BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 9 Nov 2018 4:12 PM | Anonymous
    8 Fest and Annual Show & Shine | Melbourne Cup Day
    6 November 2018

    8 Fest 1, despite weather most suited toward Melbourne Cup goers, the first Australian 8 Fest had a great turnout.  We had Chris Halliday drive down from Brisbane while Drew Herbert also from Brisbane flew in and out within 24 hours.  In all we had 16 cars and thanks to all who displayed cars and made it possible.  Eric Holton, Personal collection Manager for Lindsay Fox, gave up his day to bring the bosses 23,000 klm 850 Csi which was one of just two six speed manual car at the event.  Clarence Tang also attended in his deep blue 840 manual.

    The event saw V8's and V12's in all states of repair, most finished and Road Registered, at least one on the Club Permit Scheme and Con's 98 Individual (on trade plates for the day) which is awaiting a start on body repairs.  Con bought this one at auction with the intention getting it back on road and is currently collecting parts for the rebuild.

    Judged Best 8 at the show was David O’Dwyer’s immaculate Calypso Red 840 which also took out People's Choice Award.  Well done after so many years of being pipped at the post by cars that have the advantage of high kilometres. Higher klms means extra points so that everyone has a chance.

    We also had a fantastic array of other BMW’s and were lucky to have the Stilwell Groups Z8, thank you to David Stilwell for bringing that down in on a slightly damp day.

    Other members brought their exotic none BMW cars and it really made for some amazing viewing.

    Standby for details of the 2019 8 Fest which will coincide with the 30th Anniversary of the release of the E31.

    Theo Hoffs  Member #23
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 7 Nov 2018 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    The new BMW 8 Series Convertible.

    BMW is forging ahead with its model offensive in the luxury segment with the presentation of an open-top sports car which explores the highest reaches of dynamic flair, emotionality and exclusivity. The new BMW 8 Series Convertible blends ultra-sporty driving properties with distinctive design elegance and offers an extremely exclusive passport to hallmark BMW driving pleasure and a full-blooded open-top driving experience.

    • Premiere for the second model in the new BMW 8 Series luxury-class line-up: New BMW 8 Series Convertible combines dynamic flair and serene long-distance ability with a sumptuous open-top driving experience.
    • Open-air driving pleasure for four people. Classical soft-top roof with fully electric, extremely quiet operation, minimised weight and outstanding acoustic comfort. Roof opens and closes in 15 seconds at the touch of a button and when travelling at up to 50 km/h (31 mph). Soft-top in Black as standard or Anthracite Silver effect as an option.
    • Standalone interpretation of emotionally rich exterior styling based on the new, clear and precise BMW design language. Familiar BMW proportions and elegantly flowing lines stand out particularly clearly with the roof down. Compact, taut soft-top generates distinctive “deck” silhouette.
    • Wide, sporty rear-end design underlines the low-slung stance of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible.
    • Exterior and interior design work together harmoniously. Gently rising shoulderline; surrounds for the side windows and soft-top lid merge. Front and rear seats embraced in a flowing movement. Sophisticated design for soft-top compartment with subtle domes and surfacing that takes its cues from the instrument panel and door shoulders.
    • Market launch in March 2019 with two model variants: BMW M850i xDrive Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.0 – 9.9 l/100 km [28.3 – 28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 229 – 225 g/km)* with 390 kW/530 hp V8 engine and BMW 840d xDrive Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 6.3 – 5.9 l/100 km [44.8 – 47.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 165 – 155 g/km)* with six-cylinder in-line diesel engine and 235 kW/320 hp. Both engine variants meet Euro 6d-TEMP exhaust standard. Power transfer by eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

