BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 30 Oct 2020 2:29 PM | Anonymous

    Name: Shane McKenzie

    What make is your vehicle? BMW

    What model is your vehicle? E30 325i

    What year is it? 1988

    Does it have a nickname? Dirty

    What engine does it have? M50 Stroker

    What colour is it? BronzirBeige

    When did you purchase it? 2003

    Where did you purchase it? Castle Motors Adelaide

    What attracted you to this particular vehicle? It was my third E30 and I just love the E30 Chassis

    How have you modified it since purchasing it?  Yes, see below.


    • M-Tech II Body Kit
    • M-Tech I rear spoiler 
    • 2x sets Style 32 Wheels (16x7 ET42 5x120 from E36) 
    • Sunroof (has an issue with a broken bracket, so only goes into vent, it does not retract. I can have it repaired as part of the negotiation of sale 
    • E30 Sedan Sports Seats (Alcantara & Leather) custom made 
    • Tech II 385mm Steering Wheel & spare Tech I (no leather) and spare E30 sports steering wheel 
    • Black carpet, headliner, door cards & parcel shelf 
    • Dash Cluster satin chrome gauge rings 
    • Garagistic weighted shift knob 
    • E30 Int’l replacement under dash cover 
    • OBC retro fit (currently has issue with illumination, but works as it should) 
    • Dash has a beautiful pattern of cracks, but it is hidden by the dash mat 
    Suspension, Brakes & Steering 

    • E36 YellowSpeed coil overs with adjustable camber plates 
    • E36 323i calipers, EBC OrangeStuff pads (50%) & slotted rotors
    • Red powder coated calipers & carriers, rebuilt with brass slider guides
    • SRS-Concept Castor bushes 
    • E46 Sports steering rack with BM Conversions UK Intermediate shaft & E30/E34 hybrid uni-joints 
    • Whiteline 24mm sway bar with poly bushes 
    • Garagistic front strut brace 
    • Clio Brake Booster
    • E32 750i/V12 Master Cylinder 
    • SRS-Concept caliper adapter 
    • E46 325i calipers, EBC OrangeStuff pads (90%) & vented rotors 
    • Red powder coated calipers & carriers, rebuilt with brass slider guides 
    • Z4 hubs 
    • Bilstein B8 Shocks 
    • Eibach Sports Springs 
    • Whiteline 16mm adjustable rear sway bar with new poly bushes 
    • E28 3.46 LSD in excellent condition, no noise, whine etc, locks super nice 
    • New output seals 
    Subframes & Trailing arms
    • Hillside Motorsport trailing arm reinforcement & camber adjustment kits, powder coated 
    • Hillside Motorsport / Garagistic reinforced front subframe mounts, powder coated 
    • Garagistic diff mount & front/rear sway bar reinforcement & engine mount reinforcement. 
    • SuperPro bushes replaced all around, EVERYWHERE 
    Engine & Gearbox

    M50B25TU (E36 325i single VANOS 2.5L) 

    • Iron block M50B25TU with; 
    • M52B28 rotating assembly 
    • S50B30 cam shafts
    • M50B25 intake manifold. 
    • M52B28 ‘pinktop’ injectors 
    • Aftermarket OBDI high flow fuel rail 
    • M52B28 Throttle Body & coolant line delete
    • Siemens MS41.0 custom tune ECU with EWS delete, speed sensor delete, 7000rpm redline tuned to circa 245 HP
    • R3VShift 95A engine mounts
    • Garagistic offset transmission support
    • E28 M30 clutch 
    • RHD M50 light-weigh chromoly flywheel with E30 325i starter
    • Garagistic braided clutch line 
    • Garagistic Delrin shift support bushes, rear carrier bush & DSSR
    • Z3 2.8L short shift 
    • E21 Transmission bushes with alloy cups 
    • Twin system, custom exhaust with twin cats and high flow rear muffler
    • Davies Craig digital fan switch and 16" pusher thermo fan 
    • ABS works as expected but could do with a refurb, thinking the filters are getting blocked up with age and use 
    • Custom plumbed oil catch can 
    • Walbro 255 fuel pump 
    • Brand new tailshaft & flex disk, new(ish) CSB 
    • New Clutch Master & Slave cylinders

    Do you work on it yourself? Yes

    Generally, what do you love about it? I love the way the car feels on the road, in the corners, the acceleration and the sound of the car. It was built to drive and built to withstand anything thrown at it, and it lives up to the build intention!

    If you had to pick one piece of it that you just love to look at, hear or touch, what would it be and why? I just love the custom sports seats I have in my car, Standard E30 Sedan sports seats but clad in Alcantara and leather to my taste. Very grippy and comfortable.

    Tell us about the best drive you've had in it. The best drive in Dirty would have to be one of the track days at Sandown, I busted a power steering hose in the sighting laps, so I missed the first timed session as I was fixing the high pressure hose. I joined the rest of the cars for the second session and the car ran flawlessly for the rest of the day, I ran my fastest time that day and just loved how reliable and robust the car felt.

    What about the worst drive? Why? In October 2019, I took a Friday off work to do a performance driver training day at Sandown. Car was the slowest one there, and I was in a group full of Porsche RS, GT3, Nissan GTR etc and I completely blew my clutch to pieces trying to match these other cars. I ended up snapping the piston of the clutch master cylinder and seized the slave cylinder as well as stripped the clutch disk. The car was towed home to be fixed, sad and expensive day out.

    Any improvements/modifications/restorations planned? I am currently trying to sell my car to raise funds for an E31 850i I have found, so no further mods are needed to my car. It really only needs a couple of little things like OBC lights and some paint chip repair, sunroof bracket is broken and and a couple of switches to be replaced.

    In two words, how would you describe it? Dirty Thirty

    Is there anything else about your car that is of interest (i.e previous celebrity owner, raced, a show winner, limited number in Australia)? Sadly, my car has no exciting history behind it, other than it sat in a garage for about 7 years and wasn't even looked at during that time just prior to my ownership.

    Thanks for sharing with us Shane!  If you'd like to share your car (or motorbike!) with us, click here to submit your car or bike for next month!

  • 21 Oct 2020 3:33 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 20 October 2020

    Last night's Zoom Meeting with BMW Mornington was great.  I did sneak out for 15 minutes to take some sunset photos, I'm a photography nut as well.

    I live in Mornington and had been driving my 2008 Mazda 6 for 12 years, 253 000km on the clock and hadn't missed a beat.  I was going to drive it into the ground but I knew I was missing out on some of the whistles and bells the more modern cars had.

