BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 12 Jul 2021 3:00 PM | Anonymous

    BMW X5, BMW X6 and BMW X7 combine a high level of comfort and luxury, supreme performance and pronounced dynamic handling capabilities with an equally dynamic, elegant and unmistakably distinctive design. New highlights are the BMW X5 and BMW X6 Black Vermilion editions featuring exclusive equipment details. The BMW X7 edition in Frozen Black metallic combines impressive options into an exclusive package.

    As spearheads of the BMW X model range, the BMW X5, BMW X6 and BMW X7 impress with a high level of comfort and luxury, supreme performance and pronounced dynamic handling capabilities. The two Sports Activity Vehicles (SAV) and the Sports Activity Coupe (SAC) combine these attributes with an equally dynamic, elegant and unmistakably distinctive design. New highlights are the BMW X5 and BMW X6 Black Vermilion editions featuring exclusive equipment details. The BMW X7 edition in Frozen Black metallic combines impressive options into an exclusive package.

    In 2020 alone and with almost 250,000 units sold worldwide, the SAV/SAC trio from Spartanburg, USA, contributed decisively towards the success of the BMW brand. Around every eighth newly delivered BMW model was a BMW X5, X6 or X7.

    All three edition models go on sale with all engines available for each of their original models. They can be ordered with immediate effect, with the market launch beginning in August 2021. Prices in Germany start at 93,200 Euros for the BMW X5 Black Vermilion, 100,700 Euros for the BMW X6 Black Vermilion and 108,700 Euros for the BMW X7 in Frozen Black metallic (each including 19% sales tax).

    Particularly striking: BMW X5 and X6 Black Vermilion edition.

    The central focus of the Black Vermilion edition is the interplay between the colours black and red. For example, the BMW double kidney grille with model-specific red bars creates an effective contrast to the BMW Individual special paint finish Frozen Black metallic. On the BMW X6 Black Vermilion this visual highlight is expressed in a particularly impressive way in combination with its kidney grille Iconic Glow. The M headlights Shadow Line with BMW laser light, including accented lighting with blue X signature, complete the distinctive look of the front end. Moreover, on the exterior, the M Sport Package emphasises the dynamic character of the BMW X5 and X6 Black Vermilion editions. It comprises, among other things, specific front and rear aprons as well as the M high-gloss Shadow Line with extended options. Behind the Orbit Grey matt, 22-inch, double-spoke 742 M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres designed exclusively for these edition models, red high-gloss M Sport brake callipers stand out as a striking visual highlight.

    In the interior of the BMW X5 and BMW X6 Black Vermilion editions the M Alcantara Anthracite roof liner provides for an exceptionally sophisticated ambience. A finely crafted Edition logo on the cupholder cover in BMW Individual black piano finish emphasises the limited model’s exclusiveness. The glass application Crafted Clarity on the iDrive Controller, the automatic gear selector and Start/Stop button, as well as the BMW Individual precious wood interior trim Fineline Black with aluminium inlays provide additional sophisticated accents. Driver and front seat passenger travel in comfort seats offering a multitude of adjustment options. The BMW Individual full leather trim Merino Black is additionally enhanced by edition-specific red contrast stitching for both the driver’s seat and front passenger seat. Inside the BMW X5 Black Vermilion, the red accents are also to be found on the rear seats. Likewise, the edging on both the front and rear floor mats is finished in red. Sun-protective glass with more deeply tinted rear windows beyond the B-pillar enhances passenger privacy whilst blending in harmoniously with the sporty and dynamic exterior design.

    BMW X7 edition in Frozen Black metallic – individual and expressive.

    Like the Black Vermilion editions, the new BMW X7 edition also has the BMW Individual special paint finish Frozen Black metallic, dispensing, however, with details in contrasting colour. The BMW M Sport brake callipers of the edition-specific, 22-inch BMW Individual Y-spoke 758 I alloy wheels in Orbit Grey matt are finished in high gloss black. Combined with the M Sport Package and the M High Gloss Shadow Line with extended options, it is this colour restraint in particular that make the 5.15-metre long and over 2-metre wide seven-seater look even more impressive. The interior of the BMW X7 edition in Frozen Black metallic provides for an elegantly discreet atmosphere thanks to the M Alcantara Anthracite roof liner, the glass application Crafted Clarity and sun-protection glass.


  • 7 Jul 2021 7:46 PM | Anonymous

    The new BMW CE 04 – the silent revolution: A new chapter in electrically powered urban two-wheel mobility.

    Urban freedom

    “It's early in the morning. The city is awakening. On the way to my garage I breathe in the still cool air. I’m wear a casually cut parka that’s both fashionable and functional at the same time. The protectors are inconspicuous but give me a sense of security. I’m ready for the day to start.

