Lime Rock Park Historic Festival 28 Chairman Murray Smith has confirmed that noted collector Oscar Davis has entered his one-of-a-kind 1937 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Bugelfalte into the Festival's Sept. 5 “Sunday in the Park” Concours. It's the first time this car will be seen in the U.S.
For the 1940 Mille Miglia, BMW's design department, Kunstlerische Gestaltung, produced this one-off prototype with a streamlined body. It was driven by Count Giovanni Lurani and Franco Cortese and placed sixth overall. The streamlined roadster was based on chassis 85032, extensively modified to lower the engine and drive line in the chassis.
Aside from its low silhouette and flowing fenders, the prototype roadster's fenders had a pronounced ridge along their tops. It resembled the crease in a pair of ironed trousers and gave the unique car the name it still carries today, Bugelfalte or “ironing crease.”
Smith said, “This is a real breakthrough in the evolution of Lime Rock's Sunday in the Park as a major concours d'elegance in the U.S. The most important attributes that a car can bring to a concours are provenance, beauty and rarity; this BMW has all that, in major proportions.”
Smith also revealed the seven cars to be displayed by this year's Honored Collector, Joe Freeman:1914 Mercer Type J Raceabout
Once owned by the great American motoring artist Peter Helck; only four owners since new
1915 Duesenberg 4 Cylinder Board Track Racer
Second place at the 1916 Indy 500
1938 Sparks Thorne Engineering Special
Second at Indy in 1939 and third in 1941
1952 Kurtis Kraft 500A Chrysler Indy Car
Eighth at 1954 Indy 500 w/Offy
1958 John Fray Champ Car
As raced at Trenton, Langhorne & Milwaukee
1956 Cooper Norton Mark X1 Formula 3 car
1960 Joe Hunt Magneto Special Ewing Roadster
As raced at Indy, 1960-64
In addition, Freeman has entered the Ewing Roadster into the Festival and will race it Saturday and Monday.
“That an American oval-only single-seater once defeated the pride of continental sports racers, right here at Lime Rock (the groundbreaking 1959 Formula Libre race), makes for a very appealing connection between Joe's seven-car collection and all the historic European sports racers that will be here,” Smith says.
The Historic Festival will feature 31 races over the course of the weekend, with 12 on Saturday and 19 on Monday. For more information, visit LimeRock.com.