BMW has a history of using classic car shows around the world to showcase future designs. Last year, the automaker brought the 3.0 CSL Hommage R to Monterey Car Week in California and we couldn't get enough of it.

This year, BMW announced it will bring another concept car to the annual event to celebrate the marque's 100th anniversary. Given the event's penchant to celebrate everything pre-war we're not sure what BMW has in store, but few of the automaker's designs are as instantly recognizable and celebrated as the M1.

The last we heard anything about an M1 successor was several years ago, but that was a report that a follow-up to the late-1970s supercar would be due this year. A lot can happen in four years, we know, but Mercedes-Benz and Audi have made the case for small volume GT supercars with the AMG GT S and R8, respectively.

Officials from BMW also said the automaker would bring a "very special, freshly restored" BMW classic to the event that may compete in the event's historic races.

Motor Authority will be on hand at mid-August's Monterey Car Week, including the event highlight, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, so stay tuned. We're anticipating it'll be a busy event with plenty of new vehicle introductions from several manufacturers. For more of our coverage, head to our dedicated hub.