M535 is no replica

Australian Muscle Car - - Muscle Mail -

Just read­ing through is­sue #88 and no­ticed the col­umn by Chris David­son. It was nice to see a men­tion of me and Adrian Brady and our Euro­pean ex­ploits, but I need to ask you for cor­rec­tions to the con­tent.

My M535 is not a replica. It was built to Euro­pean Group 2 reg­u­la­tions in 1981 by Wil­lie Mar­tini, who had the ‘Work­stadt’ and BMW deal­er­ship at the Nur­bur­gring. He raced it in 1000km and 24 hour races at the ‘Ring un­til 1986 when its ho­molo­ga­tion ex­pired. It was stored in his show­room un­til 2002, when it was recom­mis­sioned and has been raced ex­ten­sively at Spa, Nur­bur­gring and Zand­voort since then. It is the only Group 2 BMW 535 ever built and is com­pletely orig­i­nal.

After buy­ing the car in 2014, I raced it at Spa Clas­sic last year, and this year we used the Don­ing­ton His­toric Fes­ti­val as a warm-up for Spa. Best re­gards.

Bill Cut­ler Mel­bourne, Vic­to­ria

ED: Our apolo­gies, Bill, for mis­tak­enly re­fer­ring to your M535 as a replica. Thank you for set­ting us straight and ex­pand­ing upon the car’s his­tory.

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