Welcome to (almost) 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 Melbourne Spring weather!
Whilst another month is gone and most of us are still in Stage 4 lockdown, we have worked extremely hard to keep things interesting for you all and hope you are weathering the isolation well. Thankfully now the numbers are getting to the point we can start to think about a life out on the roads and seeing all our friends again. We just have to be patient a little longer.
We started the month with our September Members Meeting, Preparing for a Motorsport Event. This attracted a lot of interest and we had a great powerpoint presentation prepared by Jo and I on what you need to do to get yourself ready for the track. Jo went through all the slides slowly explaining everything in detail and letting the members ask questions on areas they were not too clear on. You can now find the presentation on our website and refer to it when we are allowed to return to track days. Which, incidentally, will be as soon as we can organise something concrete. I have been talking to the Alfa Club about what they are planning as well as Sandown and Winton and Motorsport Australia, to see what we can organise. We still have to play it by ear with the loosening of restrictions, as everyone is being far more cautious about opening up this time. As soon as we have news, I will let you know. I am sure you are as eager as we are to get out and have a drive again.
22 September was our Exclusive BMWDCM member only tour of BMW Classic in Munich. With over 100 registered this was always going to be a great night. I am very thankful to all those who logged in early to enable us to start on time and Eva was an amazing host, taking us through the archive area and explaining some of the amazing pieces and allowing our members to ask some questions. Then we went across to the workshop area, which is fully glassed and allows customers and visitors to see what is happening. I really liked the open and transparent nature of the workshops.
Eva then took us around some of the Classic Collection, which was amazing and in this building we also viewed the Wall of Fame, with all the names of the winners of BMW Awards: Friend of the Marque and the Dr Gerhard Knöchlein Award as well as the Club of the Year Award. Pretty impressive.
In October we have three virtual events planned. Starting on 13 October, with our AGM and Oktoberfest. Please join us for this and vote in your new committee for the next 12 months. By now you should all have your documents pertaining to the AGM and any voting and proxy forms that need to be returned. Of course, we will also have a bit of fun, so if any of you want to dress up in your Lederhosen’s and Dirndls there will be prizes for best dressed on the night. Log in to see the committee all dressed up Bavarian style. Remember we need a quorum to hold the AGM, so please attend so we can make sure all the regulatory boxes are ticked.
On 20 October our members meeting will be hosted at Mornington BMW, starting with a tour of the showroom and workshop and then we will 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 and so on. Make sure you have your questions at the ready for they boys. There will also be lifestyle give-aways on the night, curtesy of Mornington BMW.
Finishing off the month, on 27 October will be our Virtual Awards Presentation Night from 2019. Be sure to join on this night to congratulate all your fellow members who will be receiving an award on the night. Some of us are dressing up to try to make this a fun night, dress down if you want but let’s try to make this a huge night seeing that COVID robbed us of our birthday party and presentation night this year.
You may have seen a notice from VicRoads which we posted on Facebook over the weekend, regarding changes to the Club Permit Scheme, if not, you can view the updates here. Not much will change from the way it is now, they were talking about quite a few new things, but the only real change is that from 4 October on you will have to pay for the number plates. Up until now they have been free. Everything else they are changing is really just changes to wording to clarify some of the rules, so no real differences to be concerned about. There will be a major review of the system next year, so something to look forward to, or not.
As we are nearing the new COVID normal, your committee are working hard organising some great events, waiting to be released once we have firm direction on when we can indeed get out and about safely again. As soon as we are free to venture out, we will be sending out notices, so be sure to check your emails regularly to see what fun stuff we have in store for you all.
As always, if you are struggling, please reach out, we are all in this together and sometimes we all need a shoulder to lean on. If you know someone that is alone or even if you are, pick up the phone and have a chat, it can really make someone’s day to have a friendly voice on the phone when we can’t meet yet.
Be safe, stay well and let’s hope we will see you all on the road somewhere very soon.
Graeme Bell | President
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne Inc.
P.O. Box 81, TYABB, VICTORIA. 3913Incorporated 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
The premium automobile manufacturer BMW is presenting itself at Auto China 2020 in Beijing with new models and concepts for extremely sporty driving pleasure and sustainable mobility. The focus of the presentation at the international auto show in the Chinese capital will be the joint world premiere of the new BMW M3 Competition Sedan (fuel consumption combined: 10.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 234 g/km) and the BMW M4 Competition Coupé (combined fuel consumption: 10.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 234 g/km). In addition, the new BMW 5 Series Sedan in its version for the Chinese market, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and the new BMW M5 Competition (fuel consumption combined: 10.6 – 10.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 242 - 239 g/km) will premiere in Beijing. The growing importance of electric mobility in the premium segment is emphasised by the presentation of the BMW iX3, which is manufactured in China, and the BMW Concept i4 study.
Since the motorshow date had to be moved from spring to autumn due to the corona pandemic, Auto China 2020 will be held at the China International Exhibition Center from September 26 to October 5. Automobile manufacturers, suppliers and service providers from all over the world will be showing their new models, products and technologies on an exhibition area of more than 200 000 square metres. The auto show concept includes strict hygiene regulations and a high use of digital technology. At the BMW stand, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant digital companion, available in numerous current models, will take on the role of moderator.
World premiere: The new BMW M3 Competition Sedan and the new BMW M4 Coupé.
