Occasionally the M Gruppe presents Honorary Membership Certificates to individuals who were major contributors to the BMW enthusiast community, to motorsports or to the betterment of our club. We are very proud of the HMC and most honored to have these individuals in our midst.
Born and raised in Denmark, Johan's passion with cars began at age six when he came up with his own rating system for cars listed in a annual consumer guide book. Johan started his racing career on the family farm when the fields were harvested and the ponds froze over. Fast forward, Johan became a professional racer and Precision Driving Instructor for BMW, not to mention a 3x Guinness World Record holder for the longest continuous drift in 2013, longest twin drift in 2017 and longest distance drifted in 8 hours in 2017 as well as a Pirelli World Championship winner in 2015 and third place winner in 2018.
Johan is a dear and important supporter of the M Gruppe and its mission. He joined the club as an active member in February 2019.
Sam Posey's name and reputation have transcended time and made him a legend in the automobilistic world and BMW Motorsports in particular. Sam competed in just about every form of racing, including Can-Am, Trans-Am, World Endurance Championship, IMSA, Indy Cars, Formula 5000 and Formula 1.
After Motorsports Sam went on to become one of the most sought-out TV racing announcers. He is also an accomplished writer, painter and artist.
In 1975, Sam was recruited by the factory BMW squad to campaign the BMW 3.0 CSL coupes. This resulted in Sam, along with co-drivers Brian Redman, Allan Moffat, and Hans-Joachim Stuck winning the 1975 12 Hours of Sebring race. That win was vital in introducing BMW to the North American market and paving the way for the company's success in the US and internationally.
Sam said he had a great deal of respect for his teammates Stuck, Brian Redman and Peterson. Of Stuck, Sam recalls, “he drove like he was born in the car. (...) things like the proper racing line, ideal braking points, etc. (it all) seemed to come to him naturally".
(add Chuck Ange's interview with Sam Posey)