15-16 February 2020
Doing the BMWDCM Sprint events the natural progression for me was to be competing in real races.
I have enjoyed watching motor racing on TV but never seemed realistic for me to take up car racing. However, I began to realise with the guidance of Bell Motorsport it might actually be possible to own and race my own car which was an extremely exciting prospect!
Graeme Bell sourced a good E30 BMW and made it ready for Club Sprint days. He also sourced and restored a lightweight, reasonably priced, trailer for me which is terrific.
What I didn’t realise is that in order to race the car it must be scrutineered by both the E30 Racing Club and by Motorsport Australia.
My roll cage is certified but Motorsport Australia now wants gussets welded onto the joints which were both difficult and time consuming to do. The E30 Racing Club also wanted work done.
The list of requirements was time consuming and Bell Motorsport (and my wallet) were under pressure to get the items (including racing apparel) resolved before Round 1 at Sandown.
I found this surprisingly stressful as I was now committed to getting on the track for Round 1 but I guess Graeme must be used to going through these dramas and it all worked out ok.
Friday, the day before Round 1, was the Observed Licence Test (OLT) and a really good day plus I got a racing licence.
Saturday morning got to the track and realised had left the crucial vehicle Logbook at home.
No time to drive home and faced with righteous Officials, my first day racing was looking tenuous. Race days are way more stringent than more user friendly sprint days! Thankfully, Jo Mawson again came to the rescue and helped sort out a solution so I could attend qualifying.
Qualifying in the wet was good, the windscreen didn’t fog up and the car handled well. After qualifying I realised my fastest lap time was 16 seconds slower than the fastest lap set by the lead car! 16 seconds in one lap is an eternity!
Race 1 - also in the wet, I decided I’d better push harder or my dream of racing would become less rosy. A good driving experience, albeit with Rookie errors, I was still 15 secs slower than the fastest lap. I know from yacht racing never give up no matter what so I stayed positive.
Sunday Race 2 in the dry, and I was determined to have more faith in the car and drive the fast corners quicker. More rookie errors and the humiliation of being lapped by the lead cars! The silver lining was this time “only” 10 seconds slower than the fastest lap by the front runner.
Race 3 and my goal was not to be lapped and not be last. Probably because the race was shorter, thankfully I was not lapped, and I was third last, not last (one car broke down). “Only” 9 seconds slower than the fastest lap this time but still disappointing and sobering to realise how much improvement I have to make before I am racing with the other cars.
But, everyone, including me, had just safely completed a memorable Round 1 as part of the BMW Drivers Cup so a good outcome for all.
More on the upside, the E30 Racing Club members are a really nice, high standard bunch and helpful. It was enjoyable as there were kids and families around and several friendly BMWDCM members included. Graeme, Jo and Chris were especially supportive and it underscored how much they like the motor racing scene and want to help new people like me be part of it and I look forward to future rounds.
Rod Martin | Member #29
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
With a comprehensive expansion of its range of plug-in hybrid models, premium automobile manufacturer BMW continues to consistently pursue its electrification offensive. At the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show, BMW presents four new plug-in hybrid models for the premium mid-range. The additional model variants of the BMW 3 Series will offer highly efficient driving pleasure from summer 2020 onwards.
Electrification of the drive portfolio is one of the future mobility fields defined by the BMW Group in its corporate strategy NUMBER ONE > NEXT. Innovations in the areas of D-ACES (Design, Autonomous, Connected, Electrified and Services/Shared) are to establish the conditions for sustainable growth in the global automotive markets. As a pioneer in the field of e-mobility, the BMW Group has already delivered half a million electrically powered vehicles worldwide. A total of 145 815 electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles of the BMW and MINI brands were sold in 2019. With a market share of more than 7 per cent worldwide and more than 14 per cent in Europe, the company leads the worldwide ranking of established premium providers of vehicles that are purely electrically powered or run on plug-in hybrid systems. In Germany, the BMW Group is the clear market leader in the segment of electrically powered automobiles with a share of 24 per cent (source: IHS Markit New Registrations 2019 Report 17.01.2020).
By the end of 2021, the BMW Group aims to have more than one million vehicles with electrified drive systems on the road. A quarter of the vehicles sold by the BMW Group in Europe will be electrified by 2021: this share will increase to a third by 2025 and to half by 2030. The BMW Group plans to expand its range to include 25 electrified models by 2023, more than half of which will run on electric power alone. Production of the all-electric BMW iX3 will begin before the end of 2020, followed by the BMW i4 and BMW iNEXT the following year.
