BMW E28 528i Juma Bastos 24h Spa 1982 Heyer-Joosen-Hahne
The Bastos – Juma 528i that won the 24h of Spa in 1982. BMW 5 series cars had been competing successfully in the 24h of Spa for years (following the reign of the 3.0 Csi/CSL’s of the early ‘70s) with at least one podium finish every year since 1977. And in 1982 the 5 series cars dominated the rankings as they conquered the entire top 6 of that race. I had been planning to do this custom build ever since I saw an earlier model on Bimmerboard.
Back in 2010 the only possible donor model was an expensive Autoart model, which I had already purchased to this end (but luckily not yet disassembled). Several years later Ottomobile made an 1:18 E28 model available in resin … which I bought. Shortly thereafter Norev produced an even less expensive (metal!) E28 model that was quite ok in terms of build quality & finish. That one turned out to be the donor model for this custom build. One thing these 3 models have in common: these are street versions, not race versions. That means a lot of customizing & rebuilding, including:
• Uli Nowak alu wheels • suspension lowered to the correct racing height • removed front seats and replaced with single race seat • installed modified full E24 roll cage • drilled large holes in trunk for gasoline filling system • removed rear exhaust, replaced with open side exhaust • replaced stock mirrors with race mirrors • …
The model was spray painted white (stock color is off white). Roof and hood stripe covered, then spray painted the rest red. After that I applied a decal set that I designed & made myself. With the exception of the narrow gold stripe oh the hood: that’s an actual metallic decal. Details :) The car’s livery (and wheels) changed somewhat between the training sessions and the actual race. My version is based on the race livery. The earlier model mentioned above depicts the car as it ran in the training sessions, as can be seen on some of the reference pictures. To be done in a near future: the E12 BMW 530 that won the Spa24h in 1981!