1976 Schnitzer 2002 Group 5
1976 BMW Schnitzer 2002 Group 5 #TP7-41478
White with Green and Blue stripes
Sam Moultrie (Since 2006)
In 1977, Sam Moultrie went to the Nürburgring. Sam, his wife Robin were at the ’Ring to cheer on fellow American Eddie Cheever, racing for BMW Motorsport’s Junior Team in the German national championship (Deutsche Rennsport Meisterschaft, or DRM).
One of Europe’s most exciting series, the DRM ran to the FIA’s Group 5 rules for “Special Production Cars,” which allowed giant rear wings, “cow catcher” front spoilers, and extra-wide fenders, along with turbocharged or F2 engines.
The car identified as TP7-41476—the “TP” stands for Technische Prüfnummrer, issued by Germany’s TÜV for cars built as competition vehicles or following an accident, in the manner of a salvage title—had been registered with Germany’s Oberste Nationale Sportkommission, the national governing body for motorsport, on May 11, 1977. Its owner was Georg Stummeyer of Buxtehude, near Hamburg. Stummeyer was reportedly keen to buy a Schnitzer Group 5 racer. Schnitzer wouldn’t sell him a complete car, only a caged shell, a 2.0-liter four-valve Schnitzer engine, and the rest of the parts to complete it.
In the only race record we can find after the Wagenpass was issued, Stummeyer qualified 15.4 seconds off the pace at the ADAC airport race at Diepholz on July 24, 1977. In 1979 he removed the Schnitzer drivetrain, suspension, etc. and sold the chassis of TP7-41478 to Stienko Hut. An oval-racing star in the Netherlands, Hut rebuilt the car and raced it to four Noord Nederlandse Oval racing championships from 1979 to 1984.