    Eventually, I thought, damn it, I'm upgrading.  I drove a couple of Mercs.  A C65S - WOW! did that thing go, but too many $s.  I drove a C300 and used self-parking and nearly had a heart attack.  Very smart technology but scared the living daylights out of me giving up total control [that by the way is the title of a great song by The Motels], but it not only had located the parking spot, but placed it in the area with great flare and panache.

    I then popped into Mornington BMW and took a 400 series for a spin.  I liked it.  I was then shown a 428i Gran Coupe but couldn't drive it because the dealership didn't own it at that stage.  Looked great.  They said they'd call me when it was available.

    In the meantime, I came across a 2015 428i M Gran Coupe on Car Sales.  You shouldn't get behind the wheel of a car like that unless you're prepared to buy it.  Comfortable, super smooth, quick if needed and looks smoking hot.  That was in March this year; the car had 4 500km on the clock!  it was garaged AND covered, so the owner obviously loved the car but hardly ever got behind the wheel. I scratched my head and asked the owner, 'Why the low Ks?'

    'I'm busy with my business, I just take it out at weekends.'


    'Why did you buy it?'

    'For the buying experience!'

    That was a $100K buying experience.

    Black, unblemished and practically brand new.  I probably paid a bit more than I should have, but it was too good to give up.  I've loved every km I've driven since.  Which hasn't been as many as I'd liked to have racked up, for obvious reasons.

    Alex Rowell at Mornington BMW who gave me my first drive in a Beamer had told me that BMW was the best driving experience you'll have.  I strongly suspect he's right.

    So I'd bought this beast, now I needed to insure it.  Went through the existing providers and then checked in with Tony Traikovski, the Business Manager and his price was competitive and if the worst happened, it would be rebuilt to original BMW build specs.  That I liked.  I knew that wouldn't happen with the run of the mill insurers and the price was very competitive.  Done!  

    'I'll take it thanks Tony.'

    Then my son-in-law who along with my daughter both drive German cars that start with A.  He suggested extended warranty wasn't a bad idea and put me in touch with a provider that he'd used.

    I went through their options; a labourious task to put it mildly and a multitude of options to consider.  Plus, there was a 3 month waiting period before you'd be eligible to claim.  Really?  This is not health insurance and I'm unlikely to get pregnant.

    That guy Tony and Mornington BMW did a good job on the insurance and we had discussed extended warranty earlier on but that was also provided by a third party.  So back to Tony I went.

    To cut a long story short, once again the price was competitive and secondly there was no waiting period and Mornington could approve my car, even though it was purchased privately.  Done!

    Another successful transaction, and I walked away with a 3 year extended warranty at a price I was very comfortable with.

    One other experience that impressed me was when I purchased new wiper blades from Spare Parts.  Not only did they take my money, but they also had one of their apprentices come out to the car with me and fit them then and there.  

    'Nice,' I thought.  They've gone that extra mile.  They did something they didn't have to do, but once again, it impressed me.

    One thing that you don't come across very often these days is, GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE.  It's not rocket science, it's just common sense.

    Do you think I'll be going anywhere else for my gorgeous 428i M's needs?  Nup.  They've done everything right so far.

    They've got the customer service focus that everyone loves to experience, they're competitive and easy to deal with.

    Graham Thomas | Member #534
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 20 Oct 2020 2:53 PM | Anonymous

    Stylishly coordinated design features underscore the visually expressive character of the two high-performance models in the Sports Activity Vehicle and Sports Activity Coupé segments – Orders now open for the special-edition cars; production limited to 250 examples of each model.

    Supreme power, an imposing thirst for forward progress and extravagant styling allow the new BMW X5 M Competition (fuel consumption combined: 13.0 – 12.8 l/100 km [21.7 – 22.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 296 – 291 g/km) and new BMW X6 M Competition (fuel consumption combined: 13.1 l/100 km [21.6 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 301 g/km) to carve out a unique place for themselves on the world’s roads. Their performance attributes set new standards and now they are also raising the bar once again in terms of exclusivity. First Edition specification accentuates the effervescent and distinctive character of the BMW M models in the luxury Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) and Sports Activity Coupé (SAC) segments to particularly stylish effect.

    Precisely coordinated design cues for the exterior and interior lend the special-edition takes on the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition the status of intoxicating rarities at the high-performance reaches of their respective segments. Their air of exclusivity creates the ideal environment in which to enjoy the unmistakable driving experience laid on by a high-revving V8 engine with two turbochargers and 460 kW/625 hp, M-specific suspension and M xDrive all-wheel drive. The two special-edition newcomers will be produced at BMW Plant Spartanburg in the US in a limited run of 250 examples each and can be ordered with immediate effect.

    The BMW Individual Frozen Dark Silver special paint finish available exclusively for the special-edition models showcases the exterior design of the new BMW X5 M Competition and new BMW X6 M Competition to extremely impressive effect. This matt paint finish ensures the muscular proportions, clear forms and signature M details of the body design come authentically to the fore, regardless of how the light hits the car. The two special-edition cars can also be specified with the BMW Individual Frozen Marina Bay Blue special paint finish. This exterior shade is one of the BMW special finishes now available ex-factory for the BMW X5 M Competition, BMW X6 M Competition, BMW X5, BMW X6 and BMW X7. These special paint shades are increasing in number all the time.

    The high-quality paint finishes team up with M light-alloy wheels in star-spoke design with a Jet Black, high-gloss finish available exclusively for the special-edition models. The wheels (front: 21-inch, rear: 22-inch) are fitted with mixed-size tyres. The exterior styling also includes selected body elements made from carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP). Like the M Carbon exterior mirror caps for the two special-edition models, the M Carbon rear spoiler for the new BMW X6 M Competition has an understated feeling of the race track. An M Carbon engine compartment cover is likewise part of First Edition specification.

    BMW Individual Merino full leather trim in exclusive bi-colour Silverstone/Midnight Blue ensures the interior and BMW Individual paint finishes fit together neatly. Black Alcantara inserts in the seat bolsters and contrast stitching in Sakhir Orange emphasise the sporting contours of the M multifunction seats. The eye-catching contrast stitching also bring distinctive flourishes to the door panel trim and instrument panel. Taking its cue from the leather-covered instrument panel, the BMW Individual headliner in Alcantara is likewise in Midnight Blue.

