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  • 31 Jan 2024 5:00 PM | Anonymous




    Dear members,  

    I can’t believe we are already one month into 2024! We barely paused for the Christmas break and with so many events already attended, it sets the stage for what the year has to come for you all.

    On 12 January we had our first drive for the year - a twilight drive leaving from Calder Park and finishing in Geelong.  All attending stopped and had dinner at the Sphinx, which looked like a great venue and from all accounts everyone enjoyed the night and as always, Peter’s great drive route.

    19 January was a very informal coffee, cars and dinner night at Moon Dog World, which is a brilliant venue for all ages. They have great facilities for children too and a large car park at the rear, which meant all of our cars could be parked together.  It was great to see so many new members joining in with the existing members attending.  We also celebrated Tim Oh’s 40th birthday on the night, which was a bit of fun. Happy Birthday Timo!

    21 January was the AOMC Festival of Motoring. We had a brilliant turn out, as per usual, with a real diverse display of cars and even a motorbike.  This event is always fantastic with so many great clubs attending and so many amazing cars on display at Cruden Farm.

    23 January was our first members meeting for 2024 at Creative Custom Cars. Again, it was well attended. We enjoyed talking with the Creative staff about the new things they are specialising in and looking at some of the restorations happening there.

    26 January was our Australia Day Drive and lunch.  We are very proud to hold an event each year to celebrate Australia Day. Some years it is a weekend away, but this year was a drive through some of our beautiful countryside, finishing in Marysville for lunch at Peppers Resort.  Some stayed the night to make a weekend of it while others explored the area and waterfalls and went home. 

    Looking ahead to February - 3 February is the Shannon’s Auto Caffeine coffee and cars event.  Be sure to attend and let the staff know you are a member of our club. If you have a race car to put on display, they would like you to put it inside in the display area. If you would like to display a race car, send Jo an email and we will put you in touch with Belinda at Shannon’s. 

    On 10 February will be running our annual Pre-Torquay Show Drive along some great roads around Torquay.

    Of course, this means 11 February is the Torquay Motor Show.  This is always a great event with some of our cars also winning prizes over the years, so be sure to polish your car up! You never know..

    On 13 February we will be holding our members meeting at Melbourne BMW. Please join us and see what fantastic cars they have in the showroom and explore their great lifestyle area.  Remember if you are purchasing anything or servicing your car there, to mention you are a member and you will get our BMWDCM discount.

    On 15 – 19 February a large group of us are heading up to watch the Bathurst 12 Hour.  This year will be a lot of fun with members attending from four states and joining us in our own private suite over the pits. We have some very special extras for those attending, with grid walks, driver visits, team arage visits and a gift bag full of useful things from our wonderful sponsors for each attendee.

    22 February we are doing another twilight drive, leaving from Ringwood BMW.  We will be having dinner at the Coldstream Brewery. Be sure to let us now if you are attending so we can book enough tables for everyone.

    We will finish the month on 24 February for our Coffee Cars and Devonshire Tea at Black Rock House.  This is a limited number event, so be sure to book so you don’t miss out. There is only so much room at this very special pace, so we have restricted numbers for this event.

    Upcoming dates to remember.


    As you can see from the events already attended and what is on for the next month, we are very busy and offering you some amazing events this year.

    The above list of upcoming dates is just a list of a few, keep an eye on our calendar to see all the great events and make sure you make a note in your diary to save the dates.

    Jo and I will only have sporadic contact for the next two weeks, as we are off on a cruise around New Zealand. So if you are wanting your CPS signed, you need to contact Lawrence Glynn, or complete the online form and send to cpsrenewals@bmwdcm.com.au and Lawrence will attend to this very quickly.

    We will have limited internet connectivity, so if you need us, best to send us and email and we’ll get back to you as we can.

    We have a new motorsport long sleeved shirt for 2024, which has been selling very well, so check out our store to place your orders and check out everything else we have for members.  Please note, any orders placed between now and 10 February will be processed when we return. For all those that come on our drives we sell UHF radios that are a necessity on some of our longer drives.

    Jo has been very busy, running around securing new sponsors for our club, with some great offers for our membership.

    Racer Industries are coming on board to support our track days and members with discounts and vouchers for everything you need to set yourself and your car up for track days or even racing. Welcome aboard Racer Industries, we look forward to a great relationship going forward.

    Talking Beauty, owned by one of our wonderful members, Rachel Taylor, offers advice and treatments to make us all look and feel better. Pop in or call for a gift voucher to treat your loved one to something special. Make sure to let them know you are a club member, as always, to receive a club discount.

    We welcome aboard also, Doncaster BMW. It is great to have one of the largest dealerships in Melbourne join us, offering not only BMW sales and service, but Mini, Motorrad and of course, Alpina. We will be doing a very special night at Doncaster BMW in April to welcome them to our club and introduce our membership to this amazing Dealership. Keep an eye on your emails for the event date and be mindful you will need to register for the event.

    Kaos Custom Bikes have stepped up to sponsor our Come and Try and Driver Training Days, thanks Andy O. Make sure you talk to Andy about all your biking needs if you are into two wheeled exercise. Jo and I bought a couple of new bikes off Andy for Christmas, and they were great on our annual trip to the seaside.

    Welcome also to Wrenfield Cottages in Marysville. Owned by one of our long standing members, Walter, make sure you contact them if you are visiting the area and would like to stay in the absolutely beautiful cottages in Marysville.

    Thank you to all of our existing sponsors and supporters that have come back again for 2024 to support the club and you, our members. We are very grateful for the support we receive and hope that you all show your appreciation by supporting them back. Make sure you check out our club partners page and let them know you are a member and are supporting them for supporting us.

    Jess will be putting the next edition of idrive together over the next month, so if you have any unfinished articles you would like to share with the rest of us be sure to get them to Jess as soon as possible via editor@bmwdcm.com.au.

    As always, our Welfare Team is working away in the background, supporting some of our members in need. Remember you have someone at the end of the phone or email or even available at our club rooms, if you need a shoulder to lean on or an ear to listen, there is someone there. We are one big family, and we are there for you if you need anything.