    My BMW CE 04 is in the garage. I am thrilled by its futuristic design style. The low position of the battery gives the scooter an entirely new geometry – a complete departure from previous conventions. I’m glad to see it again. It’s a great feeling – every day.

    For me, it’s the symbol of a new era – the era of the silent revolution.

    The first birds are chirping, the urban jungle is awakening. The sounds of the city begin to swell. Everything is set in motion. People move – with each other and in parallel. Paths cross.

    What will the new day bring? Tapas with friends at the little bar by the river? Or the exhibition at the modern art museum? First of all there are appointments at the office. Workshops, meetings, customer visits. This is what life feels like.

    I pair my smartphone with the scooter, and with a flick of my wrist I activate the parka. Its LEDs light up. I’m quiet, but I want to be seen. It’s all so simple and smooth.

    We’re off again at last. Even when I was having my breakfast, I couldn’t wait. Not even the birds notice me. I glide almost silently through my neighbourhood. I’m a part of the city again.

    People start to look at me at the traffic lights. My sitting position is upright, relaxed. A new message flashes on the display, my smartphone is charging in the storage compartment.

    Green light. With the scooter’s torque, I can float away ahead of the rest. I’m a rocket. But a silent one.

    I feel as if I was on the Bonanza bike back in the day – cool and superior, but now connected to the world and one step ahead. Technology and style. Is this freedom? Yes – only better. No traffic jams, no having to search for a parking space. For me, it’s all time I save.

    Acceleration, speed, bends – the BMW CE 04 doesn’t just master them, it redefines them. I glide through the traffic – the seat itself seems to float. It feels just right. Surfing bends is superbly enjoyable. Pure fun, from wave to wave.

    The evening was beautiful, down by the river. We laughed a lot. The city motorway doesn’t forgive mistakes – my scooter sprints away and my parka glows in the dark of night. I’m clearly visible and arrive safely at my destination. Quietly, I glide into the driveway to my garage, again almost unnoticed by the birds. Good night, my city. We’ll be in touch.”

    “The BMW CE 04 is our new electric star for the city. It combines an e-drive with emotion and motorcycling fun. The latest technology, and the best battery cells, which also provide power in the BMW iX. Just like the CE 04, all future new BMW Motorrad models for urban mobility will be pure electric.”
    - Oliver Zipse, CEO of BMW AG.

    The new BMW CE 04 – the silent revolution: A new chapter in electrically powered urban two-wheel mobility.

    With the new BMW CE 04, BMW Motorrad continues to consistently pursue its electromobility strategy for urban conurbations. As the final series production vehicle of the BMW Motorrad Concept Link originally showcased in 2017 and the near-series BMW Motorrad Definition CE 04 unveiled in 2020, the BMW CE 04 opens up a whole new chapter in two-wheel urban mobility. With its electric drive, forward-looking design and innovative connectivity solutions, the new scooter merges transport and communication functions for a new brand of mobility in the urban environment.

    Plenty of power and ample range for supreme riding in the city and in urban areas.

    With a maximum output of 31 kW (42 hp), the new BMW CE 04 has a powerful motor and offers outstanding riding pleasure. For the classic “traffic light start” discipline from 0 to 50 km/h, it takes just fast 2.6 seconds. Even in the reduced output L3e-A1 vehicle class, 23 kW (31 hp) drive power is available. The maximum speed of both versions is 120 km/h – for speedy progress not just in the city but on main roads and motorway sections, too.

    The new BMW CE 04 has an ample battery cell capacity of 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh), providing a range of some 130 kilometres (reduced output version: 100 km). This enables day-to-day emission-free riding in the city, in an urban setting and for smaller-scale fun tours after work or at the weekend – with complete peace of mind.

    Innovative electric drive with liquid-cooled electric motor.

    The new BMW CE 04 has a permanent magnet electric motor mounted in the frame between the battery and the rear wheel, as used in a similar form in BMW cars such as the 225xe Active Tourer. BMW Motorrad conducted extensive riding tests to develop a specific type of recuperation for each riding mode, giving the rider a high-level convenience. This means that optimum performance and riding characteristics are available in every situation on the road.

    Short charging times and charging technology based on the system used in cars.

    The lithium-ion battery is charged using the integrated charging device either at a regular household socket, a wallbox or a public charging station. When the battery is completely flat, charging time ideally lasts 4 hours and 20 minutes. With the quick charger available as an optional extra with an output of up to 6.9 kW (2.3 kW is the standard level), charging time is reduced to just 1 hour and 40 minutes when the battery is completely flat. If the battery level is only 20 per cent and the battery is charged to 80 per cent, the charging time is reduced to just 45 minutes with the optional quick charger. Depending on the market, the standard charging cable with a charging capacity of 2.3 kW comes as standard with the BMW CE 04.

