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An Open Love Letter to BMW | 50th Anniversary of M-Sport

photography source: internet archives

According to Hypebeast, 2022 marks 50 years of the BMW Motorsport subsidiary. For those who may not know, BMW M GmbH, formerly known as BMW Motorsport GmbH, is a subsidiary of BMW AG that manufactures high-performance cars. BMW M was initially created to facilitate BMW’s racing program, which was very successful in the 1960s and 1970s. To commemorate the anniversary, the German car manufacturer revisits its original emblem as well as premiering its latest We Are M short film, but I would like to to commemorate this anniversary with a twist, by sharing an open love letter to BMW 3251 & 325is which are unofficial high-performance cars to the spinners in our region.

Bayerische Motoren Werke known and referred to famously by its abbreviation, BMW – is a German multinational corporate manufacturer of luxurious vehicle and motorcycle. This particular vehicle may spark different nostalgic moments and memories for different people in different corners of the world, but to us South Africans, BMW or BM (cause abbreviating an abbreviation is out favourite sport) or Gusheshe (325i) and iBotsotso (325iS) holds a special place in our hearts.

Sikutshelile there’s nothing like 325i

Okmalumkoolkat – Gusheshe

As someone who grew up in Soweto, Diepkloof to be precise – I know the unmistakable roaring sound of a spinning and revving Gusheshe (BMW 330is Edition) quite well, which more than often is accompanied by a cheering crowd and smoke for the ambience. I don’t think the German manufacturer thought for a second that their BMW 325i and 325is models will one day become South Africa’s most cherished spinning cars that are also adored by gangsters, ithemba lamakgumusha, but these two models have engraved themselves into our identity and culture over the decades.

Spina Gusheshe like a skateboard.

Okamalumkoolkat – Mlazi Milano
photography source: internet archives
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