Last week I was hosted by Burkard, Andreas and Florian Bovensiepen in Buchloe to present my latest and their very first editorial fatigue:OAL-BB 50. The one and only official Alpina Book has been relased to celebrate 50 years of BMW ALPINA automobiles, without any doubt among the most intriguing and utterly exclusive automotive brand alive. Luckily enough, I had the privilege to compile this Oeuvre. With 464-pages my thickest book so far, this was also a first time opportunity to liaise with the highly recognized German publishers for anything automotive, Delius Klasing.
Searching for a motive why an Italian was chosen to write an exquisitely German saga, I can recognize two: First of all, the Bovensiepens seemed to like my previous large corporate portrait: Making Aston Martin with Dr. Ulrich Bez (now outsold and only available as a collector’s edition). The second reason must be rather immaterial. Having been born in a Milanese family, my father used to prefer cars bearing the Visconti snake. Only once was a German exception made: For a 1965 BMW 1800 TI. This was not only the car which Alpina’s very birth and later success are based upon. It also was the very first vehicle that I, then a newly born baby, had the pleasure to drive in.
If you like stories, and German cars to begin with, this book—with German and English digest—is likely to have a lot to tell you. If not, some of the pictures are very cute too.