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The car’s the star at Autosport International

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January 13, 2012
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A famous piece of rallying history is on display at the Adrian Flux stand at the Autosport International show at the NEC this weekend.

The show itself is a feast of the best in performance automotive excellence, and this year we’ve landed a rallying star for our stand in the shape of this superbly-restored BMW M3, pictured here in action on the track.


The M3 was launched in 1987, and is the most successful touring race car ever built. This car, chassis number M3-120207, was sold new in 1991 to the famous CiBiEmme, official race team of BMW-Italia to be entered in the Italian Superturismo.
It was raced by BMW touring car legend Roberto Ravaglia and five-time Le Mans winner Emmanuale Pirro in 1991 and 1992.

In its first year Ravaglia won the championship, beating the 450bhp Alfa 75 IMSA, before being sold to a collector, ending up as a Group A hill climb racer in France in 1994 after being sold via famous classic car dealer Jean Jacques Bailly.
In 1998 and 1999 it won the French Hill Climb Touring Car Championship, and nearly a decade later in 2007 the M3 was meticulously restored back to its original 1991 livery when raced by Ravaglia, wearing Number 1.

The restoration revealed no crash damage, and today it stands in fantastic original condition.

The show runs today and all weekend at the NEC.

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