There were various day drives in and around Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast, Maleny, Toowoomba and Somerset Dam. Many social events we held with wine & cheese night being one of the most popular.
Unfortunately, the club went into hiatus in 1978 when Horace moved to Mercedes.
In 1984, Rowan Stanfield and Danny Boon, who owned a 2002 and a E12 528i respectively, resurrected the BMW Club in Queensland. The first meeting was at City BMW which was also the Mazda dealership in Melbourne Street, South Brisbane.
There still weren’t that many BMW’s about, so it was decided to have a Club business card printed up. On leaving those cards on BMW’s, interest grew exponentially, by 1989, we had 119 paid up Members.
Highlights of those early years were the publication of a BMW Club magazine in 1987/88 and one of the first ‘National’ meets with visiting BMW Clubs from down south. This was held on the Sunshine Coast in 1989.
After gaining support from a few enthusiasts a new car club was formed, with all of 5 members to start. We had our first drive day in July 1973, with a trip up to Mary Cain Cross Park at Malaney, with a BBQ lunch. Ray Brown passed in 2018, he was the last remaining Member of the Club.
One was presented to the BMW AG Representative at the International Council of BMW Clubs Meeting in Germany in 1990
The club reached 119 Members by the end of the year. International Council of BMW Clubs was held in South Africa. Daniel Boon attended as “Observer
South Africa, Daniel Boon, BMWCQ #001 Attended as "Observer"
August 15 - 28 BMW club members from Queensland and Victoria toured BMW Munich, Mobile Tradition and Nurbergring.
BMW Club Queensland was incorporated in 1991, number: QLD IA09599. A special Gala Awards night was held at Sirromet Winery at Mt Cotton to celebrate our 30 year anniversary. 100 invited guests, past presidents, member and friends gathered to reminisce and share memories of our history. The Club is in a very healthy & vibrant condition and we hope that there are many more years of BMW’s, fun and camaraderie to come.
The first Club grille badge was circa 1986, which was not an approved design (we were unaware of such formalities), but we were enthusiastic and to make amends, one was presented to the BMW AG Representative at the International Council of BMW Clubs Meeting in Germany in 1990.
BMW AG decided to unify the logos for BMW Clubs worldwide so there was a basic design created with a space for the clubs name and symbol.
BMW AG refreshed the design of the logos worldwide with a new layout and guidelines for the use of our symbol and text.
BMW changed their roundel so it was time to update the design with a new layout and font. Because of the shape of the area for the symbol, the Queensland map would not fit, so we updated it but retained the sun and Motorsport colours for Queensland.
The 1974 BMW CSL 3.0 litre is one of the first works of wonder to spring from BMW’s sports car branches. The CSL made its debut in February 1975 at the 24 Hours of Daytona race. With minimal upgrades about a year later, CSL won its first of many victories at the 12 Hours of Sebring race.
The mighty M635 CSi was first launched in 1984 and right away, participated in the DTM race at the Zolder on 11th March. The sports car bagged around 4 victories. Later in the race series, during the Driver’s Championship, it was with the magnificent M635 CSi that the famous Volker Strycek was able to achieve his win.
Designed to participate in the Australian Super Production Series, about 15 exclusive BMW E36 M3-R edition cars were launched. This car boasted a power output of 240 KW and left the crowds awe-stricken.
Developed in 2001 and updated in 2004, the BMW M3 GTR was one of a kind. With a V8 making 493 hp engine and Vmax of 280 km/h, this model achieved car race victories throughout the world. With its exceptional engine, speed and functionality, this motorsport vehicle is a favourite among the BMW fans.
Programmed with cutting-edge technologies and brand-new concepts such as transaxle, driveshaft, axle assembly and transmission integration, the BMW M8 GTE is one of the most successful motorsports models developed by the brand. What adds to its specialness is that the M8 GTE is also the winner of the Daytona 24 hour race, making it one of the most sought-after models.
