BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 24 Dec 2020 6:40 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to the dealership network the all-new Berwick BMW.

    Soft opening today, great to see so many friendly faces and club members amongst the staff.

    Beautiful, brand new dealership on the Princes Highway. Drop in and check it out!

    Lovely to meet the General Manager Neil and Venessa from Marketing and have a personal tour of the dealership. Looking forward to a great relationship with Berwick BMW going forward.

    We will be doing a few events there, or starting from there next year, so keep an eye on the calendar and come and check it out.

    Graeme Bell | Member #1
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 23 Dec 2020 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    Event date: 13 December 2020

    It was Maksim's 7th birthday, we found out, so I bought him a chocolate Christmas tree as a present - they did not have anything with Happy Birthday on it and no one there to add it to an existing item so that was the best I could do. He did say he would share it with his sister. - Lawrence Glynn

    Time to go for a drive in Dad’s M3. We drove to Geelong to have a hot chocolate and met the other people. I enjoyed looking at the cars.

    We went for a drive on the Great Ocean Road. We went for lunch, where I ate lasagna.

    Thank you Lawrence and Sharon for the lovely chocolate treat.

    Maksim Kay (son of Igor Kay) | Member #151
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 18 Dec 2020 10:17 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 29 November 2020

    Unfortunately, the NSW BMW Drivers Club did not organise a car show this year. To my delight however, BMW Drivers Club Melbourne did! Not only was it a car show, but a weekend stay at the Park Hyatt! As soon as I saw the email notification of the event I thought to myself “right! I’m going to make this happen!” I really wanted to catch up with all my Victorian friends and make this a jolly good time, especially after they had been through such a tough lockdown.

    Ironically I had just purchased a 135i from Victoria, and had it freighted up to Sydney by truck because at the time it looked as if the border would not open until close to Christmas. So the plan was hatched – get the 135i registered and drive it down to enter in the car show. Being a one-owner car that was meticulously cared for, I thought I would have a good shot at the car being competitive. Unfortunately the car had a vibration in the rear end, which turned out to be a bad wheel bearing. Replacing the rear wheel bearings on these cars is not an easy job, and unfortunately the rear half shafts were damaged when removed. This meant that the car would not be fixed by Friday when we wanted to leave. Luckily, we have car club buddies. I was driving down with my best friend Edward Forgacs, and he kindly offered that we take his reliable and trusty stead, the E39 M5. As it turned out, it is much more comfortable and thus a better choice for the long drive than the 135i anyway!

    So after a rather frantic last minute packing and planning what to take, we headed off in the peak hour Friday afternoon traffic leaving Sydney in the M5 down the M5.

    The traffic all but vanished at the Canberra exit, and we had a fast and easy cruise down the Hume to our overnight stop in Albury. The temperature was still over 30 degrees after sunset, and the windscreen was splattered with a constant stream of bugs, some exploding on impact! They were probably having their Friday night get-togethers and bug boogie woogies, and we were suddenly slamming into them at high speed with the M5. Oh the carnage!

    Albury was a pleasant surprise. We found one of the few restaurants that would take a booking after 9pm – Level One Wine Bar. They very helpfully took our order over the phone so that it would be ready upon arrival. This place seemed to be the best in town, and it seemed as half the town was there! They have a proper stock of very fine wines from all around the world, and fantastic cocktails too. The food was superb, and we had a table overlooking the main street below. This was like a time warp back to 1999! The main street on a Friday night served as a thoroughfare for the almost constant parade of local car enthusiasts showing off their metal. Amongst the many commodores and falcons, there were skylines, supras, some BMWs (including a few M2s), old 80’s Australiana and many, many lifted and loud 4x4s.

    After a Saturday morning stroll around the shops of Albury, where it seemed that half the town was about, we hit the Hume again. The change in weather was dramatic – on our non-stop journey it went from 40 degrees in Albury at 11:30am to 22 degrees on arrival in Melbourne within the 3 hour drive. When we arrived we greeted by the valet staff and helped with the luggage. We happened to arrive at exactly the same time as Jo and Graeme.

