Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.

Shoppers in Republic Street could have been forgiven for thinking a matrimonial ceremony was in progress over the weekend. Yet it was engines rather than wedding bells that could be heard as a procession of classic BMWs made their way through the capital city.

The stars of the show were both divas from the 1950s: the elegant 502 sedan with its flowing baroque style lines and the jaw droppingly beautiful BMW 507 through which the car maker clearly nailed its sporting colours to the mast.

Only 252 of these sports cars were made and due to a high price tag tended to be the sole property of famous celebrities, such as Elvis Presley. However, it has since served as the inspiration for a number of BMW's other babies, with several features being passed down the family line.

Anyone who missed the procession can still catch a glimpse of the 502 and 507, plus a range of the most current BMWs like the ferociously powerful M6, at Ta' Qali where the BMW Roadshow is in full swing.

The show, dubbed The Spirit of Innovation, has been so popular that it has been extended till tomorrow.

As well as seeing the static show, members of the public can put a range of BMWs through their paces under the expert guidance of driving instructors.

A number of cones have been set up to improve drivers' manoeuvring and braking skills as well as showing off the vast capabilities of the cars that have been specially brought over from Germany.

Providing this feast of fun are BMW Group Malta and Muscats Motors, who have decided to bring a mix of BMWs to drive - like the One Series 130i, 3 Series 320 Si Limited edition model, 3 Series 325i Touring, 3 Series 330 Xd and 5 Series 530 Xd.

The track events demonstrate the most of the cars' agility. The exercises are carried out under the eagle eye of two BMW International Driving instructors who offer tips to drivers over the radio.

Kids have not been forgotten, as there is a little race track for them too. And they get to take their parents on.

Anyone who wants to take part in the Ta' Qali event, which is held in the afternoon, should contact either Michaela Gambina on 2316 2000 or Chiara Privitera on 2326 4585.

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