    • Unadulterated sports car character thanks to unwavering focus on maximising performance capability, powertrain technology and chassis in the development of the body structure. Developed alongside BMW 8 Series Coupe, BMW M8 and BMW M8 GTE endurance racer. Low centre of gravity, even weight distribution, lightweight construction using aluminium, magnesium and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aerodynamically optimised, almost lift-free body.
    • Extremely stiff body and chassis structure with Convertible-specific underbody bracing. Special occupant protection measures, including strengthened windscreen frame and rollover bars behind the rear seats that extend by pyrotechnic charge.
    • Adaptive M suspension, Integral Active Steering and mixed-size tyres as standard. M Sport differential (with electronically controlled differential lock) fitted as standard at the rear axle of the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible and available as an option for the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible. Active roll stabilisation optional for the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible.
    •  Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode. Clearly noticeable difference in car set-up between COMFORT and ECO Pro modes at one end of the spectrum and SPORT / SPORT+ modes at the other. Carefully judged adjustment of the powertrain and chassis systems enables clear focus on dynamic sharpness or sumptuous comfort.
    • Adaptive LED headlights and LED rear lights as standard. BMW Laserlight with Selective Beam and high beam range increased to 600 metres available as an option.
    • M Sport package for the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible with specific design and equipment features: front apron with extra-large air intakes, distinctive side skirt and rear apron design, 19-inch M light-alloy wheels, M Sport braking system, multifunction seats, M leather steering wheel and illuminated door sills with M logo. BMW M850i xDrive Convertible also has a front spoiler extension, 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and high- performance tyres, specific M Sport braking system, exclusive exterior elements in Cerium Grey, interior trim strips in stainless steel mesh design and illuminated door sills with model badge. M Technic Sport Package available for the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible.

    • Further individualisation options provided by Chrome Line Exterior, M Carbon exterior package with air intake slats, exterior mirror covers and exhaust tailpipe embellisher in CFRP, plus BMW Individual features.

      • Convertible-specific equipment features designed to enhance comfort: Pop-up wind deflector in the rear fitted as standard, neck warmers integrated into the front head restraints are optional. Leather appointments with Sun Reflective Technology.
      • Low, sports-car seating position. Electrically adjustable sports seats with memory function and Vernasca leather trim as standard in the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible. BMW M850i xDrive Convertible fitted as standard with multifunction seats and Merino leather trim with extended features. Longitudinally oriented lines and surfacing, driver-oriented cockpit and clearly structured arrangement of controls sharpen the focus on the dynamically engaging driving experience. High-quality materials, stylish interior illumination courtesy of Ambient light feature. Instrument panel and door shoulders with fulled leather trim as standard.
      • Four seats, through-loading function with 50 : 50 split/folding rear seat backrest. Boot capacity: 350 litres. Automatic boot lid operation and Comfort Access including hands-free opening and closing of the boot lid as standard.
      • High-class options designed for modern luxury: telephony with wireless charging, BMW Display Key, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, Heat Comfort package, active seat ventilation, Automatic Soft Close function for the doors, glass applications for selected controls.
      • Extensive range of driver assistance systems. Fitted as standard: High Beam Assistant, Driving Assistant including Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning system with City Braking function, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Warning systems, Speed Limit Info, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Rear Collision warning, and Parking Assistant including Reversing Assistant. Optional: Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, Driving Assistant Professional including Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, evasion aid, distance information, Cross Traffic Alert, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning systems, as well as Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View, Top View, Panorama View and Remote 3D View.
      • Latest Generation of the BMW Head-Up Display and BMW Live Cockpit Professional including navigation system, fully digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display (with identical modern graphics) as standard. New BMW Operating System 7.0 enables extremely fast access to settings and functions, customisable displays and multimodal operation via touchscreen display, iDrive Controller, steering wheel buttons and voice control.
      • BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant: Digital co-driver and vehicle expert is controlled by natural voice commands. Integration of Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business. BMW Digital Key enables car access and engine start-up via smartphone. Remote Software Upgrades allow updating of vehicle functions over the air.


    • 1 Nov 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous


      With the cold weather slowly becoming a memory, we had a whole lot of fun in October!  

      We kicked the month off with our October Members Meeting at Essendon BMW where we were welcomed to check out the new dealership.  Unfortunately the miserable weather didn't make for a great night to be out and about but the team at Essendon gave us a fantastic night.  Read more about the night here.

      In mid-October we then spent our weekend at Motorclassica with a number of members cars on display.  We were lucky to also have an i3 from BMW GA and an M4 Competition from Hawthorn BMW.  Read more about our weekend here and here

      We then held our first Oktoberfest with Hawthorn BMW on a beautiful Friday night.  We also got to take a look at Walter's M5 Competition and Ange's M4 Competition which sat proudly outside.  Read more about the evening here.

      While we were at Hawthorn BMW we also announced our acceptance into the BMW Corporate Program, with our preferred dealer being Hawthorn BMW.  Members - you can login and find our more information about this program here.