    We also announced an exciting initiative in January, our Motorsport Scholarship Program. In association with the Cooper Family and Bell Motorsport, we are offering a funded pathway into motorsport for a successful applicant, through our Come and Try and Driver Training days into sprints and on to club level Motorsport. Applications have started to come in already and we are very proud to be supporting our young members to get involved in the exciting world of motorsport.

    So much going on and always something coming up, no matter what you like doing, driving, showing, getting away or just meeting up with other members and lovers of BMW. Keep an eye on your emails, as there are always lots of things happening or being added to the calendar.

    Also, don’t forget, being an Official BMW Club, we have special access to BMW Classic and the BMW Museum in Munich if you happen to be traveling to Europe. Let us know your dates with as much lead time as possible so we can organise special tours and guides. One of our members is currently over there and has had a wonderful day with Matthias from BMW Classic. You will be able to read about Tim’s trip in the next edition of idrive and on our socials.

    Thank you all for joining us. This is your club, so if there is anything you think would be great to share with other members, let us know. We are always open to new ideas for events or places to visit.

    I look forward to seeing you at an event somewhere soon, take care out there.

    Graeme Bell | President

    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.

    PO Box 81, Tyabb VIC 3913
    Incorporated in Victoria #A0102695G
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc is a member of: BMW Clubs Australia and the BMW Clubs International Council
    Motorsport Australia Affiliated Motorsport Club

  • 31 Dec 2023 5:00 PM | Anonymous




    Dear members,  

    Where has the year gone? It seems like only yesterday we were saying goodbye to 2022 and welcoming in 2023. The Club has been so busy all year, with over 65 events run this year and as many already booked for 2024, it looks like another amazing year to come. 

    Some surprising stats again this year, we have continued to grow our membership numbers, even though we have the usual churn of members leaving for various reasons, we are about to click over 800 members, which is just amazing! We never dreamt the club would grow like it has, but like they say, when you build something great then people want to be a part of it, and we thank you all for joining us and continuing to make this the best BMW Club in the world. Over 44.5% of members have attended at least one event this year, which for any club is a great percentage of members participating. This means it’s not just the same old dozen or so people turning up and partaking of the events too. It makes it so worthwhile when Jo and the rest of the Committee put in so much time and effort to run a wide variety of fantastic events.

    A recap of December, before I launch into the coming year.

    3 December saw the last round of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship, run at Phillip Is with AROCA. Was a great day again and our championship and class winners will be awarded at our awards and birthday dinner next year. Thank you again to Andrew and staff at Traction Tyres for supporting our Drivers Championship again in 2023 and many thanks for continuing to sponsor the Drivers Championship in 2024. Remember, if you have any questions about tyres or set up for our track days, Andrew and Shane are always happy to give their time and expertise to help our members. You also get a pretty good discount on road or track tyres, if you show your membership card when you go in, so make sure you use it!

    On the same day, we also had a large group head off to Marysville for what was another great drive by Peter, our Drive Meister. Sadly Peter could not make this drive as he was out of action.  Thank you to Jenny and Martin for leading this event and for all the other members who helped out as car in the middle and Tail-End-Charlie.  We do our drives this way to get messages down the chain as from lead car to tail sometimes the reception is a bit hard to hear.  Remember if you are wanting to come on drives in 2024 and you don’t have a UHF radio, they or on sale in our store here.

    6 December saw members from the west head off for another midweek drive and dinner leaving from Ceres.   It’s great to have members all over, so we can offer such versatility with our events.  Thank you Lawrence and Shaaron for hosting and leading this event.

    7 December saw the first organising committee meeting for our 2025 Nationals. A lot of ideas were put down and the organising has begun in earnest. If you would like to help us run the Nationals in 2025 send an email to nationals@bmwdcm.com.au and we will give you a job! There is a lot to do and event though it is 16 months away, that time will go very quickly. So put your hand up and let us know you’d like to be involved in the organising.

    9 December was the awards night for the E30 Racing club. We attended, both to represent DCM, as we sponsor the series, and also because we, as Bell Motorsport, build and look after a lot of the cars. Was a great night and young DCM Member, Royce Lyne tied for the Championship with long time bridesmaid Brian Burke. Congratulations Royce, all of our members will be watching to see how you go in the future.

    10 December was our end of year Christmas Show and Shine and Picnic at Cruden Farm. Again, it was a fantastic event, with over 100 members and their beautiful cars on display and enjoying the lovely gardens and atmosphere. We had special visits from Spiderman as well as Santa and his elf, of course. Thank you to Matt Kenny and his crew for cooking all the egg and bacon rolls, supplied by Bell Motorsport. Also thank you also to Ross from Celebrations Cellars for the club labelled wines for the raffle and prizes. Ross is another great supporter of the club. If you need any drinks for an event or even just passing by, drop in and see him at Celebration Cellars in Clarinda and he will look after you. The winners of the show and shine were awarded a certificate on the day, their trophies will also be awarded at the awards dinner next year.

    The Christmas picnic was technically the last Club event for the year, but all were invited to the Bell Motorsport end of year BBQ at Hastings on 16 December. It was a great day, with lots of friends and club members dropping in to say hello and have a drink and a sausage or burger. Even better, Jo didn’t get carted off in an Ambulance this year, so she was on hand to chat and enjoy the day too.

    It was great having the DCM Club rooms at the Bell Motorsport yard, we have all our honour boards and trophies on display, as well as all the merchandise. Every one can peruse and purchase items or get their club permits signed. It is a real bonus for the club having an actual base to call home.

    The very hardworking committee is having a couple of weeks off over the festive season before we come back and do it all again in 2024.

    Straight away in January we start off with a twilight drive on 12 January, then a Cars and Dinner event at Moon Dog World on 19 January and the Festival of Motoring Show at Cruden Farm on 21 January.

    February sees a large group Heading to Bathurst for the 12 Hour, where we have our own Club Corporate Suite above the pits. We have some very special things planned for those that join us, so it will be very special indeed. February also sees a member meeting at Melbourne BMW, another twilight drive, a Cars and Coffee event and Round 1 of our 2024 Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship at Sandown. Again, a busy month, with something for everyone and pretty much setting the tone for the year.