    The high-tech and extremely lightweight material CFRP also features in the interior of the special-edition models. Adornments include Carbon Fibre interior trim strips available in a special, market-specific design. The silver-coloured “First Edition 1/250” lettering – which is applied to the carbon-fibre strip before the clear coat seal – highlights the exclusive character of the special-edition models. If these interior trim strips are specified, the model badge on the cover for the cup holders has the same design.


  • 18 Oct 2020 3:40 PM | Anonymous

    For more than four decades, the BMW Motorrad abbreviation “RT” has been synonymous in the world of dynamic touring motorcycles. To ensure that this continues to be the case in the future, BMW Motorrad has made extensive changes and innovations to the new R 1250 RT.

    "We have given the R 1250 RT a new look, a comprehensive increase in standard equipment and numerous technical upgrades to achieve a whole new riding experience. As a dynamic tourer with the incomparable BMW ShiftCam engine, it also has the perfect power unit with impressive power across the entire speed range”
    - Harald Spagl, Project Manager

    The new BMW R 1250 RT: The benchmark among dynamic tourers is even more sophisticated and innovative for maximum motorcycle enjoyment on extended journeys.

    For more than four decades, the BMW Motorrad abbreviation “RT” has been synonymous in the world of dynamic touring motorcycles, combining comfort on long journeys with dynamic riding pleasure on country roads. More than that: a BMW RT has always sets the benchmark in this class. To ensure that this continues to be the case in the future, BMW Motorrad has made extensive changes and innovations to the new R 1250 RT – for even greater riding pleasure and touring enjoyment at the very highest level. As before, the legendary 2-cylinder boxer engine ensures comfortable travel and dynamic propulsion. It still has an engine capacity of 1 254 cc and delivers 100 kW (136 hp) in the current EU5 registration, too. Thanks to BMW ShiftCam technology for varying valve timing and valve lift on the intake side, it offers superior power across the entire speed range, extremely smooth running and refinement as well as outstanding fuel consumption and emission values.

    Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and new “Eco” riding mode as standard. Riding Modes Pro with riding mode preselection and engine drag torque control (MSR) as options.

    The standard Dynamic Traction Control DTC ensures a high level of riding safety due to excellent traction, while the new standard “Eco” riding mode helps the rider achieve the best possible fuel efficiency.

    The new R 1250 RT Adventure can be fitted with the “Pro Riding Modes” as an ex works option. Another new component of Riding Modes Pro is the engine drag torque control (MSR): this can be used to safely avoid unstable riding conditions that can occur during coasting or downshifting due to excessive brake slip at the rear wheel.

    New BMW Full Integral ABS Pro as standard.

    In its latest edition, the R 1250 RT is equipped as standard with the new BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS Pro. This is a braking system in which both the hand and foot brake levers are used to apply the front and rear brakes simultaneously. Combined with the qualities of ABS Pro with banking angle optimisation and dynamic brake force distribution, Full Integral ABS Pro is the perfect braking system for a touring bike such as the R 1250 RT.

    New full LED headlamp with turning light and new light functions as ex works options.

    The new standard full LED headlamp already illuminates the road with unrivalled brightness and clarity. The new headlamp with swivel function goes one step further: with the “Adaptive Turning Light” option, the dipped beam of the standard full LED headlamp turns into the bend according to the banking position. In this way, the bend is almost fully illuminated because the light moves to where the motorcycle is heading. Thanks to new light functions, the riding experience on the new R 1250 RT is even more intense – and there are practical benefits, too. For example, the “Welcome” function, the “Goodbye” function for taking leave and the “Follow me home” function for guidance purposes will be available as optional extras in future.

    Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) as standard. Active Cruise Control (ACC) – cruise control with integrated distance control for relaxed touring as an ex works option.

    In connection with the standard Dynamic Cruise Control (DCC) , “dynamic” means that the preselected speed is kept at a constant level when riding downhill. If the braking effect of the engine is not sufficient for this, the fully integral brake is automatically activated so as to maintain the desired riding speed. Active Cruise Control (ACC), available as an optional extra, goes one step further. Thanks to radar sensor technology, it enables relaxed gliding with distance control – and there is no need for the rider to adapt road speed to the vehicle in front.

    New 10.25” TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation for convenient route planning and extensive connectivity as standard.

    The new R 1250 RT is fitted with a 10.25-inch TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation and connectivity. Its excellent readability, clear menu navigation and highly integrated operating concept put the new R 1250 RT at the top of the range of serial production motorcycles. For the first time on a motorcycle, the new 10.25-inch colour screen makes it possible to display a navigation map in the instrument cluster, so no additional display is needed.

    Along with the introduction of standard connectivity and the navigation map shown on the screen, the new “Comfort telephony with extended smartphone connection” option is available. A smartphone can be securely accommodated in a storage compartment that is protected from splash water and ventilated by an electric fan, and its battery can be kept ready for use inductively or via USB connection. With the Audio System 2.0, the new R 1250 RT offers an even more intense sound experience than its predecessor.

    The new R 1250 RT: enhanced travel capability and dynamic performance thanks to new fairing. Exclusive touring character in an attractive basic paint finish and refined style variants.

    Thanks to a newly developed front fairing, the new R 1250 RT now not only looks fresher and more dynamic, it also has enhanced travel and touring qualities thanks to additional aerodynamic advancements. Not only does the new front fairing enclose the new full LED headlamps, for example, but the upper section of the fairing is now reduced in height, too. This results in a wider field of vision for the rider, while at the same time making the new R 1250 RT appear lighter and more dynamic. In addition to the attractive basic version in Alpine White 3, the new R 1250 RT is also available in the refined Style variants “Elegance”, “Sport” and “Option 719”.