    The room was amazing, and even had a full walk-in robe, and dual sinks with a huge corner bath. A steal at only $315 for the night! After checking in it was straight to the nearest self-serve carwash, where we spent the next four hours or so working as a team to remove the remains of those boogie bugs that reveled no more. I had honestly never seen so many bugs on a car! Thank goodness for the bottle of ‘bugger off’ spray in the bucket of detailing products we brought. It was a really good feeling to roll back onto the hotel forecourt with a freshly detailed M5. It helped that Edward keeps his car in ‘almost ready for car show’ clean condition in his garage. Dinner was in the hotel restaurant with around 20 people in attendance.

    We arrived to find many of the Victorians sporting Espresso Martinis, the very ‘in’ thing these days. It was so nice to catch up with everyone at dinner, and meet some new friends and have a great old chat about all things car related (and also funny anecdotes). Our revelry continued late into the night with many jokes and stories being told, and great banter as always. It’s so great to have friends like this!

    On Sunday morning we were greeted in the morning by typical Melbourne weather, windy and light rain. At least it wasn’t the 40 degrees that Sydney was experiencing. I even had to borrow a DCM official weatherproof jacket as I hadn’t packed for the cool rainy weather.

    There were 29 cars in attendance, and quite a range indeed. From E9s to M2 Competitions. There were three categories – pre 1990, 1990-2000, and 2000 on. Lawrence approached me and surprised me by asking if I could judge the 2000 on category, to which I agreed. I had been a judge at five or so BMW car shows in NSW before, and the criteria was almost exactly the same, which made it straight forward.

    After a couple of hours of very carefully and methodically going over the nine cars in my category, the results were submitted for tallying. I was outside taking some last minute photos of the cars whilst everyone had gone inside to hear the results. I was then called to come inside for the presentation. There was a pretty clear winner in the category that I judged, and also for the pre 1990 class. However, Jo announced that there had been a three-way tie for the 1990-2000 class.

    This was quite unheard of in BMW car shows. Jo went on to say that after seeing the amount of bugs on one of the cars, and knowing how far it had come to attend, they had decided to award it to the M5! Edward and I were both surprised and humbled at this decision. I want to thank everyone who brought their car for display. It was a joy to meet and chat with each and everyone of you about your car. I am of the firm belief that it is the stories behind the car, the stories of the owners and their adventures with the car, that is of the greatest interest.

    The drive back.

    After lunch we again packed all our gear into the M5 and after saying our goodbyes we headed out of Melbourne. It was an easy drive along the Princes Highway to our overnight stop in Bairnesdale, where we enjoyed Tequilla margaritas at the local Mexican restaurant, of all places! In the morning we headed in the direction of Jindabyne. I had never driven this road across the border, and wanted to check it out. We drove through large areas of bushfire damaged forest, though there was a lot of recent regrowth.

    We drove up the scenic Galantipy road, passing through high country grazing country and then into the Snowy River National Park. We were wondering why there was so very little traffic, even for a Monday morning. Then we found our answer. The tarmac abruptly ended at the fork in the road at Wulgulmerang East, where it became the Snowy River road to Jindabyne. Luckily we still had phone coverage and could check how long the unsealed bit was! Unfortunately it is unsealed from there almost all the way to Jindabyne, over 100kms away!

    The other fork led to Bombala, but was also unsealed for the first 84km and looked quite sketchy, so we made the frustrating but inevitable decision to drive back the way we came, and head east to the Monaro highway to Bombala. Knowing that we had to be back in Sydney that night, let me just say that it was a lot quicker driving back down the road than on the way up!!

    We stopped for lunch in Orbost, which was really pretty and leafy. The snowy river was almost completely full of water, totally different to when we last saw it on the Zundschlussel drive in October 2015.

    During the day we saw three distinct types of scenery;

    • the coastal forests of east Gippsland between Orbost and Cann River
    • rolling high country steep grazing hills that could almost look like the hills district in Scotland
    • the inland section from Bombala to Cooma, which started off with rolling hills and trees, then became high treeless plains exceptionally good for driving visibility

    The Monaro highway driving to the NSW border on the Victorian side was pretty out of shape and was narrow with many blind corners and craggy rocks hanging near the side of the road. As soon as we were greeted by the giant sandstone NSW border sign, the road immediately widened, smoothed and the corners widened up. The difference was so dramatic that I actually could not even come close to doing the speed limit safely on the Victorian side because of all the ruts in the road, but the NSW side would be perfectly safe to cruise along at 130. This is one of the best roads I’ve driven in Australia, and absolutely perfect tarmac for the M5.

