2012 is a special year for all BMW M fans with BMW M GmbH—formerly known as BMW Motorsport GmbH—marking its 40th birthday.

BMW Classic is celebrating the anniversary with an array of events at this year’s edition of Germany’s largest classic car race at the Nürburgring.

Just check out this fleet of M1s and other vintage vixens roaring down the racetrack.

Life does begin at 40…