    A Mode 3 charging cable is required for fast charging at the wallbox at home or at a public charging station. In the same way as with BMW automobiles, BMW Charging solutions are available for the BMW CE 04, too – for maximum flexibility based on numerous customised programmes for charging at home, on the road and at work.

    Increased riding stability through slip control by means of ASC (Automatic Stability Control). DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) as an ex works option.

    This traction control system is available on the new BMW CE 04, comparable to the Automatic Stability Control in BMW motorcycles with combustion engine. ASC limits engine torque in relation to rear wheel slip. Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), available as an optional extra, provides even greater riding safety. DTC enables even more safe acceleration, especially in banking position.

    Three riding modes “ECO”, “Rain” and “Road” for efficient, day-to-day use as standard. “Dynamic” riding mode for further enhanced riding pleasure as an ex works option.

    In developing the BMW CE 04, BMW Motorrad attached particular importance to providing opportunities for the rider to make an individual choice between maximum efficiency and maximum riding fun. Accordingly, the new BMW CE 04 features the three riding modes “ECO”, “Rain” and “Road” as standard. The additional “Dynamic” riding mode is also available as an ex works option, enabling the scooter to accelerate at an even swifter pace.

    Directionally stable suspension with one-piece tubular steel main frame for smooth handling and a high level of ride comfort.

    The main frame is a tubular steel construction. The front wheel is controlled by a telescopic fork with a slider tube diameter of 35 mm. Rear wheel control consists of a single-sided swing arm. At the rear, suspension and damping are performed by a directly controlled, fully covered spring strut. The new BMW CE 04 is fitted with generously sized tyres, with 120/70 R15 67H at the front and 160/60 R15 56H at the rear.

    Powerful brake system with latest-generation ABS. ABS Pro with banking capability as an ex works option.

    At the front, a twin disc brake ensures secure deceleration, supported by a single-disc system at the rear. In addition, BMW Motorrad ABS ensures a high level of active safety. ABS Pro, available as an optional extra, goes even further: By means of a banking sensor, ABS Pro also controls braking on bends, thereby offering the greatest possible safety.

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

    The new BMW CE 04 comes fitted as standard 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 BMW CE 04 at the top of the scooter segment. For the first time, 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.

    Powerful LED lighting units all round. Adaptive Headlight Pro and light functions as ex works options.

    The lighting units on the new BMW CE 04 are based on state-of-the-art LED technology. They include a headlamp for high beam and low beam at the front. In addition to a rear light featuring LED technology, there are also LED turn indicators. The indicator lamps likewise use LED technology. Even greater safety at night is offered by the adaptive turning light Headlight Pro, available as an ex works option. Here, the rider benefits from further improved illumination of the road when cornering for even safer riding at night. Special light functions such as “Welcome” and “Good Bye” are also available as ex works options.

    Future-oriented design and colour scheme.

    The new BMW CE 04 embodies a new, forward-looking form of urban two-wheeled mobility in its design as well, featuring an innovative style that arouses emotions for this new drive technology while instantly identifying the scooter as a member of the BMW Motorrad family. The modern surface finish is in a striking Light White, complemented by matt black sections in the front and side areas as well as the “floating” seat. In addition, there are trend-setting wheels (solid wheels) featuring a disc-wheel look and a side stand that is integrated in the design styling. The new BMW CE 04 in Avantgarde Style (ex works option) is a striking, colourful statement of contemporary urban mobility. In this style, the colour Magellan Grey metallic is supplemented with a black/orange seat, an orange wind deflector and various graphics.

    “The new BMW CE 04 is the logical and at the same time rethought continuation of BMW Motorrad’s electromobility strategy. Urban conurbations are its element. This is where it sets a new benchmark – in terms of both technology and visual style.”

    - Florian Roemhild, Project Manager BMW CE 04.

    The highlights of the new BMW CE 04:

    • Rated output 15 kW (20 hp). Maximum output 31 kW (42 hp).
      Reduced output version: 11 kW (15 hp) or 23 kW (31 hp).
    • Ample cell capacity in the battery of 60.6 Ah (8.9 kWh).
    • Range of approximately 130 kilometres (reduced output version: 100 km).
    • Short charging times and charging technology based on the system used in cars.
    • Increased riding stability due to slip control by means of ASC (Automatic Stability Control). DTC (Dynamic Traction Control) as an ex works option.
    • Three riding modes “ECO”, “Rain” and “Road” for efficient, day-to-day use as standard. “Dynamic” riding mode for further enhanced riding pleasure as an ex works option.
    • Directionally stable suspension with one-piece tubular steel main frame.
    • Powerful braking system with ABS. ABS Pro with banking capability as an ex-works option.
    • 10.25-inch TFT colour screen with integrated map navigation and extensive connectivity as standard.
    • Powerful LED lighting units all round. Adaptive Headlight Pro and light functions as ex works options.
    • Storage compartments at the side and front. The side helmet compartment can now be operated while seated.
    • Actively ventilated mobile phone charging compartment with USB-C charging port.
    • Future-oriented design and colour scheme.
    • Extensive range of optional extras and original BMW Motorrad Accessories as well as rider equipment.