One of the highlights of Auto China 2020 is the joint world premiere of two high-performance sports cars from BMW M GmbH. The new BMW M3 Competition Sedan and the new BMW M4 Competition Coupé will be presented for the first time. With these two high-performance models in the premium mid-range segment, the hallmark M combination of racetrack-oriented performance and superior suitability for everyday use reaches a level never before attained. Their world premiere in Beijing underlines the growing importance of the Chinese automobile market for the BMW M GmbH product range.
The new BMW M3 Competition Sedan and the new BMW M4 Competition Coupé are powered by an in-line 6-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology and high-revving characteristics, mobilising a maximum output of 375 kW/510 hp and delivering a maximum torque of 650 Nm. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. Both models accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds each.
The extremely high torsional rigidity of the body and chassis connection support the dynamic performance, agility and precision typical of BMW M automobiles, a linear build-up of lateral forces over the entire lateral acceleration range and neutral self-steering behaviour right up to the limit. Standard equipment also includes an Adaptive M chassis, M Servotronic steering and forged M light-alloy wheels in 18-inch size on the front and 19-inch size on the rear axle.
A distinct design with numerous M typical details adapted from racing unmistakably highlights the increased performance characteristics of both models. A new operating concept, which offers the driver maximum freedom in configuring an individual vehicle setup, also contributes to the emotional driving experience.
China premiere: The new BMW 5 Series in the version for the Chinese market.
The latest model generation of the BMW 5 Series for the Chinese automobile market also makes its first public appearance in Beijing. With its fresh design accents and numerous technological innovations, it is ideally suited to further expand its position as the most successful business sedan in China. The versions of the BMW 5 Series for the Chinese market feature specific details In line with special market requirements. In addition to the wheelbase extended by 130 millimetres, these include some high-grade equipment options such as the Skylounge panorama glass roof or the Professional rear-seat entertainment system with two tiltable touch screens. At the same time, the new BMW 5 Series for China adopts the more forceful exterior design, the interior refined in many details, the increased efficiency and the numerous innovations in the areas of driver assistance, operation and networking that characterise the latest model generation.
The new model generation is now even more attractive thanks to a more prominent BMW kidney grille as well as redesigned headlights and rear lights. In addition, there are is a wide range of individualisation options. For example, the BMW 535Le with 215 kW/292 hp plug-in hybrid drive (fuel consumption combined: 1.5 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 15 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions from fuel: 36 g/km) can be combined with the M sports package. The latest advances with regard to operation and networking are offered by the BMW Operating System 7 with its wide range of new functions and digital services, including the enhanced BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. This now features new graphic displays, even more natural voice input and additional functions.
Together with the new BMW 5 Series for the Chinese market, the new BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo and the new BMW M5 Competition will also be presented at Auto China 2020. These models also benefit from precisely modified design, new individualisation options and the latest developments the areas of driver assistance, operation and networking.
The BMW iX3: The first fully electrically powered BMW X model, made in China.
At Auto China 2020, BMW is underpinning the consistent continuation of its current electrification strategy with a production vehicle and a concept car that provide hallmark BMW driving pleasure in combination with locally emission-free drive systems. Drivers will soon be able to experience electric mobility in a Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV): BMW iX3 (fuel consumption: 0.0 l/100 km; combined power consumption: 17.8 – 17.5 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km). The first BMW X model with fully electric drive combines local emission-free driving pleasure with typical BMW sportiness and the comfort, versatile functionality and spaciousness of an SAV.
In the BMW iX3, the fifth generation of BMW eDrive technology is used for the first time. With the latest development stage of the electric motor, power electronics, charging technology and high-voltage storage, significant progress is being made in the areas of performance characteristics, power consumption and range. The new electric drive has a power density 30 per cent higher than that of the previous generation, generates a maximum output of 210 kW/286 hp and accelerates the BMW iX3 from zero to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds. With the new high-voltage storage system, whose gross energy content is 80 kWh, and thanks to the high efficiency of the drive, the BMW iX3 has a range of up to 460 kilometres in the WLTP test cycle and up to 520 kilometres in the NEDC test cycle.
The BMW iX3 will be launched in the course of 2020 for sale on the Chinese automobile market. It will be the brand's first model to also be manufactured for worldwide export at the Chinese BMW Brilliance joint venture production site in Shenyang.
The BMW Concept i4: Looking ahead to a new era of driving pleasure.
The BMW Concept i4, also on display at Auto China 2020, offers a look into the future at local zero-emission driving pleasure in a premium automobile from BMW. The concept car heralds the BMW i4, which will be produced as a purely electrically powered Gran Coupé for the premium middle range from 2021 onwards. With this model, fully electric mobility reaches the core of the BMW brand.
Balanced proportions, a striking appearance and attention to detail characterise the clearly designed exterior of the BMW Concept i4. Flowing lines stand for dynamic performance, four doors underline the car’s functionality and suitability for everyday use. The front is dominated by the large, closed BMW kidney grille. This serves as an intelligent surface for advanced driver assistance systems thanks to the integrated sensor technology. In the interior, the large Curved Display reinterprets hallmark BMW driver orientation.
The BMW Concept i4 heralds a new era of brand typical driving pleasure with its drive technology as well. Fifth generation BMW eDrive technology combines dynamic performance and efficiency in a unique fashion. A maximum output of up to 530 hp, acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in around four seconds and a top speed of more than 200 km/h testify to superior athleticism. Power delivery is extremely responsive and virtually silent. The range is up to 600 kilometres in the WLTP test cycle.
Event date: 22 September 2020
Wow, I only joined BMWDCM in June this year, I think I've attended nearly all the virtual meetings/events since. But this one tonight was something special, a virtual tour of BMW Classic in Munich!