      Welcome to all our new members, we can't wait to welcome you in person at the next event!

      For more about our month, catch up with our October update from Graeme Bell here.


      Christmas is rapidly approaching and our schedules are getting busier, but there's still plenty of time to squeeze in a quick catch up at one of our events in November:
      • Tuesday, 6 November
        8 Fest at Steeples, Mornington (Cup Day)
        This is not just for the 8 Series Register but an open Show N Shine day for all members whether you have a BMW or not.   Followed by lunch, some fun and games and watch the great race on the big screen.
        Although we will be having a feature display of the spectacular 8 Series cars, we would like you to come along and bring your beauty.  We are looking for special cars in the club to come out be shown off regardless of condition.
        You can even choose to join us after for Lunch, Cup Sweeps and some fun in Steeple’s Restaurant. 

      • Saturday, 10 November 
        Sandown Historics - Saturday Only
        Enjoy discounted entry into the wonderful world of historic motor racing featuring the glorious JPS Team BMW cars and other Group A and Group C cars from the 1980s.
        Parking will be on the grass mounds (called Red Hill) in one of the best vantage spots at the track.  You can watch the racing from the comfort of your own car if you wish.

      • Sunday, 11 November 
        Sandown Historics - Saturday Only
        Enjoy discounted entry into the wonderful world of historic motor racing featuring the glorious JPS Team BMW cars and other Group A and Group C cars from the 1980s.
        Parking will be on the grass mounds (called Red Hill) in one of the best vantage spots at the track.  You can watch the racing from the comfort of your own car if you wish.

      • Tuesday, 13 November 
        November Members Meeting at Shannons Insurance
        Members only event - members are invited to join us for a night you won't want to miss!  Click the event link above to login and see what it's all about.

      • Saturday, 24 November 
        Geelong Revival Display - Saturday Only
        BMW Drivers Club Melbourne has secured a prominent display area between two of the most prominent waterfront landmark; the carousel and the pier.  With plenty of foot traffic and cafes across the street this is the best parking area in town for the Revival.
        Be sure to come and show off your car - any BMW any age as long as its clean - and watch the sprints and other displays and activities.

      • Sunday, 25 November 
        Drivers' Championship: Round 3
        Winton Motor Raceway

      • Friday, 30 November - Sunday 2 December
      • High Country Drive
      • This is a 3-club drive, jointly organised by BMW Drivers Club NSW and BMW Drivers Club Melbourne, with BMW Car Club Canberra.  WE'll meet in Albury Friday night and spend the weekend in the High Country, heading in separate directions on Sunday afternoon.  Click the event link above to see what we'll get up to.


      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.
      • 9 Dec Drivers' Championship round 4
        Phillip Island
        (entries not yet available)
      • 20 Jan Eastlink Great Australian Rally
        The Great Australian Rally has returned for 2019. The rally is designed to promote the pleasures of historic motoring and providing much needed funds to Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation for cancer research. Enjoy the display of vehicles and Cruden Farm historic gardens. Bring your lunch or purchase from the catering trucks and enjoy a picnic lunch on the manicured lawns whilst listening to the Royal Australian Navy Band emanating from the sound shell.

      • 31 Jan - 4 Feb Bathurst 12 Hour
        This is an all-inclusive package, with 4 nights’ accommodation, entry to the event, entry to the Museum, Dinner on Friday night with celebrities/Racing drivers, entry into the exclusive Bathurst Club on top of the Pits (overlooking the start/finish and main straight) with all you can eat and drink, incl beer and wine, merchandise, official program, etc. Price is $1,750 per person (twin share) and we have very limited spots left for this, let us know as soon as possible if you want to come!

        NEWS | BLOG 

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

      Recent posts:


      Minichamps are releasing a limited edition model of the Laser Racing BMW SRM GT3 M6 and you can order it here with us first!

      These models are very limited, with only 400 being made so make sure you get in quick.

      To order yours head to our Online Store today!  

        BMW Clubs Australia Nationals

      Every 2 years the BMW Clubs from all over Australia come together at the BMW Clubs Australia Nationals.

      It is a chance for Club Members from all the clubs to meet and share their love of their BMW’s with other people from all over the country.

