Auto designers sometimes say that the people who know cars best work in car washes. The man who towels off dozens of models each day learns their shapes in his bones, not with eyes or from images on screen or page. But auto shows and museums as a rule strictly forbid touching the paint or chrome.
BMW has made an exception.
The company's museum in Munich is handing out white gloves to visitors in a special event this Friday night and letting them touch the venerable Mille Miglia 328s, Elvis-era 507s and M supercars. This is the fifth edition of the Night of the White Gloves, and it commemorates the 25th anniversary of the unveiling of the Z1 sports car.
"The Night of the White Gloves, is a unique event in the museum landscape," Ralf Rodepeter, director of the BMW Museum, said in a statement. "It offers our visitors a rare opportunity to get a feel - quite literally - for BMW's brand history, which now goes back more than 95 years."