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    Talking Z8 Club at Monza with the BMW Z8 Safety Car for a children's charity event.

    ?SEI RUOTE DI SPERANZA?

    Event for disabled children at the Formula 1 racetrack Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (Italy), November 1, 2008

    Once again, and for the 22nd consecutive time, the charity event of the special kind, which is organized for disabled children and young adults, took place on the racetrack of Monza, Italy, which is steeped in tradition. We were, as was the case last year, present with 10 vehicles. This unique and very emotional day in Monza was an absolute highlight for another reason as well, because we were allowed the use of the BMW Z8 Safety Car which was used in the Moto GP motorcycle -race -series of the year 2002, and which BMW had put at our disposal for this event.

    The previous day we had picked up the car at the BMW Classic facility in Munich and during snowfall had crossed the Alps with a covered trailer containing the precious Safety Car cargo. The drive to Monza was more than challenging for all of us who participated, the San Bernadino-pass was completely closed off due to an avalanche, and several detours on snow covered roads, driving on summer tires, were necessary to reach Monza. After a 12 hour drive we reached the Autodromo Nationale di Monza with our Safety Car and were able to prepare ourselves and the one of a kind Z8 for the following day.

    1000 disabled children and young adults were once again brought to Monza just for this particular day, they came from all over Italy, from Sicily, Naples, Rom and the most northern region of Italy, Tyrol. 200 exotic sports cars, different Ferrari, Porsche, Pagani Zonta, Lamborghini and of course our BMW Z8s were present to give rides to these children from 9 am to 4 pm, once again this made for very special moments for all those participating.

    It really is indescribable, and even in the 2nd year of our participation, grown men had tears in their eyes. All of the challenges were well worth it to here at this point in time?and while last year we were being eyed cautiously and considered the ?exotic participants?, this year the tables had been turned and our Z8 Safety Car was the star of the event and the center of attention!

    With the Safety Car, with all of its flashing lights, and the other attending Club vehicles, we gave rides to children all day and by doing so we learned about the different stories and fates of many of the children and young adults. One young, pretty, female Italian lawyer lost her eyesight at the age of 28 to a viral infection and today she teaches Braille. What would I give to have even 30% of this lady?s energy! One male teenager had become a quadriplegic after he was involved in a car accident due to aquaplaning, yet even after this experience he is a huge car enthusiast.

    Why don?t we have an event like this in Germany? This question has kept us occupied the entire last year and even with the greatest effort we have not been successful in coming up with something similar!


    Thus far we were always able to make our ideas and dreams about the Z8 and the BMW Z8 Club e. V. become reality and that?s why we?re not giving up?I?d like to express my gratitude to all those Club members who made the effort to drive to Monza in these extreme weather conditions, there was not a single cancellation, even though we were faced with all that snow and ice?

    I?m certain we?ll see each other again next year in Monza!

    A full report of the Z8 Safety Car will be released soon! A few facts: it is running on Michelin Pilot Sport tires (no run flat), has a LSD, standard brakes with special brake pads, standard suspension, the original colour is red and there is a white film on the car, it is a very early EU car with VIN No AF77050 and now 11304 km on the clock! The engine is performing more than well...
                       
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    Jürgen

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    A few more pictures...
           
    Best Regards,

    Jürgen

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    in Coral Gables, Florida DirkZ8's Avatar
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    What a wonderful event Jurgen. Congratulations. One more answer to those who have been asking why it pays to be a member of the Z8 Club e.V.
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    What a wonderful and inspiring story, well done to all of you for not being turned back by the snow and ice!

    I'm also very happy to see that the Safety Car is still in it's original condition, and that BMW Classic are letting it out for such wonderful events.
    Andrew Macpherson

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    Cheers to all of you who made that difficult trip and to BMW for their ongoing support of both the Z8 club and worthwhile events like this. So many people face what appear to be insurmountable obstacles in life yet they rise above them to inspire everyone else. It is wonderful that you have given this group a thrilling experience that they can cherish.