  • 1 Jul 2021 5:00 PM | Anonymous


    Dear members

    As we started June back in lockdown, we had to shuffle our members meeting back a few weeks and unfortunately we had to postpone our long weekend of Whale Watching to later in the year.


    Luckily we were still able to run our Sandown Driver Training and Come & Try Day on 19 June, which was very well attended with 55 entrants.  We would like to thank all of the volunteer officials who made this day as good as it was.  We were also very lucky with a fantastic sunny day.

    You will have seen in our last newsletter that we were running a competition with Makulu for a driver to have their entry paid at Sandown.  Nella was the lucky winner and you can read her story here.  We are running this again for our Broadford Driver Training and Come and Try Day.  You'll find more information further down in this newsletter.


    We were finally able to hold our members meeting at Makulu Vehicle Storage on 22 June.  We were treated to a tour of the SouthernBM Collection and also had two representatives attend from Century Batteries, who showed us some of their products.  Thanks very much to SouthernBM, Makulu Vehicle Storage and Century Batteries for the great meeting.


    We finished our month on 27 June with our drive to Point Nepean.  We began at Mornington, taking some fantastic roads around the Peninsula before we arrived at Point Nepean for a couple of hours of exploring.  We then travelled back to the Pig and Whistle at Arthurs Seat for a delicious late lunch.



    Welcome to our new memberCam de Silva, Grant Stubbs, Gina Lynch, Dev Mahalekam, Patrick Todisco, Leigh Barratt, Daniel Nolan, Len Read, Jorge Mariona, Alistair Robertson, Michil Salib, Jennifer Lenard, Daniella Salib, Loc Huynh, Nicolas Hauf, Ryan Nightingale, Luke Devlin, Pravin Sinnan and Alex Baxter. 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 July:

    Sunday, 4 July
    2021 Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship Round 6 | Phillip Island
    Get your entry in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Entries are strictly limited.

    Tuesday, 6 July
    July Members Meeting with Highway Patrol
    We have been lucky to secure a special viewing of one of the Victorian Highway Patrol cars. It will be an information packed night with some of the Police officers who have been driving the BMW Highway Patrol car.

    Saturday, 17 July
    Driver Training Day | Broadford
    Our driver training events are the perfect place for you to experience your vehicle's limits in a safe environment. We welcome all vehicles – new, old, high or low powered, you also don't need to own a BMW to attend.

    Sunday, 18 July
    2021 Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship Round 7 | Broadford
    Get your entry in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment! Entries are strictly limited.

    Saturday, 24 July

    Christmas in July drive
    It's that time of year again! Dust off your ugly Christmas jumpers and join us for our Christmas in July drive and lunch.  There will be prizes for the best outfits and a traditional Christmas lunch at the Black Spur Inn.

    For anyone wanting to up-skill as a motorsport official, our friends at the Victorian Flagmarshalling Team are running a training day on 17 July.  Contact Tim Oh at  to find out more information.

    Be sure to keep an eye on our calendar for more events.


    Have you wanted to get on track but you're still not sure if it's for you?

    We're running a competition to award someone entry to our Broadford driver training come and try day, thanks to our friends at Makulu Vehicle Storage.

    If you're over 16, have limited experience in motorsport, have access to a track worthy vehicle and have the intention to continue with motorsport, we want to hear from you!

    To enter, email with your name, residential address and tell us in 50 words or less "why you would be most deserving of the prize."

    Entries close at 5pm (AEST) 10/7/21. By entering, you agree to the terms and conditions, which are summarised and linked at the end of this newsletter.


    Your impact on other people is bigger than you think.  Someone still giggles when they think of that funny thing you said.  Someone still smiles when they think of the compliment you gave them.  Someone silently admires you.  The advice you give had made a difference for people.  The support and love you’ve offered others, has made someone’s day.  Your input and opinions have made someone think twice.  You’re not insignificant and forgotten.  Your existence make a positive difference, whether you see it or not.

    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.


    Have you seen our classifieds page

    There are currently two beautiful examples of vehicles for sale by other members - Lawrence's E93 convertible and Dorian's 30 year limited edition M3.