    Keep an eye on the calendar, and emails, as some events have limits and fill up very quickly, and others we send out very early to give you plenty of time to book or organise things, like accommodation. We have weekends away, events of every kind, even an overseas trip in 2024! Early in the new year I will send out a yearly planner to members, so that you can set most of the year in your calendar ready to go, so look out for that.

    I must thank you again for joining us, we do try very hard to be a welcoming and accepting club for all and hope that you enjoy your experience with us at any event you would like to come to. As always, if you have any comments or ideas about events, drop us a line, always happy to explore new ideas or modify what we do, if it makes the event better.

    I hope you have all had a fantastic Christmas and wish you a safe and happy new year, from all of the committee and myself. Also, a huge thank you to all of the Club sponsors and supporters, old and new, we really appreciate your support in 2023 and look forward to continuing into 2024, your assistance helps us to run so many wonderful events that are often subsidised below their cost to benefit our members, all due to your sponsorship of our Club.

    Just to end, while you are out enjoying our lovely summer weather in some of your club permitted cars, make sure:

    1. Your club membership is paid up; and 
    2. Your club permit is all paid up and log book filled in.  

    Remember it is your responsibility to ensure that your club membership and permit is paid and up to date. Do not call us at the last-minute wanting signatures as we are not always available, especially at this time of year.  Club permits must be accompanied by a valid financial club membership to be valid. For more information in club permit renewal, review our club permit page here

    Take care out there and see you in 2024.

    Graeme Bell | President

    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.

    PO Box 81, Tyabb VIC 3913
    Incorporated in Victoria #A0102695G
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc is a member of: BMW Clubs Australia and the BMW Clubs International Council
    Motorsport Australia Affiliated Motorsport Club

  • 27 Dec 2023 4:36 PM | Anonymous


    Event date: 12 December 2023

    On Tuesday 12 December, we set off to where Blanchard racing team have prepared their cars since 2021.

    For first looks we were taken to the RJ Racer Industries, we were all sent round the back to have a look at the new Gen3 cars. The first car that came into sight for most of us was Arron Love’s Super2 Mustang.

    As we all gathered around their three cars my first thoughts of many were “Why is there a Tickford car in with two Blanchard cars?”.

    The reason was that for 2024 Blanchard had picked up the deal with Tickford to supply them parts for one of their cars and also was because that for 2024 James Courtney would race in one of the two cars in 24.

    As the other two cars sat there in their glory, we relaised that one of the cars was the car that only completed one race, being the Bathurst 1000 and the other being the full-time car.

    John Blanchard, the CEO of Blanchard Racing came and gave us all the information, like that the new GEN3 cars had been a huge surprise and that they only had just 6 weeks to make the car. Mechanics upon many mechanics slept on the factory floor just so that they could have a car.

    As John gave the newly crowned champion of E30 racing for 2023, Royce Lyne, the chance to sit in the Tickford car, he said “The feeling of the car is nice, but it would be hard to do a pitstop in under a minute with a Hans device and a helmet’.

    When we went to the Love’s car Royce was easily able to reach the pedals. When I hopped into the Super2 car I was able to reach the pedals which was a surprise. Once I hopped into the GEN3 car that felt big.

    As we looked at their database, we were able to find out that in Adelaide, Hazlewood had no radio so they came up with a way to communicate with him through headlights and other means.

    We were all given giftbags and we proceeded our way back to RJ Racer Industries to look at their products. There were some great products but we weren’t able to buy anything.

    This concludes my summary of the BMW Drivers Club Melbourne trip to CoolDrive BRT.  

    Mitchell Bergman | Member #890
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 15 Dec 2023 4:22 PM | Anonymous


    Event date: 10 December 2023

    Some pretext .... Two days after my first try day at Broadford my beloved Red ZM was damaged while parked outside a coffee shop.  I was devastated, especially as I had completed the drive day without sustaining any damage. 

    To try and make a positive out of a very negative experience I decided to focus on really lifting the car while keeping it to original spec. 

    To make the money go further I took on as much work as I could.  I ordered parts through my friend's panel shop and organised for them to do a couple of repairs in addition to painting the new front bar and RH guard and re-painting the remainder of the car.  I disassembled the car including bars, bonnets, guards, doors and boot lid.  Doors, bonnet and original guard were stripped back to bare metal.  While disassembling the car I removed the guard liners and thoroughly cleaned them ready for reassembly and resprayed all the fixing screws for the bars and liners.  After painting I assembled and gapped the lights and panels.  During assembly I cleaned and polished every component to within an inch of its life.  While off the road for nearly 5 months I sourced several pieces of interior trim to clean up the interior.  Given I want to enjoy driving the car, especially at club events, I had the front of the car wrapped for paint protection before I could gather any stone chips.  The final process was to apply Sonax ceramic coating to the whole car.  Just prior to the Cruden Farm event I removed all the wheels and again thoroughly cleaned the wheels, hubs, callipers and guard liners.  A good detail of the interior and under the bonnet and my car was ready for its first big outing since being damaged.

    The weather had not been good, so it was with a prayer to the weather gods that Wendy and I headed off to Cruden Farm.  Fortunately, apart from some minor mist the rain held off.  In true BMWDCM style the event was well run and supported with many immaculately turned-out BMWs and a few fine examples of other marques.  Coffee and a good donation to the Childrens Hospital for a couple of egg and bacon rolls was of first order.  We then bought some raffle tickets to support the fund raising for such a worthy cause.  While catching up with some club friends we started checking out the cars.  The Show 'n Shine competition was going obviously going to be of a very high standard.  There was a row of very nice 8 series and some very clean three series including the sublime Alpina.  Contrasting some of the older cars were a number of pocket rocket M2s.  In the row where I was parked was Lawernce's always impeccable M3 and right next to my car Albion's V8 M3.  I did not envy the task of the judges as it was obvious that club members had put much work into presenting their cars.  The whole event was enhanced by the beautiful backdrop of the Cruden Farm grounds and gardens.

