Munich. Since Saturday, the 185th Oktoberfest on the Theresienwiese has once again been thrilling millions ofvisitors from all over the world. This can mean only one thing: itis time for the BMW Wiesn Sport-Stammtisch. For the ninth time, BMWinvited well-known athletes and guests from various sports, as wellas its sport and brand ambassadors, to the largest and most famousfair in the world.
BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt toasted the “fifth season”. Hewas joined by guests including BMW works driver and Brand AmbassadorAlessandro Zanardi (ITA), BMW Classic ambassadors Katarina Witt (GER)and Prince Leopold of Bavaria (GER), and BMW works drivers from theDTM and endurance racing, as well as Olympic gold medallists, worldchampions and top winter sport athletes. Olympic luge champion NatalieGeisenberger (GER) presented all five of her medals in public for thefirst time during the BMW Wiesn Sport-Stammtisch.
In keeping with tradition, the BMW Wiesn Sport-Stammtisch began witha jovial stroll around Oktoberfest; the action on the Devil’s Wheel,bumper cars and the Münchner Rutschn (slide) was predictablycompetitive. This was followed by the more relaxed part of the BMWWiesn Sport-Stammtisch, in the wonderful atmosphere of theKäfer-Wiesn-Schänke, where athletes past and present discussed theirsports and much more over a snack and a beer.
BMW guests from the world of winter sport.
Rosi Mittermaier (GER), BMW Wintersport Ambassador
Christian Neureuther (GER), BMW Wintersport Ambassador
Natalie Geisenberger (GER), four-time Olympic luge champion
Felix Loch (GER), three-time Olympic luge champion
Georg Hackl (GER), three-time Olympic luge champion
Johannes Lochner (GER), three-time world bob champion with pushersFlorian Bauer, Marc Rademacher and Christian Rasp
Norbert Loch (GER), BSD head coach luge/bobsleigh
René Spies (GER), BSD head coach bobsleigh
Alexander Resch (GER), member of the board of management of the BSD
BMW guests from the world of motorsport.
Jens Marquardt (GER), BMW Motorsport Director
Alessandro Zanardi (ITA), BMW Brand Ambassador
Philipp Eng (AUT), BMW DTM driver
Augusto Farfus (BRA), BMW DTM and WEC driver
Nico Menzel (GER), BMW Motorsport Junior
Timo Scheider (GER), BMW works driver
Martin Tomczyk (GER), BMW works driver
Marco Wittmann (GER), BMW DTM driver
Sven Quandt (GER), Team principal of X-raid Team
Christina Surer (SUI), former racing driver
Other BMW Ambassadors.
Katarina Witt (GER), BMW Classic Ambassador
Prince Leopold of Bavaria (GER), BMW Classic Ambassador
Quotes from the 2018 BMW Wiesn Sport-Stammtisch.
Katarina Witt (BMW Classic Ambassador):
“Despite all the many projects I have on at the moment – I was on theBMW Classic Rally two weeks ago and am also preparing a figure skatingshow – I was not going to miss out on this get-together. It has becomea wonderful tradition.”
Prince Leopold of Bavaria (BMW Classic Ambassador):
“Oktoberfest is obviously rather special for my family, as it wasintroduced by my great-great-grandfather Ludwig I. I always reallylook forward to attending this big get-together of the BMW sportingfamily, and to seeing so many familiar faces.”
Alessandro Zanardi (BMW Brand Ambassador, BMW works driver):
“I share a long and fantastic history with BMW. Over all the years, Ihave obviously made a lot of friends, and it is great to meet some ofthem at an occasion like this. I enjoy a beer, but a beer with friendsis so much better.”
Jens Marquardt (BMW Motorsport Director):
“For me, the BMW Wiesn Sport-Stammtisch is a very pleasantappointment each year. It shows the diverse positioning of BMW insport, motorsport and beyond. In my opinion, this gathering is theembodiment of BMW’s philosophy of being a global group and yet stilllike a big family.”
Marco Wittmann (BMW DTM driver):
“This event is a great tradition every year. When the weather is asgood as it is today, what more do you want? Visiting Oktoberfest andmeeting all the other members of the BMW family makes a nice changefrom the everyday routine of motorsport.”
Philipp Eng (BMW DTM driver):
“This year is actually the first time in my life that I have visitedOktoberfest. It is great to meet sportsmen and women from othersports, who I only knew from television before, in person at this BMW event.”
Augusto Farfus (BMW DTM driver):
“It is nice to be back. Oktoberfest is huge. It reminds me a bit ofour Brazilian carnival. It is great to meet up with so many othersportsmen and women here once a year. It is funny that although we areall part of the BMW family, our schedules do not allow us to meet moreoften. That makes the get-together at Oktoberfest all the better.”
Martin Tomczyk (BMW works driver):
“The BMW Wiesn Sport-Stammtisch has become something of aninstitution and I am very happy to be back here with my wife Christinaagain this year. I am always particularly pleased to meet thebobsledders, as we have a very close relationship.”
Timo Scheider (BMW works driver):
“Not only have I got to know many sportsmen and women from a widerange of sports, but also a number of journalists who were familiar tome. We are usually all caught up in our everyday lives and do not havemuch time for each other. This is the perfect place to have a morerelaxed chat with a few people.”
Rosi Mittermaier (BMW Wintersport Ambassador):
“It is always a nice mixture of a reunion with old acquaintances andan opportunity to get to know new, young members of the BMW family. Iparticularly like it when the Wiesn is a little quieter, like thismorning, and you can enjoy the original atmosphere. It is a niceBavarian tradition.”
Christian Neureuther (BMW Wintersport Ambassador):
“There is always a relaxed atmosphere at the BMW WiesnSport-Stammtisch. I particularly like that. I really enjoy coming herein the morning and seeing so many children about.”
Johannes Lochner (world bobsleigh champion):
“A real Bavarian has to visit the Wiesn at least once a year. The BMWWiesn Sport-Stammtisch is the perfect opportunity. After all, webobsledders are back on the ice for the first time in just threeweeks’ time, so we have to make the most of this opportunity.
Natalie Geisenberger (Olympic luge champion):
“I chose the BMW Wiesn Sport-Stammtisch as the place to show all fiveof my Olympic medals in public for the first time. I think it is avery cool occasion to do it. Although the start of the season is justaround the corner, and we consequently have a lot of engagements, Ienjoy coming to this gathering every year. It is like a family get-together.”
Georg Hackl (Olympic luge champion):
“We luge athletes head to Norway at the end of the week for sometraining. That makes it all the nicer to spend a morning relaxing atOktoberfest and meeting other sportsmen and women from the BMW family.This event has become something of a tradition.”
Felix Loch (Olympic luge champion):
“Every year, this visit to Oktoberfest is a nice change from everydaytraining, as we are already in the middle of our preparations for thecoming winter. I am very happy so far and am looking forward togetting on the ice for the first time in Lillehammer this weekend.”