    We decided to stop in Canberra for dinner on the way back, and after finding a table at a very swanky new Italian restaurant about 5 mins from Parliament house, I turned around and was surprised to see none other than the deputy Prime Minister stood behind me. He went to join his QLD buddies down the back – George Christensen, Warren Entsch & Andrew Laming. Well didn’t this trip turn out to be full of unexpected surprises.

    A huge thank you to Jo, Graeme, Lawrence, Shaaron and the Drivers Club Melbourne committee and members for making this event so enjoyable.

    Until the next drive…

    Josh Davis & Edward Forgacs
    BMW Drivers Club NSW

  • 16 Dec 2020 4:00 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 11-13 December 2020

    11-13 December was the last chance to go racing for 2020 after an invite from the organisers of the Shannon’s Motorsport Australia Festival to E30 Racing to form a grid of E30’s. They also invited other, non E30 Racing spec BMWs to join them.

    This year has been so dreadful with so many months in lockdown. When we heard that there would be one last chance to race for the year, I think most members of E30 racing jumped at the chance to get their cars out on the track, and for some of our club members it was also one last opportunity to race in 2020.

    Graeme has spent so many years mentoring and nurturing new drivers on to the track, he has not been able to enjoy the fun of being out there with all the others very often, so this weekend he did too.

    There was only one small issue, did he have a car to drive?  With one of the Bell Motorsport cars being hired for the weekend there was of course his old E30, but that has a few issues that needed to be sorted before it goes racing again but with this little notice and this close to Christmas, time was going to be an issue.  So Jess offered up Gonzales (or Kermit as I like to call it), her bright green machine, for him to drive for the weekend.  It was a great opportunity for both of them as over the summer Jess' #30 will be getting a new heart and a few other things to make Jess race ready for a full year of E30 Racing in 2021. It was good for Graeme to drive it to see what else it needed before the start of the next season.  A number change was required though, as Graeme drives under #31.

    It was lovely to have Jess there helping her dad and be his pit crew, it has been a long time since the two of them have worked together this way.

    I am so proud to be part of this team, even though at the moment I am pretty much wheelchair bound, I did still manage to get up to pit lane to watch the fun on track. I have missed this so much and even though it was not a championship round, there was a lot of fun had out there, with the lead changing quite a bit.

    Graeme’s main aim for the weekend was to train 3 new drivers and show them the race lines and help them improve, but he did manage to give the old car a good run and didn’t do too bad considering the poor old cars’ engine is very, very tired.

    I am so proud of Graeme and the rest of our team, how they drove and how they all get on and look after each other as a team. The E30 Series is a really great series and I just love the friendships that are formed through racing and also officiating too, as we also had quite a few of our members out there on the flag points over this weekend.  Thank you, guys. Without you all out there, our boys and girls would not be able to enjoy this.

    If you have been thinking about getting your toes wet and wanted to go racing, E30 Racing is definitely the series to join and with many members able to help and guide you (like Graeme), the process is made a lot easier.

    Jo Mawson | Member #2
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 15 Dec 2020 9:15 AM | Anonymous

    Back in August 2018 at the German Auto Show when I was welcomed by a friendly bunch from a recently formed BMWDCM to display my old E12 with them for the day, I could never have imagined how many new like minded friends I would make and how many awesome events would be made available to me.

    I am very privileged to be a member of such a marvellous club and it is an honour to be the recipient of the 'New Member of the Year Award' for 2019. I look forward to seeing all my BMW mates in the new year.

    Andrew Brown | Member #226
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 14 Dec 2020 9:06 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 11-13 December 2020

    For those of you that haven't met me, not only am I a BMWDCM member, but I'm also a member of the VFT (Victorian Flag Marshalling Team). So, I attended the Motorsport Australia and MG Car Club Festival as a flag marshal and a part of the trackside team.