We were hosted by Eva Priller, who looks after BMW clubs from around the world. We started in what I believe is the 100 years archive room, where a lot of rich history about BMW is kept and displayed. In a nutshell there is a lot of original documents and articles in here. She then moved on to showing us through the cafe, which is open to the public.
By far the highlight for me was the collection of cars and motorcycles. In here you can find Elvis Presley's original white BMW 507, which was looking absolutely immaculate in its presentation and hands down I think the car everybody wanted to see! There are also other cars at BMW Classic Group, like a nice Rolls Royce, as they like to take care of other makes that BMW owns. My favourites in here would have to be the Lemans winner, the GP car and of course, the E30 race cars.
Once again, another great meeting by BMWDCM!
Tim Oh | Member #538
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
A big thank you to the BMWDC for arranging an exclusive members only tour of the BMW Classic Munich. What a club and what better way to spend the evening during Covid-19 stage four lockdown in Melbourne.
We were so fortunate to have such a delightful and knowledgeable host in Eva Priller who explained that BMW Group Classic is the branch of the BMW Group responsible for all activities concerning the history of the company and its four brands BMW, BMW Motorrad, MINI and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
BMW Classic comprised of the BMW Museum, BMW Group Classic Services and the BMW Group Archive. Eva along with her helper started the tour by providing a great sample of the archives which displayed original drawings, photos and car parts just to mention a few. Leading from the display we were taken through the Café’Mo 66 which seems a great place to stop, grab a coffee and take in all that BMW Classic Munich has to offer.
We then walked though the 100 year old complex and taken to the services and workshop area which is completely transparent as all the walls are made from glass. We were given a glimpse only at the workshop in order to maintain confidentially to the owners of the cars being worked on. The Workshop looked comprehensive and well laid out.
My favourite part of the tour followed which was the guided tour around the sample (approx. ¼ only of the total collection we were told) of the BMW Group Classic cars on display, an area originally built and used to manufacture aircraft engines. Eva explained that the collection is constantly changing and therefore no one tour would be the same. I was really pleased to see rare cars, racing cars, concept cars, prototype cars and even a personally owned car of Elvis Presley. It really is an exceptional display that everyone is guaranteed to find a car to fall in love with, not to mention that most of the cars are still driven and can even be hired.
Overall the tour provided an insight into the BMW Classic group as a company, its history and the long history of BMW as a brand.
Again thank you so much to the BMWDC committee for your hard work and providing us, your members with such a wonderful and invaluable tour of BMW Classic Munich.
Adam Sleep | Member #421
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
Thank you Jo and Graeme for organizing the exclusive virtual members only tour of the BMW Classic facility and Members Honour Wall in Munich. We felt very privileged to take the tour of this wonderful collection of historic cars. As this facility is not open to the public it really was a very special treat. Thanks also to Eva Priller from BMW Club and Community Management in Munich gave us the guided tour.
The tour was really interesting and informative. Eva estimated that less than one quarter of the cars they hold are on display and explained that the collection now contains many new cars as well. Apparently it’s easier for BMW to add new cars to the collection now, rather than try to source them in 20-30 years time when they have become classics. Of the cars on display we particularly loved seeing the E30 M3 race car and the E28 535i motorsport.
It was a real treat to see so many wonderful examples of the cars we all love and dream about. So much history in one place and there were some exceptional examples on display. Apparently, many of them are road registered and can be hired for the day. This option would definitely be on our agenda next time we visit. Maybe we could hold a members meeting there one day when restrictions are eased!
Unfortunately we joined the meeting late due to prior engagements, so we missed Eva taking our group through archives.
Nella Santisi & Andreas Doelling | Member #141
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
For the very special September monthly meeting, 58 of us were treated to a guided tour of BMW Classic in Munich via Zoom.
Our host for the evening was the lovely and enthusiastic Eva Priller, who provides a link between BMW and the BMW clubs around the world with their various models and ages of cars.
Since BMW’s 100th anniversary in 2016, BMW Classic is housed in the front portion of the original BMW manufacturing works, just up the road from BMW’s iconic 4-cylinder tower, BMW Welt and the BMW Museum. BMW Classic looks after BMW’s collection of historic models, race cars and concept cars. These are rotated through the BMW Museum and the storage/display area of BMW Classic. BMW Classic also supplies parts for any historic BMW of any age, if necessary manufacturing parts from original blueprints – often by 3D printing these days where possible.
With so much history, it was appropriate that the tour started in the archive room. Eva showed us samples of the various drawings, photos and original documents covering BMW’s manufacture of aircraft engines, motorbikes and cars. Several artefacts were also on display, such as the steering wheel from a BMW F1 car.
Eva pointed out the café that has recently been added in the front of the buildings, where the public can come in any time as part of welcoming the general public to the site. There is also a workshop area where the restoration and maintenance takes place, but our view was limited due to customer cars being present.
Finally we were taken into the storage and display area, where an extensive collection of cars and motorbikes was on display. Eva explained how most of the vehicles were road-registered and driven regularly. Some, including a lovely 1938 327 saloon, are even available for hire for weddings and the like – presumably to be driven by people who can find their way around a non-synchromesh gearbox. Race cars were on display from F1, Le Mans and touring cars. Jo even navigated Eva around the area in order for people to see the M3 race car! The oldest models dated back to just after the Dixi, and the newest were probably around the 1970s.