With the market launch of the BMW iX3, the successful Sports Activity Vehicle becomes the first model of the brand to be available with efficient petrol and diesel engines as well as a plug-in hybrid system and purely electric drive. Its strategic “Power of Choice” approach enables the BMW Group to meet the individual mobility needs of its customers all over the world. A broad spectrum of drive technologies provides a selection of models tailored to a wide range of legal conditions and individual requirements.
The diversity of the drive portfolio is growing in the BMW 3 Series, too. The new additions to the range of plug-in hybrid models presented for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show 2020 enable customers to align their desire for sustainable mobility even more precisely with their personal needs and preferences. In future, touring models with electric drive will be available for the first time. The Geneva Motor Show sees the debut of the new BMW 330e Touring (combined fuel consumption: from 1.7 l/100 km; combined power consumption: from 15.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: from 39 g/km, provisional figures*) and the new BMW 330e xDrive Touring (combined fuel consumption: from 2.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: from 17.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: from 46 g/km, provisional figures*). The interplay of plug-in hybrid technology and intelligent all-wheel drive can also be experienced in the new BMW 330e xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: from 1.8 l/100 km; combined power consumption: from 16.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: from 42 g/km, provisional figure) .
The Geneva Motor Show 2020 will also be the venue for the world premiere of two further models in the BMW 3 Series. The new BMW M340d xDrive Sedan (combined fuel consumption: 5.7 – 5.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 149 – 139 g/km*) and the new BMW M340d xDrive Touring (combined fuel consumption: 5.8 – 5.4 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 153 – 143 g/km) feature an in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine with an output of 250 kW/340 hp and a mild hybrid system featuring a 48-volt starter generator. The sales launch of the two new BMW M automobiles and the three additional plug-in hybrid models means that the number of engine variants available in the BMW 3 Series will increase to four petrol engines, four diesel engines and one plug-in hybrid drive.
Following the successful market launch of the new BMW 330e Sedan (fuel consumption combined: 1.7 – 1.6 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 15.0 – 14.8 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 38 – 36 g/km), the diversity in the range of plug-in hybrid models in this series will be significantly expanded from summer 2020 onwards.. In the four future models with electrified drive, latest-generation eDrive technology increases not just efficiency but also hallmark brand driving pleasure. The electric range of the plug-in hybrid models in the BMW 3 Series reaches a maximum of between 55 and 68 kilometres.
The intelligently controlled interaction of a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission produces a system output of 185 kW/252 hp in the BMW 330e Touring, BMW 330e xDrive Sedan and BMW 330e xDrive Touring. Under especially high loads, this can be increased by an additional 30 kW/40 hp to up to 215 kW/292 hp for up to 10 seconds by means of the standard XtraBoost. The maximum system torque is 420 Nm. The agility and sporty flair of the driving experience is highlighted by a specific drive sound tuning, a direct yet precise accelerator pedal curve and a specific shift programme as part of the 8-speed Steptronic transmission that includes brake downshifts.
The sporty characteristics and high efficiency of the plug-in hybrid drive are combined with the superior versatility of intelligent all-wheel drive in the BMW 330e xDrive Sedan and BMW 330e xDrive Touring models. It distributes the power of both engine and electric motor between the front and rear wheels via an electronically controlled multi-disc clutch as required at all times. In this way, BMW xDrive ensures maximum traction and driving stability in all road and weather conditions. In addition, the fully variable power distribution promotes agility in sporty driving. The combination of BMW eDrive and BMW xDrive is geared in particular to the requirements of driving on snow, in mountainous regions and off-road.
The launch of two Touring models with plug-in hybrid system takes into account the requirements of those customers who appreciate not only hallmark brand driving pleasure and ground-breaking efficiency but also extended functionality. In their versatile interior, the electrified Touring models offer exactly the same level of interior comfort on five seats as the conventionally powered model variants. Meanwhile the luggage compartment volume is only slightly limited due to the space-saving arrangement of the high-voltage battery under the rear seat. By folding down the backrest with a standard split of 40 : 20 : 40, storage space can be extended from 410 to up to 1 420 litres.
