lang. There was a dispute between the brothers in the late 1980’s. That is when Paul formed the Paul’s Model Art. Diecast models were made more for the adult clientele and holding their value was a big question that needed to be answered. Minichamps’ excellent quality has been noticed by Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, Volkswagen, Opel, and BMW.