The display included two 507s, including the white one that once belonged to Elvis Presley. Eva didn’t give much detail of its restoration, but it’s worth reading about the extraordinary lengths BMW Classic went to in order to restore it to its original condition before it was presented at the famous Concours d’Elegance Pebble Beach in BMW’s centenary year.
The BMW Garmisch concept car, restored and re-presented last year, was also present, although not remarked on. An elevated section also contained various BMW concept cars from decades past, but without much detail offered. The collection also included several Z1 roadsters and various race and road cars of the 2002 and E30 eras.
Finally, a Rolls Royce and several classic Minis (including a Moke) were included in the display, recognizing BMW ownership of those marques.
The display area includes an award wall for BMW car clubs and individuals which have been especially significant in keeping the history and enthusiasm for BMW vehicles new and old alive.
It was quite a special privilege to be able to view the collection in this hosted manner. Any club members planning a trip to Europe are well-advised to include BMW Classic, along with the BMW museum and BMW Welt, on their itinerary. If you contact the committee in advance, it may be possible to arrange viewing of some parts of BMW Classic, but at the very least a visit to the café and a viewing of the workshop area is possible on any day.
Peter Williams | Member #36
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
See the Elvis BMW 507 on Petrolicious video here.BMW’s write-up about the car is here.There are also longer videos on the Internet with more details of its restoration, which also illustrate the capabilities of BMW Classic.
A recent Zoom club event held on 22/09/20, was a very interesting and fun event. I loved the fact that it wasn’t just online because of COVID-19, but it was an truly international affair.
We were greeted by the lovely Eva Priller from the BMW Club & Community Management Team, direct from BMW’s headquarters in Munich on a bright and sunny day.
Eva took us inside one of the several large halls, that contained so many of BMW’s classic and historic cars and motorcycles. I don’t think anybody noticed, but my jaw hit the table when I spotted an E9 CSL Batmobil. It is my absolute favourite Bimmer, and I loved seeing it parked amongst 2002’s, E30’s, and many E36’s. Many in race livery. There were simply too many others, to mention them all.
It was interesting to learn that BMW is currently sourcing more storage space, to house ALL the models. Including the current and upcoming ones, so they wouldn’t require searching for older and used vehicles in the future. I also loved the fact that almost all the cars on show were road registered and frequently driven, to avoid wasting away.
Fun event, and sincerely hope to one day being able to visit the BMW Museum and Plant in Person.
Walter Buehler | Member #38
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
Thank you for the virtual tour of BMW group classic with Eva.
I found the night really well run, Eva was a great host and fascinated by the glimpse we got to see.
What amazed me was the café which they change to suit events or themes happening at the time. BMW have a proud heritage and to be able to display it all on the former site of itself from 100 years back is a marvel as so few brands can claim this and put that level of care and effort to protect the brands heritage.
Tony Traikovski | Member #472
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
56 years have passed, but memories of the great triumph achieved by the small car with the starting number 37 have hardly faded. In 1964, the classic Mini Cooper S clinched the first of three overall victories at the legendary Monte Carlo Rally. At the wheel: the then 30-year-old Northern Irish rally driver Patrick “Paddy” Hopkirk. In his honour, MINI now presents an edition model with exclusive design and equipment features to mark one of the most spectacular achievements in the history of international motor racing. One unmistakable reminder of Hopkirk’s coup in the classic Mini is the winning car’s start number 37, which is featured in stylised form on the driver and passenger doors of the edition model.
The MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition is available in selected automobile markets from October 2020 as the MINI Cooper S 3-door (combined fuel consumption: 6.4 – 6.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 147 – 139 g/km), the MINI Cooper S 5 door (combined fuel consumption: 6.5 – 6.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 141 g/km) and the MINI John Cooper Works (combined fuel consumption : 7.1 – 6.9 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 162 – 157 g/km). Like the famous starting number and the powerful engine, the body finish in Chili Red and the white roof of the edition model are inspired by the historical model.
Hopkirk’s victorious run in the Mini Cooper S was frenetically celebrated by spectators on site and motor racing fans in the UK. Driving the small British car with his English co-pilot Henry Liddon, Hopkirk overcame the odds against competitors with significantly greater engine power. The handicap formula in force at the time meant that differences in weight and output within the starting field were compensated to a certain extent. But the crucial factors in the challenging chase over country roads and mountain passes, through ice snow, round tight corners and down steep slopes were the agility and reliability of the Mini Cooper S and Hopkirk’s driving skills.
The surprise win in Monte Carlo made Paddy Hopkirk the UK’s most famous rally driver overnight. At the same time, the classic Mini advanced from outsider and crowd pleaser to being a motor racing legend. This status was underpinned in the years that followed when the Mini Cooper S dominated the Monte Carlo Rally. Hopkirk’s Finnish team mates Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen added two more outright victories to the title collection in 1965 and 1967. The winning streak at the Monte Carlo Rally continues to inspire MINI fans all over the world to this day. With the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition, they now have the opportunity to express their passion for racing in a particularly authentic way.
The edition model combines its exterior paintwork in the style of the historic rally winner in a market-specific manner with 17-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy wheels in Track Spoke Black design or 18-inch John Cooper Works light-alloy forged wheels in Cross Spoke Jet Black matt design and numerous other accentuations in dark colours. The frame and horizontal brace of the radiator grille are finished in high-gloss black, as are the inserts for the lower air intakes, the opening in the bonnet, the door handles, the fuel filler flap, the tailgate handle, the MINI logos at the front and rear as well as the surrounds for the headlights and rear lights.
