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  • 05 Nov 2020 13:34 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)



    A question was asked today "How do I cancel my registration to an event on the website?"

    I must admit, I didn't know.  Now I do!

    Here is how to do it...

    1: Log onto the website and click on your name to open "My Profile"


    2: Click on "My event registrations"


    3: Click on the date field below the event name


    4: Click on "Cancel Registration"


    5: Click the "Cancel Registration" button


    There you go.. If all else fails, check the contact page and ring the relevant committee member or me, the president..

    Thanks Gary 

  • 25 Sep 2020 16:13 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

    Mt Cotton Skid Video Pan HERE

  • 09 Jul 2020 17:09 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

    We have created a channel on Vimeo where we keep all of the videos from the recent past for everyone to find. Happy browsing..

    CLICK HERE FOR VIDEOS
  • 01 Jul 2020 15:18 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

                  VIDEO HERE            PHOTOS HERE                      Sunday, 28th June, 2020 was the day we held our first post-Covid lockdown social drive for BMW Club Queensland. Thanks to the great work of our drive coordinator, John Tait, we were able to structure the drive within the guidelines of the stage 2 rules.

    There were 3 groups, maximum of 20 people per group, separated by an hour on the road.  We headed west from Dinmore to south to Lake Moogerah for a short stop, then onto Boonah where we all split up to find lunch or have a picnic. It felt a bit strange not gathering at the end, but it was great to get out onto the road, even if there was a short section of roadworks and MUD...John Tait!

  • 19 Jun 2020 11:25 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

    The first event for BMW Club Queensland after the easing of Covid restrictions was a Skid Pan session held at the RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence at Mt Cotton on Saturday 13th June 2020.

    To maintain the safety of all participants, we were limited with numbers, so we ran two session of only seven vehicles.

    Thanks to Denis Weisz, our motorsport director for organising the day and our host Joel Neilsen, from Sports Driver Training for running the event.

    A special thank you to Maclaren Lamont for sharing his drone vision with us.

    Watch the Video HERE

  • 20 Mar 2020 16:27 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

    Who is....

    As you all would be aware, our normal has been thrown out the window which was evident by the cancellation of last Fridays meeting. We had planned to have John Tetley, Queensland Raceways CEO there as our guest for the evening.

    So, to keep the communication and information happening, we have decided to create a number of interview style videos with people who are significent to our club. 

    The first of which is John Tetley, hosted by Greg Tymms. We hope you enjoy the first of our series.

    BTW, we will be looking for people to talk to so if you have any suggestions, please let us know.

    Please click HERE to view the video.

    If you missed our FaceBook Live meeting replacement, HERE it is.

    And Februarys Bimmer Monthly HERE..

    More updates to come regarding future events etc...

  • 20 Feb 2020 09:31 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

    Every year, BMW Car Club America holds one of the biggest parties for BMW Enthusiasts. For its 50th anniversary, it was held in Greenville, South Carolina where there were car giveaways, cars and coffee, time distance rallies, track day at the BMW Performance Centre, BBQ, and so much more.

    There were a group of six members of BMWCQ who travelled to the USA to help celebrate their 50th. We were made very welcome and were invited to be guest judges at their Show of Excellence..Check out our recap of the entire week!


  • 20 Feb 2020 08:31 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

    On Monday this week, we took two special cars into the Brisbane BMW showroom in Fortitude Valley to support an event they are promoting. Flashback February is designed to highlight the heritage and history of the marque. There are all sorts of magnificent new cars on display there, but the whole showroom stopped and grabbed their phones to take photos when the Isetta drove in, followed by the E9 Alpina replica..



    These two cars will be on show until next Monday 24th, when we will change them over to two early ///Ms, a very special E24 M6 and ///My E36 M3. That week will obviously be based around BMW Motorsport.. If you get a chance, drop in and have a look and promote the club.



  • 19 Feb 2020 13:31 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

    From Our Aussie Abroad - Ian Branston:

    Most, if not all of us, will have attended some form of sporting event. It may have been tennis, soccer, football, cricket or all of the above, but at the end of the day there was usually a winner and a loser. In the moment of the event you can leave with a feeling of bitter defeat or the elation of success. However, over time these feelings get buried in our day to day lives and what we are often left with is not “the result” but the memory of being there. In other words – the experience.

    I have been fortunate enough to have participated in, or been a spectator, at numerous motorsport events all over the world – Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the US. What sticks in my mind as I recall these events always relates to my experience and not necessarily involves who won. Perhaps a reflection of the number of brain cells I have killed but let’s continue.

    The experience angle is perhaps why I am such a fan of long distance racing. The spectacle of being riveted to my seat for a sprint race or an F1 battle is certainly enjoyable, but my memories more often than not always defer to what I did or who I met rather than who won. In addition, longer races give me the chance to do more than just watch the cars on track.  It gives me the chance to wander the pits, change viewing points, meet friends and go to other behind the scenes activities on offer. 


    And so to the Rolex 24 hour at Daytona in 2020. Not only a back to back win for BMW Team RLL, but this was a race that was a battle for hour after hour with the last laps just as exciting as the first and a whole lot of stuff in between. The result was unmistakably fantastic but my long term takeaways or impressions go well beyond the on track activity.


    The late night and early morning sights and sounds are my favourite. Obviously the sound of the cars ripping down the log straights get my attention but a late night stroll through the infield provides sights and sounds all of their own. Wood smoke from all the fire pits, the sound of numerous parties among the sea of RVs combined with the back drop of the cars creates an incredible atmosphere.

                                        

    Watching the sunrise across the infield is always special, especially when you realize the race is far from over and there is still plenty of time to swap stories and meet with friends. Another thing that never ceases to amaze me is the generosity and approachability of the teams, drivers and owners during the pre race garage visits. It’s always great to hear from the drivers themselves about their expectations, for the race and the season. With the Bathurst 12 hour following soon after the Daytona race several drivers are always very keen to chat about Mt Panorama or their previous experiences at Bathurst.  If they have not raced there its very apparent they all want to!!


    This year, during our visit to the Turner Motorsport garage, we were given an intriguing insight into the strategic planning side of the race from Don Salama. Add this to some very excited drivers (Bill Auberlen, Augusto Farfus and John Edwards spring to mind) who were all eager to get racing but still had the time to chat and share stories and the garage visits remain a favourite and provide lasting memories. In fact this year, I was so interested in listening to stories (and getting models signed) I totally forgot to take the obligatory selfies!! No worries, I’ll catch most of them at the season finale at Road Atlanta.

      

    In the meantime, if you are eager for another long distance race, not quite as long as Daytona, there is always Sebring in mid March.  And that provides to a 4 hour race along with a 10 hour and a 12 hour. One day I to get the chance to experience this 3 race marathon.



  • 11 Feb 2020 23:37 | Gary Schweikert (Administrator)

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