In November 2019 BMW Group announced a partnership with Hans Zimmer for the development of visionary sounds under the brand name of BMW IconicSounds Electric. As composer and curator he contributes his expertise to various projects for sound creation for electrified BMW vehicles worldwide. As of July 2020 the Start/Stop sound co-created by Hans Zimmer and BMW Sound Designer Renzo Vitale will be rolled out to all BMW Plug-In Hybrids.
Inspiring driving dynamics and impressive efficiency characterise the two other new additions to the BMW 3 Series model range – also due to see their world premiere at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show. The unmistakable characteristics of the new BMW M340d xDrive Sedan and the new BMW M340d xDrive Touring derive primarily from a 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine and mild hybrid technology with a 48-volt starter generator. The newly developed diesel drive with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology delivers a peak output of 250 kW/340 hp and a maximum torque of 700 Nm. Its impressive pulling power is complemented with particularly spontaneous power delivery: this is taken care of by an electrical overboost that is generated by the 48-volt starter generator. The resulting additional output of 8 kW/11 hp supports power delivery in dynamic driving situations. In addition, the starter generator also supports the combustion engine during continuous driving. This allows the diesel engine to run as much as possible in an efficiency-optimised load range so as to reduce consumption peaks.
The powerful drive of the new BMW M automobiles is combined with an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, model-specific suspension technology and intelligent all-wheel drive. An M sports suspension including variable sports steering and an M sports brake system come as standard, as does the M sports differential. In addition, M specific exterior features with optimised aerodynamic properties contribute to the dynamic and superior driving characteristics. The BMW M340d xDrive Sedan takes 4.6 seconds to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h, while the new BMW M340d xDrive Touring completes the sprint from a standing start to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Spirited driving characteristics and a cockpit design geared towards intense driving pleasure guarantee a thrilling performance experience.
Since the BMWDCM relatively easily got me hooked on doing club sprint events the natural progression seemed to be competing in real races.
I have enjoyed watching motor racing on TV for years but never seemed a realistic proposition for me to take up car racing given I am a keen Couta boat racing sailor and not enough time and resources to do much else.
However, I began to realise with the guidance of Bell Motorsport it might actually be possible to own and race my own car and this was an extremely exciting prospect!
As time went on Graeme Bell arranged for me to purchase a good E30 BMW and it was prepared and ready for club sprint days. It seemed straight forward to me that I simply needed to get my racing licence so I could race in the BMW E30 Racing category, even though I knew I needed to improve my ability to drive much faster.
In order to race, one needs a Motorsport Australia “Clubman Circuit Licence” and apart from doing application forms, a detailed medical examination, an online study course and pay various fees of varying magnitude, one also needs to do an “Observed Licence Test” (OLT).
Motorsport Australia runs a day event so people like me can get their racing licence and I booked in (more fees) for the Sandown OLT event. It turned out that in order to do the event my E30 needed to be unexpectedly upgraded to recent racing technical requirements (which is a story for another day) and I also needed to upgrade my wardrobe to a full racing outfit including flame retardant underwear!
Fortunately, my dream to go car racing easily outweighed the onerous part of the preparations and finally the day came to do the OLT at Sandown and what a fabulous day it turned out to be.
In short, it consisted of a panel of observers/evaluators that lectured us in classroom sessions followed by track outings (with them strategically observing around the track) followed by a critiquing session back in the classroom that could be uncomfortably incisive.
It turns out that the panel, which included Graeme Bell, were very high calibre racing car drivers that knew the Sandown track intimately. They had wonderful practical advice on how to drive the track much faster than I thought possible, which would be handy to keep up in the E30 races. As a harbinger the head evaluator told me he thought the E30 racing is of a very high standard.
We had an interesting mix of cars, including a $400,000 Mercedes GTR which spiced things up, and the evaluators seemed happy with our group and most of us passed including me. After being around the panel I got a sense of how good the racing fraternity can be and I was on a real high at the end of the day.
People will tell you that they own BMWs for “pure driving pleasure” but for many of us it really disguises a dirty secret. When we are not happily swooping along some twisty mountain road or carving up a tricky negative camber at a track day, we crave the dirty pleasure of washing, polishing and pampering our ultimate driving machines.
There is a lot to be said for the “mindfulness” of creating gleaming clean wheels and reflecting on reflections in the reflection of a beautifully polished BMW. We don’t care that people dismiss some of us as border-line obsessive compulsive.