      The BMWCA Nationals is held in a different location each time, with the last one held in Brisbane in 2017.

      In 2019 the Nationals is being held in Melbourne and hosted by BMWCCV.

      As BMWDCM is a member of Clubs Australia, we are invited to attend any of the events our members wish to enter.  Find more information here.

        BMW Classic Newsletter

      The official BMW Clubs around the world are supported by BMW through its BMW Clubs and Community Management section of BMW Classic.  They produce a fantastic newsletter which you may be interested in reading.  Click here to subscribe now.


      We now have a Member Services page on our website for members to share their business with other members.  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 list!
      * NB: this page is exclusive to members, you must be logged in to view this page. 

      As always, thanks for reading.  We look forward to seeing you at some events this month!  If you have any feedback, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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

      BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.

    • 31 Oct 2018 7:00 PM | Anonymous


      Dear Members,

      Wow! Only 6 months down and what an epic achievement, we've now got over 250 members!  So very proud of what we have achieved in such a short time.  Personally, I am very humbled with how many have come on board to support our little club, the passion people share for the Marque and the way you all come to support our events, it is just amazing!

      Looking at October, we have had some outstanding events:

      • Members Meeting at Essendon BMW - checking out the new dealership, huge and very modern, thank you to Essendon BMW for welcoming us with food and drinks and the door prize.
      • Motorclassica display - we had an excellent display at this world class exhibition.
      • Oktoberfest at Hawthorn BMW – we had a whole lot of fun on a Friday evening at Hawthorn BMW.  Thank you to Hawthorn BMW for hosting us, for the food and giveaways and for the support with our announcement about the BMW Corporate program.

      We had an amazing selection of cars in a prime location at Motorclassica this year and our display was fantastic, with each car displaying information cards with very interesting details of the history of that particular vehicle, and BMW in general.  Great work Lawrence!  We were also lucky to have an i3 from BMW GA and an M4 Competition from Hawthorn BMW included in our display - a very big thank you goes out to them both.

      Our big news for October was being accepted into the BMW Corporate program, which gives our members special deals when purchasing a new vehicle.  Better still, Hawthorn BMW have upped the offer from 3 years/60,000 km servicing, to 5 years/80,000 servicing on all vehicles purchase from them under the BMW Corporate program.  Anyone wanting to purchase a new BMW call Hawthorn BMW and ask for Riley Aickin.

      We are organising a club trip to the Bathurst 12 Hour, to support our #100 member, Steve Richards and the other BMWs again, from 31 January to 4 February.  This is an all-inclusive package, with 4 nights’ accommodation, entry to the event, entry to the museum, dinner on Friday night with celebrities/racing drivers, entry into the exclusive Bathurst Club on top of the pits (overlooking the start/finish and main straight) with all you can eat and drink, incl beer and wine, merchandise, official program, etc.  Price is $1,750 per person (twin share) and we have very limited spots left for this, if you want to come with us we need to know now, today!  Call or email for details as we have held this open for this newsletter and need to confirm our numbers.

      We will be doing a special edition shirt for the 2019 Bathurst 12 Hour, so if you want one of them we will be ordering them soon too.  Feel free to give Jo or I a call to order one! Our other merchandise is up on the website now too, so check that out and either buy online or come to an event and get some!

      Watch out for some more exciting news coming up in the new year, we are working on a few new things for 2019, so very excited about the year to come!

      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
      CAMS Affiliated Motorsport Club

    • 28 Oct 2018 12:03 PM | Anonymous

      50 years of BMW Turbo Power in motorsport: Roll-out of the BMW M4 DTM with two-litre turbo engine adds a new chapter and heralds a new era.

      Focus firmly on the 2019 DTM season: The BMW M4 DTM, modified to comply with Class 1 regulations and powered by the newly-developed BMW two-litre turbo engine, made its first appearance at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. With BMW works driver Bruno Spengler (CAN) at the wheel, the car completed its first kilometres with BMW Turbo Power.

      The turbo engine is a key component of the new Class 1 regulations, which come into force in the 2019 DTM season. The previous V8 engines are being replaced by efficient and significantly more powerful four-cylinder turbo engines with two-litre capacity. All the modifications required to fit the new engine, in accordance with Class 1 regulations, have already been made on the BMW M4 DTM. These include alterations to the air inlets and outlets, as well as the intake and exhaust system. Further evolutionary phases, based on the new regulations, will be implemented before the new car is homologated. 

