I was searching overseas to import an M1 into Australia, as these cars are unseen on Australian roads. When to my absolute amazement, I saw a spectacular example parked in a car showroom. It was here! It was in excellent condition and it ticked all the boxes for me. It also meant I did not have to face Australia’s high car import taxes of 35% luxury tax, plus a 10% GST and a 5% Stamp duty.
Everything works on the car (including all gauges, clock, windows and A/C), which is a credit to its German engineering. The M1 is a pleasure to drive with a strong motor, excellent brakes, precision steering, absorbing suspension and a surprisingly quite cabin for a mid engine car.
For most of my M1’s 31 years, it has been garaged and locked away from public view. Now I make it my personal aspiration to let people experience this vehicle, and for the younger generations to see what amazing machines the world has to offer. The M1 has finally been unleashed across the Australian landscape where it is very much at home.
The Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne (15th to 18th March 2012) has a Historic Demonstration event (6 laps each day) in showcasing iconic racing and sports cars from the previous 80 years. The M1 has been invited to participate in this on track event. It’s a fitting tribute that the M1 is recognized as a great car of my youth for its automotive advancement some 30 plus years ago.