    The highlights of the new BMW R 1250 RT:

    • Authentic boxer engine with BMW ShiftCam Technology for variation of the valve timings and valve stroke on the intake side.
    • Powerful response across the entire engine speed range, exemplary fuel consumption, emission levels, running smoothness and refinement.
    • Output and torque: 100 kW (136 hp) at 7 750rpm and 143Nm at 6250rpm.
    • Knock sensor system for optimised travel suitability.
    • New BMW Motorrad Full Integral ABS Pro as standard.
    • Three riding modes as standard.
    • New “Eco” riding mode for particularly economical riding as standard.
    • Riding Modes Pro with additional riding mode “Dynamic” and new engine drag torque control (MSR) as an ex works option.
    • Dynamic Traction Control DTC as standard
    • Dynamic ESA “Next Generation” electronic suspension with fully automatic load compensation as an optional extra.
    • Hill Start Control Pro (HSC Pro) with extended function as an ex works option.
    • Newly developed front fairing with optimised aerodynamics.
    • New LED headlamp as standard and new full LED headlamp with adaptive turning light as an ex works option
    • Connectivity: New multifunctional instrument cluster with 10.25-inch full-colour TFT screen and numerous other features as standard.
    • New “Comfort telephony with extended smartphone connection” option.
    • New Audio System 2.0 option.
    • New double tone fanfare as standard.
    • Intelligent Emergency Call as an ex works option.
    • Attractive basic paint finish along with the three Style variants “Elegance”, “Sport” and “Option 719” as ex works options.
    • Extended range of optional extras and Original BMW Motorrad Accessories.


  • 14 Oct 2020 2:17 PM | Anonymous

    From the Neue Klasse cars in 1961 up to the 2010 F10 5 Series most BMWs used the industry dominating MacPherson strut front suspension. The F10 and subsequent models changed to the technically superior but bulkier and costlier double wishbone design.

    This article explores why the MacPherson strut was so popular.

    The MacPherson strut was invented by Earl MacPherson in the 1940s when independent front suspension was still something of a wonder and too expensive for all but the upper luxury or exotic sports car market.

    I should point out that what we call “suspension” is actually “superimposion”; the body of the car is not suspended but supported.

    The origins of the term come from the days of horse and carriage. Initially the carriage body was bolted directly to a frame underneath which two axles were bolted, also directly. Add in wooden wheels with metal tyres and a very bumpy ride results.

    To improve this a flexible vertical post was fitted at each corner of the frame with two leather straps slung across the width of the frame (ie transverse) from the top of each post, one at the front and one at the back.  The body of the carriage was then attached to these straps.  That is, the body was suspended by the straps. As the posts could bend the body could now move independently of the frame, up to a point.

    It didn’t take long for some genius to realise that putting the springy bit between the frame and the axles worked much better with the leather strap replaced by a metal “leaf” spring of similar shape. So the transverse leaf spring “suspension” came into being.

    The axles were still rigid and the wheels still wooden.

    With the advent of amazing horseless carriage and it’s death defying speeds of over 30 mph (typical horse speed beyond which one should not travel for fear of being unable to breath – or so they thought) the limitations of rigid axles and leaf springs became apparent.

    Although leaf springs provide some natural damping this decreases as the springs get softer and more comfortable.

    The consequence of having insufficient damping is that when the wheel goes over a bump or a hole it continues to bounce up and down for quite some time afterwards. Which is not good, especially if the wheel is bouncing around just at a time when you wanted it to grip the road.

    Additional springing was introduced when pneumatic tyres were adopted but this had next to no damping making that issue worse.

    So, dampers were introduced to control the wheel movements dynamically.  By about 1927 dampers were used which could provide a spring like function on the initial movement from rest, thus allowing a softer spring without allowing the wheel to crash up against the bump stops upon hitting a bump at speed. Which is why dampers are often called “shock absorbers”, or shocks for short.

    In the modern designs the dampers do a lot to control wheel movements and to prevent body roll, making them a very important part of the handling role of the suspension as well as the ride.

    So, we need a spring and a damper. And something to join the wheel to the body, which we do not want to be a rigid axle because with a rigid axle if one wheel goes over a bump that wheel changes its angle to the road and the other wheel has to move around too. Plus the body has to be above the axle (generally) making the floor high.

    To a lot of people’s amazement, we do not want the wheels upright, and we do not want them at the same angle to ground all the time.

    The wheel (front wheels in particular) needs to lean in slightly toward the centre of the car at the top (negative camber) when travelling in a straight line and sightly more so on the outside wheel when cornering. But, as the wheel goes up and down, such as over a bump, the angle of the wheel with respect to the road should not change much, if possible.

    So, if the links between the body and the wheel are correctly designed the wheel angles can be optimised for cornering or going over bumps and, if you are really clever, doing both at the same time and on both sides of the car.

    The double wishbone suspension is generally considered the perfect choice.  Except with a narrowish front engine car in the ‘40s the engine prevents the wishbones being long enough for an ideal design. And, it is expensive.

    In a double wishbone design there are two V shaped “wishbones” (as per a turkey or chicken wishbone) one above the wheel centre line and one below, attaching the wheel to the car body.  Thus there are 6 mounting points which need bracing, rubber mounts, bolts and assembly time. There must be a steering pivot (or upright) attaching the wishbones to each other and to the hub about which the wheel spins. We also need a spring (coil now not leaf - very modern) which needs 2 mounting points which need bracing, rubbers, bolts and assembly, and a damper which also needs 2 mounting points with bracing, rubbers, bolts and assembly.

    So, lots of parts and cost and space. And possibly sub-optimal performance.

    Earl MacPherson was given the task of coming up with a lightweight low cost car at General Motors.  In fact, the target was more or less impossible, which is just as well otherwise some brilliant solutions may have never been developed.  MacPherson put a tubular damper inside the coil spring, instantly removing 2 mounting points and freeing up space.  He then made the damper body into a strong strut capable of holding the spring, taking the suspension loads and extending the lower end of the strut so that it reached below wheel centre, thus taking on the role of the upright – more parts and connections eliminated.  This strut leans in toward the centre of the car with the top attached to the car body at the top of the inner wheel arch just below the bonnet. When viewed from behind it makes one side of a triangular structure with the car body forming the second, mostly vertical side, and a vaguely horizontal member running from below the wheel centre toward the centre of the car making the third.

    The wheels rotate about the strut for steering and the geometry is fixed by the 2 mounting points.  The bottom member (the track control arm) is a relatively long arm going under the side of the engine which reduces wheel angle changes over bumps etc.  To stop the whole thing moving forwards/backwards the anti-roll bar (which the double wishbone design also has) is attached to the track control arm and used as a brace.

    Thus we have two body mounting points with attendant bracing and bolts and rubbers and one hub attachment point plus a unitary upright/spring/damper strut unit.

    Brilliant.  Hats off to Earl.

    Except the Chevrolet Cadet that all this was meant to appear on never made it as, amazingly, GM top brass said is was too expensive.  A more likely reason is that, at that time, only top of the range cars had independent suspension and it was unthinkable for a budget priced car to have a better suspension.