      “BMW Turbo Power has enjoyed success in motor racing for almost 50 years. In the first year with a BMW turbo engine, back in 1969, Dieter Quester was immediately crowned European touring car champion with the BMW 2002 TI. In 1973, the BMW 2002 turbo became the first German production automobile to feature a turbocharger. We are now adding a new chapter to this story in the DTM,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Our first few kilometres of the Class 1 era went very positively. We are happy with all the functional tests. The new turbo sounds awesome. However, its most impressive attribute is its efficiency – despite being considerably more powerful than its predecessor.”

      “After my first kilometres with the new DTM engine, I can hardly wait for next season,” said Spengler. “I can just imagine how much fun it will be to take to the track with so much BMW Turbo Power. You can feel the extra horsepower. We will put on even more of a show for the fans in 2019. The amount of time at full-throttle is reduced – but the top speed is higher than before. We will have to work even harder at the wheel.”

      The first ITR test in preparation for the 2019 season is scheduled to take place from 11th to 14th November 2018 at Estoril (POR).


    • 24 Oct 2018 4:31 PM | Anonymous
      Oktoberfest at Hawthorn BMW
      19 October 2018

      We had a great relaxed Friday night at Hawthorn BMW for our Oktoberfest evening. Something a little different to just a cars and coffee meet up. With a few sporting their traditional Bavarian outfits, with plenty of German snacks and even some beer and other drinks on hand, there was of course lots of the best Bavarian cars to admire!

      Some of our members brought out their new toys for the members to check out. 
      Walter’s M5 Competition and Ange’s M4 Competition sitting side by side out the front had lots of members looking inside and under bonnets. It paired nicely with Hawthorn BMW’s M2 Competition in the front window.

      Thank you to the fantastic Team at Hawthorn BMW, for not only hosting us for a casual get together, for coming on board as our preferred dealer, but for offering to extend the new BMW Corporate package available to members out to 5 years or 80,000km! What a fantastic group of guys!  Make sure that you give Riley at Hawthorn a call if you are in the market for a new car.  For more information on the BMW Corporate package and what it means to new car buyers, click here or feel free give either Jo or myself a call and we can tell you more.

      Not only are Hawthorn BMW great supporters of BWMDCM, but Riley and many of the sales staff at Hawthorn BMW, have joined the club as members as well!  Thanks guys, we really appreciate your support and hope you enjoy the club as much as we do!  It's great to have you on board!

      Graeme Bell  Member #1 - President
      BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

    • 24 Oct 2018 3:07 PM | Anonymous

      Easter, Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April 2019
      All Clubs Australia Members and Families are invited to join us at Novotel Melbourne St Kilda, 16 The Esplanade, St Kilda.

      Please note accommodation is required to be booked directly through the Novotel on (03) 9525 5522 during business hours and state that you are part of the BMW Nationals 2019. Alternatively log on to the Novotel website at for specials that may be available. 
      As it is Easter, bookings should be made as soon as possible to secure your room.

      Registrations for the Nationals will open shortly. Introductory presentation can be viewed at

      Will open from approx. 2pm on the Friday - Meet the Nationals Organising Committee, grab your welcome pack and have a look at what St Kilda has to offer. Plenty of secure parking on site with trailer parking available.

      Cocktail Party: We ask that most participants arrive in time for the opening meet and greet scheduled to commence at 7pm.
      It’s a great opportunity for you to get to know the other attendees (many coming from Interstate). Canapes will be provided at $35.00 and drinks will be at bar prices.

      Show of Excellence: Do you love to show off your vehicle? Well we have been fortunate enough to secure the area around Sandown Racecourse to host our Show of Excellence event. Commencing at 10am the judges will walk through the criteria and start the show! Prizes will be awarded to the category winners at the Sunday night presentation dinner.
      Entry is only $10.00 per car so it’s well worth entering!

      That’s right, BMWCCV are excited to announce that Sandown Park Circuit, “The Home of Horsepower” will be all ours for the day! 
      More details are to be released about the day, but for $275.00 you can have a ball (Please note Motorsport regulations do apply). 
      We may be able to offer Pace Car Laps during the day.

