50th Anniversary Issue 2017
50th Anniversary

    Hello and Welcome...

... to this Special Edition Newsletter commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Oxford Section of the BMW Club. We have feature articles on how the Section was created, comparisons of bikes and riders ‘then and now’ and details of the special 50th Anniversary events during the year and details of stickers and regalia available to help celebrate the 50th Anniversary. On behalf of the Oxford Section we hope you will enjoy delving into our history. We have travelled a long way in 50 years, and Oxford is now the largest section of the BMW Club. The photo of the Doc’s Day Ride-out in the newsletter header shows that our Ride-outs have always been very popular! We shouldn’t rest on our laurels though and as we take our first steps into our next 50 years our efforts in delivering a varied programme of events and friendly activities will, I am sure, secure our continuing success!

As always we are dependent on your contributions for articles so please get out your pens (or keyboards!) and send your ideas to

We hope to see many of you at our 50th Anniversary events during the year.

Geoff Clough - Oxford Section Newsletter Team
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Oxford Memories

Oxford memories
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Oxford Section Celebrates 50 Years

Mince Pies!

The records are not very precise about our “birthday”. What we do know is that an inaugural meeting was held at Easter in 1965 attended by Trevor Jones, Jack Gibbs, Pat Moxon, Tim Stevens, Peter Dear and Percy Curtis. You can read more by following the link below.

Dates for your Diary

19th February  - Sunday Lunch at Crendon Indian Cuisine, Long Crendon, 11 The Avenue, Long Crendon, Aylesbury HP18 9AA, 12.30 for 13.00

This Indian restaurant comes highly recommended by our tasting team and offers a Sunday Buffet (all you can eat and a dessert) at £8.90 per person. Advance booking essential to ensure you can be accommodated. For more details contact Rosemary Hicks

19th March - Sunday Lunch at Windmill Carvery, Astall, Burford, OX18 4HJ, 12:00.

Bob Mack is kindly organising this meal for us. Cost is £21.00 for three courses or £17.95 for two courses. Advance bookings only please. For further details contact Bob Mack

2nd Apri - Sunday Lunch at Hongxin Chinese, Pepper Box Hill, Peatmoor, Swindon SN5 5EZ. 12:30.

Martin Skennerton is our contact and a buffet style all you can eat menu is available for £11.90. For further details contact Martin Skennerton

Saturday 15th July - Barn Dance at Wootton Village Hall.  19.30

We will have a caller and band together and a light supper; no bar - just bring your own booze (or visit nearby off licence). Soft drinks available. Why not try your hand (or feet!) at barn dancing? Yee Haa!!! For further details contact Wendy Ottaway

4th November - Dinner Dance at The Oxford Belfry Hotel, Milton Common, OX9 2JW 19.30.

This is our showpiece event to mark the 50th Anniversary. As well as the dinner, there will be special presentations to mark the occasion. Special rates have been negotiated for those who wish to stay overnight. For further details contact Geoff Clough

BMW Oxford Club Events >>

50th Anniversary Dinner Dance

The Belfry

The Oxford Section will hold the 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance at The Oxford Belfry Hotel, Milton Common, Thame OX9 2JW. Please click on the link for more details!


50th Anniversary Barn Dance

Barn Dance

As part of our 50th celebrations we will be having a Barn Dance at Wooton Village hall, time to dust off your Cowboy boots (or motorcycle boots?) Please click for more details.


50th BBQ and Camping Weekend

Red Kite Camping Weekend

John and Wendy Ottaway have kindly arranged a camping weekend 18th to 20th August at White Mark Farm near Watlington. This site will also be the location for our annual BBQ on Sunday 20th August.

Meet The Members - Ian Dobie & Daffyd Jones
Ian Dobie & Daffyd Jones
Can it really be 50 years since the Oxford Section started operations? Well one thing we still have in common with the 'good old days' is MEMBERS! A double helping for the special issue: one of our most experienced members Ian Dobie and one of our youngest Daffyd Jones. You can read more by following the link below (if you dare!).
50th Anniversary Regalia
Geoff Clough
Did you know you can have one of these for LESS than FOUR of the OTHER - you know it makes sense! We have lots of 50th Anniversary Regalia offers. Please click to read more and order!
More 50th Regalia >>

Then & Now Motorcycling


Compared with fifty years ago, what’s changed? Not a lot according to Dave Shanks our intrepid reporter! In his view two wheels are still the best thing on earth providing they have a suitable engine attached. Please click to read more.


Then & Now Road Test


If a cartoonist were to draw a caricature of the BMW opposed-twin he would probably conceive of it as a low flying one man cargo plane, skimming along above the road surface, using its horizontal cylinders as stubby wings. The Bee-Em is a travelling man’s machine and back in 1967 the “travelingest” one of the series was the 593cc R69S. Please click to read more.


Bahnstormer Motorrad 10th Anniversary

Bahnstormer Motorrad

Bahnstormer Motorrad are celebrating their 10th Anniversary as well in 2017, click Read More to read an article from Alistair Walker and John Gilbride which tells some of the history of Bahnstormer Motorrad. Congratulations to Bahnstormer and GOOD LUCK for the next 10 years!

In The News - 1967!
Kindergarten Kosovo
Norton Commando
In 1967 Norton launched the new Commando at Earls Court. The new commando was noted for its isolastic suspension which reduced the vibration from the parallel twin. The R69S had another two years to run until its replacement by the R75.
Man of the year
UK Applies to Join the EEC!
Britain's application was vetoed by France's President De Gaulle, warning France's five partners in the EEC that if they tried to impose British membership on France it would result in the break-up of the community.
Heart Transplant
Heart Transplant
Following successful heart transplants in animals, surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant in South Africa. Unfortunately the patient died shortly afterwards from complications but the transplant worked.
Click to Read More In The News - 1967!
Tablecloth Chaos - Mythbusters for the Impatient
Myth Busters investigate the S1000RR Dinner for RR Tablecloth Pull
DON'T try this at home!

The BMW S1000RR was announced at the 2008 Intermot motorcycle show in Colgne, with 193 bhp and 183 kg dry weight. The S1000RR represented a first venture by BMW Motorrad into the Supersports segment.

By 2015 the S1000RR was the leading bike in the UK Supersports segment selling 859 bikes, 40% more than its nearest rival. World Superbike racing and some clever marketing tricks certainly helped - see the Myth Busters investigation of the S1000RR Dinner for RR video.

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