    While checking out the gardens I was taken by surprise to see Spiderman emerge from the greenery.  He was eagerly pursued by Jo and an excited little girl.  Despite his superpowers he was unable to out manoeuvrer his pursuers.

    We had ordered picnic hampers and like last year they were delicious. After enjoying our lunch with club friends, we gathered for the raffle draw and the results of the Show 'n Shine judging.  There seemed to be a million raffle prises donated by club sponsors for winning members to choose from.  I hope that we raised a good amount for the Royal Children's Hospital.  Speaking of children, a man in a Red suit and accompanied by a helper in green was also sighted handing out presents to the club members' children.  While Santa didn't give me a gift, I felt like all my Christmas had come early when it was announced that I had received the After 2000 category Best in Class Show 'n Shine award, especially given the quality of the other entries.  The Before 2000 category was taken out by an Alpina.  The non-BMW category went to Steve Garth's very neat Toyota Supra with the people's choice going to Jeff Palmer's restored "barn find" MGB GT V8.  I voted for the MG, a fine example of the marque and very well presented.  All worthy winners in a first-class field.

    Again, another well organised and executed club event.  Thanks to the committee for their dedication and hard work throughout the year.  Now my car is back on the road I look forward to participating in club events in 2024. 

    As you read this, I hope you have had a great festive season, and all club members have a safe and prosperous 2024.

    Kent Perdrisat | Member #951
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne


    Fortunately the rain held off which enabled everyone to enjoy the day in comfort.

    Approximately 80 vehicles attended the event, with 16 entered for the actual competition over three classes, plus the People's Choice award.

    The winners were:

    • Pre 2000- Paul Caruso, 1982 Alpina C1 2.3 E21
    • Post 2000- Kent Perdrisat, 2006 Z4 Roadster E85
    • Non-BMW- Stephen Garth, 1985 Toyota Supra MA61

    I was fortunate to take the People's Choice award with my 1975 MGB GT V8. 

    I acquired this vehicle several years ago, after it had been languishing unused for ten years in a private garage in Mt Eliza.  The car required some body work,  also minor engine work, however it was overall in very good condition.  The car is a genuine factory V8, and is one of only 1839 built with the chrome bumper, with approximately 80 currently registered in Australia.  The engine is a Rover V8 with a capacity of 3.5 litres.

    It was great to see so many BMWs at one event, along with quite a few other marques in attendance.

    Another excellent BMWDCM event;  thanks to Jo, Graeme, Lawrence and the numerous helpers on the day.

    Jeff Palmer | Member #682
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 30 Nov 2023 5:00 PM | Anonymous




    Dear members,  

    Welcome to Summer!

    I can’t believe we are nearly at the end of 2023. It's been such an eventful year.

    On 7 November we held what would have been one of our biggest drive events ever, with over 80 registered and 50-55 cars attending.  We met up at the clubrooms in Hastings, leaving in two groups. The first were all those doing the Cap Schanck Lighthouse tours, the second followed about 15 minutes behind, these members choosing not to do the tour. We all met up at Cape Schanck then toured on to lunch at T’Gallant Winery, where we had a delicious lunch and frivolities waiting for the Melbourne Cup to be run. We had so many there we had to have three sweeps for the Cup. Was a lot of fun and a great day out with a bunch of our wonderful members and friends. Thanks to Peter Williams’ drive instructions not one car or group got lost, even though we criss-crossed the Peninsula on some great driving roads.

    We were blessed with the weather, as at 4am the heavens opened up and we in Hastings and on the Peninsula had a dreadful storm, but we woke to blue skies and sunshine in time for our drive and lunch.

    If you have not been to Cape Schanck Lighthouse, it is well worth the drive and make sure you do the lighthouse tour as it was very informative.  We were lucky to have one of our own members Phil Gleadhill take us all around the light house and I think we all learnt something from his very informative tour. 

    On 11 and 12 November we had cars on display at the Sandown Historics.  Both days had great numbers, we went on Sunday and were a little luckier with the weather being not so windy and nice and warm and sunny.  There were plenty of different cars from different clubs too, it's a great event and if you have never been to a Historic racing meet. I would advise you to go check them out at Phillip Island, Winton or Sandown. Thank you to all who turned up with their cars looking so nicely presented.

    Sadly, our last Simulator Challenge needed to be cancelled due to a low attendance which was a shame as these nights were a lot of fun throughout the year.  The championship was very close, and the winner will be announced at our presentation dinner next year.

    17-19 November saw some of our members attend the last round of E30 Racing.  Again, we were blessed with blue skies, maybe a little too hot for some of the old E30s who had some overheating issues but great racing right through the field.   Out youngest and one of our oldest members in E30 racing were battling for the championship and I am still not sure if the final decision has been made with a count back but there was a draw for the year with young Royce Lyne and Brian Bourke coming equal first on 152 points.  This is what you call good close racing.  Thank you to our members who came up to watch and help out over the weekend, was great to see you all there supporting the E30 Racing Club and our members racing.

    Jo and I took our caravan up with us and used it as an office over the weekend and with the aircon, drivers were able to cool off between races.  Jo as Jo is, worked most of the weekend on 2024 events, so watch out for new emails for some great events coming up next year.

    We were lucky this round as we didn’t have to tow any of our customers cars up, so a week before we realised we could make a slow trip up to Challenge Bathurst which was on the next weekend.  This is a first for us as you know both Jo and I don’t do anything slowly! We are normally always on the run, but this came as a well need rest for us. After Winton we travelled to Lake Hume and set up camp for the night. Then took two days to get to Bathurst ready for five very busy days, three officiating and two running the DCM group of 55 cars.

