BMW M1 Art Car | Pic of the Week


Itโ€™s been 40 years since Andy Warhol put a paint brush to that BMW M1 Procar, creating what many consider to be the greatest of all BMW Art Cars and one of the most daring examples of automotive creativity. This M1โ€™s history is therefore immense, what with its exterior having been finished by one of the most respected artists of the 20thย century. Not to mention the fact that it wore his design of vivid, hand-painted colours to finish second in class at the 1979 24 Hours of Le Mans.

It helps, too, that the M1 itself remains one of the most evocative BMWs to have ever been produced, with motorsport in its homologated veins and an unforgettable six-cylinder soundtrack produced by its mid-mounted, 470hp 3.5-litre. Let us refer you to that onboard video from a Time for Coffee post from back in March for a full demonstrationย to jog any blurred memoriesโ€ฆ

In the run up to Art Car Number Fourโ€™s 40-year milestone, BMW called for photographers to capture their best images of the racer. The winning portfolio comes from 29-year-old snapper Stephan Bauer, who parked the M1 in an abandoned factory in Cologne to take these spectacular images. The light, the shadows and the atmosphere captured with all that mist all serves to further accentuate the dramatic design of this gorgeous Procar. We dare you not to want one of the three images supplied here on your desktop backgroundโ€ฆ

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  • Nerdherder 04 Aug 2019

    Oooff... Did something go wrong in post production or is it just my screen? (i tries downloads of all provided resolutions..)

  • dibbers006 04 Aug 2019

    Let's take photos of a famous piece of automotive art where 80% of the shot is generic warehouse.

    Any close details or vivid features highlighted? Nope. How about smoke instead.

    It's like Michael Bay took a picture of a car park in the 90s for a cigarette advert FFS.

  • C.MW 05 Aug 2019

    Art? What have they done to this beautiful car. More like graffiti to me.

  • AlexFell93 05 Aug 2019

    dibbers006 said:
    Let's take photos of a famous piece of automotive art where 80% of the shot is generic warehouse.

    Any close details or vivid features highlighted? Nope. How about smoke instead.

    It's like Michael Bay took a picture of a car park in the 90s for a cigarette advert FFS.
    Warhol's studio was known as 'The Factory' so there's a good reason why you might photograph his art car in an old factory. Plus there's an abundance of photos of BMW art cars in clean studios if that's your thing.

    I'd say whoever took these shots is handy with a camera and could do with a little less flack from the armchair critics.

  • dibbers006 05 Aug 2019

    You signed up just to post that?

    hehe

    AlexFell93 said:
    ...could do with a little less flack from the armchair critics.
    Is that not the exact purpose of art. To provoke emotion, and forge discussion scratchchin

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