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THIS PAGE IS FOR SECTION AND CLUB RELATED NEWS AND NOTICES ( Please checkout the gallery and interest page for other BMW news and notices )





"Please come along to an event and introduce yourself, you will be made most welcome"









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If so read on........

SW Sect. member,
At the recent Blue Hills Easter camping weekend we were discussing riding to other Sections' camping weekends, so on receiving my new Journal (thanks Debbie) today I notice a couple that take my fancy, (well four actually!) :- On 16-18 May I'm going up to the Western Section's midweek do at Marlbank Inn, Welland WR13 6NA and then intend riding down to Dave's Ale & Wheels Rally weekend 19-21 May at Porthleven after.
On 30 June-2 July I'm going up to the Midland Sections' Barn Farm, Matlock DE4 2BL weekend and then after to the Northern Sections' midweek Rhayader LD6 5LB do.
Have a look at the events in the Journal and if you fancy going to any or all of them, book yourself in iaw. the Journal "Around the Compass" pages 30 & 31, then give me a ring on 01769 573258 or 07926 069777 or email me at  jamesisherwood551@btinternet. com  and we can arrange a meeting point.
Happy days. Can't wait. Ride safely,

Jim Isherwood



South West Section Photography Competition

Photo Competition
For South West Section members only
Awards presented at Section AGM.

To be judged by:-
Sally & John Robinson All entries direct to them at
Braemar, Greenway, North Curry, Taunton, TA3 6NQ

Tel. 01823 491550

Entries close 24th September 2017.

There are 4 categories.

1. HUMOUR, Any incident captured by the photographer that they thought was amusing – can include a caption.

2. S. W. NATURE, (scenery/wild life etc.) Picture taken in the S. W. Section area of countryside, farm animals, wildlife,
flowers etc. No bikes to be included in shot.

3. S. W. RUN EVENT, Any photo taken at a S. W. Section run event – not necessarily in the S. W. area but of the event itself.

4. BMW BIKE, BMW bike(s) road or race not necessarily owned by the photographer.

All photographs submitted must have been taken by the entrant who must be a full or associate member of the S. W. Section of The BMW club.
Entries to be submitted direct to the judges as a 7x5 print or a large jpg file suitable for printing.
Entrants can submit more than one photo during the year in any or all of the categories.
Entries close 24th September 2017. With winners advised before Section AGM.




Above : Snetterton race track in Norfolk

Monday, February 27th, Car day at Snetterton 300, for road legal vehicles. In order to make this attractive to first timers or novices, the first 2 hours will be run sessioned, then at 11.00 a.m, (all going well) it will be made open pit lane, with a period every hour suitable for the cautious drivers, more info upon entering. Cost for this event is £80 per car but £100 if it's shared with another driver, passengers free but a donation to the air ambulance charity will be encouraged on the day. As with our bike days there will be less vehicles taking part compared with a commercial profit making day. If you wish to join in this friendly day with a ‘club' feel to it please send a cheque for the appropriate amount, details of the vehicle you intend to drive, together with your name, address and a brief account of your driving on track experience. Payable to R Bensley, Oak Tree Farm, Heath Road, Banham, NR16 2HS, alternatively return this email with your details added and pay by bank transfer to sort code 40-19-18 account number 41541773.


Bike days are 19th June at Cadwell Park and 7th August at Snetterton, nearly the same price as last year £125 and £130, entry forms are still in the planning stage but I am accepting entries now, cheques to the BMW club address as above, or email and use sort code 20-01-09  account number 20089583, for payment, don't forget to give your name as reference. Official entry forms will be distributed as soon as they're completed. With social media playing a large part of everyday life, can I encourage you to send me a friend request or join our BMW club ‘ride friendly' track day group to be kept informed of events arranged at short notice, also feel free to share this information to any other parties who may be interested,


thanks R B.   

Please note above dates maybe subject to change.






In memory of our great friend Chris Crocker









You all should all be receiving the monthly section newsletter .

If you haven't, it means that we dont have an Email address for you or the one that we do have on the clubs database is wrong.