      Saturday night you are in for a treat. The Committee has arranged for a night out at the famous Luna park at St Kilda! Only a short walk from the Novotel, enjoy a buffet style dinner at $55.00 at Luna Park followed by reliving your childhood with an unlimited ride package at $25.00.

      Touring Event: A couple of options for today. An earlier start for those wanting to travel a bit further on a spirited drive or for those that want to go at a slower pace, a later start and a shorter trip to our luncheon destination at the RACV Country Club at Heasleville. Cost for lunch will be $50.

      Sunday night it’s time to party. The formal presentation dinner is set in the Jim Stynes room at the iconic MCG, included is a tour of the National Sports Museum, a 3 course meal and drinks at $120.00.
      Prizes, presentations of awards and we expect to party on well into the night.


      Stayer’s Brunch. For those that are not in a hurry to get on the road we have arranged a relaxing morning at the Novotel St Kilda where we can catch up and say our final goodbyes. Brunch is at own cost.

      Great Ocean Road: The Great Ocean Road is an iconic road that hugs the southern coastline of Victoria! You can travel this famous piece of tarmac at your leisure as a self-drive option.

      We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne in 2019!
      Please register your interest and any questions to

    • 19 Oct 2018 9:47 AM | Anonymous

      Motorcycle fascination at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019.

      BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este present motorcycle gems from all over the world +++ Concorso di Motociclette forms part of the beauty contest for historic vehicles on the shores of Lake Como for the ninth time +++ Four out of five award categories already defined for classic motorcycles, additional registrations are welcome +++ Owners and fans come together in Cernobbio, Northern Italy, from 24th to 25th May 2019.

      The most beautiful motorcycle classics will once again attract two-wheeler fans from all over the world to Cernobbio in Northern Italy between 24th and 26th May 2019. Once again, a unique collection of elite rare beauties from different eras of vehicle history will come together at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2019 in the parkland of Villa Erba located on the shores of Lake Como. The Concorso di Motociclette is one of the spectacular attractions of the event for public spectators and contributes to the distinguished character of the show presenting rare classic vehicles. For the ninth time, it will be a fixed element of the exclusive beauty contest for historic vehicles that will this year celebrate its 90th anniversary.

      This year’s weekend of classics is represented by the motto “The Symphony of Engines – 90 Years of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & BMW Automobiles.” to match this and another anniversary. As the organisers, BMW Group Classic and the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este present particularly sensational automobiles and two-wheeled chart toppers from all eras of vehicle history: motorcycles which are not only admirable as exhibition items but are also roadworthy in almost all cases. They demonstrate this on the Street Run when the participants parade in convoy on the Saturday from the parklands of Villa Erba through the streets of Cernobbio to the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este where all the motorcycles taking part in the competition are presented to the public on the shores of Lake Como. On the Sunday, the two-wheelers are the focus of attention at Villa Erba where they are presented to thousands of visitors.

      In 2019, the Concorso di Motociclette also offers a fascinating overview of the history of motorised transport on two wheels. As usual, the Selecting Committee applies a great deal of care in choosing the rare gems from all over the world. The motorcycles permitted to line up on the starting grid here all need to have an impressive and exclusive history.

      The rare gems on two wheels will compete in five award categories for the favour of the Jury. The Selecting Committee has already defined four vehicle classes for the contest:

      50 Years Ago – Trendsetters for Future Success

      This category harks back to the year 1969, which was a very special year in motorcycle manufacture. Big-bore machines with two, three and four cylinders fuelled the motorcycle boom during the 1960s even further. Brands like BMW, Honda, BSA, Kawasaki, Laverda, Moto Guzzi, Norton and Triumph were the key protagonists at the time.

      Promenade Percy – Sportsman’s Wear in the 1950s

      In the 1950s, motorcycle racing attracted hundreds of thousands of fans throughout Europe. Anyone with the necessary financial means could even have a racing machine built with a roadgoing license at their local dealership. Alongside the successful brands produced in the 1960s, manufacturers like FN, Gilera, Jawa and Velocette were also popular.

      The King’s Guard – Two Wheel Escorts

      Emperors, kings, heads of state – were always accompanied by motorcycle escorts when they came on a state visit – a ceremony recalled by this competition class. Manufacturers like BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, Moto Guzzi and Triumph delivered specialist model versions with special equipment such as side panniers, radio equipment, pennant holders, and running boards instead of footrests.