    MacPherson left GM, walked across town to Ford and his invention surfaced on the UK built Ford Consul and Zephyr, quickly spreading across the entire Ford range.

    Sadly, because of the Ford connection some snobs initially refused to recognise the brilliance of this design and refused to use a MacPherson strut design despite reasonable licensing deals.

    Although the MacPherson strut has some geometric shortcomings a half decent MacPherson strut installation beats an 80% good double wishbone setup. By the 1970s just about everyone was using a variation on the theme at the front with many different designs for the rear suspension, from “live” axles through double wishbones to the dreaded swing axles and compact low cost torsion bar beams. 

    Lotus’ Colin Chapman (of F1 fame) re-invented MacPherson’s rear strut design – which had not been a success – becoming the Chapman strut for obvious reason. This was probably the best rear axle strut design there has been, but it too was not a success with a nasty habit of breaking welded joints. The semi-trailing arm design rear suspension, such as used on BMWs since the 1957 600 model (whose suspension design, with mild evolution continued right up until it was replaced by the similar-but-different Z axle in the 1990’s), has proved to be superior overall.

    The gradual switch to double wishbone front suspension has occurred for two main reasons. The first is that cars are a lot wider and engines narrower, making room for wishbones. The second is that automation and other production efficiencies have reduced the cost significantly.

    On a final note, BMW used the equally innovative and even more compact motor scooter inspired Dubonnet type front suspension on the Isetta, 600 and 700 models. This design has more technical flaws than the MacPherson strut and is less suited to heavier wheel loads but was an ideal low cost solution on those vehicles.

    Lawrence Glynn | Member #3
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 9 Oct 2020 1:55 PM | Anonymous


    Dear Members,

    I’d just like to check in with everyone and let you know about some of the virtual events coming this month, as well as let you know that we have a whole host of in person events lined up ready to go, just as soon as we are released from lockdown. Even if they only lift the 5km rule and we can start socialising within the Melbourne area, we have events lined up to suit that.

    I would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding during this very trying time and I hope you are all looking forward to safely getting out and about again as soon as we are allowed.

    As a committee, we have been working very hard to keep things going and interesting via our Zoom meetings and social media. We hope that you have been able to join in on some of the virtual events we have been putting on over the past few months.

    The roadmap to us being able to travel and get back to normal is taking a little longer than we all hoped for, but we need to all just hang in there as there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we will all be able to see each other again soon - be it from 1.5 metres apart.

    We have 3 virtual meetings/events planned so far for October. Our AGM is on 13 October. We are then having a guided tour of Mornington BMW on 20 October, where we will be hosted by Tony and Alex who will be able to answer any question you may have.  This will be a very interesting night and we will be also doing a virtual raffle, so be sure to log in on the night so you can be part of the fun.  Our next event will be our presentation night on 27 October. We have been holding out for this night, as we wanted to do this in person but unfortunately COVID got in the way.  I urge you all to register, it will be a lot of fun, there will be some great prizes to be won and most importantly, this is the night we recognise some of our members great achievements from 2019.  We plan on trying to make this a celebration, so dress up in your best outfits and crack open a bottle of bubbly so we can all toast those who have won awards. Again, we will be joined by our virtual raffle wheel so you have to be logged in to win.

    For those who live in the Bellarine Peninsula/Geelong regional area, we also have a Coffee and Cars morning planned for 18 October. We have quite a few members that live out of the Metro lockdown zone, so we thought it would be nice for them to be able to meet up and enjoy a safe coffee and catch up.

    Jo has been working on some great events which we are hoping we will be able to release after the announcements on or about 19 October.  So that you can plan to attend, I will give you a quick run down of what we are hoping to release.

    All going well, on 25 October we will be doing a Metro Picnic Drive, starting from the Old Templestowe Hill Climb track and then heading out through some of Melbourne’s wonderful scenic and interesting roads. Firstly stopping at Yan Yean, where there are large facilities for a comfort break and we can take some time to stretch our legs, have a morning snack (please bring your own) and then off for some more great driving to hopefully arrive in Yarra Glen, where we will stop again for a lunch break.  There could possibly be some cafes and shops open here but as with morning tea, I would suggest you come prepared with food and drinks just in case. This drive stays within the Metro area, just in case we still aren’t allowed out of Melbourne yet.

    On 3 November (Melbourne Cup Day), we are hoping to hold our annual Show and Shine, in a very special, very exclusive location right in the middle of Melbourne! We can’t tell you where just yet, but it is somewhere very nice indeed.  There will be a grab and go breakfast option to pre-order and also a two course lunch for after judging. We can then relax and watch the race in one of their very comfortable function rooms. Jay Leno Garage Products will be on board for this event with their products available for sale on the day and we will also have some great hampers as prizes for the winning cars. There will also be a special deal for a member’s to be able to stay the night before to make the event a special “Coming out of COVID” event.  Keep your eyes peeled for event notices.

    Motorsport-wise, anyone with a level three or above racing licence and a BMW race car is invited to go racing with E30 Racing at Phillip Island on 7-8 November, the entry is via the Motorsport Australia Event Entry Portal, so if you have a race car and a licence get onto that one! As far as our Drivers Championship goes, we are keeping in touch with the other clubs and tracks and as soon as anything is released or confirmed, we will let you know.  At this stage, we believe our championship round on 6 December with AROCA will be proceeding.  AROCA are also hoping to hold a sprint event at Winton on 15 November which we are invited to attend.

    We still have our “Member of the Month” which you can enter as many times as you wish if you have more than one car.  Let us see what you have and hear the story behind your favourite vehicles.

    Times are very difficult for us all at the moment but we just need to keep doing the right thing and we will be out of this soon.  I would like to thank you all for standing by us through this trying time and know the BMWDCM Committee have been working hard to try to make things as interesting as possible while we are all stuck in lockdown.

    Hoping to see you all soon.  Hang in there team, it won’t be long now. 

    Graeme Bell | President
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.


    P.O. Box 81, TYABB, VICTORIA. 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

  • 7 Oct 2020 2:22 PM | Anonymous

    With its specially tuned M Sport suspension and Torsen limited-slip differential, the exclusively front-wheel-drive compact sports model has an unwavering focus on providing highly engaging driving pleasure.

    The all-new BMW 128ti, Alpine white, Y Rim 18” Styling 553 M (10/2020).

