Desire and Lust in Munich!

Well, I hope the title got your attention, but this is a very particular passion, focusing on the pleasure to be had from the motorcar, and in particular, a racing BMW.

BMW is of course based in Munich, where there is a museum. And this museum is a fleshpot mecca for anyone who lusts after the streamlined beauty of the motorcar. It’s a while since I’ve gone weak at the knees, but this is the place where physical beauty overrides the senses… There’s one room with hanging earphones so you can listen to the different sounds of M engines over the years. Awesome.

BMW started right back at the early part of the last century. The logo refers of course to the spinning blades of the propellers in the first BMW airplanes, swiftly followed by motobikes and then cars. Spikey wheels on glorious chrome metal power steeds. A heady mix… And BMW has always been effortlessly stylish. A sign of the times is the 30s, 50s and the noughties…

BMW 5 series, 1954

BMW 335, 1939

Early BMW motorbike

These are the blades from one of the very first jet engines, late in the war, in 1944.

Jet engine, Arada, 1944

But looking at some of the developments for cars of the future, and my breath is taken away. I just love the sleek lines and the aggressive stance of the 2001 Gina. The car skin is soft and pliable, a stretched taught fabric. Even stationary it looks like it’s racing at more than 100 mph.

Oh God, it's just beautiful...

It’s looking into the future, but with a siren call to the present and the past. Beautiful….

The eye of the future

(A note to any photographers visiting the site – all these were taken with a Blackberry, not bad for a poxy little handheld thing..!)

4 responses to “Desire and Lust in Munich!

  • David Murray

    Wow! Surprised they were taken with a Blackberry. Love the 50’s BMW 502 V8, complete with the old BMW font….from the time when cars weren’t all clones of one another. Just bought a big 18ft ’66 Dodge, so if you fancy practising your car photography just let me know 🙂

    • thomas peck

      I know exactly what you mean about the BMW font – it’s lovely isn’t it. Cars with character, indeed. Gorgeous.
      Dave – when are you going to do a blog, or what’s your flickr page?

  • Lustrzanka Dla Amatorow

    I am really impressed with your writing skills as well as with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you customize it yourself? Either way keep up the nice quality writing, it is rare to see a nice blog like this one these days..

    • thomas peck

      Hi Lustrzanka, thanks for your lovely comment. No this is not a paid theme (if only!!!). I think this is a substitute for writing a diary – I don’t have to do it so often, and I can play around with my pictures. And I think words and pictures go well together.
      I’ve had a look at your blog, but you have the advantage on me. I can’t read your language – Polish? Where can I see some of your photos? Cheers Tom

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