Manama, Bahrain: The BMW M Club Bahrain, a local BMW supporter group composed of 60 BMW aficionados from across the Kingdom, has been officially recognized by the premium automotive company’s global headquarters in Munich.

Characteristic of the global following amassed by the brand, the BMW M Club Bahrain will offer admirers and owners of the brand a number of opportunities to congregate for interactive group drives and stimulating group discussions. The certification empowers the club to organize activities, discussions and debates amongst BMW M advocates in collaboration with the BMW Group and Euro Motors, the local importer of BMW cars in Bahrain. The latest to join a group of 700 BMW clubs across the world, it officially met as a certified entity this month to elect its board members and named Sheikh Salman Rashid Al Khalifa as the President of the Club.

Paul Yates, General Manager of Euro Motors said: “BMW inspires admiration from automotive enthusiasts the world over and we were delighted that the BMW Group officially recognized this passionate group of BMW owners. This synergistic partnership paves the way for increased grassroots engagement with our client base whilst giving motorists access to global best practices and a range of benefits based on the BMW Group International Council Guidelines.”

“The Kingdom has a strong connection to the BMW brand and we are delighted to include a Bahrain chapter to the global roster of clubs. We are looking forward to partnering with them in creating exciting events focused on knowledge sharing, interactive experiences and networking.” Mr Yates continued.

Shaikh Salman bin Rashid Al Khalifa, the first Arab in the history of Motorsport to win an FIA circuit racing Championship when, in 2005, he won the Formula BMW Asia championship, now the inaugural President of the BMW M Owners Club Bahrain said: “The first BMW M car I owned was the M Roadster in 1999 and I have been an ardent advocate of the brand ever since. We are a young club and hence, very fortunate to make the ranks of BMW Clubs around the world. As a collective, we have tried to elevate the BMW M experience by using our combined experience and resource to learn and enjoy the BMW M experience more. The global recognition by the BMW group not only gives us credence as an entity but also helps us enforce the highest standards in all aspects of the BMW experience.