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Thanks to the efforts of a very keen social team, and Erica in particular, we have a very rich archive of a wide variety of motorcycling and social events here in the BMW Club Southern Section. We've posted a few highlights.
Airhead Mechanics Day

posted 7 Apr 2016, 23:31 by Section Webmaster

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.
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Newhaven Fort
10 April 2016
By Bob Melvin

The weather conditions were, shall we say, promising, with a bit of a frost and the threat of sunshine, but still with an early Spring nip in the air.  This was, after all, 10 April and Godders’s much anticipated run from Newlands Corner to Newhaven Fort.
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Newhaven Marina & BMW motorcycle display
Southern Section Slot Car GP 2016

The 2016 Slot Car GP was held at index Farm on 12 November. Whilst the rain was beating down outside, the Southern Section members were getting to grips with handling a range of slot racers ... (Click to continue)
Forge Day 2016

By Bob Melvin

We've often passed the quaint little cluster of buildings on the green at Chiddingfold without giving them a second thought. So, on Sunday 31st October 2016, when the opportunity arose not only to find out what happens in the forge, but have first hand experience as well, it was too good an opportunity to miss.  (Click to continue)
All Beer and Skittles

We crammed our 30 or so members into the restricted viewing area with the usual bonhomie. Accompanied by the expected banter, the competition progressed with all visitors having a chance to demonstrate their prowess at bowling the eccentric shaped balls down the alley, with gusto.
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Christmas 2016 
Lunch at The Half Moon

With Christmas just around the corner, the Southern Section did their very best to maintain their reputation for enjoying themselves with a celebratory lunch. Hosted at the Half Moon, Sheet, near Petersfield, there were.... (Click to continue)
Bruce Preston- Falling into Journalism
Rake Village Hall played host to the final Winter Talk of the season presented by long-term Club member, Bruce Preston. Bruce has motorcycling running through his veins but how did the transfusion start?

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Jim Bettley
& The Blue Lamp Trust
26 February 2017

Jim Bettley promised that, “If you’re looking for a dry, humourless lecture, please don’t attend.” The 30  members who ignored the chill damp of the late February Sunday to attend Rake Village Hall had every reason to agree with him.
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Supersonic Day Out
Bloodhound is the project to build the ultimate super car - one that has a projected top speed in excess of 1,000miles per hour. Not only will this break the sound barrier, it will break through many technological barriers too. Erica announced the guided tour...

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Caravan Weekend
The Southern Section caravan weekend at Rivermead Holidays was great fun, although not as well supported as in previous years. The team had dinner at the Old Inn Pub & Restaurant, the only pub in St. Breward (the highest inn in Cornwall), but luckily the food was very good. ...

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Creme de la creme?
Like so many things, it seemed like a good idea when I volunteered. The Cream Tea Run was looking for an arranger and I hadn’t organised a full-blown run, so, I thought I’d put my hand up. Was this a mistake? After the event, it was a no from me....

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James & Helen Seller's Souper Day Out
“Our table for 30, please, Mrs.Seller.” but this was no restaurant, this was real homemade soup, in 3 choices, Tomato and Basil, Butternut Curry, and Pea and Ham.  But this was only the final act of a delightful run....

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