As such, we were a very attentive audience for the car care gurus from Jay Leno’s Garage to spread their version of enlightenment on a hot and humid evening at the first BMWDCM meeting for February 2020. It did help that we had full bellies from some excellent pizzas and soft drinks served a little earlier.
The back story was that famous American car collector and former “late night” host, Jay Leno, wanted products to clean and maintain his enormous car collection. Just like any of us, after a few years, a collection of tried and proven products was assembled. In response to the repeated “What do you use to clean your cars?” question Jay Leno was eventually persuaded to package the whole lot up into a range of car care products with his name on it. The gurus emphasized that this is the ONLY automotive product that Jay Leno has actually permitted to use his name.
The sparkling clean wash bay at Shannons Classic Car Auctions provided a perfect stage for these masters of grim to demonstrate both the Jay Leno’s Garage products and a few tips and techniques needed to turn dirt into dazzle.
Having chosen President Graeme Bell’s BMW X5, fresh with grim from a return road trip to Bathurst, it was a “real life” test for the Jay Leno team.
They started out quietly by gently spraying their “Wheel Cleaner” product on each wheel. As we watched, the clear liquid magically turned the black brake-pad dust into an oozing purple sludge.
It was then time to bring out the big guns. Armed with a domestic-use Karcher pressure washer they started out by using the high-pressure nozzle to carefully wet down the whole car to blast away the “big chunks” of grim and generally soften the dried bugs and dirt. They also took the opportunity to wash off the purple sludge from the wheels to reveal shining alloys (albeit with a little gutter rash!)
The Jay Leno guys then switched to a “snow foam blower” head unit and filled it with about 1:5 mix of Jay leno Garage “Vehicle Wash” and normal water. Helpfully, the guys let us know that the adjustable Karcher unit they were using is about $30 at Bunning compared to nearly $80 for a similar unit elsewhere. Within about 90 seconds the car was covered in a blizzard of soapy suds. An interesting tip was that they left their “Microfiber Washing Mitts” on the windscreen so they could load them up with some suds at the same time.
It was then, on with the microfibre mitts and a quick rub-down of the whole car. No buckets need, just a bit of “elbow-grease” and a step-ladder to reach the middle of the roof.
A switch back to the high-pressure nozzle and the Karcher finished off the performance with a flurry of flying foam to reveal a sparklingly clean X5. Who would have guessed that it was actually white under all that dirt?
The Jay Leno team then set to work with “Matt Detailer” and “Tire Shine” to revive the grey plastic trim and frame the sparkling alloys in glossy black tyres.
As an encore, the Jay Leno team then used their waterless spray-on/wipe off “Eco Wash” to clean the grubby bonnet of their own tradie ute. Excellent for those who live in an apartment or other places with difficult access to a garden hose.
The crowd cheered. Well almost! After a warm round of applause, members huddled around to see who would win the raffle for some Jay Leno Product kits. Sadly, I didn’t.
I did get some very useful tips and hints from the evening and happily trotted off to Bunnings to invest $29.95 on a snow foam blower for my beloved Karcher.
Apart from some eager buyers on the night, BMWDCM members were provided with a discount code for ordering Jay Leno Garage products direct from the Australian website at jaylenosgarage.com.au.
By the way, their products smell great. Their interior cleaner captures “new car smell” perfectly and should be sold at the perfume counter at Myer. The other products range from a very authentic PK chewing gum smell through to a very tasty mint. Weird, but strangely good.
A big thank you, once again, to Shannons for the generous access to their fabulous showrooms … and car wash bay. Thanks also to the Jay Leno team who sweated through a hot and humid night to demonstrate their products and for generously sharing their expertise.
Ewen McConchie | Member #70
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
One of the many reasons I joined BMW Drivers Club Melbourne is for the opportunity to see some beautiful places right on our own doorstep, and the Pre Torquay Motor Show Cruise was another well organised, jam packed event that delivered what it promised.
We headed off from the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne to be in Geelong by 10.30am, where we caught up with other members of the club. It was great to see everyone, as we hadn’t seen each other much over the holiday break, and we also met some new faces.
The drive to Kennett River took us through the Otway Hills via Forrest and Skenes Creek, where we covered around 140km of beautiful rainforest and winding roads. High up in the hills, the scenery was magical, yet eerie at the same time, particularly where there were sections of heavy mist and enormous trees covering the road over, blocking out the sunlight. Then, all of a sudden, daylight, and the most amazing view of crystal clear water up ahead.
