Recent Club Events:

Classic Cars & Coffee Sunday 9 April

A very enjoyable Sunday morning with 15 members and their partners attending followed by breakfast in Nedlands.

150 cars of various makes and models ranging from BMW, Porsche, Mustang, Aston Martin and Bentley turned out on a beautiful sunny Sunday as WA does so well.


BMW Club WA Centenary Show'N'Shine

Our traditional Club Show'N'Shine was held on the banks of the Swan in Peppermint Grove as a car display and club picnic. This year it marked 100 years of the BMW marque, so classic and special edition cars were particularly honoured. We put on our best-ever display of club cars, with examples from right across the range of classic and modern BMWs. Prizes were awarded to the best-kept BMWs in a range of classes and this year we had more prizes than ever for Members who entered their cars into the judging.

Club Sponsors participated including vehicle displays and prizes from Westcoast BMW. Michael from Diamond Cut Wheel Specialist and Doug from Auto Pro Dent Removal were also available to give advice on any imperfections owners might have had with their BMWs.



The following link will take you to a short film of our 2016 Show'N'Shine.

Thank you to everyone that participated and made the event an enjoyable day and great success.

https://youtu.be/aHnsI7_dOqw

The following link takes you to a great short film made by AJ Film and Photography of some of the BMWs on display at the 2015 event: https://www.facebook.com/ajfilmandphotography/videos



The judges' scores were very close for the best-kept BMWs, with may beautiful examples of the marque on display. but in the end John Cokis's immaculate and original E28 528i came home ahead.



John was presented with a BMW Driving Experience prize for owning the Best in Show BMW from Westcoast BMW, a fantastic prize for the effort John had put in.


Allan Perry was the winner of the People's Choice award, with the most votes from members of the public for his recently acquired Verona Red E34 535i MSport. Allan's prize was presented by Margie Smith-Haas, a visiting friend from BMW Club USA and former Le Mans Porsche driver.


Como Rotary Club Car Show

Display your BMW at the Car Show, in amongst 100s of other classic cars of all shapes and sizes, as part of a fundraiser for worthy causes. Or alternatively, just come along and admire all the cars on display for charity.

Club members can put their vehicles on display, then go and have coffee, brunch, lunch, arvo tea or even a beer or wine or two in any one of the myriad local cafes and bars on Angelo Street, on a beautiful spring day.

This year's Club display will be part of our local homage to BMW's 100 Years Celebration so we are looking to show off as wide a range of BMWs as possible. The cars shown here were part of our dozen on display last year - let's top that this year.







 



Westcoast BMW Technical Morning

On Saturday March 18 Westcoast BMW turned on the hospitality and provided members with a variety of opportunities to indulge their love of all things BMW.

Around 30 members were greeted at the immaculate showroom with delicious morning tea and an opportunity to see and touch the full range of new cars. After some brief introductions members  were left in the care of Master Technician Marcel who gave a hands on discussion on the evolution of the VANOS system that has been seen on BMW’s petrol engines for 25 years, after debuting on the e36.  A range of vehicles from e36 to e92 were on display and Marcel discussed and demonstrated how the VANOS technology has progressed over various engine generations and the specialised diagnostics that can be run to monitor their performance.

The choice of the day was fortuitous as well as it coincided with the official launch of the all-new 5 Series sedan which features a large portion of the incredible technology already seen in the 7 Series.  Members were able to have a close look at the new 530i demonstrator and a detailed description of the systems on board was given by the sales team. The level of autonomous driving ability of the new car is astounding!

The hospitality was extended further with $150 in gift cards given away in a raffle as well as providing once off special discounts on parts and accessories.

Special thanks to the staff at West Coast BMW for their hospitality for a great morning.