    It has been a good nine months since I was last trackside as a flaggie, although I did attend Island Magic at Phillip Island, in much cooler conditions in November. So, three days trackside in hot conditions after such a long layoff was a bit of a wakeup call on the body, but still very enjoyable.

    The whole event was a mashup of the Shannon's Nationals and the Victorian State Circuit Racing Championship categories with Excels, BMW E30's, MG & Invited British and Formula cars as well as a few prototype cars thrown in.  But there was a bigger emphasis on the Porsche's with the Porsche Payce and Michelin Cup, plus Porsche sprints.

    Because I'm involved with the VFT induction team, which is to do with new trainees, I had to check in with a few of the newer people we had with the trackside team over the weekend and make sure they had everything they needed.  We also had a couple of trainees who had finished their training and moved up to being a flaggie like the rest of us, so I also presented them with their VFT starter kit, which all new grade 4 flaggie's get on completion of their training.

    The whole event brought long days with them, but it was great to finish up Saturday and Sunday with the E30's racing! 

    Tim Oh | Member #538
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 12 Dec 2020 8:56 PM | Anonymous

    Schnitzer is a name very closely linked with the history of the BMW brand in international motorsport. For more than half a century Schnitzer Motorsport and BMW were in action on racetracks of the world together and celebrated superb successes in a variety of categories. This collaboration also played a significant role in shaping the sports performance and momentum of the BMW brand. Now this long, successful shared journey is coming to an end.

    Schnitzer is a name very closely linked with the history of the BMW brand in international motorsport. For more than half a century Schnitzer Motorsport and BMW were in action on racetracks of the world together and celebrated superb successes in a variety of categories. This collaboration also played a significant role in shaping the sports performance and momentum of the BMW brand. Now this long, successful shared journey is coming to an end. A review of victories, titles and triumphs from the 1960s to today.

    The success story of the original racing team founded by Josef and Herbert Schnitzer Senior and managed by his half-brother Karl ‘Charly’ Lamm started in the mid 1960s. Lamm’s twin brother Dieter Lamm was also given an important role; he was responsible for the team’s technical processes and logistics until his death in 2014. In the beginning, Schnitzer Motorsport celebrated titles in the German Circuit Championship and the European Hill Climb Championship with BMW racing cars. In 1975, Jacques Laffite won the Formula 2 European Championship in a formula racing car with a BMW engine.

    And so it went on: sports cars, touring cars, prototypes, GT racing – the list of triumphs that Schnitzer Motorsport and BMW have celebrated together in international racing is long and impressive. Schnitzer was European touring car champion three times in the 1980s. That was also when the streak of nine wins in the touring car races at the ‘Guia Circuit’ in Macau (MAC) started. Between 1989 and 2010, Schnitzer enjoyed victory at the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring five times and made a significant contribution to BMW being the record winner to date in this endurance classic. The same is true of the 24-hour race at Spa-Francorchamps (BEL), which Schnitzer also won five times starting in 1985. On top of that were the titles with Roberto Ravaglia (ITA) in the World Touring Car Championship in 1987 and in the DTM in 1989, as well as with Joachim Winkelhock (GER / 1995) and Johnny Cecotto (ITA / 1998) in the German Super Touring Car Championship.

    Hands down, the major highlights of the partnership also include the overall win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (FRA) in 1999 with the legendary BMW V12 LMR. It was with that prototype that Schnitzer also won the 12-hour race at Sebring (USA) in the same year. The team claimed the title in the GT standings of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2001. Between 2005 and 2009, Schnitzer competed as a BMW works team in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) and celebrated a sensational 25 wins as well as a total of 57 podiums.

    2012 saw Schnitzer return to the DTM as a works team with BMW – and together they celebrated a triumphant comeback year, with the driver’s title for Bruno Spengler (CAN), the team title for BMW Team Schnitzer and the manufacturer’s title for BMW. BMW Team Schnitzer was active in the DTM until 2016, with a successful record of 25 wins and 88 podiums.

    In recent years, Schnitzer continued their activities in GT racing, contesting the International GT Challenge (IGTC) among other series. The win with Augusto Farfus (BRA) at the GT World Cup in Macau is unforgettable. It was Charly Lamm’s final race as team principal before he handed over management of the team to Herbert Schnitzer junior. Lamm passed away unexpectedly just a few weeks later.