We stopped at Koala Café in Kennett River for a bite to eat, a cute little eatery tucked away on the side of the road, before heading off again.
From rainforest to ocean in one day, is the only way I can describe the next stage of the journey along the iconic Great Ocean Road. It was great to see a line of BMW’s following each other through kilometres of bending, winding roads, rocky mountains on one side and the bright blue water on the other.
The next stop was Lorne, where we met up with members of other car clubs to join the cruise to Torquay, where the Torquay Rotary Motor Show would be held the next day.
We ended the day there, where we all parted to prepare our cars for the following day.
Victoria is absolutely stunning and the BMWDCM, through their meticulously planned drives, and many other events, have given me the chance to thoroughly explore our beautiful state.
Samantha Ballis | Member #477
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
Torquay Motor Show was a really great turn out with 12 BMW Drivers Club cars in a fantastic club display.
Everybody in the club had fun and I spent the day with my dad, Joel Robin, in his lowered blue E30.
The BMWDCM always makes dad and I feel welcome, laugh and enjoy a fantastic day out, with likeminded club members. The Torquay show itself had plenty of different varieties of cars as well, which was an eye opener for both dad and me.
The best part of the show for me, was seeing all the different BMW’s over the years in the BMWDCM display, from the 700 to the 840i and the Z4 on display.
Zavier Robin | (11 years old, son of Joel Robin) Member #41
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
Every year Motorsport Australia hold an award night for the Victorian State awards for the previous year.
On Friday, 7 February Graeme Bell, Shaaryn Glynn, Lawrence Glynn and I, attended this years' awards. Not because we had anything to accept but to be there as representatives of our Club, as we are a Motorsport Australia Affiliated Club and also Motorsport Australia officials.
It was a brilliant night with clubs from all over Victoria represented. It was great to see officials and drivers being presenting with awards for their year of service or achievements in 2019. It was also nice to see that our friends at AROCA received an award for 50 years of being a club.
There was a wide age range of drivers, from young achievement awards going to drivers who would be as young as 16, to older vintage drivers in their late 70’s.
We all thoroughly enjoyed the night and it is wonderful to be able to socialise with our fellow officials and other club representatives away from the racetrack.
We are all looking forward to 2020 awards night, which will be held next year in February 2021.
Jo Mawson | Member #2
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
Bathurst is a special place for petrolheads, and the first sight of the letters MOUNT PANORAMA (on the side of the mountain, similar to the Hollywood sign) as you approach the track always gets me excited about the weekend ahead. We packed many great experiences into the weekend: a podium tour, helicopter ride, tour of the BMW Walkenhorst pit area, dinner with the interstate BMW clubs and walking the grid before the race start.
On Saturday afternoon, Lawrence and I had a surprisingly open conversation in the pits with some Bentley mechanics about their troubles. It turns out that their chattiness was because they thought (based on the shirts we were wearing) that we were mechanics for the BMW team!
Sadly, it was a weekend of bad luck for Chaz Mostert and the rest of the BMW Walkenhorst team, who eventually retired due to damage from a collision. Nonetheless it was a very entertaining race, and we were wined and dined throughout. I took some walks to watch parts of the race from various places around the circuit, but with 40+ degree temperatures it was great to return to the air-conditioned comfort of the corporate marquee.
To finish off the day, we bumped into the drivers of the BMW M4 GT4, who were celebrating finishing first in the GT4 class.
Thanks to Jo and Graeme for organising a great trip.
Simon de Lisle | Member #430
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
FINALLY, thanks to BMWDCM, I have experienced the Mecca of Australian Motorsport, the Bathurst 12-hour Enduro GT Race!
Having grown up in the 70s and 80s, in the heyday of production car racing, luckily our household had it on tele every year.
Aussies could go out and buy the winning car on the Monday after the race. How awesome were those muscle cars?
The current GT pro class race cars, are absolute beasts on the track and make for some exciting racing and viewing. Thanks to Jo and team E30, we had some exclusive access to the BMW M6 in their pits and pre-race on the grid at 5.30am Sunday morning. We also got to check out the race control tower, a podium tour and another first for me, a helicopter ride around the track, during the race.