    21-26 November was Challenge Bathurst. This year we had a group of 55 BMWs which was a huge honour for our club.  We had members from seven different BMW clubs from all around the country. There was a great range of cars too.  What I am most proud of is the volunteers who gave up their time to help run this event. Jo of course who gave so much of her time before during and after this event.  Without her we would not have been able to do this. We also had drivers give up their time before the event and volunteer on flag points on Thursday and Friday and partners join the flagging team on Saturday and Sunday to volunteer.  BMWDCM had many volunteers who came up  just to help. They selflessly gave up their time to help out running the event, but mainly help our team run this event.  Thank you all for the time you put in to give the drivers the opportunity to have fun on the track.  Jo and I are very passionate about volunteering and within our club we encourage members to join our events as much as they can. It is a great way to be involved in motorsport, and generally officials get treated pretty well. At this event officials received free camping, free breakfast lunch and dinner, shirts and hats and even hot laps on Sunday afternoon in a V8 Supercar.

    For all who entered this year and are reading this message, if you are attending next year please bring along some volunteers because at the end of the day it is for your safety. The more volunteers we have out there the safer you will be.

    I would like to congratulate the winners 1. Brenton Hammond from QLD, 2. Grant Bray from NSW and 3. David Bushby from Tasmania (who I believe will be a new DCM member in the new year)! Well done ato you all.  Some of the other clubs took the regularity part of it more seriously that perhaps any of our members did and tried pretty hard to match their times. For most of our members the thrill of driving Bathurst was all that mattered. Maybe next year we will run an information night about what the regularity part of the event is all about and how to go about trying to win it.

    I hope you all made it home safely and are now enjoying telling your loved ones your great stories of the weekend.  Remember we would love you to share your tales so please email v.president@bmwdcm.com.au with any articles and photos to photos@bmwdcm.com.au with your on and off track photos.

    On the same weekend we also had a group displaying their cars at the Geelong Revival. We were lined up along Eastern Beach Road and the display looked great.

    December events 

    December is here and we have some fun events to finish off the year.

    • 3 December the last round of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship at Phillip Island.
    • 3 December is also a drive to Marysville which will be led by Jen and Martin.
    • 6 December is the Geelong Area drive led by Shaaron and Lawrence.
    • 10 December is our Christmas Show and Shine and picnic, which is again at Cruden farm.  Lunch pack orders close very soon, so please get you registrations and orders in as soon as possible.  We have some raffle prizes at this event so be sure to bring cash, all money raised at this event will be going to the Peter Mac Foundation.
    • 12 December is our final event for the year, being a workshop visit to CoolDrive Racing, to be given a tour of their facilities and check out their great Supercars and meet some of the team.

    Also in December, is a non-Club event, which all of our members are invited and welcome to attend. 16 December is the Bell Motorsport Christmas BBQ at Hastings, be sure to join us and bring the family. 

    2024

    Jo has been working very hard to secure some great events for 2024 and the calendar is nearly full. Keep looking for updates as we get the events up on the website.

    Sadly, Jo will be going back into hospital soon for spinal surgery, so don’t think she is ignoring you if she doesn’t answer the phone or reply to an email straight away.  Knowing Jo, she will have her laptop with her and will do her best to keep in contact, but if it is not Jo you really need to talk to contact one of the others on our team.

    On the topic of health, our drive co-ordinator and new club Secretary, Peter Williams, is nearly all mended and will be back behind the wheel in the new year.  We are very pleased with his recovery.

    As for all of our hard working committee, we will be taking a short but very well earned break over Christmas, so make sure you have your CPS papers signed and remember this can all be done via our email cpsrenewals@bmwdcm.com.au all the information on how to do this is on our website. Don’t leave it till the last minute though, as we are all volunteers and all deserve a few days off over Christmas and New Year.

    Dates to lock in for the first quarter of the year.

    • 12 January | Geelong Twilight Drive
    • 19 January | Moon Dog World Coffee Cars and Dinner
    • 21 January | Festival of Motoring Show at Cruden Farm
    • 23 January | Members Meeting Creative Custom Cars.
    • 26 January | Australia Day Drive
    • 15 - 18 February | Bathurst 12 Hour DCM Private Corporate Suite (closing soon)
    • 24 February | Coffee Cars and Devonshire Tea at Black Rock House
    • 25 February | Round 1 of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship for 2024 at Sandown
    • 3 March | Family Fun Day Out – Puffing Billy – (Registrations close early to secure tickets)
    • 9 March | Phillip Island Classic Festival of Speed Display
    • 17 March | Our first Come and Try Day for 2024 at Sandown
    • 20-24 March | Australian F1 Grand Prix Display
    • 25 April | ANZAC Long weekend to Beechworth (limited rooms, book early)

    We'll have our driver training, come and try, motorkahana, hill climb and sprint dates up on the website soon. Check back over the next few weeks for all of the dates!

    I told you Jo and I have been busy!  There are more dates that will be released on our calendar very soon. With the heavy workload we have all had this year, these are all the events we have been able to get out so far, but believe me, there a lot more to come.

    We are doing Tasmania again over the week prior to and over Melbourne Cup weekend.  Watch out for the event notice as this will be different driving roads and area to our last trip down South.

    We have formed a Nationals Committee for our 2025 Nationals, so you will soon be seeing updates regarding that.  We have a logo which is yet to be approved by Munich but with Jo’s ideas and Fiona Cooper’s talents, it looks fantastic. We are all pleased with the results, which you will see this in the new year when we launch the Nationals 2025 website.

    We are still looking for a webmaster to drive the Nationals website too, so if you or anyone you know can help, please let us know.

    It is also getting close to getting the next idrive ready, and we need feature articles.  Please send all your articles to editor@bmwdcm.com.au with photos for Jess to be able to use in next year’s magazine.

    Remember this is your club and your ideas, help and articles are needed to keep this great club ticking along.

    We are so close to Christmas now and I hope you all have a safe December in the build up to our festive season. I don’t know where this year has gone, so enjoy the last month of events for 2023.

    Take care out there and I hope to see you at an event somewhere soon.

    Graeme Bell | President

    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.