    In the 2020 season just finished, BMW Team Schnitzer returned to the podium of the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring under new management, finishing in third place with the BMW M6 GT3. As a result of the required realignment of the works-based team structure, the partnership with BMW Team Schnitzer will not continue.

    “We are very proud of having played a significant role in shaping international motorsport with BMW for more than half a century and of the respect given to Schnitzer Motorsport throughout the world,” said Herbert Schnitzer junior. “We are also very proud of the successes and titles that we celebrated together over the decades, in touring car racing, in GT racing, at Le Mans, in Macau and at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. We would like to thank BMW for the partnership spanning decades, and for the trust that was always placed in us. We really enjoy looking back on everything we have achieved with BMW. I think that collaboration as long-lasting and as successful as ours was with BMW is unique in motorsport. BMW was our life and our passion.”

    BMW Motorsport extends heartfelt gratitude to the Schnitzer family and the whole team for all the decades of successful collaboration.


  • 9 Dec 2020 12:40 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 6 December 2020

    The launch of the new M3 and M4 at Mornington BMW was a wonderful day out and a pleasure to attend for any BMW enthusiast.

    Both Mornington BMW and BMW Drivers Club Melbourne put on a spectacular event and display of M cars. Of course the G80 series M3/M4 were the stars of the show and it was a real treat especially as an M3 owner myself to see up close where the new generation of cars is headed.

    Thanks again to the club who as usual make every event fun and make it a joy to be considered a member.

    Andrew Bonaddio | Member #565
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 8 Dec 2020 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    Event date: 6 December 2020

    We had a great day at Phillip Island on Sunday for our last club track day for the year.  It was supposed to be Round 10 of our Traction Tyres/Yokohama Drivers Championship but thanks to COVID we cancelled the championship this year and just had some fun.

    The weather was thank typical of Melbourne, beautiful sunshine one minute then rain coming in sideways on the wind the next.

    It doesn't matter, any time at Phillip Island is a good time!  We can't wait to share with you our 2021 motorsport calendar!

    Graeme Bell | Member #1
    BMW Drivers Club Melbourne

  • 4 Dec 2020 10:50 PM | Anonymous

    Association Of Motoring Clubs Inc.
    Minutes of the 2020 Association Annual General meeting
    Held on Monday November 23rd via zoom
    There were 75 participants representing 67 clubs

    The meeting was chaired by President Iain Ross.
    Iain welcomed all delegates who have signed into the meeting.

    Apologies:  Administrative Officer Howard Billing reported the following apologies have been received:-          
    Bill Allen          Rover Car Club of Aust & Rover P4 Guild of Aust
    Geoff Meehan        Morris Car Club (Vic)
    Bill Ballard          Ford Owners, Restorers & Drivers Club
    Arthur Byron        Grampians Vintage Vehicle Club
    Peter Welten          Triumph Car Club

    Guests / Visitors:  Harry Duynhoven (NZ Federation of Motoring Clubs)

    The minutes of the 2019 Annual general Meeting (as circulated via email and published in the February 2020 AOMC Newsletter) were accepted as a true and accurate record on a motion moved Colin Jenkins (Triumph CC), seconded Rick Cove (EGHVC) and carried.

    Presidents Report:  Iain Ross noted that this has been a very different and difficult year for all. AOMC and club activities have been severely curtailed. We were lucky to be able to run the British and European Show in February before restrictions came into force, and the only face to face delegates meeting able to be held was way back in February.
    The AOMC have been unable to hold the usual seminars, National Motoring Heritage Day event or face to face delegates or committee meetings since. The Engine Number Records service has been curtailed and Howard Billing (AOMC Office Administrator) is currently working from home.

    We are looking forward to being able to hold meetings and run our shows and seminars again when the situation allows.

    Covid has bought some interesting things to the movement, and clubs have responded well, holding virtual meetings and garage sessions.

    The worldwide environmental movement, which is seeing countries introduce bans on the sale of new fossil fuelled vehicles from as early as 2030, may mean our vehicles and our use of them may be in danger.

