BMW fans owe a lot to the 3.0-liter CSL and all the people who drove it to numerous victories around the world. The 2002 may have been their first sports car, but the CSL was their first true in-house race car. It was BMW Motorsport’s first creation and it helped pave the way for all the brilliant sports cars that followed. It’s also, in my humble opinion, the most beautiful car BMW has ever built and its racing success only makes me love it more.
Perhaps what it’s best known for locally is establishing BMW’s presence in North America as well. At a time when Americans still thought the name stood for “British Motor Works”, the company’s reputation depended on the car, a group of engineers and mechanics, and some legendary racers. BMW wasn’t let down. 40 years later, they released a beautiful documentary called GO LIKE SCHNELL which chronicled the wins and losses of their historic 1975 season in America – their very first – and pays tribute to “The Cowboys” who made it all happen.
Now it’s been posted to their YouTube channel and is open for all to see. Run time is about 19 minutes, so sit back, grab a Weißbier, and enjoy the story. Oh and John Hindhaugh of Radio Le Mans narrates, so enjoy that too.
[Source: BMW Motorsport on YouTube]