The start number 37 also appears on the side indicator elements known as side scuttles. Other unmistakable features on the exterior are the LED headlights and the rear lights in Union Jack design, stickers with the inscription “Paddy Hopkirk Monte Carlo” and a single white bonnet stripe on the driver’s side, which like the tailgate of the edition model bears the signature of the 1964 “Monte” winner. In addition, the famous number and letter combination 33 EJB of the number plate of the 1964 Monte Carlo winning car is shown on the bonnet strip using 3D effect graphics.
Hopkirk’s signature also appears on the decorative trim strip on the passenger side, which forms part of the Piano Black high-gloss interior surfaces. Another exclusive design feature is the MINI LED entry sills bearing the name “Paddy Hopkirk”. The MINI Excitement Package and Comfort Access are also included in the MINI Paddy Hopkirk Edition. A market-specific configuration also includes auxiliary headlights in Piano Black, a key cap with the start number 37 and the Waistline Finisher in Piano Black for the trim strips between the body and the greenhouse. In addition, the edition model can be tailored to the driver‘s personal style so as to create an entirely unique specimen. To optimise driving pleasure, comfort and individual style, almost all items are available from the range of optional extras for the MINI 3-door and MINI 5-door.
BMW M Motorsport and the Nürburgring 24 Hours (GER) are celebrating a joint anniversary this year. 2020 marks 50 years since both the inaugural staging of the endurance classic and the first overall victory for BMW in the ‘Green Hell’. As no major anniversary event is possible in the current situation, BMW M Motorsport is recognising its Nordschleife history with a BMW M2 CS Racing media car, featuring a special livery. It will bear the names of all those drivers who were involved in BMW’s 19 overall victories.
History and the future meet in the media car for the 50th anniversary of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. The design evokes memories of every past BMW victory. The blue and white livery pays homage to the first winning car in 1970 and is complemented by present-day BMW M Motorsport design elements on the bonnet. The BMW M2 CS Racing is one of the BMW M Customer Racing cars that are set to become synonymous with the future of BMW’s activities on the Nordschleife, together with the BMW M4 GT3, which is currently in its test phase, and the BMW M4 GT4. At the wheel of the BMW M2 CS Racing media car will be BMW works driver Dirk Adorf (GER) and fellow racing driver Tom Coronel (NED). They will share the cockpit with journalists Christian Gebhardt (GER) and Niki Schelle (GER).
“The fact that we are celebrating the anniversary of both the 24-hour race and the first BMW victory, and that the 19 overall wins are listed on our Media Car, shows that BMW is the brand that has shaped this event more than any other over the decades,” said Adorf. “I am happy and proud that we will compete in the BMW M2 CS Racing with a high-quality quartet, which has all the skills required to make it through the race distance in good shape. We would all much prefer for the race to be held in front of our fans, but unfortunately that is not possible this year. Hopefully, this means there will be even greater media interest, which we will take into account with our BMW M2 CS Racing media car.”
Stuck has claimed BMW victories across different eras.The design of the media car tells the story of the 19 overall victories for BMW, from the first success at the inaugural event in 1970 to the latest win in 2010. Legendary racing driver Hans-Joachim Stuck (GER) has played a major role in this story. He has won the 24-hour race three times with BMW. He won the inaugural race in 1970 alongside Clemens Schickentanz (GER) in the BMW 2002 TI. In 1998, he was part of the crew that claimed the first overall victory on the Nordschleife by a diesel car, with the BMW 320d. In 2004, he was joined on the top step of the podium by Dirk Müller, Jörg Müller (both GER) and Pedro Lamy (POR) after their success in the BMW M3 GTR.
“I think it is fantastic that I have been able to experience several different eras of the 24-hour race together with BMW over the course of my career – from my first win in the BMW 2002 TI to a car like the BMW M3 GTR, which was state-of-the-art at the time,” said Stuck. “We were pioneers with the BMW 2002 TI. That was pure driving, without any form of driver aid. For me personally, this was my first big win and an important milestone in my career, which I rank very highly. When BMW told me in 1998 that they wanted to win the 24-hour race with a diesel, I said ‘Are you joking?’ However, the fuel consumption actually meant we were able to defeat the opposition. We were not the fastest, but we had to make far fewer pit stops. The most fun I had was in 2004 with the BMW M3 GTR. Driving that car on the Nordschleife – with its speed, all the technical driver aids and its reliability – was sensational. In my opinion, that was the best car I have ever driven at this circuit.”
Farfus: Back for another crack, ten years after winning in the BMW M3 GT2.
One of the drivers in BMW’s most recent victory, with the BMW M3 GT2 in 2010, was Augusto Farfus (BRA). Ten years later, the BMW works driver races in the BMW M6 GT3, as he looks to claim a 20th overall win for BMW. “I am very happy to have been involved in the victory with the BMW M3 GT2,” said Farfus. “Ten years later, it is about time we added another win to the list. Back then, the BMW M3 GT2 was the newest car in the field, and the car with the fewest test kilometres under its belt. Nowadays, our BMW M6 GT3 has done more kilometres of testing on the Nordschleife than all the other GT3 cars. The car and BMW Team Schnitzer have been through every conceivable situation and are really well prepared. We will do everything we can to claim the 20th victory for BMW.”
