The BMW Club Journal July 2018 – Oxford Section Report


BMW Club Oxford Section Report for May 2018

20thMarch onwards – Venue Change

Our Pub Social is moving home, please make a note of the new address: Tawny Owl, Taw Hill, North Swindon, Swindon SN25 1WR 

6thMay – Haynes Motor Museum Noel Robertson

Feedback on the day: Thank you Noel for a well thought out and very interesting route to the Hayes Motor Museum. You clearly put a lot of time and effort into the planning which was appreciated by all that attended. The route on the way home was led by Geoff Clough who was followed by the six amigos…… Fine scenery and a cracking pace well done!

12thMay – Cotswold Trundle by John Ottaway

They came from near and far (well Brackley/Banbury/Bicester/Reading and Swindon etc anyhow!) A mighty x9 bikes with riders and x1 pillion. A quick brief on the ride and off we went. Gently to start with as we had been forewarned of a police check just up the road. Surely not meant for us in the BMW club ?

An easy start on country roads which just got narrower and with more potholes on a bike …but I hadn’t bargained on Richard doing a ” loose follow ‘ in his Mercedes! He was lost off the back, half way round!

Luckily no traffic was against us, and steady progress was made out past Finstock and the quaint Old Minster Lovell onto the A40 Burford. Before turning off toward Bibury. HERE everyone could unchoke the bikes and exercise a few more horses! Legally of course. To our stop at Chedworth Farm Shop … (currently clear of the ‘gaggles of cyclists’ ) We swooped and dominated the tables as numerous ‘Bottomless Breakfasts’ were ordered to keep the staff busy. We gorged….. Some on Apple pie?

I had to call time here to get a move on . Richard was back with us and we were also joined by an odd couple from Swindon ( ‘Dilly’ and Tracy).
Off we set again …..only some miles later for Ian ( tail end Charlie) to be overtaken by Derek! Pssst …he had got left behind whilst in the loo. I’m thinking of ‘ docking’ Ian one of his pannier stickers ..but hey he’s only got a couple! …ahhhh.

Onto Winchcombe via hill and dale, Guiting Power then Stow and ROHAN.
We were warmly greeted by Rob, Karen and Belinda with cuppa and cake, before the shopping frenzy. Some purchased items ..others perused , until time called .

A great day out. Thanks all. We just need a social now to wear our new stuff.

Also, some of us may have exactly the same gear on…clue here ..I won’t be the thin one !! John

13th– 30thMay – Andalucía Trip – Steve Moxey

The Oxford Section trip to Andalusia went very well, with 14 attendees, including Martin and Gwen who are based near Malaga and hosted the trip. We started at Santander and visited Avila, Trujillo, Aracena, Cadiz, Barbate, Gibraltar, Marbella, Ardales, Lanjaron, Granada, Cazorla, Toldeo and Burgos, and many other places.

We certainly enjoyed some fantastic roads, thanks to Martin’s local knowledge. Thanks to everyone for making this such a good trip, and to Martin and Gwen for organising everything in Spain.

A full tour report will be appearing shortly

12th– 13thMay Weekend Ride – Daffyd Jones

I set off for the west coast of wales to a place called Rhoslefain to camp on effectively the beach after a heavy rain shower we were blessed with a fantastic sunset.

This morning I had the urge to head south and to a favourite site of mine near Weymouth at fleet looking over to Portland.

Sunday saw me set off towards Portland bill then through old Weymouth town and along the front to Presto then from there down to Lulworth.

Up to the barracks hook a left towards Lulworth castle then up on to the range road towards Tynham village which to my surprise was open so took a bumble down to the village had a wonder round.

Back on the bike heading for just the other side of Corfe castle found a lovely campsite how ever after a ride on the train and a walk back to the site the wind had picked up, so I thought well everything has to be packed back on the bike to move it round the site to find a less windy part, so I decided if the bike is packed let’s just head home a bit earlier than planned but overall a good weekend away.

27thMay – Bike Shed Chris Bond

230+ bikes, countless of the best builders and brands, music, entertainment and plenty of food and drink it’s the best show yet! 

Oxford Section Sat Nav Project and Survey

Earlier in the year we announced the start of the Oxford Section Sat Nav Project between the Oxford Section and North Oxford Garage. The aim of the project is to improve our collective knowledge of how to use our Sat Nav’s and to help members get the best from them.

We have produced an electronic newsletter, and now we are working on a booklet supported by a local dealer of top 100 tips.  The first of a number of workshops is organised for January addressing some of the issues identified by our members.

Drop me a line if you would like an insight into the results

Future Events: June / September 2018

June 1 – 2 Lechlade Camping Weekend Bridge House Camp Site

Lechlade GL7 3AG. Hawkins 01993 850862 or e-mail  for more details, please book camping direct with the campsite on 01367 242348

June 10 Ride out: Devils Dyke and Beachy Head. Meet Reading M4 Eastbound Services at 8.30 leaving 9.15Carl

June 25 Cassington Bike Night: John Broad

July 2 Ludgershall Bike Night: Section stand. Dave & Rosemary Hicks

July 7 – 8 ACU Rally: Carterton Checkpoint. Andy Lawson

July 7 – 14 Isle of Man: Staying at the Empress Hotel, Douglas. Rosemary Hicks

July 8 Ride out: Chichester (Tim Peak Space Museum). Leave Chieveley Services 10.00. David

July 10 John Wheeler Bike Night: Upton Recreation Ground (previously West Hagbourne). Section stand. Graham Chapple

July 22 Ride out: John Hillier

July 28 Calne Bike Event: Section stand. John Russ

July 29 Ride out: Nuffield Place, Henley on Thames RG9 5RX. Steve

August 12Brackley Festival of Motorcycling: Section stand. Dave Shanks

August 16–19 Red Kite Rally: Camping White Mark Farm,82 Hill Road, Watlington OX49 5AF. John Ottaway

August 19 Section BBQ: White Mark Farm, 82 Hill Road, Watlington OX49 5AF contact Dave & Rosemary

August 19 Ride out: Section BBQ Meet 11.00 Tim

September 9th: Ride Out Henk Gouws

Don’t forget to make a note of the dates from the trifold calendar that you wish to attend into your diaries, we will also be updating the website regularly and posting on Facebook.

Here’s to safe riding and some good weather.

Dave Tomlinson



Author: bobmack70