    PO Box 81, Tyabb VIC 3913
    Incorporated in Victoria #A0102695G
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc is a member of: BMW Clubs Australia and the BMW Clubs International Council
    Motorsport Australia Affiliated Motorsport Club

  • 23 Nov 2023 3:19 PM | Anonymous


    Event date: 29 October 2023

    Earlier this year I was given the role of E36 Registry Captain. I took on this role as I enjoy bringing the car community together with meets and online groups. More specifically, a group with the chassis I know and love the best, the E36. On the 29th of October, we had our 6th Meet and Cruise held down in the Mornington Peninsula. We began by meeting in the morning at the Penlink BP Outbound with a turnout of about 26 cars. Every car there was unique from one another; varying from 318i's to 328i's, different body styles and a range of colours. After lots of chit chat over breakfast, we made our first move, cruising along the freeway then along the beach up to the windy roads of Arthurs Seat.

    After some unexpected maintenance and repairs on some of the cars at the top of Arthurs Seat, we then made our way to the Rye boat ramp via the more inland roads of the Mornington Peninsula through Main Ridge and Fingal.

    We concluded our cruise at the final meeting spot of the Rye boat ramp car park, capturing some great shots of everyone's E36's, followed by the remainder of the group grabbing some lunch at the local surrounding shops.

    Overall, I was very impressed with the turnout on the day. It was nice to catch up with existing members and meet some new faces of the group. I look forward to organising the next one!

    Marcus Mimmo | Member #523
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 13 Nov 2023 4:16 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 7 November 2023

    On the morning of, we had time to give our car a quick wash down before we headed off to meet at Hastings. Bling! It's back to being shiny clean, looking immaculate (after the dirty rain the night before).

    We arrived at Hastings in plenty of time to do some meet and greets, everyone was very welcoming and friendly, just as we'd hoped. There was even time to check out the other cars, so many nice BMW's and we could certainly tell everyone takes great pride in their cars.

    With a quick announcement on the day's happenings, it was all systems go. We were in the second group to take off but watched as group one took to the road, on their way to the Cape Schank lighthouse where we'd all meet up again and convoy it to T'Gallants for lunch.

    It was our first time driving in a convoy, there were about 15 or so cars in our group, similar to group one. The UHF radio was something new for us, but well worth the purchase and with a quick radio check we were off.

    Left turn out of the Club Headquarters and across the rail lines onward through some of the windy roads the Peninsula has to offer, through Flinders we paraded our cars, driving through the township, with many people stopping to admire.

    The UHF sure made the drive a breeze and the coordination from the lead to tail car was impressive, advising us where to turn, how many non-group cars were in the mix, regrouping and keeping us in the loop at all times, with some chatter in between.

    Arriving at Cape Schank lighthouse and national park we did a quick lap around the car park, it was clearly a busy day for the area, plenty of tourists, so we parked up the main road and walked back towards the lighthouse area. We didn't partake in the lighthouse tour, but by all accounts, listening to others at lunch, it was certainly very interesting to learn about the history of the area and the lighthouse's purpose.

    The weather was quite warm as we walked some of the trails amongst the beautiful scenery, sea and rock settings. In the distance we could also see the beach, which we figured was where all the cars parked along one of the roads we drove a bit earlier, led to.

    We spent about an hour at the national park before both groups started in convoy towards Main Ridge, for lunch. Off we set, through some main and back roads, up Arthur's Seat, always a highlight to drive, whether it be by car or motorbike. Who doesn't love a bendy road with spectacular views! Then down through Red Hill and onto Main Ridge to T'Gallants.

    We really are spoilt for choice on the Peninsula, so many wineries and touristy spots, but what a perfect setting for lunch. The venue was the perfect size for the Club, hats off to Jo and Co. for a great choice and in organising the event.

    On arrival, our tables had a choice of T'Gallants red or white wine to indulge in and soon after some tasty platters were served for entree.

    It was then down to business, as the list of horses for the Melbourne Cup was delivered to the tables, only to be taken away in haste after realising it was the list from the 2022 Cup. A slight technical hitch, giddy up! A good talking point nonetheless, along with loads of laughs.

    Then the correct 2023 horse names were presented in a tub at $5 a horse. There was an exciting buzz around the pavilion with the cross sharing of horse names, as to who had which horse and who's the favourite, which jockey is riding which horse. We all seemed pretty pleased with our lucky dips, after all it's anyone's race.

    Mains followed soon after, with an array of tasty food on offer.

    There were some fine hats and head pieces on show with a special shout out to Martin's promptly made serviette hat! I'm not sure if an eventual winner was declared, but everyone enjoyed showcasing their hats.

    The Cup was run and won with some of the group winning twice, having lucky dipped the same horse. With prizes awarded and claimed, some finished in front $$, others not - we were in the 'not'! Never mind, maybe next year.

    With the day's festivities over, coffees had, farewells said, we soon departed. Thanks to everyone for sharing such an enjoyable drive and a great day out.

    Susan Wilson | Member #1110
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 31 Oct 2023 5:13 PM | Anonymous




    Dear members,  

    October came and went with a whirl, seems to be a thing lately!

    1 October was our last Driver Training event at Broadford for the year and we were sold out, which was a great result.   These events are not only great for new and upcoming drivers but also great for training new officials and this one was no exception with us have no less than 15 officials upskilling on the day. Fantastic weather, brilliant day out and a great way to end the driver Training season.

    4 October was our drop in Donuts night, and as with all of these nights, we had a great turn out and all enjoyed the coffee, cars and donuts.

    8 October a large group headed out for a great drive from Eildon-Jamison Mansfield and Yea.  With great driving roads the group enjoyed some amazing drives to end up at lunch in Mansfield.   After lunch the drive continued on a scenic drive home via Yea.  

    12 October was our Annual General Meeting, which was held at the German Club Tivoli.  We always love coming here and the food and staff are always fabulous.  Our 2022/23 Committee stood down and a new committee were elected for the next year.  I am back as President, Jo is again our Vice President, Peter Williams is now our Secretary and Lawrence is taking on the role of Treasurer.  Shaaron has been with us for 5 years and due to personal reasons has stood down from this role.  I would personally like to thank Shaaron for all her work she has done over the past 5 years.   Our new committee are committed to run our great club and take it forward into the future.