    • The new BMW 128ti (fuel consumption combined: 6.4 – 6.1 l/100 km [44.1 – 46.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 148 – 139 g/km*) is an unfiltered driving machine with a distinctive character. It is positioned between the BMW 120i (fuel consumption combined: 5.8 – 5.5 l/100 km [48.7 – 51.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 134 – 126 g/km*) and the range-topping BMW M135i xDrive (fuel consumption combined: 6.7 – 6.3 l/100 km [42.2 – 44.8 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 155 – 145 g/km*).
    • Market launch will take place in November 2020, with prices in Germany starting at €41,574.79 (incl. 16% VAT).
    • With its specially tuned M Sport suspension (lowered by 10 millimetres), a Torsen limited-slip differential and a bespoke steering application, the exclusively front-wheel-drive compact sports model is focused squarely on highly engaging driving pleasure.
    • The BMW 128ti carries over the firmer anti-roll bars and anti-roll bar mounts with high preload from the BMW M135i xDrive. Stiffer springs and shock absorbers adapted accordingly provide excellent driving dynamics. In addition, the front-wheel-drive 128ti is around 80 kilograms lighter than the flagship model.
    • The 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology is a direct offshoot of the variant in the BMW M135i xDrive – the BMW Group’s most powerful four-cylinder unit – and develops 195 kW (265 hp). The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is fitted as standard.
    • As in the BMW M135i xDrive, the standard-fitted M Sport braking system with red-painted brake callipers (a first for a BMW 1 Series model) provides good braking performance. The 18-inch Y‑spoke 553 M bi-colour light-alloy wheels are reserved exclusively for the BMW 128ti, while sport tyres (Michelin Pilot Sport 4) can be specified as a no-cost option.
    • Exclusive distinguishing features on the inside and outside of the BMW 128ti give the car a distinctive appearance. Taking the M Sport model as a basis, it adds specific covers and trim mouldings, side skirt trim and a “ti” badge ahead of the rear wheels in a sporting red colour. If the BMW 128ti is ordered with the Melbourne Red or Misano Blue metallic paint finishes, the accents and “ti” badge (which can be deleted, if desired) come in black.
    • Standard specification in Germany includes extended Shadowline trim with black BMW kidney grille and black mirror caps, while the optional BMW Individual lights Shadowline for the headlights creates a darker appearance, helped by the absence of various chrome trim elements.
    • The interior also contains a host of red accents, including a large Race Red surface in the backrests of the standard sport seats, the embroidered “ti” badge in the central armrest and contrast stitching in the other armrests, door panels and instrument panels. The steering wheel rim and airbag cover in the M Sport steering wheel feature red stitching.
    • The BMW 128ti breathes new life into a long tradition at BMW. Since the 1960s the “TI” (later “ti”) badge has stood for “Turismo Internazionale” and marks out particularly sporty models – from the iconic BMW 1800 TI and BMW 2002 TI to the BMW 323ti Compact and BMW 325ti Compact of the late 1990s.


  • 2 Oct 2020 9:27 AM | Anonymous

    When Nick Catsburg crossed the finish line in the BMW M6 GT3 shortly after 15:30 on Sunday afternoon, the celebrations knew no bounds. Together with ROWE Racing and his team-mates Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly, Catsburg had just won the 24h Nürburgring. This was the first victory for ROWE Racing at this race. And it was also a very special success for BMW: the manufacturer’s 20th overall victory came on the 50th anniversary of the endurance classic.

    When Nick Catsburg (NED) crossed the finish line in the #99 BMW M6 GT3 shortly after 15:30 on Sunday afternoon, the celebrations knew no bounds. Together with ROWE Racing and his team-mates Alexander Sims and Nick Yelloly (both GBR), Catsburg had just won another thrilling Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER) on the Nordschleife. This was the first victory for ROWE Racing at the 24-hour race. And it was also a very special success for record winner BMW: the manufacturer’s 20th overall victory came on the 50th anniversary of the endurance classic. That was all a few days ago now, but the emotions are still just as strong.

    1970 – 2010 – 2020: BMW was the overall winner of the inaugural 24-hour race in 1970. The 19th and most recent overall victory came courtesy of BMW Team Schnitzer in 2010. Since then, BMW had endured a long wait for its 20th overall win, although BMW teams had finished the race second on the podium on four occasions in recent years. It was almost as though the racing gods had come up with a special plan: overall victory number 20 was to come in 2020, at the 50th anniversary of the 24-hour race, 50 years after the first win and ten years after the latest success.

    “The moment the car crossed the finish line is one we will remember for a very long time,” says BMW Group Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “We have waited ten years for this victory, although the BMW teams have missed out by incredibly small margins in recent years, and have finished runner-up on four occasions. The fact that we made it onto the top step of the podium on the 50th anniversary makes the win even more special. ROWE Racing took full advantage of the potential of the BMW M6 GT3 in extremely difficult conditions, with a flawless race and the right strategic decisions at the right time. It was an outstanding performance and team effort, which was rewarded with that long-awaited victory.”

    This success is also of particular importance to ROWE Racing team principal, Hans-Peter Naundorf. In 2017, the team missed out on overall victory by just 29.418 seconds after a dramatic climax. The 2018 and 2019 races did not go to plan, but the team’s fortunes changed this year. “With all the factors that made this race so special, the history of BMW, the yearning desire of all of us to finally win this race, and all the joint efforts, this success is something very, very special,” says Naundorf. “Throughout all the years, we have always invested the most energy and placed our biggest hopes in this race, and we have experienced some bitter disappointments with early exits, particularly in the last two years. It is very satisfying to have achieved this success – particularly as this year’s was the toughest 24-hour race in recent history. In the end, we were simply tougher than the rest.”

    It was the ROWE Racing team that claimed the very first 24-hour victory for the BMW M6 GT3 at Spa-Francorchamps in 2016. However, Naundorf believes there is no comparison between the two successes: “Our success in Spa in 2016 surprised everyone. At the Nürburgring, we had been one of the favourites for years, and we knew that we could do it. As such, after all the preparations and intensive years, this is a far bigger breakthrough. In Spa, we claimed an unexpected victory with a totally new car. Now, after five years, the BMW M6 GT3 is a stalwart and everything is sorted. In this situation, every little screw has to fit perfectly into place, you have to have the right drivers in the car, and then the weather gods have to give you these conditions, in which only the very best can come through without making any mistakes. Conquering the Nordschleife is the toughest thing I have done in my 25 years in motor racing.”