BMW’s 19 overall victories at a glance:
1970: Hans-Joachim Stuck, Clemens Schickentanz, BMW 2002 TI Koepchen
1971: Ferfried Prinz von Hohenzollern, Gerold Pankl, BMW 2002 Alpina1972: Helmut Kelleners, Gerold Pankl, BMW 2800 CS Alpina
1973: Niki Lauda, Hans-Peter Joisten, BMW 3.0 CSL Alpina
1984: Axel Felder, Franz-Josef Bröhling, Peter Oberndorfer, BMW 635 CSi
1985: Axel Felder, Jürgen Hamelmann, Robert Walterscheid-Müller, BMW 635 CSi
1986: Markus Oestreich, Otto Rensing, Winfried Vogt, BMW 325i
1989: Emanuele Pirro, Roberto Ravaglia, Fabien Giroix, BMW M3
1990: Altfrid Heger, Joachim Winkelhock, Frank Schmickler, BMW M3
1991: Kris Nissen, Joachim Winkelhock, Armin Hahne, BMW M3
1992: Johnny Cecotto, Christian Danner, Jean-Michel Martin, Marc Duez, BMW M3
1994: Karl-Heinz Wlazik, Frank Katthöfer, Fred Rosterg, BMW M3
1995: Roberto Ravaglia, Marc Duez, Alexander Burgstaller, BMW 320i
1996: Johannes Scheid, Sabine Reck, Hans Widmann, BMW M3
1997: Johannes Scheid, Sabine Reck, Hans-Jürgen Tiemann, Peter Zakowski, BMW M3
1998: Marc Duez, Andreas Bovensiepen, Christian Menzel, Hans-Joachim Stuck, BMW 320d
2004: Pedro Lamy, Dirk Müller, Jörg Müller, Hans-Joachim Stuck, BMW M3 GTR
2005: Boris Said, Duncan Huisman, Andy Priaulx, Pedro Lamy, BMW M3 GTR
2010: Jörg Müller, Augusto Farfus, Uwe Alzen, Pedro Lamy, BMW M3 GT2
The Ford Falcon was powered by eight cylinders and had a lead of 17 seconds. Paddy Hopkirk had stowed a can of caviar in the toolbox of his Mini Cooper S and he had just mastered the “Night of the Long Knives” in a rumbustious drive. In 1964, the Monte Carlo Rally was still a genuine adventure for all the competing racing drivers and the spectacle was broadcast live on television. This was the era when automobile manufacturers all over the world discovered rally sport as the perfect stage for presenting their models. And consequently, vehicles from different weight and performance classes competed against each other with a handicap formula providing appropriate compensation when allocating points. When Hopkirk, now 87 years old, talks about his tour-de-force driving the classic Mini with start number 37, the fascination of classic motor sport immediately comes alive.
Today, Hopkirk can still get excited about the driving characteristics of the classic Mini. “The Mini was a very advanced motor car. Its front-wheel drive and the transversely mounted engine at the front presented significant advantages, just like the fact that the car was small given that the roads had lots of bends and were narrow,” explained the rally driver from Northern Ireland as he recalled his greatest triumph. When we met up at the foot of the Col de Turini, he slid in nimbly behind the steering wheel of a classic Mini. This time, the little car was styled in a livery of British Racing Green, there was no snow on the carriageway, and time was available to enjoy the magnificent landscape and the view of Monte Carlo nestling in the valley. But Hopkirk still finds the ideal line from the start and steers the classic Mini out of the bend with a broad smile and forceful pedal-to-metal acceleration. Driving fun comes back immediately, along with the memories of the event 56 years ago.
Incidentally, the caviar originated from Minsk. In the winter of 1964, Hopkirk and his English co-pilot Harry Liddon started out from Minsk in the Monte Carlo Rally, which at that time commenced as a star rally from nine different European cities. The six Mini works cars and the other vehicles in the starter field only met up in Rheims, France. At that time, Patrick or “Paddy” Hopkirk was already able to look back on an impressive career in which he had won hillclimb races and come out victorious five times in the Circuit of Ireland. Hopkirk had also attracted attention in the Tulip Rally staged in the Netherlands, the Austrian Alpine Rally and the Safari Rally. In 1962, he crossed the finishing line driving a Sunbeam Rapier in third place in the overall placings of the Monte Carlo Rally. And because he had such a taste for adventure and had never driven on Soviet roads, Hopkirk registered voluntarily to start the race in Minsk in 1964.
He started off successfully, and along the country roads in France a duel quickly developed between Hopkirk driving the Mini Cooper S and Swedish driver Bo Ljungfeldt in the Ford Falcon. The showdown came on the Col de Turini and this was destined to presage the ultimate outcome for the race. On the day before, there had been a big snowfall and this significantly slowed down powerful and heavy vehicles steered by competing drivers. However, this wasn’t the case for the little challenger. According to Hopkirk: “The Mini performed particularly well going downhill, and the tests had all been uphill and down dale so that we were able make good anything we lost going uphill when we were driving downhill.”
Everything else was dealt with by the handicap formula. Ljungfeldt made up 17 seconds during the “Night of the Long Knives” and gained a lead of half a minute in the final circuit race on the Monte Carlo Grand Prix track, but this was not enough to displace Paddy Hopkirk from his position as number one in the overall placings. At the finishing line, it took some time before all the times had been compared and all the points had been totted up. However, ultimately the first overall victory achieved by the classic Mini in the Monte Carlo Rally was established.
The surprising coup won acclaim worldwide, and feverish celebrations followed in the United Kingdom. The classic MINI became a motor-sport legend and Paddy Hopkirk shot to fame as the United Kingdom’s most illustrious rally driver overnight. After the winner’s podium ceremony, driver and vehicle were repatriated to the United Kingdom where they starred in the immensely popular TV show of the time, “Sunday Night at the London Palladium”. Fans, celebrities and even the British Government sent telegrams to convey their congratulations. Hopkirk’s most treasured memorabilia include an autograph card from the Beatles with the message: “Now you are one of us, Paddy!”
