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The REAL origins of the BMW Logo

Posted By: BostonBagger

The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 02:37 AM

For years, I understood that the BMW logo evolved from the original BMW airplane motor, and that the blue & white cross was the aircraft propellers. WRONG...

I just saw this from the BMW archives on YouTube. Pretty interesting, and a must know tidbit for all BMW owners.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znBnNJ1Fv08
Posted By: mbelectric

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 04:07 AM

And since you own a Harley, what of that logo?

I hear tell that they originally owned it, sold it, and had to buy it back.

Can you verify this?

Sorry for the hijack.

MB>
Posted By: Linz

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 06:35 AM

Bagger... Where have you been?

You teased us with backlit roundels and then mysteriously disappeared.

What happened?

Linz smile
Posted By: tallman

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 12:34 PM

Actually, there is probably more specific info than "They chose the colors of the Bavaian flag".

The blue and white pattern of the emblem is very much like the flag in certain designs.
Posted By: Albert

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 04:47 PM

And here I always thought it represented the revolving door at my bank. rofl
Posted By: AZKomet

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 05:00 PM

For me this did not explain much. It really does not explain the quadrants of blue and white in the triangular pattern. I still see the prop idea being reasonable even though they don't admit it.
Posted By: tallman

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 09:14 PM

Dave,
Long article in magazine(s) past years, maybe MOA, don't recall.
Logo used since X date and it had links to the Bavarian flag design and the logo.
Predates any prop reference which was taken to be gospel by many.
Prop makes a better story.
Best wishes.
Posted By: AviP

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 09:43 PM

I always thought it was the propellers! This review by Muzzy337 in the video link was funny.

Originally Posted By: Muzzy337
Your motorcycle design engineers are AUTISTIC. The K bikes having the spin-on oil filter INSIDE the crankcase is one of the STUPIDEST DESIGN F***-UPS of all time. EPIC FAIL. Who designed that one- RainMan? Worse- who was the a**hole manager who actually signed off on the design? Have you ever tried to change the oil filter on your product? Duh. You f***ing idiots should start selling shoes instead of designing garbage.


I have to say there is an element of truth in it.
Posted By: AZKomet

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 10:21 PM

I had only heard the prop story....alas, my bubble is burst!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: JohnnyJ

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/09/10 11:51 PM

So... this is the official story. At least until the NEXT official story comes out.


JohnnyJ
Posted By: cali_beemer

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/10/10 05:31 AM

The video did virtually nothign to explain the cente section other than where the colors come from, yet thats where the propellor theory is based on. If I remember correct, i used to have a VHS tape that BMW sent me once and it illustrated the blue and white as the propellors. It didnt look like the image in this video. It had proppelors rotating in several positions between the 2 blue sections. BMW used to send me this video every time I bough a new bike from them. This is where I learned of the propellor idea.
Posted By: Dick_at_Lake_Tahoe_NV

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/10/10 10:50 PM

There is no question the Blue/White is based on the colors in the Bavarian Flag. I think since, as the video states, the first time the logo appeared, it was on a manual that described their aircraft engines, the divided circle in fact does represent a spinning aircraft propeller, as it would appear when spinning in the sunlight. No myth as far as I'm concerned.
Posted By: Tom F. (formerly boney)

Re: The REAL origins of the BMW Logo - 06/10/10 11:50 PM

There's probably some old, dead graphic designer that came up with a cool logo for BMW from his/her imagination and laughed silently to himself every time someone tried to explain it's origins.
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