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 |  Jul 18 2012, 6:32 PM

The Nürburgring may be going bankrupt, but that isn’t keeping BMW from celebrating 40 years of M performance at the famous track this year.

BMW M GmbH, formerly known as BMW Motorsport GmbH, will be celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and BMW Classic has teamed up with Germany’s largest classic car race at the Nürburgring for the special occassion. The Oldtimer Grand Prix is also celebrating its 40th birthday this race, making it a celebration for all.

The double anniversary will kick off on August 10, 2012 and run through August 12 with 60,000 spectators expected this year. For the celebration, the German automaker will have a generous display of BMW M cars from over the years, including noteworthy race cars, and will host the BMW M Jubiläumsrennen races along with 10-minute demonstration drives right before.

The race will feature generations of BMW M performance from 1972-on and should be quite the spectacle to witness. BMW Classic itself will bring five race cars to the competition: two BMW M1 Group 4 racers, a BMW 320 Group 5 car, a 1987 BMW M3 Group A model, and a 1995 BMW 320i STW. The driver list includes four highly successful touring car drivers (Dieter Quester, Prince Leopold of Bavaria, Marc Surer, and Marc Hessel), while Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice-President BMW Group Design, will be the fifth.