The MINI Cooper S continued to dominate the Monte Carlo Rally in subsequent years. Hopkirk’s Finnish teammates Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen, who had taken places four and seven in 1964, succeeded in driving the Mini Cooper S to second and third place in the overall standings in 1965 and 1967 respectively. Rally fans named the trio “The Three Musketeers”. In 2010, they were all welcomed as the first members of the Finnish “Rally Hall of Fame”.
In 1967, Hopkirk took sixth place in the overall standings and in the following year he crossed the finishing line of the “Monte” in fifth place. However, it was inevitable that the golden era of this diminutive adventurous runabout was coming to an end, particularly since the competition had been busily working on developments. Hopkirk changed to other models and won a number of races including the Acropolis Rally. In 1968, Paddy Hopkirk highlighted his reputation as a fair sportsman and gentleman in the London-Sydney Marathon when he and his co-pilot Tony Nash stopped their Austin, which was in the lead, in order to rescue a team from their burning car that had been involved in a serious accident.
At the beginning of the 1970s, Paddy Hopkirk retired from professional rallying and built up a career importing automobiles to his homeland of Northern Ireland and the sale of accessory products sold under the brand named after him. He was also involved in the relaunch of the MINI brand as a consultant to the BMW Group. The veteran rally driver still engages in a wealth of honorary activities to this day. During his active driving career, Hopkirk supported a large number of road safety campaigns and he is still involved today as an ambassador for the charity organisation IAM RoadSmart. His commitments also include working on the Board of Management of the British Racing Drivers’ Club and supporting WheelPower, an association dedicated to promoting wheelchair sport. In 2016, Paddy Hopkirk received the award of Member of the Order of the British Empire from Princess Anne.
At BMW Group Plant Munich, everything is in place for production of the fully electric BMW i4 to begin. After six weeks of intensive conversion work, series production of vehicles has resumed, with around 5,000 associates returning to the line. “We have completed the comprehensive restructuring and conversion of the plant successfully, on schedule and without complications,” said Plant Director Robert Engelhorn. At the BMW Group’s home plant, a new era is about to begin: “Our plant can now manufacture the fully electric BMW i4 on the same line as diesel-, petrol- and hybrid-powered vehicles,” Engelhorn added.
“Outstanding planning and preparation, and perfect collaboration between the many in-house and external partners meant we were able to ready BMW Group Plant Munich for the mobility concepts of the future in the space of just six weeks,” Engelhorn reported. The entire development and conversion of the plant came at an investment of around €200 million. Approx. €700 million had already been invested between 2015 and 2018 to install a new, resource-efficient paintshop and extend the bodyshop for production of the BMW 3 Series.
In recent weeks, a particular challenge facing the team was the confined space within the production halls, which made conversion and installation work difficult. Previous systems had to be removed with very little space to spare, and new ones installed and launched. Before conversion work began, plans were made with the help of digital tools that simulated the line sections, system designs and production processes by virtual reality. “This allowed us to make the best possible use of the limited space available in our plant, and to see exactly which processes needed adjusting,” Engelhorn explained. Much of the expertise for the upgrade came from production workers themselves, who used VR goggles to obtain a clear picture of what their stage of work would look like, and offered valuable feedback on ergonomics and process optimisation.
The bodyshop at Plant Munich is a shining example of smart, efficient integration, as the majority of production processes for the BMW i4 can be carried out on existing bodyshop systems. Additional systems were required merely for the floor assembly and rear section of the BMW i4, as the electric drive and high-voltage battery mean these are quite different from conventional architectures. The approx. 550-kilogram battery pack will be fitted to the body by a new, fully automated battery assembly system, which uses camera systems to check automatically if the battery pack is positioned correctly on the line. The battery pack is also transported to the line and bolted to the body fully automatically.
A new electric overhead conveyor has also been installed for BMW i4 production, along with stronger conveyors in the vehicle finish area. “This has been the most comprehensive overhaul of assembly in the history of Plant Munich,” Robert Engelhorn pointed out.
As the number of driver assistance systems, safety equipment and connectivity features steadily increases, function-testing of the various in-car innovations and technologies during production is becoming more and more complex. To meet the ever tougher quality requirements, Plant Munich is making greater use of digitally connected production and testing systems. Complex logistics and production processes are also supported by myriad digitalisation solutions and interconnected smart systems.
During the conversion of Plant Munich over recent weeks, the focus was very much on integrating the BMW i4 into existing production systems. But systems and processes were also prepared for series production of the BMW M3, which will be manufactured on the same line as well. Established back in 1922, the BMW Group’s home plant is now set to deliver a wide-ranging product portfolio that includes not only the BMW i4 but also the combustion- and hybrid-powered BMW 3 Series Sedan and BMW 3 Series Touring, and the new BMW M3.
The tremendous flexibility of the plant and the extraordinary skills of the team are impressive.
Today, four years later, REVER represents the world's largest online community for motorcyclists and has passed the milestone of 1,000,000 users with its mobile planning, tracking and sharing app for motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. More than 1.2 million journeys and a total distance of almost 200 million kilometres have been tracked. This involved around 50,000 BMW motorcycles, which completed almost 18 per cent of the tracked rides.