    Five of our current committee members are retiring from their roles tonight, Martyn Bishop, Colin Jenkins, Bryan Langton, David Andreassen and Steve Young. Iain thanked them for the work they have put into the Association over the years they have been involved.

    Treasurers Report: 
    Angelo D’Ambrosio noted that this has been a challenging year for the AOMC and clubs. AOMC has returned a small surplus of $20,000 for the financial year ending June 30, 2020. The AOMC cash balance as at 30.6.20 was $190,000. The balance sheet has looked OK due to cost cutting measures.

    The accounts have been fully audited and a copy of the full final accounts are available for viewing if requested.

    The treasurer’s report was accepted on a motion moved by Angelo D’Ambrosio (Torana CC), seconded Colin Jenkins (Triumph CC) and carried.

    Subscription Fees for 2021/22.  
    Angelo reported that invoices for the 2020/21 year were held back and have only recently been sent out with a discount. He proposed that the fees for 2021/22 remain the same as the pre discounted 2020/21 fees.

    It was moved Iain Ross (VDC), seconded Andrew McDougall (Alvis CC) that the membership subscription fees be maintained at the pre discount amounts for 2020/21. Motion was carried.

    Auditor:  It was moved Angelo D’Ambrosio (Torana CC), seconded David Smallcombe (Morris Register) that the current auditor, Stephen Barker be reappointed for 2020/21. Motion was carried.

    Election of Office Bearers for 2020/21.

    Daryl Meek (Veteran CC) took the chair to conduct the elections.

    On behalf of the clubs and the movement in general, Daryl thanked Iain and his team for all of their work during the difficult Covid times. Also great thanks to Howard Billing for his work in the AOMC office.

    Daryl also noted that he has been surprised to have seen some of the more traditional, older clubs taking to zoom and other electronic formats during the Covid lockdown.
    Daryl referred to the recent FBHVC survey of the historic movement in the UK. In 2015 the results were an estimated worth to the UK economy of £5.5 billion.  Daryl used this data at the time to compare to the Victorian movement and estimated a net worth in Victoria of approximately $860million.

    The 2020 FBHVC survey showed an increased value of £7.2 billion to the UK economy, and using the same comparison as 2015, Daryl surmised that the value of the movement to the Victorian economy to be approximately $1.2 billion.  This highlights the need for effective peak body representation to reflect the importance of the movement to Victoria.

    As per the rules of the Association, all committee positions are declared vacant and nominations were called from the floor. Members can nominate themselves or be nominated by another delegate. The rules allow for 4 executive positions, President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary. They also allow for a range of 7 to 9 general committee members in addition to these executive positions to be determined at the Annual General Meeting..

    It was moved Keith Mortimer (Jaguar CC) seconded Andrew McDougal (Alvis CC) that the general committee consist of up to 9 members for 2020/21.

    Nominations have already been received for the following positions:
    President              Iain Ross                     (Vintage Drivers Club)
    Vice President:          Keith Mortimer             (Jaguar CC)
    Treasurer:                   Angelo D’Ambrosio     (Torana CC)
    Secretary:               Robbie Mihelcic           (Torana CC)
    General Committee:  Philip Johnstone          (Triumph Sports Owners)
                                        Peter Welten               (Triumph CC)
                                        Geoff Meehan             (Morris CC)
                                        John Ferguson            (Motto Guzzi Motorcycle Club)
                                        Andrew McDougal       (Alvis CC & Veteran CC)
                                        Allan Fabry                  (MG CC)
                                        Lawrence Glynn          (BMW DC)

    As well as these 7 nominations for committee, there is another delegate who has agreed to be co-opted for committee roles when required:
                                        Daryl Meek                  (Veteran CC)

    As there were no further nominations, Daryl announced that the above be duly elected for the year 2020/21.

    Iain Ross resumed the chair and then produced a presentation plaque from the AOMC and Clubs to be presented to Daryl Meek in recognition of his untiring work for the movement when with the RACV as Motoring Interests manager.

    Daryl responded that it is a shame that a program that has been 20 years in the making has suddenly come to a halt. RACV have indicated that they will still provide support to the movement.