Visit to Westcoast BMW

Stuart Mackay, General Manager of Westcoast BMW invited the Club Committee to hold its monthly planning meeting at their first class facility in Wangara, Western Australia. During our visit we received a briefing by Westcoast’s Service Manager, Stephen Botha, on recent changes made by BMW Group Australia to the price of servicing and parts for BMWs including older models. Competitive pricing and manufacturer warranty on parts offer advantages to Club Members. Westcoast’s technicians work not only on the current state of the art BMWs, but have a passion for older models.

 For the last 4 years the Westcoast Service Team has ranked Number 1 in Australia for customer service satisfaction within the BMW Dealer Network. To be eligible for discounts BMW Club members must show their 2015 Membership Card to the Service Team.

 For more information contact Stephen Botha on telephone number 9330 5888, email enquiries to service@westcoastbmw.com.au




BMW Club WA Annual General Meeting and Christmas Lunch

Fifty-something members, partners and offspring braved the unseasonally wintry weather on Sunday 6 December to attend the Club's AGM and catered picnic lunch at The Houghton Winery in the Swan Valley.

The winery was very helpful in allowing us to establish ourselves alongside the old homestead building and erect some shelters in case the rain and wind intervened. This, coupled with our planning committee's response to the weather forecast of bringing every gazebo and shelter dome we could lay our hands on, meant that we were prepared for almost anything.

Ultimately, the forecast of "showers, easing" came true and we were able to picnic on chicken and salad with fruit mince pies for afters without any significant interruptions from the weather.

President John Slade brought us all to order for the AGM and the Agenda was progressed with unanimous support. John and his Committee were re-elected for another year and some minor changes to the Club Constitution were adopted.

Under the heading of General Business, a motion was passed unanimously that longstanding Club member John Oppermann should be awarded Life Membership for his outstanding service to BMW Club WA, and he was presented with a commemorative certificate. John is currently  a Committee Member and our Historic Vehicles Registrar, but has been a long-term President and led the rebuilding of the Club from a low point in the early 2000s towards its now strong and healthy status among the Australian BMW Clubs.John's well-deserved life membership was supported unanimously by the members present.

It was great to see such a large turnout on a day that could easily have deterred many members and it was especially pleasing to meet a number of new members and their partners, for whom it was their first Club event. We look forward to catching up again early in the new year when the Club rolls out the first events on its 2016 calendar.

Club Tuning Day

Sixteen Club members, with 15 BMWs and a Golf, presented themselves at the appointed time on Saturday 02 May, for a briefing, some instruction and then some hot laps at the RAC Driver Training & Education Centre.

BMWs on the track ranged from an E30 track car and an E28 535i, through a wide range of Motorsport and M cars to a brand-new 650i coupe. Peter T had a great time bedding in his 1-week-old black beast.

Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and the cars seemed to appreciate the opportunity to stretch their legs in a safe and legal environment. The availability of instruction was welcomed by all the participants, who were able to check their skills and techniques with an expert before they went solo.

More words and pictures will appear in the next edition of B'EMMING. The Club hopes to run at least one more of these events in the coming months.










Introducing the BMW M6 GT3 to Perth - a Q&A Session with Steve Richards at Auto Classic

Forty-three Club members took advantage of an invitation from Auto Classic to view the mighty M6 GT3, in town for the upcoming round of the GT3 Championship as part of the V8 Supercars round at Barbagallo Raceway. Driver Steve Richards was on hand to describe his team's involvement in developing the GT3 and racing it in Australia as part of BMW's re-entry into motorsport in this country.Steve's involvement echoes that of his famous father Jim, who raced 635s and M3s for various BMW teams in the 1980s.

Thanks are due to Auto Classic for inviting us to what was a great evening and to Steve Richards for answering all the questions thrown at him, for posing for innumerable selfies and staying on right to the end to talk with the fans.





The following link takes you to a superb short film made by John Crofts from AJ Film and Photography and shows the wonderful display of cars at the event start point, including some of our Club BMWs.

 https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=885894311473567&set=vb.640940749302259&type=2&theater



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