A search in Google for the keyword
"BMW" yields results that use
the terms - Bimmer, Beemer and Beamer.
With so many terms being used it is
quite easy to get confused. Which is the
right one to use?
The truth is that all the terms refer to
BMW vehicles. However, Bimmer is the
proper term for BMW cars (vehicles with
4 wheels) while Beemer and Beamer are
terms that are used for BMW vehicles
that have less than 4 wheels (e.g.
Why all this different terms? BMW
started big in motorcycles and was very
active in motor sports back then. One of
their biggest competitors at the racing
track was BSA - which was also a big
name in motorcycles then. Since BSA
motorcycles were known as Beesers,
BMW fans decided to call BMW motorcycles
Beemers. As time went by,
different people (who couldn't spell
very well and didn't take the initiative
o find out) started to use the term Beamer.
BMW went on to design and manufacture
cars which subsequently outshone their
two-wheeled cousins. The BMW car
enthusiasts wanted a new term to
differentiate cars from motorcycles and
coined the term Bimmer.
The vehicle below is a Beemer/Beamer
- notice that there are only 2 wheels?