The Ultimate Driving Museum Celebrates the 100th anniversary of BMW Motorrad with the BMW Motorcycles: A Century of Innovation exhibit.

  • Runs from May 2023 till January 2024.
  • Fifty-seven rare and significant vehicles on display.
  • Located in Greer, SC.

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – May 25, 2023…The Ultimate Driving Museum of the BMW CCA Foundation in Greer, SC celebrates the 100th anniversary of BMW Motorrad with an eight month-long exhibit titled: “BMW Motorcycles: A Century of Innovation.” Over 57 rare and historically significant two- and four-wheeled motorcycle-powered vehicles are on display, taking the visitor on a historical tour from the very first 1927 BMW R 47 through the latest 2023 100 Years Edition motorcycles.
 
The exhibit highlights the world-leading technical innovations, racing victories, world records, and pure passion that has driven BMW’s motorcycle division to this day.



In December 1922, BMW chief designer Max Friz put the first full-scale BMW motorcycle on the drawing board. At its heart was a 494 cc, 8.5 hp, air-cooled two-cylinder, four-stroke boxer engine. The first BMW motorcycle, the R 32, was unveiled in September 1923 at the German Motor Show in Berlin. Production began that same month in an area of the BMW engine works on the edge of the Munich’s Oberwiesenfeld airfield. Just 56 motorcycles were built that first year.  Those humble beginnings of BMW motorcycle production launched an unprecedented success story that has spanned a century.
 
The BMW motorcycles on display at The Ultimate Driving Museum include a selection of prewar singles and boxer twins, postwar street and racing machines, including the 1938 R 51 Super Sport raced by Tim Reid in the 1939 Isle of Man TT, the world championship-winning 1958 Fath Kneeler sidecar racer, and Reg Pridmore’s 1976 AMA Superbike championship-winning R 90 S, plus a world-traveling R 80 G/S and other assorted rarities from the 100-year span of BMW Motorcycle history.
 
The Ultimate Driving Museum is located across the street from BMW Plant Spartanburg, the largest BMW Group production plant in the world, and just down the road from the BMW Performance Driving School and U.S. Rider Academy.

BMW Car Club of America Foundation
The Ultimate Driving Museum

190 Manatee Ct, Greer, SC 29651    
Tel: 864-329-1919
Email: info@bmwccafoundation.org    
Website: https://theultimatedrivingmuseum.org/
Hours: Monday - Friday 9 am – 5 pm, Saturday 10 am – 4 pm
 

About The Ultimate Driving Museum
 
The Ultimate Driving Museum is produced by the BMW Car Club of America Foundation, an enthusiast-powered nonprofit, working in partnership with its donors, corporate partners, and the 55,000-plus members of the BMW Car Club of America. It is not a subsidiary or program of BMW AG or BMW North America, although they are strong partners. The Foundation’s shared mission is to help young drivers learn car control in real-world situations through the Tire Rack Street Survival program and celebrate the heritage of BMW Motorcars through its Museum, Archive, and Preservation programs. The BMW CCA Foundation operates the world's second-largest BMW museum and archive, on seven acres adjacent to the BMW Performance Center in Greer, South Carolina.
 
BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California;  a technology office in Silicon Valley, and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is the BMW Group global center of competence for BMW X models and assembles the X3, X4, X5, X6 and X7 Sports Activity Vehicles as well as the BMW XM. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 349 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 145 BMW motorcycle retailers, 104 MINI passenger car dealers, and 38 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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To the extent that historical press releases reference BMW Manufacturing Co. LLC as the manufacturer of certain X model vehicles, the referenced vehicles are manufactured in South Carolina with a combination of U.S origin and imported parts and components.