During the German Formula 1 Grand Prix, BMW will be paying very special homage to the legendary pop artist Andy Warhol. To mark the 30th anniversary of the BMW M1 and also to celebrate the reival of the Procar, Warhol’s BMW Art Car (1979) will again be taking to the starting grid. Both on 19th and 20th July 2008, ten of these cars will be on the starting grid in Hockenheim. Jochen Neerpasch, former head of BMW Motorsport GmbH and initiator of BMW M1 development, will take Andy Warhol’s Art Car round the track on a few of laps of honour.
During this ride, the co-pilot will be Frank Stella, one of the most significant artists of the 20th century, and also an enthusiastic racing car driver, which designed the BMW 3.0 CSL that raced at Le Mans in 1976. Warhol himself was just as enthusiastic as usual: “I love that car. It has turned out better than the artwork”. Instead of first designing a scale model and leaving the final completion to his assistants as his predecessors did, the pop art legend painted the BMW M1 from the beginning to the end himself – and signed on the wet paint using his fingers. “If a car is really fast, all contours and colours will
With Warhol’s car and Frank Stella driving it, the event is also a token of gratitude to all art lovers and should be very interesting to watch.