With the rapidly increasing number of users, the REVER App is constantly being optimized, new functions are being added and more and more content is being generated. In short: Riding a motorcycle is becoming more and more of a networked experience.
In addition to the BMW Motorrad Connectivity App, the REVER App also offers riders of older models and groups with different motorcycles a digitally enhanced riding experience.
With the REVER App, motorcyclists can stay in touch and turn riding into a group experience. Users can create or join communities to participate in tours or determine the location of their friends on the map. In addition, REVER also offers innovative features such as "animated 3D flyover and exploration" that give motorcyclists an animated 3D overview of the rides they are following.
Premium memberships on REVER include additional features such as exclusive access to Butler Maps’ road recommendations, custom safety alerts and more. Recently, REVER has also opened up to car drivers who like to experience twisty routes.
Event date: 1 September 2020
The September meeting agenda item was ‘Preparing for a Motorsport Event’, something we would all probably love to be doing right now but can’t due to the COVID-19 situation here in Victoria.
Nevertheless, it is important for all club motorsport participants to be aware of what is required to get our cars onto race tracks, when we are able to. So this meeting was a good opportunity to get to know what will be required, and how to avoid omissions and possible disappointment in getting our cars on track.
Jo presented a comprehensive presentation that defined the event entry process, the actual vehicle and driver requirements, and how the club level track days actually run.
Like everything in modern life, there is a need to complete a number of forms and processes to obtain entry into a BMWDCM track event. The Supplementary Regulations set out the timing, rules, classification of vehicles and which officials will be running the event. It is very important that this document is read and understood by all attendees. In our case, this document is usually attached to the e-mail notification from BMWDCM that advertises the particular event. That e-mail will also provide a link to register your entry for the event. This entry form document requires accurate, up to date information about both the car being entered and the details of the driver/s. It is important to understand that a lot of the information being sort in these documents is to satisfy the demands of external organisations who have input into the running of our events – e.g. Motorsport Australia (who are the controlling body for all motor sport events), the State government (Covid-19 control and contact tracing) and the venue managers who have compliance reporting of their own to deal with.
The paperwork also requires competitors to acknowledge and sign indemnity forms, and currently a COVID-19 contact and tracing form which must include details of all persons attending the event with you – not just the competitors and officials.
Paperwork done, we then need to prepare our cars and ensure we have a current licence to compete. The Supplementary Regulations will tell you what is required by way of vehicle needs – e.g tyres, race wear, helmet, car markings etc and BMWDCM also issue us with a scrutineering checklist which details all the necessary items to check on your car before the event. It is also prudent to check the currency of your competition licence. If you don’t have one, it can be arranged either through the club, or directly to Motorsport Australia.
Jo then described how the day will run – starting with check-in through to getting into pre-grid and then onto the track. The key here is for everyone to pay attention to session groupings and being punctual around session times. Track flagging was explained and also how the officials manage the day.
Jo then covered off the role of track officials and how to get involved in this very important aspect of motor sport – both at club level and beyond into higher level events.
It was an informative and timely meeting agenda, as we all hope to be able to get on track in the not too distant future. We have successfully run motorsport events during COVID-19 restrictions before (not during stage 4) so we will see how things pan out.
For those members who have not previously participated in club motorsport events, I urge you to consider it. They are timed lap events only – they are not serious door to door racing seen in higher level competition. The track days are intended as a fun event where we can test our car’s capabilities (and our own) a bit and just enjoy driving at speed on real race tracks. The track days are inclusive, really well organised and managed and provide us with an opportunity to fine tune our driving skills in an alcohol free environment with likeminded people. I thoroughly recommend it. There will be plenty of people present who will be interested in you and your car, and will be happy to offer advice and assistance if you want it.
Jim Tucker | Member #26
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
It was great to see a different type of event like this being considered by BMWDCM especially during lockdown, it was a good topic to cover while we are all remote, and will hopefully make future events go a little smoother once we are back in action. Event preparation and procedure is an area where new drivers/racers always have a lot of questions and sometimes don't know where to ask, I know I found it quite daunting on my first few events and really appreciated where extra guidance and support was provided by the Bell Motorsport team.
Even now more seasoned drivers also likely cut a few corners in proper preparation, and a refresher to make sure we are following best practices is beneficial to us all. I look forward to more events like this, and to even hear more from some of the experienced drivers or support staff about what works well for them and where they have seen sucess or had positive experiences.
Alex Jory | Member #8
BMW Drivers Club Melbourne
MONTH IN REVIEW
Welcome to spring! We can't believe winter is already behind us.
August for us started with our virtual members meeting in Shannons Auctions Room where we were given a tour of the beautiful cars that were going up for auction, including 5 BMWs which caught the attention of many.
Our next meeting for the month was our virtual meeting with Jay Leno's Garage, which was very informative. There was something to learn for all of us, even those who thought we knew how to clean our car! If you're looking to stock up on your car cleaning products in time for summer, be sure to use our member discount code 'BMWDCM' for 15% off your online purchase.
In August we also added some new merchandise products to our online store, including some triple layer reusable cotton face masks.
We're hopeful that restrictions in Melbourne will begin to ease soon and we're looking for drive route suggestions! If you have a favourite drive that you'd love to share, or a drive that you've always wanted to do, please get in touch because we'd love to hear from you!
Our AGM is coming up in October and we are now calling for nominations for all positions on the committee. If you're interested in nominating for a position on our committee, or wish to nominate someone else, please view the following forms:
AGM Call for Nominations
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.
MEMBERSHIP UPDATE: 492 MEMBERS
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.
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