BMW welcomes top athletes like World Superbike Champion Tory Corser from a wide range of disciplines to a sports meeting of a different kind at Munich’s Oktoberfest.
Since Saturday, the 179th Oktoberfest has been attracting millions of visitors to the Theresienwiese in Munich (GER). As is tradition, BMW
once again extended an invitation to its sports table at the largest and most famous beer festival in the world. On Tuesday, 20 top athletes from the world of motorsport, winter sports, sailing, running and tennis met up with representatives of the media and officials. They looked back on the 2012 season and enjoyed the unique Oktoberfest vibe.
The sports stars could hardly have come from a wider range of disciplines. Two-time Superbike World Champion and BMW Motorrad Ambassador Troy Corser
(AUS) exchanged stories with many renowned athletes from the world of winter sports, including BMW Group Olympic Ambassador Katarina Witt, luge legend Georg Hackl, two-time Olympic biathlon champion Sven Fischer, Rosi Mittermaier, Christian Neureuther and Erich Kühnhackl. Bob stars Manuel Machata, Andreas Bredau and Georg Bermbach were also among the illustrious party, as well as double skeleton world champion, Anja Huber.
BMW Yachtsport Ambassador Markus Wieser, European champion in the Dragon class, joined London 2012 Olympians Tobias Schadewaldt and Kathrin Kadelbach, German Davis Cup captain Patrik Kühnen and BMW Running Ambassador Ingalena Heuck for a taste of the legendary Oktoberfest atmosphere.
It goes without saying that the BMW stars on four wheels were also present at this who’s who of top sportsmen and women: BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt and the five BMW DTM drivers Augusto Farfus, Andy Priaulx, Bruno Spengler, reigning champion Martin Tomczyk and Dirk Werner had time to relax at the popular festival before turning their attention to the ninth race of the season, which takes place in Valencia this weekend.
The morning saw the stellar line-up assemble for a photo shoot in front of the “Bavaria” monument, which was built under the order of King Ludwig I in the mid-19th century and is a true Munich landmark. After a ride on the dodgems and the “Münchner Rutschn” slide, the athletes moved on to the more relaxing part of the Oktoberfest get-together. The sports stars tucked into tasty Bavarian delicacies and the odd nice cold beer.
Troy Corser (BMW Motorrad Ambassador and two-time Superbike World Champion):
“Wearing the Lederhosen feels a little bit different, but that’s the spirit here. It’s amazing to see how many people are here, it’s such a big event. And all the boys are wearing the Lederhosen and all the girls the dresses. It is fantastic. I am enjoying meeting all the other BMW drivers and sports stars. It is really nice to have a chat with them. There are some nice festivals in Australia, too, in Sydney for instance. However, Oktoberfest obviously is a completely different ball game.”