    On 21 October Jo and I went off to WA for 5 days escape before the next few months of crazy busy events. Yes, I know it’s hard to believe, but we managed to have 5 days off to enjoy the sights of Perth and Southwestern WA.

    22 October was our second What Else is in Your Garage Coffee and Cars Day.  Sadly, the weather was not that brilliant, but our members did not disappoint us and there was still a fantastic turn out of beautiful cars.

    On 25 October a group of members headed out for our first Twilight drive for the end of the year.  After a great drive the group enjoyed some food and laughs.

    On 26-28 October E30 racing attended the last round of the Victorian State Race Series at Calder Park.  So good to see so many of our members there and even to have members join us as spectators.  I have raced at this track many years ago and it brought back some fantastic memories.  What a great weekend and what a great venue this will be once a few more upgrades are done.

    I can’t believe we are in November now and only a few more weeks and we will be winding up for the year and what a year it has been.

    7 November is our Melbourne Cup Drive.   We are leaving from the Club Rooms in Hastings hopefully by 9.45am to enable 3 groups to get through the Light House tour.  Followed by some more great driving roads to end at T’Gallants for a casual lunch then a Melbourne Cup sweep over tea and coffee.   This event is closed now.

    11/12 November is Sandown Historic Car Display.  Join us with discounted entry to enjoy some fabulous historic racing.

    14 November is our last Simulator Challenge.  Come along to see who this year’s Simulator Champion will be.  It is very close with only a few points between first and third.  there are still spots left so make sure you register to be part of all the fun, come along as a spectator too.

    We're off to Challenge Bathurst on 25-26 November, which will be a brilliant event. There are 55 members joining us from 6 BMW Clubs from all over Australia to enjoy this thrilling event.   We are also lucky to have over 20 members joining us as volunteers to help run the event.  Jo and I will arrive very early and help out with the sprint sessions and then once our lot are all cleared through scrutiny, we will be managing our group.

    26 October is Geelong Revival which sadly conflicts with Challenge Bathurst, but Lawrence will be heading this event, and we are sure to have a brilliant display as per normal.  This is a great event to attend as a displayer or just come and enjoy the great event this always is.

    Dates to remember:

    Preparing for the Nationals

    We will be launching the Nationals 2025 website very soon and before we can do that, we are needing a logo!

    Working with BMW AG we have strict criteria on all our logos, and this must fit their guidelines.  2025 is also 50 years of the 3 series so we are thinking maybe something to link the two together? 

    We ask all members to get their creative heads on and see what you can come up with.  Get them to us as soon as you can so the committee can pick the best and most appropriate logo and announce the best design in the December newsletter. If you would like to help us with this contact myself or Jo regarding the criteria we have to work with.

    We will also be forming a Nationals Committee in November, if you think you will be interested in helping with this event, please contact Jo, on events@bmwdcm.com.au, who has already gotten things off to a great start and let her know what availability you will be able to offer, be it before or during the event. 

    Our Nationals are planned for Anzac Weekend 2025 which falls over the Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday.  Anzac Day being on the Friday.

    Mark these dates in your diary, book your holiday leave and make sure you are there to enjoy our Nationals event.

    From the Welfare Team

    From our Welfare team, some of you may have noticed Peter Williams missing from our drive events.  This is due to him having a tumble and breaking a bone or possibly a few bones in his hand and not being able to drive for some time.  Lawarence and Shaaron have led a drive and Jo and I will be at the helm at the next two but rest assured Peter is mending well and will be back as soon as he can.

    We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back up front again.

    The online store

    We still have limited stock of our summer shirts for sale.   Go to our store to place your orders for when we get some more sunny weather.

    Our UHF Radios kits are selling well, and these are a really great purchase.  Maybe a good idea for Christmas if you are stuck for idea.  They come with pretty much everything you need for communicating on our drive days. Go to our store to pick up one now.

    Join us for a Christmas BBQ

    Bell Motorsport (that’s Jo and I) will be having our Christmas BBQ on the 17th December at the Hastings yard.  Feel free to drop in and join us from 10 am.  It is a casual day with soft drinks and sausage sizzle.  Bring the kids and enjoy the company.  Jo promises not to be carted off in an Ambulance this year!

    Other news

    Jo and I were lucky to be invited to the 100 years of Motorrad celebration by Melbourne/Ringwood and Doncaster BMW.  This was at a really cool venue which Jo is in communications with for us to hold a twilight/daytime cars and food event at.  This will be at the beginning of the year to hopefully enjoy some of our great weather. 

    CPS renewals are going well with the electronic system, if you don’t know how to do it, go to our CPS page on our website and read the instructions.

    Remember this is a very busy time of year and your committee are all volunteers who try to have some home/life balance.  If you are wanting to put your car on CPS or needing your renewals signed, please do not leave it to the last minute as we may not be able to help at short notice.  We are here for you, but we will need a little notice.  Call us before heading down.

    If you are reading this now and have a vehicle on CPS make sure you have not let it run out.   It is your responsibility to ensure your membership is up to date and your renewals are signed and paid.

    Peter and Jo will be putting their heads together to map out some great drives for 2024. Jo already has a lot of great events planned for us to look forward to, but, as always, if you have an idea for an event or go somewhere cool and you think it would be great to take the club to, don’t keep it a secret! Let us know and we will follow up on it or help you get it off the ground.

    We have five Driver Training events tentatively booked for 2024! We are still waiting for the motorsport calendars to be finalised, so we can confirm them, but next year looks like a great year with some amazing on track events planned.

    We have sent out our sponsorship proposals for 2024 and so far, we have had some very positive results from both new and existing Club sponsors. One new sponsor took up our new Driver Training Pack, so we will be able to offer some cheaper rounds to enable more people the opportunity of getting out on track. If you own or are a part of a business that might like to sponsor the club or advertise in our excellent magazine, idrive, don’t hesitate to ask for our sponsorship proposal pack.

    If you are interested in sponsoring the club, please contact Jo on v.president@bmwdcm.com.au and she will be happy to chat with you.  We are glad to already have some of our previous sponsors committing for 2024.