    Naundorf believes that the BMW M6 GT3 has benefitted from its maturity and the many kilometres it has completed on the Nordschleife: “The car is incredibly stable when you know how to use it properly. There are no longer any areas in need of improvement, all BMW cars ran like clockwork.” The strength of the BMW M6 GT3 on the Nordschleife this year is underlined, not only by the fact that it not only took overall victory, but also that four of the five BMW M6 GT3 finished the race without any incidents – including three cars in the top four. The third spot on the podium went to BMW Team Schnitzer, with the #98 ROWE Racing car in fourth place.


  • 1 Oct 2020 1:58 PM | Anonymous

    The standout element of the models in the new BMW 4 Series range is the carefully judged enhancement of their sporting abilities. And now, this can also be combined with the pleasure of open-top motoring. With its sensational styling, brand new roof design, diverse line-up of engines, top-class chassis technology and innovative equipment features, the new BMW 4 Series Convertible packages driving pleasure in a particularly exclusive form.

    • Premiere for the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. New benchmark for dynamic driving pleasure combined with the allure of exclusive open-air motoring in the premium midsize segment. A design conceived in the brand’s current styling language that radiates sporting elegance, a new type of roof design and performance that has stepped up significantly compared to its predecessor make the latest generation of the open-top four-seater a highly compelling proposition. The design, vehicle concept and driving dynamics provide greater differentiation from the BMW 3 Series Sedan than at any time in the 35 years that BMW convertibles have graced the midsize class. Worldwide launch will commence in March 2021.
    • The range now peaks with an extremely sporty BMW M440i xDrive Convertible flagship model (fuel consumption combined:
      7.4 – 6.9 l/100 km [38.2 – 40.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined:
      169 – 159 g/km) powered by a 275 kW/374 hp six-cylinder in-line petrol engine. The launch line-up also comprises two four-cylinder petrol units and a four-cylinder diesel, with two straight-six diesel engines set to follow later in 2021.
    • Standalone body design has dynamically stretched proportions and a low-to-the-road silhouette. Expressive front end brings together tradition-rich and modern styling features. Prominent, upright BMW kidney grille references legendary sports cars from the brand’s past and signals the high cooling air requirement of the powertrain technology. Extremely slim LED headlights are standard, BMW Laserlight optional.
    • Newly developed panel bow softtop roof marries the strengths of a retractable hardtop and the puristic appeal of a fabric hood, thereby combining the best of both worlds. Its sleek surface gracefully arches over the passenger cell of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible. Roof is 40 per cent lighter than the predecessor car’s, acoustic and thermal comfort are far superior to those of a conventional design. Softtop comes in Black as standard and Anthracite Silver effect as an option.
    • Significantly enhanced performance capabilities resulting from an extremely stiff body structure with reinforced side skirts, additional convertible-specific bracing and a new aluminium shear panel in the front end. Low centre of gravity, perfectly balanced 50 : 50 weight distribution. Optimised aerodynamics, wider tracks than on the outgoing model (+28 mm at the front and +18 mm at the rear).
    • Mild hybrid technology for the six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and all diesel units results in even sharper response and optimised efficiency. 48V starter-generator assists the engine with its additional 8 kW/11 hp of power. All model variants comply with the Euro 6d emissions standard.
    • Eight-speed Steptronic transmission standard on all model variants for the first time. Optional eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with new Sprint function for instantaneous and dynamic acceleration. Range-topping petrol and diesel models fitted with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive as standard.
    • Carefully modified chassis geometry, mounting and set-up for added agility, precision and dynamic prowess. Specially tuned lift-related dampers as standard. Even stiffer M Sport suspension including variable sport steering as an option. Other items on the options list: adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers, M Sport brakes with a choice of blue or red brake callipers, M Sport differential with electronically controlled, fully variable locking effect in the rear differential.
    • M Sport model offered as an alternative to standard specification. Also available: M Sport package Pro including 19-inch M light-alloy wheels and a sporty engine soundtrack in the cabin. M Carbon exterior package and M Performance Parts available from the launch of the new BMW 4 Series Convertible.
    • Modern premium ambience and characteristic blend of sporting flair and sophisticated elegance in the interior. Driver-centric cockpit design, electrically adjustable sports seats in the front with automatically extending and retracting belt feeders, Vernasca leather trim and seat heating, plus leather sports steering wheel as standard, knee pads on the centre console as an option. Two rear seats clearly styled as individual seats. Harmoniously designed surfaces of the instrument panel, door panel trim and rear passenger compartment create an enveloping environment. Continuous shoulder line framed by a high-class trim strip.
    • Optimised functionality for both everyday journeys and longer distances. Variable softtop compartment allows luggage capacity to be increased from 300 litres (80 l more than predecessor) with the roof down to 385 litres (15 l more) when closed. Storage package, folding rear backrest and through-loading facility all standard.
    • Top-class equipment features make open-top driving an even more pleasurable experience. Optional wind deflector can be stored behind the rear backrest, optional neck warmers are integrated into the front head restraints. Three-zone automatic climate control is standard, ambient lighting with Welcome Light Carpet, Harman Kardon surround sound system and auxiliary heating system controlled via smartphone or the BMW Display Key are available as options.
    • Far wider range of driver assistance systems than the outgoing model. Front collision warning with brake intervention, Lane Departure Warning including lane return with steering assistance and Speed Limit Info system now standard. Optional Driving Assistant Professional adds a number of features including the Steering and Lane Control Assistant with the new Active Navigation and Emergency Lane Assistant functions. Innovative 3D visualisation of surrounding area in the digital instrument cluster.
    • Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear as standard. Optional Parking Assistant now includes the Reversing Assistant. Latest generation of BMW Head-Up Display and BMW Drive Recorder also available as options.
    • BMW Operating System 7 provides the platform for individually configurable, personalised content in the Control Display (measuring up to 10.25 inches) and the optional 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster. Intuitive, multimodal operation using the Control Display touchscreen, iDrive Controller, steering wheel buttons or voice control. BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant with new graphics in the Control Display.
    • New, cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps is standard. Fast, precise calculation of routes and arrival times, real-time traffic data updated at frequent intervals, facility for entering any word when searching for destination.
    • Standard smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and now also Android Auto, wireless connection via WiFi, information shown in the Control Display, the instrument cluster and the optional Head-Up Display. Remote Software Upgrade allows improved vehicle functions and new digital services to be imported into the car over the air.

