1969 BMW 2002 #1668269
Steve & Mary Walker (since 2014)
The 2002 began its American racing career in Los Angeles, at Hyde Park Motors. This small BMW dealership gained outsized prominence thanks to Carl Fredericks, Jr.
In late 1969, Hyde Park took delivery of a new BMW 2002, and built it into the racer you see here. With its twin already built as number 35, the team raced at several tracks in 1971, including Laguna Seca, Kent, Riverside, and Kansas, racing mainly at Riverside in 1972.
The cars were eventually sold to Mickey Pleasant in Escondido, California, who raced the SCCA regional series, as did Rug Cunningham, himself a BMW dealer in El Cajon who bought both cars from Pleasant.
Number 34 fell from sight in the early 1980s, resurfacing in 1986 and recognized as an ex-Cunningham race car. Jeff Gerken, of Cunningham BMW, snapped it up, restoring it in 1990 and racing it himself for 24 years. In 2014 he traded the car to Steve Walker in Oregon.
“I like having a car with a genuine history, and it’s a fun old war horse,” Walker says. “Since it has only ever been a race car, it feels most comfortable and content on the track. It just seems to know what to do.”