If you are not receiving it, please Email our membership secretary Phil Sampson with your up-to-date details

Please also check your spam/junk folders as your email client may treat it as such due to the volume of recipients .To make sure these notices are delivered to your

" IN" box mark them as" NOT" spam/junk .





If so, you have joined one of the most active motorcycle clubs in Great Britain if not the most active.
The South West section also happens to be one of the most active sections within the club, infact each year you have over sixty local events you can choose to join that have been organised by our dedicated section members and nationally you literally have hundreds to choose from.

I remember when I went along to my first event after being a member for a few months , it was a ride out led by John Dyke to Exmoor Zoo. Firstly joining any new club can be very intimidating! Becoming a newbie in any established group is hard, cliques have been formed over many years, everyone is getting on with what they are used to doing each time they meet, they all know each other and chat away like life long friends. I am not a shy person, but was hesitant about going along, it was actually my wife who gave me the push that I required and encouraged me to go.

So I Pulled up outside The Woodleigh Hall cafe at Cheriton Bishop and was the last person there ..Great !
There was a very healthy turn-out of members and the car park seemed to be stacked with BMWs and a few Japanese bikes too covering all years ( not everyone in the club rides a BMW you can join our club whatever you ride , first and foremost we are motorcyclists ). So in I went to a packed cafe full of club members and asked who was in charge ? John came up and shook my hand and offered me a place at his table.
I was made most welcome, everyone was talking to me about my bike and bikes in general , it was clear that this was a group of very keen motorcycle mad bikers. So here I am five/six years later and now a committee member and the section webmaster.

So if you are new, don't be shy, come along to an event and introduce yourself, you will be made most welcome.
Yes it will take time to get to know people, but many life time friendships have been formed within the club and a few marriages too !
But you will only become a real member by becoming an active member and remember! You will only get out of this club what you put into it!
So maximise your motorcycling and join an event, we are waiting to meet you.




Never attended a rally before ? New to camping on a bike ? If so we have compiled a rough guide to camping if you want to join one of our fantastic rallys ?





Good venues get booked out very quickly especially on a Sunday , this also makes it difficult for a lunch organiser to get the numbers right when making a reservation on behalf of the Club. Can we therefore ask anyone who is intending on joining a club lunch meet, to contact the organiser as a matter of courtesy to let them know they are attending, preferably at least two days in advance.



A huge thank you to everyone who particpated








It is with great sadness that we received the news today, of the passing of our great friend and long time section member Chris Crocker, who had battled prostate cancer for the past few years. Chris had been a member, committee member and for two years Chairman of the South West section. Chris had been at the forefront of organsing many events over the years and up to just two years ago, still organised our annual Concours D Elegance and Barbeque.

I first met Chris at one of his Mid Summer Rallies held each year at Tiverton RFC, he made me very welcome and was always on hand for great advice and was a larger than life character who always had a great story to tell with an infectious laugh .

Our thoughts at this very sad time are with his wife Sylvie and family.







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By far the easiest and most effective form of communication within the section is by Email.

The best way however, to be kept informed of new events or changes to events, is to make sure the Membership Secretary has your up to date and correct email address, many of the emails on the clubs data base are incorrect or no longer valid.

You can make sure The Membership Secretary has your correct email address on the membership renewal form.

If you DO NOT wish to receive communications via E mail please contact Don Rabson with the subject REMOVE and he will remove you from the mailing list.


As always Folks ,if you know of a member who does not have web access please keep them in the loop and pass on any changes to them.





Jim Isherwood is the South West representative for the Vintage and Classic Register and also the vintage and classic register R80ST and G/S specialist.
Membership of the VCR is available to any paid up member of the BMW Club and is free. (i.e. included as part of full membership)
All BMW motorcycles older than 25 years are eligible, so any manufactured before 1989.
He would like to invite all owners of eligible BMW motorcycles in our Section to contact him with the intention of getting together to attend SW Section events, having a beer etc.

Jims contact details are on the link below.





One of our two chosen charities for this year.




New events are always welcome, but please remember these must be organised through our social secretary Don Rabson. This is so we do not have a clash in events, ie: Two camping weekends or two ride outs at the same time. Don has the complete event calendar at his disposal and will be able to tell you what dates are free , he can then forward your event for publication in the journal and for the web site.






















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