Welcome to The BMW Club Southern Section

The Southern Section is both the oldest and youngest section of the Club. The BMW Club was originally founded in a pub in Guilford, Surrey and for a number of years, the headquarters was at Virginia Water, Surrey. After the HQ moved to London and regional sections began to be formed, HQ became the London Section.

By 1983, there were 14 regional sections and members from around the Guildford area voted to break away from the London section to form the 15th, and final section, the Guildford Section, which 5 years later became the Southern Section (please see BMW Club Sections map under 'Useful Links')

Godfrey Potter, Chairman, The BMW Club Southern Section
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  • Track Days News for November 2015 from Robert BensleyThe car track day at Snetterton on 6th December is now well over half full. If you would like to join in, please ...
    Posted 2 Nov 2015, 12:30 by Section Webmaster
  • Member Profile - Arthur Reid Arthur Reid
    Posted 3 Mar 2014, 13:37 by Section Webmaster
  • Member Profile - Godfrey (Godders) Potter I've a confession to make, i.e. that I'm a hypocrite. Well, because I readily deride people who are addicted to drugs, alcohol, cigarettes etc. on the basis ...
    Posted 28 Jul 2013, 15:22 by Section Webmaster
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Event Reports
  • Bahnstormer's Oktoberfest
    Richard Evans' bike at the Oktoberfest - one of the few allowed to actually park on Bahnstormer's forecourt

    Posted 17 Oct 2015, 12:06 by Section Webmaster
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Out and About
  • Airhead Mechanics Day

    Report by Dean Carpenter (Chippy)

    On Sunday 3rd April 15 members of the club turned up in Tidworth to attend the Airhead Mechanics Day that was organised by Richard Evans. We were blessed with fine weather and lots of bikes to look at, talk about and even a couple to fix. 


    Richard Evans briefed the massed crowds prior to the day commencing promptly at 10am. Stands included Richard displaying his R80GS and demonstrating servicing, carb setting up and anything else that was asked of him. Bob Denman brought along an old R Series frame to demonstrate head bearing removal but this proved to be unfruitful as it was in solid but it had been in the garden for 20 years. Mike Delacoe brought along some tools and manuals to browse through and for members to hire. These manuals proved handy when Fred Lee arrived having had to bump start his R100RS and after some investigating it was found to have a faulty starter relay. Electric schematics browsed showed that with a bit of solder it could be remedied enough to allow Fred's return to Yorkshire. A trip to Maplins and Halfords brought no success on a replacement relay but did have a positive outcome in replacing the rubbish solder that Chippy had in his garage. Fred rode off into the sunset at the end of the day. Torsten Gandvik brought along some "Black Museum" items to display showing all sorts off sheared off teeth and broken splines. Cliff Battley brought along an R80RT monoshock which he discovered had a problem with the clutch. After stripping it down, the general consensus, was that there was a piece missing and it was refitted to be taken away and compared to another clutch on a similar bike that somebody had.


    Everybody stopped for lunch at 1 o'clock and came inside to a superb buffet supplied by the catering dept, Trish Bond & Lesley Carpenter. They also supplied brews and cake, baked by Trish, throughout the day which were widely agreed to be extremely tasty. 


    It proved to be a very informative day and lots of knowledge was gained and given out by the time that everyone departed at 4:30pm. At the time of writing this Richard had already received a few e-mails from attendees stating that they had enjoyed the day. We think that this should continue throughout the year and also throughout the club with different sections offering to host the event as there is enough knowledge and experience out there to offer to everyone. I'm sure there are a lot more cake experts as well. We look forward to the next one. Keep a look out at the Airhead Section news on the Forum.

    Posted 7 Apr 2016, 15:31 by Section Webmaster
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  • BMW Motorrad 20/20 Promotion BMW Motorrad and the BMW Club have just agreed the BMW Motorrad 20/20 promotion. Thanks to Lee Nicholls at BMW Motorrad for making this happen and for supporting the ...
    Posted 3 Aug 2014, 14:45 by Section Webmaster
  • Bahnstormer Open Day - 27th October 2012 Bahnstormer Newsletter has just posted Bahnstormer Oktoberfest 2 - Saturday 27OctoberBahnstormer invite you to the second Oktoberfest day at the Alton dealershipwhere once again we cunningly blend the ...
    Posted 16 Oct 2012, 11:14 by Section Webmaster
  • Bahnstormer Open Day - Saturday, 21st July Please see our calendar, as well as the Oxford section blog (http://bmwcluboxford.com/?p=1574) for further details on this event
    Posted 15 Jul 2012, 16:31 by Section Webmaster
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BMW Club News

Recent News

  • Southern Section News - September 2016 You can tell the summer has come as July was a busy month.  There were 8 of us at Guildford Archery session on 9th July in ideal weather.   The club kindly supplied us with volunteers, and after kitting us all out with our equipment and bows and arrows, we were given the ‘safety talk’.  We were then let loose at the targets.  Practise makes perfect, or so we thought, but for some of us the arrows went all over the place.  They even needed a metal detector to find one of mine.  Anyway, with time we improved, and with the final tally, Richard Evans was the highest scorer, but he did have his own bow and arrow.  Erica was ...
    Posted 9 Aug 2016, 15:37 by Section Webmaster
  • Southern Section News August 2016 We had a brilliant weekend in Abergavenny.  This was very well attended and almost fully booked within days of the original details being forwarded by Erica.  As usual Dave and Myf Williamson did us proud, with a great hotel, good food and, John says, good Ale.  I didn’t go on the run, but I have included a write up from Bob Melvin.  ‘Fear could have easily spread across Abergavenny on Saturday 11th June as it must have looked like some sort of chemical incident as a rider emerged from his hotel room clad in an all-enveloping fluorescent yellow suit.  But no, it was just Bob Melvin in a lightweight rain suit worn in response to the prevailing ...
    Posted 7 Jul 2016, 13:09 by Section Webmaster
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