BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

Drivers Club Monthly | Edition 18 | November 2019

4 Nov 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous


October was an exciting month for us, beginning with our first AGM at the German Club Tivoli.  We had a great turnout of members to celebrate Oktoberfest and re-elect our current committee.

Next on the calendar was Motorclassica where we had a fantastic variety of cars, both old and new.  As always, there was so much to see, do and eat!  If you missed Motorclassica this year, make sure you put it in your calendar for next year! 

On the same weekend but a few hundred kilometres away, BMWDCM had two teams attend the AROCA Winton 12 Hour.  We had 9 club members competing and over 20 helpers for the weekend with one team finishing second and the other finishing 18th.  Well done to all those who attended, it's a fantastic outcome!

The following weekend was the final round of the Garagistic E30 Racing Championship at Winton.  Many of our members race in the E30 series and it was fantastic to see one of our members, Alex Jory finish the championship in second place after a very hard year of racing!  

Our final event of the month was the Sandown Historics where we had over 50 cars on display over the weekend, despite the bad weather.  One member, Kevin, also received a trophy for best on display!  Well done Kevin.


Welcome to all 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.


There are some safety changes being introduced in 2020 that all existing and prospective competitors to club sprints should be aware of. 

As all of our sprints and hill climbs are run under a CAMS permit and are classed as "Speed" events, the new regulations will affect some drivers that currently don't use Frontal Head Restraints, commonly known as HANS devices.

If you enter a Speed Event (a sprint or hill climb, etc) and your car either has a CAMS logbook or you run with a full harness and race seat, you must wear a Frontal Head Restraint and associated helmet.

If you drive a road registered car that only has standard seatbelts you will not have to wear a Frontal Head Restraint and associated helmet, you can use a helmet complying with AS 1698, as you can now.

So, for all events we run or take part in, you will need a proper motorsport helmet and FHR from Jan 1 2020 unless you drive a standard car with standard lap/sash seatbelt.

Click here to read the full update.


Here's our plans for November:

  • Tuesday 5 November
    Melbourne Cup Day Show & Shine
    Steeples, Mornington
    It's time for the BMWDCM Annual Cup Day Show & Shine at Steeples, Mornington!  Come and show off your pride and joy.  Prizes will be given for all categories.  Following the show & shine, join us inside Steeples for lunch, frivolity and of course, watch the Melbourne Cup.

  • Sunday 10 November
    Motors at the Mansion
    Pirra Homestead, Lara
    Motors at the Mansion is a relaxed classic car, special interest vehicle and motorcycle show set in the fabulous grounds of the strunningly renovated Pirra Country Mansion in Lara.   
  • Tuesday 12 November 
    November Members Meeting | Zagame Body Shop
    Zagame Autobody, Westmeadows
    Join us for an exclusive tour of the brand new Bespoke Auto Body Shop.
  • Sunday 17 November
    Castlemaine - Maldon Steam Train Drive
    Starting: McDonalds Wallan North
    Enjoy a drive along the back roads to the Victorian Goldfields, a trip in First Class on a heritage steam train and some time in the first 'notable town' in Victoria - Maldon.

  • Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 November
    Geelong Revival
    Two days of BMW displays, this year in prime position close to the pits and all the action!  Saturday we are celebrating the 8 Series with an 8 Fest Display and Sunday we are celebrating the E30.  Bring any car, any day, or both!

  • Friday 29 November - Sunday 2 December
    Multi Club Weekend Drive
    Join us for another fabulous weekend with our NSW and Canberra neighbours.  The weekend will be based in beautiful Merimbula with plenty of scenic, sweeping drives.  Click the event link for the full itinerary.


Keep an eye on our calendar for events coming up, we’re always adding something new.  

Click on any of the following events for more information.


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In other news..
  • On 29 October 2019 a number of changes ot the Road Safety Act 1986 took effect.  The Road Safety (Driver) Regulations 2009 expired and a new set of regulations have commenced on 29 October. The new regulations are The Road Safety (Driver) Regulations 2019. Click here to see an overview of the changes. 

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As always, thanks for reading, we look forward to seeing you at an event soon!

President | Graeme Bell 0407 186 296
Vice President | Jo Mawson 0412 661 900
Secretary | Lawrence Glynn 0414 563 290 
Treasurer | Shaaron Glynn

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