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Classic BMW K1 auctioned for Nepal earthquake relief

19 May, 2015

In 1992, BMW released for production the K1 motorcycle — their first production motorcycle featuring four valves per cylinder, and cutting-edge design. That design stood the test of time in that it still boasts the lowest coefficient of drag of any production motorcycle to date.

A beautifully restored example has been donated by BMW specialists Mint Classics, of Münster, to RM Sotheby’s auction house — 100 per cent of the auction’s proceeds are to benefit Caritas International, which is a confederation that volunteers and provides aid for when a crisis hits. These proceeds will go towards the support of relief work for the recent Nepalese earthquakes.

“We are proud to lend our auction services to support the area’s earthquake-relief efforts, with 100 per cent of proceeds from the bike’s sale, including buyer’s premiums, supporting this deserving cause,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Sotheby’s Europe,

The auction is to take place during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on Lake Como, Italy, on May 23. We hope the bidders will dig deep for a truly worthy cause.

Saltwater Creek Garage

After passing by this building for many years, I decided to call in and ask the owner about his garage and the car that had been parked there. It was a 1982 Hyundai Pony 1200 TLS that he’d inherited from his mother who had bought it when it was nearly new. I was fortunate enough to buy it from him — many had approached him over the years but were turned away. After sitting out there for that long you could not imagine how dirty it was. At least it had never been wet in all that time. The interior is a mid-blue and almost like new — in fact his mother, Irene, had still retained the original factory-fitted thick clear-plastic cover over the mid-blue vinyl door panels.

Lunch with … Roger Bailey

Roger’s story is a classic illustration of what hard work, honesty to the point of brutal frankness, a ‘can-do’ approach, and a racer’s brain can get you in this sport of car racing. Roger, or ‘Boost’ as he’s known up and down the pitlanes of America, was who Kenny Smith turned to when he was dragging a reluctant teenager around the different pit garages at Laguna Seca.
“Scott [Dixon] kept complaining that it was too hot and he just wanted to go back to the hotel pool. I had to tell him that I was trying to secure his future — we weren’t getting much of a look in until we saw Roger who knew everyone and set about introducing Scott as New Zealand’s next big thing.