    Want to sell something?  Looking for a specific item?  Email us today to list your car/parts/anything BMW related!

    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!

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

    Proudly supported by:

    All Commercial/All Residential Real Estate
    Bell Motorsport

    Berwick BMW

    BM Tech

    Creative Custom Cars
    German Auto Haus

    Mornington BMW

    Shannons Insurance
    South Yarra BMW

    Southern BM

    Traction Tyres

    Waverley BMW

    Zagame Autobody

    COMPETITION TERMS: AU residents 16+ only, can take prize on 17/7/21, is a BMWDCM member & has a track worth vehicle (as determined by Promoter). If <18, get parent/guardian OK. Between 12.01am (AEST) 1/7/21 & 5pm (AEST) 10/7/21, email & tell us in 50 words or less "why you would be most deserving of the prize".  Email must include full name & residential address. Max 1 entry per person. Prize: opportunity to attend the BMWDCM Broadford Come & Try & Driver Training event at Broadford on 17/7/21($200). Must claim prize by 5pm (AEST) 13/7/21. Winner told by email. See for full conditions incl. privacy statement.  Promoter: BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc (Inc. no. A0102695G).

  • 30 Jun 2021 12:00 PM | Anonymous


    Dear Members,

    We started off June with Victoria back in lockdown and had to shuffle our June members meeting back a few weeks.  The second week was just Melbourne Metro staying in lockdown, which meant we had to postpone our Whale Watching Weekend away to Port Fairy. We were very lucky to be released in time to still run our Sandown Driver Training and Come & Try Day on 19 June.

    Our Sandown day was very well attended by 55 entrants, who had an absolute ball.  I would like to thank all of the volunteer officials who made this day as good as it was.  We were also very lucky with the weather and a fantastic sunny day.  Our Makulu Scholarship winner for the Sandown event was Nella Santisi, you can read about her experience here.

    We ended up moving our June Members Meeting three times to enable us to be safe with the COVID lockdown and it was held on 22 June at Makulu Vehicle Storage.  We were also lucky to have a tour of SouthernBM collection which was brilliant, and we would all like to thank both Andrew and Keith for staying back and allowing our members to view their collection.  We had a great turn out with two representatives from Century Batteries coming along to show us some of their products and then we were able to present Nella with her award from the Sandown Event.

    Clive from Makulu Vehicle Storage is again providing a Scholarship for our next Come and Try Day at Broadford on July 17.  Check out our latest newsletter for details on how you can win your entry fee back from Clive’s very generous scholarship fund.

    On 27 June we had our drive for the month to Point Nepean.  We left from Mornington and took in some of the fantastic roads on the Peninsula before arriving at Point Nepean, where we spent a couple of hours exploring the old Quarantine Station before heading back to the Pig and Whistle at Arthurs Seat for a delicious late lunch.

    July is looking good with our first event this Sunday at Phillip Island for Round 6 of the Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship. Entries are still open, so if you are wanting to go get our entries in quick.

    Our July members meeting will be at Waverley BMW on 6 July with a special visit from the Police to show us some of their marked and unmarked BMW’s. We will have Police officers on hand to answer any questions you may have and tell us a bit about how great the BMW Police spec cars are.

    The following weekend sees a lot of our members off to Winton for Round 4 of the E30 Racing Championship. One of our Founding Members, Alex Jory, is currently leading the E30 Championship.  Good luck to Alex and all of our other members that are racing up at Winton.

    The weekend of 17-18 July will have us attend Broadford for the weekend.  Saturday is our second Come and Try Day at Broadford, we would love to see you all there and if you are wanting to help out as an official or an instructor, please email and give Meg all your details.

    Sunday is round 7 of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship on 18 July, so why not come up and make a weekend of it and do both days, have some practice or instruction on Saturday, followed by the timed sprints on Sunday.

    Our July drive is Christmas in July on Saturday 24 July and we will be heading up to the Black Spur Inn via some great driving roads, then a yummy Christmas dinner and some great give a ways, don’t forget to get your ugly Christmas outfits out and see if you can win some of the great prizes.

    Of course, all our upcoming events are subject to what we are allowed to do and any restrictions that may come into force due to the ongoing COVID situation. We see all around us how quickly things can change, how we can be getting back to a ‘normal’ life and suddenly we are back in lockdown. So, make sure you keep an eye on your emails and our social network pages for any updates or changes to events that need to be made. It goes without saying now, if you feel sick, get tested and for all our sakes, go and get vaccinated so we can get back to a normal life sooner, rather than later.