Based on the model of the highest award of Friend of the Marque that can be bestowed on a Club Member by BMW Clubs International, BMW Club Queensland has its own version known as Friend of the Club and is nominations are on individual merit.
This is in recognition of a club member who has not necessarily been on the Committee as such but has substantially over a long period of time, contributed to the club at a high level with their participation in many aspects of club life. This personifies the essence of a Friend of the Club and has been duly recognized for their efforts.
The official founding date of the German motor vehicle manufacturer BMW is 7 March 1916, when an aircraft producer called Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (formerly Otto Flugmaschinenfabrik) was established. This company was renamed to Bayerische Motoren Werke (BMW) in 1922. However, the BMW name dates back to 1917, when Rapp Motorenwerke changed its name to Bayerische Motoren Werke. BMW's first product was a straight-six aircraft engine called the BMW IIIa. Following the end of World War I, BMW remained in business by producing motorcycle engines, farm equipment, household items and railway brakes. The company produced its first motorcycle, the BMW R32, in 1923.
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Motorenwerke's engine-production assets were transferred to Bayerische Flugzeugwerke in 1922, who adopted the name the same year. BMW's first product was a straight-six aircraft engine called the BMW IIIa, designed in the spring of 1917 by engineer Max Friz.
Following the end of World War I, BMW remained in business by producing motorcycle engines, farm equipment, household items and railway brakes. The company produced its first motorcycle, the BMW R32, in 1923.
BMW's production of automobiles began in 1928, when the company purchased the Automobilwerk Eisenach car company from Gothaer Waggonfabrik. Eisenach's current model was the Dixi 3/15 a licensed copy of the Austin 7 which had begun production in 1927. Following the takeover, the Dixi 3/15 became the BMW 3/15, BMW's first production car.
In 1968, production of the BMW M30 engine began, BMW's first straight-six engine since World War II which would remain in production for 24 years. This engine coincided with the launch of the New Six large sedans (the predecessor to the 7 Series)and New Six CS large coupes (the predecessor to the 6 Series).
The 1978 BMW M1 was BMW's first mid-engined sports car and was developed in conjunction with Lamborghini. It was also the first road car produced by BMW's motorsport division, BMW M. In 1980, the M division produced its first model based on a regular production vehicle, the E12 5 Series M535i. The M535i is the predecessor to the BMW M5, which was introduced in 1985 based on the E28 5 Series platform.
The 8 Series range of large coupes was introduced in 1989 and in 1992 was the first application of BMW's first V8 engine in 25 years, the BMW M60. It was also the first BMW to use a multi-link rear suspension, a design which was implemented for mass-production in 1990 E36 3 Series.
The purchase of Rover was not successful. Already struggling after years of industrial disputes, Rover had a poor reputation but in trying to improve its image it would become a rival to the BMW market segment. BMW found it difficult to reposition the English automaker alongside its own products and the Rover division was faced with endless changes in its marketing strategy.
BMW's first SUV, the X5, was introduced in 1999. The X5 was a large departure from BMW's image of sporting "driver’s cars", however, it was very successful and resulted in other SUVs being introduced, such as the smaller X3 in 2003.
2003 Rolls-Royce Phantom was the first Rolls-Royce vehicle produced under BMW ownership.This was the end result of complicated contractual negotiations that began in 1998 when Rolls-Royce plc licensed use of the Rolls-Royce name and logo to BMW, but Vickers sold the remaining elements of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to Volkswagen.
BMW's first mass-production turbocharged petrol engine was the six-cylinder BMW N54, which debuted in the 2006 E92 3 Series 335i model. In 2011, the F30 3 Series was released, with turbocharged engines being used on all models. This shift to turbocharging and smaller engines was reflective of general automotive industry trends.
BMW released their first electric car, the BMW i3 city car, in 2013. The i3 is also the first mass-production car to have a structure mostly made from carbon-fiber. BMW's first hybrid sportscar (and their first mid-engined car since the M1) is called the BMW i8 and was introduced in 2014. The i8 is also the first car to use BMW's first inline-three engine, the BMW B38.