A somewhat delayed Monthly News following the Club AGM, BMW Clubs Australia AGM (as Chair) and first 2019 (new) Club Committee Meeting interspersed with Club rides, rallies and a 3000km loop through northern NSW with son Mitchell (Ducati ST4s) over the Easter - Anzac week concluding with the Autumn Leaf Rally last weekend. My remaining spare time @home saw the start on new barrels & pistons for the R100RS, continuing its theme of taking and not giving, as in wanting to be ridden.
The AGM member turnout suggests you are all happy with the Clubs direction and activities. So please join me in welcoming (new member) Peter Roughley as Ride Coordinator, Steve Hay taking on Social Secretary and Kim Tito the all-important Public Officer roles. Continuing committee members include Ron Tito (Vice President), Bob Eccles (Treasurer), Mike Kelly (Membership), Martin Robertson (Secretary) and me as your President and continuing Chair BMWCA.
Peter has already planned a number of rides and re-engaged with Rolfe BMW who have provided some 'lucky ride' prizes for riders on that ride. Look for these and details on What's On. Who is BMW Clubs Australia? Your Club is a foundation member of BMW Clubs Australia the umbrella entity for Official BMW Clubs in Australia and part of BMW Club and Community International (BCCI) with over 200,000 club members worldwide and headquartered in BMW Classic, Munich Germany.
As an Official BMW Club, we receive financial support from BMW Group Australia in the form of PESP (Principle Event Support Program) that provides in-part raffle prizes to your Clubs Kosciuszko Rally in its 38th year and has allowed the Club to donate over $1000 annually to charity. Most recently the Royl Doctor Flying Service, that all important friend and essential service to the adventure rider and outback community.
As a member of an Official BMW Club and if you are traveling to Munich the Club can request on your behalf BMW Classic support in getting you personalised access to and tour of BMW Classic and BMW Weldt (museum). BMW Classic staff are very generous with their time and appreciate the distance Australians in particular have to travel in getting to Europe. Want to know how generous? Catch up with Martin Robertson at an event and ask of his 2017 tour experience. I have requested support on behalf of three members visiting Munich this June and European summer and look forward to hearing of their experience. Lastly, the request must be made before you travel to Munich, through the Club to BMWCA and is subject to BMW Classic conditions, for example particular times and/or dates available.
Concessional Registration Scheme (CRS). If you do not own a BMW motorcycle that is 30 years old then this part will be of little interest. If you do, then chances are your bike may already be on CRS and you a member of the Veteran Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Club or one of the other CRS approved Clubs in Canberra.
I have applied for and our Club granted affiliation with the Council of ACT Motor Clubs to operate a CRS for financial Club members. There are strict legal requirements on owners and riders of CRS motorcycles and a member only web page will be online shortly. The intention for our Club CRS owners is to enable them to undertake longer rides than those currently planned by other CRS Clubs. We will also extend an invitation to other CRS Clubs and their members to join our rides. All Club rides are open to any member and bike including those targeting CRS owners.
Finally and as always, the Club is only as successful as members choose to make it. Your committee are volunteers but one measure of success is participation in events by members. If the option is there to register, please do, as that makes the coordinators role that much easier.
Enjoy your ride
President & Chair BMWCA