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BMW Club Southern Section

The national BMW Club's earliest meetings were actually held 'in a pub in Virginia Water' within what would now be the Southern Section area. With its first AGM held at The Wood Court Hotel, Cobham, Surrey, on Sunday 7 October 1951, The BMW Society of Great Britain became a formally recognised club. The details of this meeting were communicated to its growing membership through the newsletter 'The Riders' Voice,' a copy of which can be seen by download here
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Club group picture, possibly  from the inaugural AGM, published November 1951
After the Club's 'HQ' moved to London, regional sections began to be formed with what had originated in Surrey becoming the London Section. By 1983, with the continuing membership growth, the Club now had 14 regional groups until members from the Guildford area voted to break away from the London Section forming the 15th, and final section of the Club. The Guildford Section became a very active group in its own right but, with membership spreading further afield, after 5 short years the group became the Southern Section as we are today.

Our thanks go to Robert Freeman, The BMW Club's Archivist, for the early images used on this page.
The original 'HQ', The Wood Court Hotel, is now the site of a Starbucks Drive-Thru coffee stop, that can be accessed northbound on the A3, just north of the M25.  The original Hotel buildings can still be seen on the site.
(Photograph: Google Street View - I wasn't standing in the middle of the A3 just to get a picture.)
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