    Drive safe and I look forward to seeing you out at an event soon. 

    Graeme Bell | President

    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.

    PO Box 81, Tyabb VIC 3913
    Incorporated in Victoria #A0102695G
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc is a member of: BMW Clubs Australia and the BMW Clubs International Council
    Motorsport Australia Affiliated Motorsport Club

  • 10 Oct 2023 4:11 PM | Anonymous


    Event date: 4 October 2023

    Not every club event has a structure and once in a while we meet up at Daniel’s Donuts in Geelong in the evening for a natter.

    The conversation usually turns to cars, and there is some looking at cars as well, but other things crop up too.

    October’s meeting seem to revolve around buying and selling 5 series of various vintages and not buying or selling E21 3 Series.

    The great thing is within the group someone has an answer, or at least a suggestion, for just about everything.

    I think that’s why we’re in a club!

    And it was a good opportunity for me to take my 700 out for a few more people to see and read the “the car that saved BMW” story – people who may not go to the car shows we go to.

    Lawrence Glynn | Member #3
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 8 Oct 2023 7:12 PM | Anonymous

    Victory for BMW M Team WRT and the BMW M4 GT3 at the Indianapolis 8 Hour, the fourth and penultimate race of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) season. BMW works drivers Philipp Eng (AUT), Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), and Dries Vanthoor (BEL) secured a triumph at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (USA) with a 53 second margin.

    Victory for BMW M Team WRT and the BMW M4 GT3 at the Indianapolis 8 Hour, the fourth and penultimate race of the Intercontinental GT Challenge (IGTC) season. BMW works drivers Philipp Eng (AUT), Sheldon van der Linde (RSA), and Dries Vanthoor (BEL) secured a triumph at the iconic Indianapolis Motor Speedway (USA) with a 53 second margin. With this third consecutive IGTC win following the Kyalami 9 Hour (RSA) in February and the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL) in July, BMW defended its lead in the manufacturer's standings ahead of Mercedes. Eng remains second in the driver's championship but closed the gap on the top spot. BMW M Motorsport will compete in the season finale in Abu Dhabi (UAE) in December, contending for titles in both categories.

    The #30 BMW M4 GT3 started from fourth position, but Eng managed to take the lead in the first corner. The BMW M Team WRT trio temporarily lost the lead when they received a drive-through penalty for exceeding the maximum stint duration. However, with excellent speed – the BMW M4 GT3s tyre wear was reduced significantly by cooler temperatures on race day – Eng staged a comeback from fourth to second place. Leading the race with a little over two hours remaining was the #31 BMW M4 GT3 with the WRT trio of Augusto Farfus (BRA), Maxime Martin and Charles Weerts (both BEL). However, Farfus collided with another car while attempting to overtake a lapped opponent, damaging the front suspension of his car. BMW M Team WRT managed to repair the damage but lost more than ten laps in the process. Nevertheless, the joy of the team's first victory in the USA clearly overshadowed the setback.

    North American BMW M Motorsport teams BimmerWorld and ST Racing also competed in Indianapolis but faced their fair share of issues. Samantha Tan (CAN), BMW works driver Neil Verhagen and Jake Walker (both USA) finished in 12th place, while Bill Auberlen, Robby Foley and Chandler Hull (all USA) retired from the race shortly before the end.

    The ‘Gulf 12 Hours’, the IGTC season finale, will take place on 9th/10th December in Abu Dhabi.

    Reactions after the race:

    Andreas Roos (Head of BMW M Motorsport): “Congratulations to BMW M Team WRT and our BMW M works drivers Philipp Eng, Sheldon van der Linde and Dries Vanthoor on their victory at the Indianapolis 8 Hour! This marks the third consecutive win for the BMW M4 GT3 in the Intercontinental GT Challenge following the double victory at Kyalami and the triumph at the 24h Spa-Francorchamps. This once again highlights the global strength of our GT3 car. It's a pity that the sister car had to retire while leading due to a collision because it was also performing exceptionally well until that point. Thanks to all drivers, team members and BMW M Motorsport staff for their efforts! This includes the North American teams of BimmerWorld and ST Racing, who gave good performances despite their misfortunes in the race. Now, we focus on the upcoming tasks, including the season finale of the Intercontinental GT Challenge in Abu Dhabi in December.”

    Vincent Vosse (Team Principal, BMW M Team WRT): “It's a great feeling to win a race in the USA for the first time with BMW M Team WRT. We had two very strong cars, and it was a big help that tyre wear was low on this track and in these temperatures. That gave us an advantage over our competitors. The setback is the retirement of our second car because we were on course for a double victory, but such mistakes happen. We're racing at the highest level and take corresponding risks. That's racing. Now, let's see what we can achieve in the title fight in Abu Dhabi.”

    Philipp Eng (#30 BMW M4 GT3, 1st place): “Hats off to the fantastic performance of our team. They truly deserve this victory. Yesterday, they worked on the car for a long time, and today, everyone did a perfect job. I managed to keep the driver's championship title fight open. Now it all comes down to the showdown in Abu Dhabi.”

    Sheldon van der Linde (#30 BMW M4 GT3, 1st place): “I'm thrilled to win this race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on my very first attempt! We realised early this weekend that we had a good car here, and the team did a fantastic job. What a moment to kiss the 'Bricks'!”

    Dries Vanthoor (#30 BMW M4 GT3, 1st place): “What a great victory! Thanks to BMW M Motorsport, the team and my fellow drivers! After the mistake with the stint time, which we paid for with a drive-through penalty, we didn't give up, fought hard, and were rewarded in the end. 

    Augusto Farfus (#31 BMW M4 GT3, 17th place): “The collision was my fault. I decided to make the move and overtake the lapped car in front of me on the inside. I went too deep into the corner and hit the Ferrari that was still in front of me and the car I intended to overtake. It's extremely unfortunate because we had the race under control at that point. Unfortunately, it was very difficult to overtake lapped cars in general. When you have to fight to get past them, such mistakes can unfortunately happen. I'm sorry for the team and my fellow drivers.“

    BMW PRESS

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