    Model variants:

    BMW 420i Convertible:
    • Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
    • Capacity: 1,998 cc, output: 135 kW/184 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm,
    • max. torque: 300 Nm (221 lb-ft) at 1,350 – 4,000 rpm.
    • Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 8.2 seconds,
    • top speed: 236 km/h (147 mph).
    • Fuel consumption, combined: 6.1 – 5.7 l/100 km (46.3 – 49.6 mpg imp),
    • CO2 emissions, combined: 140 – 131 g/km, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

    BMW 430i Convertible:
    • Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine, eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
    • Capacity: 1,998 cc, output: 190 kW/258 hp at 5,000 – 6,500 rpm,
    • max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,550 – 4,400 rpm.
    • Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 6.2 seconds,
    • top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
    • Fuel consumption, combined: 6.4 – 6.0 l/100 km (44.1 – 47.1 mpg imp),
    • CO2 emissions, combined: 147 – 138 g/km, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

    BMW M440i xDrive Convertible:
    • Six-cylinder in-line petrol engine, 48V mild hybrid technology (8 kW/11 hp), eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, BMW xDrive.
    • Capacity: 2,998 cc, output: 275 kW/374 hp at 5,500 – 6,500 rpm,
    • max. torque: 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) at 1,900 – 5,000 rpm.
    • Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 4.9 seconds,
    • top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
    • Fuel consumption, combined: 7.4 – 6.9 l/100 km (38.2 – 40.9 mpg imp),
    • CO2 emissions, combined: 169 – 159 g/km, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

    BMW 420d Convertible:
    • Four-cylinder in-line diesel engine, 48V mild hybrid technology (8 kW/11 hp), eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
    • Capacity: 1,995 cc, output: 140 kW/190 hp at 4,000 rpm,
    • max. torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at 1,750 – 2,500 rpm.
    • Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 7.6 seconds,
    • top speed: 236 km/h (147 mph).
    • Fuel consumption, combined: 4.5 – 4.2 l/100 km (62.8 – 67.3 mpg imp),
    • CO2 emissions, combined: 119 – 111 g/km, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

    BMW 430d Convertible (est. available from July 2021):

    • Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, 48V mild hybrid technology (8 kW/11 hp), eight-speed Steptronic transmission.
    • Capacity: 2,993 cc, output: 210 kW/286 hp at 4,000 rpm,
    • max. torque: 650 Nm (479 lb-ft) at 1,500 – 2,500 rpm.
    • Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.9 seconds,
    • top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
    • Fuel consumption, combined: 5.6 l/100 km (50.4 mpg imp)*,
    • CO2 emissions, combined: 147 g/km*, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

    BMW M440d xDrive Convertible (est. available from November 2021):
    • Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine, 48V mild hybrid technology (8 kW/11 hp), eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, BMW xDrive.
    • Capacity: 2,993 cc, output: 250 kW/340 hp at 4,400 rpm,
    • max. torque: 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) at 1,750 – 2,250 rpm.
    • Acceleration [0 – 100 km/h (62 mph)]: 5.1 seconds,
    • top speed: 250 km/h (155 mph).
    • Fuel consumption, combined: 6.3 l/100 km (44.8 mpg imp)*,
    • CO2 emissions, combined: 165 g/km*, exhaust standard: Euro 6d.

    All figures relating to performance, fuel/electric power consumption and emissions are provisional.

    All of the stated model variants, equipment features, technical data, fuel/electric power consumption and emissions figures relate to the offering in the German market. Dimensions and measurements refer to vehicles with basic configuration in Germany. These may vary depending on the wheel/tyre size and items of optional equipment selected.


  • 1 Oct 2020 11:00 AM | Anonymous


    Hi members

    How is it already October? Winter is long gone and now we are past the Spring solstice - the days are longer than the nights and soon enough we will be able to get out and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather!

    September started with our usual members meeting, where Jo and Graeme gave a presentation on preparing for a motorsport event.  We had quite a few members attend on the night with many questions asked.  Just talking about getting on track is making us excited for the day when we can!  if you missed the presentation but would like to view it in your own time, we've uploaded it to the website here.


    On 22 September we then held a very special members only meeting, where Eva Priller from BMW took us on a tour of BMW Classic in Munich.  It was amazing to see all of the cars, the archive room, cafe and workshop.  We'd like to give a very special thank you to Eva for the tour.  Next time you're in Munich, make sure visiting BMW Classic is at the top of your to do list! 


    Club Permits 
    VicRoads have recently made some changes to the Club Permit Scheme.  The biggest change is that new registrations will include an additional fee for number plates. You can read more about the update by clicking here


    As we get to a hopeful end to Stage 4 restrictions, we hope to see you all very soon.  Please reach out if there is anything we can do to help you, or feel free to suggest some events you'd like to see once we're able! 


    If you require assistance from Jo Mawson or Graeme Bell during this time, please do not phone the Bell Motorsport phone number (03 5979 1599).  Please instead phone Jo on 0412 661 900.



    Welcome to our new members, we look forward to seeing you at an event soon!


    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 October:

    • Tuesday, 13 October
      October Members Meeting will be our AGM and Oktoberfest celebration
      We'll start the night with an Oktoberfest celebration and then move into our formal AGM proceedings.  
    • Tuesday, 20 October 
      Virtual Tour of Mornington BMW
      We'll start with a tour of the showroom and workshop.  We'll then sit down with Tony Traikovski, Business Manager, and Alex Pressman, Sales Manager, to talk about all the things we want to know about getting finance through BMW and things like aftercare, add-ons, extended warranties, etc.  We'll also be giving away some BMW Lifestyle products, thanks to Mornington BMW.
    • Tuesday, 27 October 
      Virtual Awards Presentation Night
      Join us for our awards presentation evening to celebrate the 2019 year of motorsport and show events where we'll celebrate the achievements of our fellow members.

    Unfortunately we can't give too many details on other upcoming events right now.  Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar for when we can resume events.

    NEWS & BLOG 

    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! 

    Club blog.

    BMW around the globe.

    idrive magazine

    Everyone has their own BMW story - we'd love to share yours.

    Email us to feature in our very own idrive magazine.


    Members are welcome to submit their business to be shared on the Club Partners page on our website and idrive magazine. 

    We believe in supporting those who support us.  If you would like your business listed, email us with your details!


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

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    Vice President | 
    Jo Mawson 0412 661 900
    Secretary | 
    Lawrence Glynn 0414 563 290 
    Treasurer |
    Shaaron Glynn

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