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.
Klaus and Manuel Valier, a father and son team, have been featured in national and international kart races since 1976. As well as drivers they also have impressive careers as team owners.
Harald Grohs, born in 1944 in Germany is a race car driver and team owner. He has raced in over 50 24 hours endurance races to include 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours Nurburgring. He drove this car for Team Valier.
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.