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MOA member named Motorcycle Collector of the Year

Saturday, August 12, 2017   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Wes Fleming

Motorcycle Collector of the Year, Philip Richter, and his two-wheeled Best in Class winner return to the Lime Rock Park Historic Festival Sunday in the Park Concours d'Elegance on September 3, 2017. Joined by many of its garage mates, the Historic Festival 33-awarded 1937 BMW R 6 will take center stage among the stellar exhibition. Richter is a member of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.

Philip Richter's extensive motorcycle and automobile collection shows a penchant for German design and engineering. His German-born father and family suffered during the Nazi regime, and he shares that, "Largely as a result of my personal family history, I have always been fascinated by this complex and tragic era."

A lifelong motoring enthusiast, Richter explains, "I don't always go for the most powerful or expensive vehicle. I like cars and motorcycles with interesting stories—about their design, production, ownership, or place in history." Among his Turtle Garage stable to be spotlighted at Sunday in the Park will be his 1937 BMW R 6, 1938 BMW R 71, 1938 BMW R 51, 1969 BMW R 50, 1962 BMW R 60/2, 1966 BMW R 69 S, 1990 BMW K 1 and 2005 MV Agusta F4. "The Sunday in the Park Concours d'Elegance is a premier event and I am honored to participate and display some of the rare vintage BMW motorcycles from the Turtle Garage Collection," remarked Richter.

A contributor to Sports Car Market Magazine, Richter also chronicles his motorcycle and car collection and relevant travels on his Turtle Garage blog. He is president and co-founder of New York City-based Hollow Brook Wealth Management, LLC, and on the Board of the Malcolm Pray Family Foundation.

Sunday in the Park Co-Director Kent Bain noted that selecting Richter as Motorcycle Collector of the Year was an obvious choice: "Phil and I spent some time motorcycling around Tuscany…years ago and with many accouterments in tow. Phil is about as committed as one can get to celebrating great bikes and cars and understanding vehicular history. I love all he does; he does it well and shares that joy with his pals among whom I am happy to be included."

Geared to touring and sidecar users, Richter's 1937 BMW R 6 is one of only 1,850 built during the nine-month production run of the Company's first 600cc motorcycle. An extensive restoration revealed traces of eagle symbols, indicating possible military service during World War II.

The 1938 BMW R 51 is a totally original bike with known history from new. Richter is the third owner, buying it from the second owner of over 50 years. The bike remains cosmetically original and is fully functional, having undergone a huge mechanical sorting.

Richter's correct and authentically restored 1962 BMW R 60/2 dons its original livery of rare Dover White. Powered by a 600cc boxer engine that produces 30 horsepower, the R 60/2 has an innovative Earles front fork design that utilizes a triangular geometry, providing a smooth and stable ride favored by the sidecar crowd. A total of 16,870 R 60/2s were built over its 1962-1969 production run.

The 1966 BMW R 69 S was the high performance BMW of the 1960s, and Richter's example is equipped with a rare 9.5 gallon Ernst Hoske fuel tank.

Richter cites that the 1990 BMW K 1 is "an iconic and rare machine that represents BMW's efforts to push the limits of style and technology." He furthers that, "The bike was conceived of as a high-speed sports touring motorcycle designed to compete with the Japanese superbikes of the late 1980s. Charged with changing the perception of BMW as a manufacturer of stodgy flat twin air-cooled machines, it was a radical departure for BMW and represented a technological tour de force for the period. The K 1 was equipped with anti-lock brakes, a 16-valve, four-cylinder engine and a Paralever rear drive that was designed to stop shaft drive pitch and dive under heavy acceleration and braking. Upon its introduction, the K 1 was loved and hated by the market and the press."

The Sunday in the Park Concours d'Elegance showcases approximately 200 rare and unique cars from the Brass Era to modern as well as motorcycles, and the Gathering of the Marques lines the track with 1,000 cars grouped by make, country of origin or enthusiast club.

Press release provided by Lime Rock Park Historic Festival. Photos by Ken Richardson.


Roger R. Mullins Vice President says...
Posted Saturday, August 19, 2017
Awesome news... MOA members setting the bar high. Great article Wes.
Stan Tumilowicz says...
Posted Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Great divers & CLEAN collection- impressive! Stan (the jealous) Man!

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