    You may have also seen that we now have a welfare team.  They are here for you if you need a shoulder to lean on, someone non-judgemental to talk to, or are struggling in any way in your life. It could be emotional or physical or even financial, if you have any issues you’d like to talk to someone about, feel free to call or email them at and they will be sure to offer assistance where possible.  We would like to thank Shannon Cooper and family for supporting the welfare team and we look forward to working with them to help support anyone in our BMW family that needs help in any way.

    We have also appointed an Officials Officer, Meg Boers, who is now taking on the role of engaging and co-ordinating officials for our track events, so be sure to contact Meg via if you are keen to help out at any of our events or wish to become a Motorsport Australia Official. Meg can help you with any enquiries regarding either becoming an Official or what events we have coming up that we will need help at.

    We have also been working on some new merchandise items and we now have a great BMWDCM umbrella which you can purchase from our online store.  We are also stocking UHF radios so that all you need to do before a drive day is order one and we will charge it and get it to you at the drive event, ready to go.

    Over the past months we have been applying for some of the Government grants that have been made available to not-for-profit sporting clubs and we have been lucky so far to have received some money from a couple of grants to allow us to purchase some much-needed equipment to help us run our club track days. Things like the UHF radios and headsets the official use at track days, hi-vis vests, a decent First Aid kit and a portable defibrillator to have on hand at events have so far been purchased through these grants and I would like to thank both Motorsport Australia and the Victorian State Government for their assistance and help in providing funds to help our Club grow and benefit from the assistance offered. We will be applying for more grants as they come up to enable us to hopefully run some subsidised events and buy more equipment in the future too.

    Our little club is still growing, currently we have 610 members and again, I welcome the new members that have joined us this month and I thank you all for making this the wonderful club it is. You should all be immensely proud, as I am, of what we have built together over the past three years and what a great club this continues to be. Every event is a success, not only because we run good events, but because you all continue to come and support us in giving you what you want. We do it because we love it and because you enjoy it as much as we do.

    Just a reminder too about the proposed changes to the Club Permit Scheme, we are putting in a submission on behalf of our members and you can too. The more voices that the Government hear, the more notice they may take of those that the changes will affect. You only have another week to get a submission in if you wish to do so.

    I look forward to seeing you at an event somewhere soon.

    As always, stay safe and drive careful out there.

    Graeme Bell | President
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.

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

  • 30 Jun 2021 10:34 AM | Anonymous

    I am painfully aware that never having had, or caused, a serious car accident doesn't make me a competent or capable driver. And with a personality that naturally leans more towards anxious and neurotic, I would even say I'm a bit of a scaredy cat behind the wheel. This makes me a super conservative and very cautious driver at the best of times. More than once in my life I've driven around the block using all left turns to get to my final destination rather than turn right at a 'super scary' intersection. Having very little actual driving experience doesn't help. Whilst I may have been driving all of my adult life, the main extent of my driving experience has been to go up to Safeway for groceries, or driving to work. Both within a 4km radius. 

    So, what on earth is someone like me doing out on the track at Sandown? Well, I want to be a better driver. I'm conscious of my limitations handling a vehicle and my capability behind the wheel. And painfully aware that I would have no hope in maintaining control should something go wrong. Having enjoyed being Andreas co-pilot on dozens of drive days within Victoria and interstate I've had the privilege of seeing first-hand what it means to be a competent, capable and skilful driver. This level of skill takes years of practice, drive days, track days and race events. So, whilst I have no intention of 'sliding' into the car park at Safeway to collect my groceries, I wouldn't mind a little bit of what he's got. I'm not greedy. Just enough to make me safer on the road and a little less anxious behind the wheel. 

    So it was with great excitement that I leant that I had been awarded the Makulu Vehicle Storage Driver Training Scholarship for this event. This would be my second time out on a track. The first being the BMWDCM Come & Try Day at Broadford on Monday 18 March and I was super excited to have the opportunity to take my Volkswagen Jetta, aka 'The Jet', out onto the track again. I learnt a lot through both experiences. 

    At Broadford Greame Bell gave us some pre-track instructions on driving position. I had a small epiphany when he explained the wedgy-thing under your left foot is actually a foot brace, not a foot rest. I was genuinely like 'WOW". Never knew. But now that I did, it made perfect sense. When you treat it as a foot brace it completely changes your driving position which changes your attitude behind the wheel. You feel more grounded, stable and in control of the vehicle. This was a good feeling and helped to alleviate some of my anxiety around getting out on the track. As my instructor, Andreas helped me gain some insight into the capability of a vehicle under speed. Prior to this I had only ever used a vehicle within I'd say 20-30% of its capacity. So I learnt the world wouldn't cave in if took a corner at more than 20kms p/h, nor the car spontaneously combust if I went over 100kms p/h on the straight. Being WAAAY outside my comfort zone out on the track, both lessons were helpful in gaining my confidence. 

