• Dec 28, 2010
BMW unscripted meets Grant the Meerkat Man – Click above to watch video after the jump

BMW has sat down with a handful of notable Bimmer aficionados, ranging from Sabine Schmitz to Murray Fowler, the lone owner of a 1969 BMW 2800 CS. Now BMW has brought its cameras down to South Africa to speak to Grant McIlrath... who also goes by Meerkat Man.

Grant runs the Meerkat Magic Conservation Project and he does so with the help of his BMW 525i. The Meerkats have grown used to the sight of Grant's white 5er and the car helps him get closer to the animals. Previously, attempts to see the Meerkats in a 4x4 or off-road vehicle resulted in them immediately scurrying into their tunnels.

It's an odd choice for a unique man working a very different kind of job. However, you don't get the nickname Meerkat Man by making conventional decisions. Hop the jump to watch Grant and his E34 in action.
[Source: YouTube]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This guy didn't go through all that to bring you cheap deals on your car insurance!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Godspeed Meerkat Man!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Simples!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like seeing this RWD sedan being used for something that normally people would think only some high off the ground, rough and tough 4WD would be able to do.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Any sign of the mongoose horde?
      The Meerkat Man
      • 3 Months Ago

      Adopt a Wild meerkat and help support conservation - signed poster certificate delivered globally from Britain from Grant M. Mc Ilrath - A.K.A - The Meerkat Man in this film:

      http://www.giftrepublic.com/Product.aspx?ProdID=MEERKATADOPTIT

      • 4 Years Ago
      This is precisely the reason BMW completely bores me as a brand anymore. Can you see them running this commercial in 2001?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's not meant for you. You obviously need more half naked women and loud music to get interested. This however is a brand building exercise meant for educated adults.

        And what is "bores me as a brand anymore" supposed to mean? Oh, wait, you did state that your profession is car salesman, you're obviously not an English teacher.

        Do you really imagine you can change anyone's perception of the BMW brand by trolling online?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I Still love that Model 5-Series (E34?), Hot.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not what I originally expected but still creepy
      • 4 Years Ago
      What is a "1969 BMW 28000 CS" Jeff?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a super rare 1-of-1 hi-po edition...

        or a typo.

        Thanks... ;) and fixed.