BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

Drivers Club Monthly | Edition 22 | March 2020

1 Mar 2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous


February started with our annual trip to the Bathurst 12 Hour where some members camped and others opted to stay in hotels.  We were very lucky to be treated to a private tour of the BMW Walkenhorst pit garage, race control, podium tours, grid walks on race morning and helicopter tours.  It was also great to catch up with some of the other BMW Clubs for dinner on the Friday night.

The following weekend, we had a fantastic turn out for the Torquay drive on the Saturday and then the Torquay Motor Show display on the Sunday.  We love these two day events - its a great opportunity for a weekend away to relax with fellow members, and certainly an easier start on the Sunday morning.

Our first members meeting for 2020 was then held at Shannons showrooms with Jay Leno's Garage Advanced Vehicle Care attending, giving us a very detailed demonstration on cleaning and preparing our cars.  Two lucky members walked away with some cleaning products from our barrel draw.  

The following weekend saw some members completing their OLT (Observed Licence Test) at Sandown to get their racing licence.  Then quite a few members raced in the first round of the E30 Racing Championship.  The weather was all over the place, very hot and humid on Friday turning to a downpour, then a wet Saturday and finally a sunny Sunday.  The change of weather certainly made for some very close racing!  

Our first round of the 2020 Yokohama/Traction Tyres Drivers Championship at Sandown on 22 February turned out to be an absolutely beautiful day, with over 120 cars entered.  Thank you to all the BMWDCM members who attended and to those who helped with volunteering as officials, it would not run as smoothly if it wasn’t for you guys.  Many members posted personal best times, which was fantastic to see.   

Circuit Training Cancellation 

Due to a double booking of the track, the Circuit Training day on 18 April 2020 will no longer go ahead.  The next driver training day will be held on 14 June at Sandown, followed by another day at Broadford on 25 July. 


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.


Here's what we've got planned in March:

  • Sunday, 1 March
    Bellarine Drive to Fort Queenscliff 

    Join us for a drive to Fort Queenscliff.  We'll enjoy lunch at the wonderful 360Q followed by a 90 minute private tour of the fort and museum.
  • Tuesday, 3 March
    March Members Meeting | Melbourne BMW Southbank

    Our March members meeting will be with one of our 2020 partners, Melbourne BMW.
  • Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 March
    Phillip Island Festival of Speed Car Display

    We're off to the Island again for the Phillip Island Festival of Speed.  Attend one or both days - there will be discounted entry for the weekend for our members with reserved display parking opposite the pits.
  • Wednesday 11 - Sunday 15 March
    Australian F1 Grand Prix Car Display
    Unfortunately expressions of interest for the display have now closed, but be sure to pop by the display if you happen to attend!


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.
  • 7 April April Members Meeting | Eastern Tyre Centre
    Our April members meeting will be held at Eastern Tyre Centre.  There will be some fantastic prizes up for grabs, this is one not to miss!
  • 10 April Royal Childrens Hospital Appeal Good Friday Display
    More details to follow soon.
  • 12 April Flinders Motoring Heritage Day 2020
    An Easter display of unique veteran, vintage, classic and modern motor cars and motor cycles. Flinders Lions Club is fundraising for Peninsula Health, Flinders CFA and other local charities and causes.  
    BMWDCM took out car display of the day in 2019, let's see if we can do it again in 2020!
  • 19 April 2020 Yokohama/Traction Tyres Drivers Championship | Round 2
    Round 2 will be held at Winton.
  • 25-27 April Bushfire Relief Weekend to Bright
    We have all seen the devastation and turmoil caused by the recent fires around the country. Some small communities such as Brighthave been effected not only by the loss of buildings, but the loss of trade.
    Some of these small businesses were relying on tourists over the Christmas holidays but with the evacuation of most of these areas, the tourists were too scared to return. We would like to encourage as many of our members as possible to come along to do what we can by visiting.
Winton Historics Car Display | 30-31 May
Historic Winton is Australia's largest and most popular all-historic motor race meeting. Enjoy a weekend of non-stop racing featuring over 400 historic racing cars and motorbikes from the 1920s to the 1980s as well as a huge array of veteran, vintage, rare and unusual vehicles on display.

For free admission, please ensure that you register before 21 March.


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:

  • Sandown on 14 June 2020
  • Broadford on 25 July 2020
  • Winton on 4 July 2020 

Please get in contact with Jo Mawson to discuss how you can get involved. 


Our Blog page on the website is constantly being updated with not just club news, but everything BMW from all around the world!  We welcome you to submit any articles of your own! 

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Have an interesting story about you or how you came to own your BMW?  How about a story about a restoration or a build of your car?  It could be anything! 
Email us because we'd love to read it and share it with our members.


Members are welcome to submit their business to be shared on the Member Services page on our website.  We are all about supporting those who support us, so if you would like your business listed, email us with your details and we'll add you to the page!

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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