    At Sandown I was privileged to also have Glen Kennaday and Andy Kaos as my instructors. I Iearnt so much from both of them and am so thankful for them sharing their time and experience with me. Both helped me gain more confidence, instructing me how to handle the vehicle, how to approach an apex and what to do coming into and going out of a corner. But it wasn't just the track time that made the difference. Lining up in pit lane Glen noticed my driving position was too high. And Andy noticed I was holding my thumbs over the wheel instead of under. Changing these small things put me in better control of the car meaning I was a lot more confident behind the wheel and had a better 'feel' for the road. 

    So with only two come & try track days under my belt I can't yet say that I'm either competent or capable behind the wheel. But I can say that I am better for the experience and I'm a little less anxious and nervous. This gives me more confidence which makes me a better driver out on the road. This is all character building and has helped me not only be a better driver but has helped me be a better person. More confident within myself and in my driving ability. 

    Huge thanks to Jo Mawson, Graeme Bell and the rest of the BMWDCM committee team for offering us the come & try days, always well planned, well organised and well executed events. Thanks also to all the volunteers - flaggies, pit lane officials and instructors that are the heart and soul of the club and that make these events so special. Thanks to all the sponsors whose support makes these events happen, with special mention to Makulu Vehicle Storage for donating the driver training scholarship for the Come & Try Day at Sandown. Finally, special mention to my wonderful instructors at Broadford and Sandown, Andreas Doelling, Glen Kennaday and Andy Kaos. 

    The next BMWDCM Come & Try Day is being held at Broadford on Saturday 17 July. To register head to the BMW Drivers Club Melbourne events page: BMW Drivers Club Melbourne - Broadford Driver Training and Come & Try Day.

    Nella Santisi | Member #32
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 28 Jun 2021 8:46 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 27 June 2021

    We left from McDonalds Mornington with the burble of Graeme's X5 our good group of mixed series cars headed down and around the winery trail on a fine but brisk morning heading towards Sorrento. Although the weather was fine it had rained overnight and the roads were wet with water running across the road in places and avoiding debris that had come off trees in the recent storms.

    After some slight deviations enhancing our trip we pulled into Sorrento for a coffee break and I was surprised at the way Sorrento had been set out with plenty of parking and automated conveniences. After refreshing we headed down to point Nepean stopping at the Quarantine centre for 1.5 hours to take in the complex or enjoy watching the ships pass by. The Quarantine centre was set up in 1852 and ran through until 1980. There was a lot of speed humps in this area that would have challenged some of the lower cars. There is also a picnic area and walks for those so inclined.

    After Point Nepean we headed back to the Pig & Whistle for lunch. We had a separate area and enjoyed the basic English style meals although I suspect the highlight was the desert for those that partook. After good food and good company we headed off gradually.

    A good day was had by all and thank you to the organisers. Along the way it was mentioned that there is a winery with a sculpture garden and a maze at Arthurs Seat that may feature in an upcoming trip when the weather is warmer. 

    Adrian White | Member #606
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne 

  • 23 Jun 2021 8:39 AM | Anonymous

    Event date: 22 June 2021

    At the June Member’s meeting held at Makulu Vehicle storage, I was lucky enough to win the lucky door prize! That prize was the 12 Volt Battery Charger and Maintainer made by Century Batteries.

    First thing the next morning, I decided to give it a test drive. I didn’t have a flat battery to properly test it out on.  So I just hooked it up to my car to see what happened.

    There is a little bit of homework you need to do beforehand. I won't go into too much detail because there is an excellent guide on how to use it on the Century Batteries website.

    And if you’re not 100% sure of your battery’s specification, you can look up your car on the Century website.  It will tell you the composition and Ah rating of the battery.

    But as long as you know your battery type, and the correct charging rates; it’s as simple and connect, set, and forget!  Charging took longer than expected on my daily driver - testing, charging, testing again, charge some more – but after 4 hours, the FULL light was illuminated, and I was ready to disconnect.

    Like most battery chargers, this isn’t a tool you’d use often unless you have cars that remain in storage for a long time.  But on that topic, my favourite feature of this charger is the second set of leads that have lugs instead of alligator clips.  So, if you have a car that spends a lot of time on charge, you can simple bolt these leads to the battery terminals, and you’d never need to worry about them unclipping or being bumped off.

    Overall, it’s a great product!  Super easy to use, fool-proof, and cost effective at $159.99 at most major automotive and camping shops.  Especially when you consider the price of a replacement battery for a modern auto start/stop car (which is a whopping $450 for my little F20 125i).

    Thanks again, Century!