      Concept Bikes & Prototypes

      Exceptional motorcycle studies have now become a tradition at Villa Erba. As in the last two years, there will also be a dedicated class for the most unusual and spectacular two-wheeled concepts from motorcycle manufacturers as well as from independent designers.

      The definition of these four vehicle classes opens the nomination phase for the Concorso di Motociclette 2019. Owners of exceptional historic motorcycles are invited to apply for a place in the beauty contest – irrespective of whether or not their vehicle matches one of the categories already defined. The other categories in the contest will be announced later.

      For online registration, you can go to the official website at

      Entry tickets and visitor packages can also already be booked there now.


    • 17 Oct 2018 10:44 AM | Anonymous
      Motorclassica From the Eyes of Hawthorn BMW
      14 October 2018

      On Sunday the 14th October Hawthorn BMW were lucky enough to be given the opportunity of visiting the 2018 Motor Classica event. Riley and Sally both attended and found the experience educational, motivational and overall fantastic. It was very fortunate to be able to go along to see all the different cars especially being exposed to a bit of BMW history. It was a great feeling to be a part of the BMW Driver’s Club Melbourne display and to show off one of our very own special vehicles amongst the wide variety of BMW vehicles. We want to thank BMWDCM for the experience and opportunity and cannot wait for all our future engagements.

      Riley Aickin  Member #175
      BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

    • 16 Oct 2018 3:58 PM | Anonymous
      Being a Motorsport Official

      Since joining the Bell Motorsport family, I have been increasing my knowledge of Motorsport and upgrading my CAMS licences to suit the areas I wish to volunteer in.

      To start with, I did the basic General Officials licence which is an online module.  It allowed me to help in a general capacity at any event.  I also got my Working With Childrens Check done, as all CAMS officials now need one.

      After falling into an administration role, I found this was one area I loved and enjoyed, so I upgraded to my bronze.  This involved another online module and an assessment at an event by a recognised CAMS assessor. 

      Shortly following this I upgraded to my Bronze Circuit Licence, which involved a 2-day stint on a flag point at a State level event.  I did this at an August Access Phillip Island race meeting, being assessed by VFT.  While out there I found I really was enjoying this role and joined as a volunteer flag marshal.    VFT (Victorian Flag Marshalling) are a great group of poeple and welcomed me with open arms.  They set me up on a 10-day training schedule, where you get accessed by your peers and officials after the event has been completed.   This has allowed me to volunteer at V8 rounds and get up close and personal to some amazing racing.

      My final upgrade was Bronze Event command, which was assessed at Haunted Hills early this year, and it was also preceded by an online module.  Event command (Clerk of Course) is basically the head of the event so you oversee all the other officials and volunteers and control the event, along with the Event Secretary.

      This past weekend both Graeme and I volunteered to help at the AROCA 12-hour regularity event at Winton Motor Raceway and it was a busy weekend with lots to keep us on our toes.  Graeme was the Chief Scrutineer for the event, so he was busy Friday afternoon until the end of the event on Sunday afternoon.

      I was officially in administration, so that meant check in on Friday and Saturday morning but a few weeks before the event.  A few weeks before the event I also volunteered to assist with flagging as well.   This I was able to do after lunch on Saturday once I had managed to get all drivers checked in and all the team manager packs back. I also received a lovely note from a team to say thank you for my efforts.

      Once my administration assistance was done, I was put on turn 9, which is just at the back of the track, after the cleavage and was kept extremely busy blue flagging and black flag relaying, calling defects on cars. 

      Sunday, we went out at 8.15am and were out on points all day until 4 pm.  Some of us were on our own, others had trainees helping.  Sunday was massive and by the end of the day I hardly had a voice left with so many different calls back to Race Control, but I loved it.

      These events are amazing and without volunteers they don’t happen.  I urge you to come along to anyone of our motorsport events and talk to us or anyone else that is volunteering and see if there is any area you might be able to help in. 

      To become an official there is not cost but your time.  I find it very rewarding and love every part of it and only wish I could do more.

      Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice there are plenty of areas at a motorsport event for all sorts of people, we would love more helpers to allow senior officials the chance to dedicate themselves to making the event run smoothly.

      Jo Mawson  Member #2 - Vice President
      BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

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