    Iain reported that he has had discussions with the RACV and pointed out to them that the new system of grants will disadvantage clubs.

    Iain also noted that AOMC is still looking for representation from the American Vehicle field on the committee.

    Iain also reported that he has been approached by the Dept of Transport regarding starting discussions on a revision of the CPS. Conferencing to begin later this week.
    He also noted that the U.K. government have announced that they are barring the sales of new internal combustion engine vehicles from 2030.

    Events:  Clubs are looking patiently to organising events and meetings in the near future. All reliant on levels of restrictions, but we seem to be heading in the right direction. The AOMC has at present cancelled the British and European Show scheduled for February 2021, but will look at the situation after Christmas and maybe run it late in February.

    Chairman Iain Ross announced that the AGM for 2020 closed, and that the next AGM of the Association will take place on Monday November 22nd, 2021.

    He then asked for Delegates to give any reports or updates.

    Delegates Reports.
    Len Kerwood (Austin 7):  Len announced a change of date for next year’s Winton event. The V8 supercars have again taken the traditional date that Historic Winton is held, so it has been changed to the weekend of 22 and 23 May 2021.

    Len also asked if we had any links with heritage groups or the National Trust so that our vehicles can be properly recognised as historic.  Daryl Meek responded that there are currently some semi formal links.

    Andrew McDougal (Alvis CC & Veteran CC): FIVA have recently circulated 2 surveys. One is based around individual members and this survey has closed. The second one is based on clubs and is open for responses until December 15th. Andrew stressed that it is extremely important that clubs respond to the survey. All information gathered in Australia will be available for use in Australia, which would be very useful when lobbying government bodies. There will also be a third survey which will be based on money spent on service / parts / rallies / accommodation / etc.

    The Alvis National rally has been planned to take place in Victoria in April 2021 and to be based in Hamilton. They are still hoping to be able to run it in April.

    Keith Taylor (Chev CC):  If the Dept of Transport change the CPS eligibility from 25 years to 30 years, can we push them for a rolling change.

    Rick Cove (EGHVC):  announced that the Maffra Shed is open again.

    Harry Duynhoven (NZ Federation of Motoring Clubs):  In New Zealand, allclubs were asked to put on spontaneous events in the weekend after lockdown finished and raised money for charities.

    John Johnson (Volvo CC):  asked if there is any news on the Berwick Swap, is it going ahead?. There were several conflicting responses, with some delegates having heard it was cancelled and some that it was going ahead. Howard Billing checked the website which states it is still taking place.

    Philip Johnstone (Triumph Sports Owners):  The Engine Number Records service is almost back to full service. Philip has been busy clearing the backlog of requests received during Covid lockdown, which could not be processed as he could not attend the storage facility as it meant travelling more than the 5km allowed. There have been plenty of searches for Monaro’s, Torana’s, GT Falcons, Honda motorbikes and Land Rovers.

    The AOMC has the Springs Specification records now stored with the Engine Number Records. Philip has been sorting through them, and they are now ordered and he is starting to list them. The records run from 1923 to the 1970s and cover all imaginable vehicles.

    Iain Ross thanked Philip for all his work on this service.

    Tony Hall (Nissan Datsun Sports Owners): Club events did not decrease this year, as they held virtual cars and coffee events with up to 40 attendees. They have been so successful that the club plans to continue with these virtual events post Covid.

    Wandy McIntyre-Leak (Sun Country Historical Vehicle and Machinery Club):  Club has been holding small events since October based on the numbers allowed. Being regional they had less restrictions than Melbourne based clubs. At present, hospitality venues can host more people than an outdoor event. Need to record attendee’s for any contact tracing that may be required.

    Keith Mortimer (Jaguar CC):  All clubs should have a Covid safe plan, including recording names for contact tracing.

    John Johnson (Volvo CC):  No more news on an American car Show?  Iain Ross responded that AOMC are still searching for an appropriate venue that Shannon’s the major sponsor are happy with.

    Len Kerwood (Austin 7):  noted that his club is classed as a sporting club so they need to draft their Covid plan differently.

    Iain Ross thanked all for taking the effort of attending this evening and declared the meeting closed at 8.40pm.

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