Nationals 2013


From the BMW Clubs Australia Nationals 2013 Organising Committee, we would like to thank all of the members for making this event such a huge success.



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Well another BMW Clubs Australia Nationals has been completed and going by the many accolades received, it may have been the best Nationals to date. Certainly attendance wise I think it would probably set a new record. Every National Rally is unique in its own way and even though there is a basis of Show and Shine, Motorsport, Touring and Evening Events, it is then up to the host Club to put its own spin on how these events are handled. By basing this year’s National Rally at Phillip Island, I think we encompassed an ideal location to spend the weekend soaking up all that Phillip Island and the surrounding district has to offer and attempt to make it a friendly event that could be shared by the BMW families of Australia.

A summary of events and attendances are as follows:

Friday Night Meet and Greet Cocktail Party
Even though every Nationals tries to have this event around the resort’s swimming pool it always seems to end up being inside due to impending inclement weather. Likewise for us. 85 adults and 13 children enjoyed a gourmet BBQ dinner and drinks in a more formal atmosphere at the Silverwater Resort.

Saturday Celebration of Excellence
Over 60 beautifully presented BMWs were lined up on the grass area in front of Silverwater Resort overlooking the water where 49 of these cars were judged for the Celebration of Excellence. There was a full range of vehicles from the 1958 Isetta through to the very latest 2013 E92 M3. Every class was very well represented with Stewart Garmey taking out Best of Show with his E28 M5 with 426.5 points out of a possible 500.

Saturday Night Nobbies Dinner and Penguin Parade
A trip to Phillip Island is not complete without going to see the penguins. 93 adults and 13 children boarded buses to be transported to the Nobbies Function Centre for a buffet dinner and then on to see the fairy penguins come home to roost. This was the only time that bad weather played a part. Fortunately it only really rained heavily when we were inside behind glass and we were able to put up with the slight drizzle when watching our furry friends make their way out of the sea, over the rocks and up the beach to their waiting chicks.

Sunday Motorsport Event
Again the weather was kind to us with a bit of drizzle in the morning to dampen the track, however it remained fine for the rest of the day to ensure some good lap times were recorded with Endree Saade having the best time of 1:46:1584 in his E36 Turbo. 63 competitors took to what is arguably the best circuit in Australia, namely the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Going by the smiles I am sure everyone had a good time.

Sunday Touring Event
54 adults and 2 children went on a Sunday Convoy Cruise through the rolling hills of South Gippsland to the historic village of Loch for morning tea and then on to the RACV Inverloch Resort for a sumptuous buffet lunch of local produce. On the way they collected playing cards to form a poker hand and after a few shenanigans with cards being traded to try and get an upgrade to a better poker hand the winning hand was held by Carol and Belinda Kilner with three aces and two tens.

Pace Car Laps
After lunch the Touring Group ventured back to watch the end of the Motorsport Event at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. 20 cars then lined up for their chance to do some Pace Car Laps around the circuit at a more sedate speed, however a lot faster than what you can legally drive on public roads. Once again the smiles on the faces of the drivers told the story. Even the passengers were able to look at the fantastic views that can be obtained from driving around the best circuit in Australia.

Sunday Presentation Dinner
Silverwater Resort catered for 109 adults and 9 children to a formal three course meal in their Churchill/Flinders room where the winners of the Celebration of Excellence, Motorsport and Touring Events were announced. Plenty of beautiful trophies and door prizes supplied by our sponsors were handed out. The BMW Drivers Club of NSW won the Club of the Nationals with 55 members attending 191 events, giving a total of 760,172 points. A special presentation was made to Jenna Patan who went above the call of duty in her role as registration secretary and sponsorship organiser. Finally the banner was handed over to the BMW Drivers Club of NSW who will be hosting the BMW Clubs Australia Nationals in 2015.

Monday Stayers Go Kart Event
For those not in a hurry to leave for home, Go Karts at the miniature Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit was organised. 30 people raced around in two groups with Christian Fitzgerald the fastest. I now know that being light is certainly advantage in go karting. Once again there were smiles aplenty. 

Monday Stayers Museum and Lunch
37 others stayed on to view the excellent Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit Museum followed by gourmet rolls and wedges for lunch. Final goodbyes and hugs all round took place prior to everyone departing their separate ways, all vowing to catch up again in 2015.

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank those on the Organising Committee for putting their heart and soul into organising the various events over the weekend. Fortunately most were also on the BMW Car Club of Victoria Committee. This made liaising between the two committees very easy and they include: Jenna Patan, our Registration Secretary. She kept the communications flowing to everyone in the lead up to the weekend, put together all the great registration bags and organised most of the sponsorship. Rod and Val Smith arranged the magnificent Silverwater Resort for the accommodation venue and also organised Friday Night’s Meet and Greet Cocktail Party and Sunday Night’s Presentation Dinner. Scott Muir conducted Saturday’s Celebration of Excellence. David Lumb organised a great family event with dinner at the Nobbies Function Centre followed by viewing of the penguins coming home. Our Motorsport Captain arranged the Motorsport Event to perform timed sprint laps of the famous Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Rod Bateman and Graeme Eime were involved with procuring the trophies for the events and Wendy Eime printed all the nametags.

As well as chairman, I took on the role of organising the Touring Event through the rolling hills of South Gippsland to the RACV Inverloch Resort for lunch as well as arranging the Monday Go Karts, Museum and Lunch.

It would be remiss of me not to also mention our sponsors starting with:

  • BMW Group Australia for providing the M135i and many items for the registration bags.
  • BMW Clubs Australia for providing the water bottles.
  • BMW Car Club of Victoria for general financial support.
  • Mornington BMW for the Motorsport trophies and various items for the registration bags.
  • Southern BM and Evolve Technik for the Celebration of Excellence trophies.
  • Silverwater Resort for one of the major door prizes.
  • Doncaster BMW and BMW Melbourne for many items for the registration bags.
  • Shannon’s Insurance for supplying the sample bags.
  • Driven Threads for the door prizes.
  • Grime Boss Hand Wipes for the wipes in the registration bags.
  • Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm for some family passes.
  • 3M Automotive Aftermarket Division for the Celebration of Excellence prize packs.

Overall we had 200 people attend 584 individual events over the weekend which I am sure was enjoyed by all. It proves that the BMW Clubs Australia movement is alive and strong and that we all want the National Rally events to continue well into the future.We all look forward to the 2015 BMW Clubs Australia Nationals hosted by the BMW Drivers Club of NSW and the ACT.

Tony Whelan,
Chairman BMW Nationals 2013 Organising Committee
Secretary & Public Officer | BMWCCV