    Scott Long | Member #588
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne 

  • 21 Jun 2021 9:25 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 19 June 2021

    I thought I would drop you a quick line to congratulate BMWDCM for a great Come Try Day on Saturday. It is events like this that keeps not only the competitors enthusiasm but also those officials that would not normally get an opportunity to enjoy a day out doing something different in officiating. I for one enjoyed my day immensely at Pit Entry, working with Adam and Michael as a back up certainly made it an interesting and engaging day for us all.

    We were able to speak with the competitors as they came off the track as well as they were heading down to dummy grid, their happy faces looking forward to the event ahead and sharing their top speeds and braking issues, Adam was very happy to be on the radio, something he had not done before and real confidence booster for his experience trackside.  Jo, Graeme, Lawrence and Meg are to be congratulated on a fantastic day and a job well done, especially in these challenging times, well all know its not easy to run an event like this in these uncertain days and I'm sure your perseverance has paid off, with comments like "you have gotta love this BMW Club for what they do" being over heard repeatedly.

    The breakfast and Pizza lunch together with the goodies pack provided were surely welcomed by all the officials I spoke to and plenty of comments about coming back to do another of you Come & Try Days.

    So thanks again, It was a great day.

    Mark Thompson | Vice President
    Victorian Flagmarshalling Team

    Thanks again to the awesome BMWDCM team for a great day at Sandown - I can’t believe how much Dad and I learned- from Graeme, Alex, Jess, Simon and others… it was a great day.  So chilled and relaxed and wonderful people as always.

    Shannon Cooper | Member #672
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

    A huge thanks to Jo and Graeme and the whole team for a great day out at Sandown.  It was very well organised all day and I had a ball.  Looking forward to the next one already.

    Ben Fenwick | Member #547
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

    Thank you to the committee members and volunteers for another first class event.

    Every step is carried out with the utmost care, professionalism and your passion for fun and success is reflected by the enthusiasm shown by both members and friends. We had a beautiful day on the track and great company in the garage when we were off the track. 

    Congratulations and keep up the great work. 

    Michael Mimmo | Member #515
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

    I just want to thank you all for a great day.  Your organisation was fantastic.  I look forward to doing another day with you once I fix all the things I discovered during the runs.  Would you especially pass on my thanks to whoever arranged the weather?

    Stephen Corneille | Non-member
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 18 Jun 2021 6:16 PM | Anonymous

    The new flagship in the BMW M Motorsport programme is set for its premiere on the famous ‘Eau Rouge’. As part of the development work, the BMW M4 GT3 will attend the official tests ahead of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The ‘Official Test Days’ take place at the circuit in the Ardennes on 22nd and 23rd June. Just a few days later, the new BMW M4 GT3 will complete its first test under race conditions on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

    The new flagship in the BMW M Motorsport programme is set for its premiere on the famous ‘Eau Rouge’. As part of the development work, the BMW M4 GT3 will attend the official tests ahead of the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (BEL). The ‘Official Test Days’ take place at the circuit in the Ardennes on 22nd and 23rd June. Just a few days later, the new BMW M4 GT3 will complete its first test under race conditions on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife (GER).

    The tests ahead of the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps provide BMW M Motorsport with the ideal opportunity to test the BMW M4 GT3 at another demanding racetrack under real competitive conditions. The circuit is known as the ‘Ardennes Rollercoaster’ and is a fast, flowing track. Sharing the test work in Belgium will be Augusto Farfus (BRA), Marco Wittmann (GER) and Nick Yelloly (GBR).

    “It is fantastic to have been given the opportunity to take part in the tests at Spa-Francorchamps with our new BMW M4 GT3,” said Mike Krack, Head of BMW M Motorsport. “Like the Nordschleife, this circuit has its own particular features, making it an optimal and very demanding test facility for us in the final stage of development of our car. The days at Spa will also be used to prepare for the race debut of the BMW M4 GT3, which we are all excited about. This test, under race conditions on the Nordschleife, is the next big step on the way to our first season in 2022.”

    The 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps has an important place in BMW’s motorsport history. With 24 triumphs to its name, the manufacturer is the record winner of the Belgian marathon. The BMW M4 GT3 will compete from 2022 and will be looking to continue this success. However, it must first watch and see how the BMW M6 GT3 gets on in its farewell performance at Spa at this year’s edition of the endurance classic, which takes place on 31st July and 1st August.

    The BMW M4 GT3 will make its race debut at round four of the Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS), on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife on 26th June, immediately after the tests in Belgium. At the wheel of the race car will be Jens Klingmann (GER) and Sheldon van der Linde (RSA). The BMW M4 GT3 will compete in the prototype class SP-X as the new car is not homologated yet. As this is a test in race mode, the BMW M4 GT3 will not be classified in the Nordschleife results. The outing will be used to gain valuable experience under race conditions with the new car.


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