The corporate package with airconditioned marque, TV coverage, race simulators and nonstop food and drinks, is the way to go, when the temp outside is 42c.
Unfortunately, the M6 hit a roo and had to retire some time after, after radiator and overheating issues.
A special thanks to Graeme and Jo for getting me up to Bathurst and looking after us like a family.
Mel Sedmak | Member #319
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
MONTH IN REVIEW
Unfortunately we start 2020 with the sadness of not just Victoria, but all around Australia. We hope that you are all safe and well and if you have been impacted, please do reach out for help.
January was a quiet month, with many of us taking a well-earned break. Our friends at Mercedes-Benz Club Victoria organised an impromptu event at Mercedes-Benz Waverley in support of the bushfires which some of our members attended. It was fantastic to see that over $6,000 was raised on the day.
As you read this, a group of our members are enjoying the first official event on our 2020 calendar, the Bathurst 12 Hour.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: 430 MEMBERS
Welcome to our new members, we look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!
Don't forget to catch up with this month's update from our President, Graeme Bell here.
THE MONTH AHEAD
Here's what we've got planned in February:
Saturday, 8 FebruaryPre-Torquay Motor Show CruiseCome for a drive off the highway through the Otway hills to the iconic Great Ocean Road at Skenes Creek and then drive along part of the more interesting section of the road to Lorne where we will join the inaugural Torquay Motor Show Cruise to Torquay.
Tuesday, 11 February
February Members Meeting ft. Jay Leno's Garage Car Products
Our February Members Meeting will be a casual night, so we can all catch up and see what we've all been up to over the holiday season. We'll also share the club's plans for 2020 and featuring a demonstration of Jay Leno's Garage Car Products. You may even be able to win some products to take home!
Saturday, 22 February
2020 Yokohama/Traction Tyres Drivers Championship | Round 1
Round 1 of our 2020 championship will be kicking off on 22 February at Sandown Raceway. Be sure to enter fast to avoid missing out!
Keep an eye on our calendar for events coming up, we’re always adding something new.
For free admission, please ensure that you register before 21 March.
CLUB PERMIT SCHEME NOTICE
It is important that if you have a vehicle on club plates your membership be kept up to date.
If you haven't renewed your membership your club permit will be invalid, regarless of whether your club permit is still in date and you've signed your logbook.
If your membership is not current and you find yourself pulled over by police, you can be fined as your car is considered unregistered.
You can find more information regarding the club permit scheme here.
MOTORSPORT VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Have you ever wanted to be close to the action on track but not quite in the action?
We are looking for volunteers to assist at the following track days:
Please get in contact with Jo Mawson to discuss how you can get involved.
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Happy new year!
We start 2020 with the sadness of all the bushfires that have devastated our country. We hope that all our members are safe and well and if you are impacted by these events don’t be backward in asking for help, as there are a lot of us doing what we can to help where we can. Even if it’s a chat and a shoulder to lean on, we are always there at the end of the phone or the door is always open.
Club wise, January has been very quiet, due to us all taking a well-earned break, but our friends at Mercedes Benz Club Victoria did organise and invite us to an impromptu event at Waverley Mercedes Benz in support of the bushfires throughout Australia.
It was lovely to see many of our members turn up to support this event, and boy what a huge fund-raising event it turned out to be. Raising close to $6,000 on the day, with the possibility of more donations to come in afterwards. The funds raised went to a much deserving CFA branch in the bushfire area.
We have organised a weekend in April to help inject funds back into the communities so be sure to check it out and come along to support those communities.
This weekend we've got our first official event for the year - the Bathurst 12 Hour. There are a number of members in attendance, with some camping and others staying in hotels. We're also going to be catching up with members from the NSW, ACT and Qld BMW Clubs. It's always great to meet up over a meal at the end of the day and also walk around to track and chat to other BMW fans all around the mountain.
We have some great events on the 2020 calendar - our Drivers Championship and Driver Training dates are also in the calendar. Our drivers championship is set to be pretty exciting with a trip to Tailem Bend with The BMW Drivers Club of South Australia and we're off to Bathurst for the annual Challenge Bathurst weekend. It is an expensive event to enter, but hey, how else can you get to drive around one of the best racetracks in the world at real speed?
Keep a look out on our events page for new and exciting events and I look forward to seeing you at an event soon.
Graeme Bell | President
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.
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