Bavarian engineers Alexander von Falkenhausen (1907 - 1989) and Paul Rosche (1934 - 2016) had been the driving force behind the Formula 2 project of Munich car maker BMW during the sixties. All had begun in 1967 with the start of the European Formula 2 Championship. BMW had designed a powerful but pretty complicated engine with the help of Knittelfeld native Ludwig Apfelbeck (1903  - 1987) from Austria, a specialist on the cylinder head sector,  for the 1600 cc regulations of the FIA. The chassis (T102) for the works team and their drivers Jo Siffert, Hubert Hahne and Kurt Ahrens were delivered by British racing car manufacturer Lola under the lead of Éric Broadley. Private Lola BMWs were driven by John Surtees, who scored an excellent second place in the Eifel Race at the Nuerburgring very early in 1967,    and Chris Irwin. For 1968 BMW gave up the very special Apfelbeck design to switch to a more conventional concept with four valves per cylinder. But the power of the BMW engine was too much for the Lola chassis. For this reason BMW was looking for another chassis supplier being  theirselves not able to construct a monocoque of their own in their domestic  racing department having got only pretty small personal resources. Such a company was found in  famous aircraft manufacturer Dornier also having got their headquarters in Munich. The beautiful looking, by Briton Len Terry designed, F269 was driven by Jo Siffert, Hubert Hahne, Dieter  Quester and Gerhard Mitter in 1969 and showed enormous potential by scoring several leads and second positions. At that time  Formula 2 races with always being a lot of Grand Prix drivers on the grid driving for the big factory entries of Matra, Ferrari, Brabham, Lotus, McLaren, March, Chevron  and Tecno were a tough competition followed by huge crowds at the tracks and in the media. A very sad story happened to rising German star Gerhard Mitter, who once  had been a fugitive child from communist CSSR. During the practice for the 1969 German Grand Prix on the extremely dangerous Nuerburgring-Nordschleife, where both F1 and F2 cars were taking part, the steering of  Mitter`s  F269 had collapsed at the high speed Schwedenkreuz section, the accident following was like a big plane crash no one could survive. For 1970 the European Formula 2 champion of 1967 and Ferrari works Grand Prix driver, Jacky Ickx from Belgium,  joined the BMW team; the other F270 drivers were again Jo Siffert,  Hubert Hahne, Dieter Quester and engineer Dieter Basche.  That season brought never to seen successes to  the Munich based team with seven wins overall to their credit. The most exciting triumph was Quester`s one at the final round of the European championship held at Hockenheim in October. In the last lap Quester and new champion Clay Regazzoni collided at the right entrance corner of the Motodrom stadium making the BMW being thrown pretty high into the air. While the Tecno Ford driver from Switzerland was struggeling through the dirty grass, the Austrian got a lot more grip by driving over a service road to win the race by some 1.5 seconds. Dieter Quester also won the race on the Neubiberg airfield as well as the Grand Prix of Macau, where his car was sponsored by German airline Lufthansa. The BMW F270/03 of Quester is on exhibition in Munich`s Deutsches Museum.

 

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