BMW Car Club Centenary Relay

12/05/2016

BMW Car Club Centenary Relay

12/05/2016

In early March the BMW Car Club began their “Around GB Relay” to celebrate the formation of BMW on 7th March 1916. The relay started at Lands’ End, visiting every region in the UK as far North as John O’Groats, and finishing at the BMW Festival at the National Motor Museum, Gaydon, in July 2016.

In between these two places the relay will zig zag throughout Great Britain,during which, participants will be seeing some wonderful scenery on the way and undoubtedly giving rise to many photo opportunities.

Here at Marshall Scunthorpe we are proud to be supporting the BMW Car Club GB Eastern Region when the relay visits our Centre on Saturday 18 June.

No relay would be complete unless it has a “baton” and the clubs will be two 1:18 scale BMW models, a Dixi to represent the first car produced by the company and an i8 being their current ultimate offering. The models are already decked out with livery of every region and register. Each leg of the relay is purely for pleasure, however, the Club will be collecting for charity on the way.

Also during the relay a log book will be carried to record the mileage travelled by the models which will ultimately go on display at the clubs Head Office. That’s not all, we are also compiling a "Commemorative Scrap Book” which everyone can add to not only to record in words and pictures their leg of the relay but their entire 2016 events and outings. Every group will also be asked to collect a memento such as a small stone depicting their region e.g. an ingot of tin from Cornwall, slate from Wales, flint from Norfolk in East Anglia and so on. Registers might donate a boot or bonnet badge from their particular model.

Talking of bonnets this leads me on to the final piece of the jigsaw namely a white bonnet from an E30 which will be at our National Festival at Gaydon which everyone can sign and again this will go on permanent display.

The idea behind the whole event is to involve as many members as possible, express ones individuality so that in the future new members will have a snapshot of Club life in 2016, and have fun not only taking part in the relay but enjoying celebrating the whole of 2016 to mark BMW’s Centenary year.

Watch this space for more details of this exciting and historical event.