President's Report - March 2008

Greetings All,

The hot and sunny early autumn weather continues unabated in Canberra- bad news for gardeners but good news for car lovers. As usual the club had cars on display at the annual Wheels exhibition on the lawns of Old Parliament House on Sunday 16 March. The new club marquee, in Peugeot colours, provided welcome shade from the hot sun, and nearby food and beverage sellers did a roaring trade in cold drinks and soft-serve ice cream. We had about a dozen cars on display, ranging from 203 to 607 models, with a strong contingent of cars from the PCCNSW Southern Highlands Regional Chapter, led by Rob Turner and Wal Glading, down from the Moss Vale area for the day.

I'm probably biased, but the black 203 seemed to attract most interest from the passing crowd, with many people reminiscing about 203s that they or family members had once owned. Former club stalwarts are always expected to appear at Wheels, and this year was no exception with Peter Browning and John Ingram dropping by to say hello. John is looking for a nice 203, 403 or 404 to buy and register as a historic vehicle. Please let me know if have such a car for sale and I can put you in touch with John.

A current club stalwart, "Peugeot Pete", aka Peter Withington, also made an appearance, dragging himself away from retirement paradise near Batemans Bay. One recent Saturday morning I took the 203 on a test run to Woden, and noticed a new black 308 parked at the gate of Melrose Automobiles. The photo opportunity was too good to resist!. Two black Pugs, 60 years apart. I haven't driven a 308 yet, but they look good and feel pretty good in the driver's seat. Pity about the back seat, though. Same old problem for tall guys like me - can't get comfortable. Sometimes it's headroom, sometimes legroom. This time it's the shoulder pads and headrest that are the problem.

Easter is upon us already and Sue and I will be driving to Leeton for part of the Peugeot Pageant. Sadly, we can't stay for all of it, having committed ourselves to house painting and other exciting domestic chores that must get done before the cold weather comes. I will report on the pageant in the next newsletter. Just a reminder that our next club meeting is on Tuesday 25 March immediately following the Easter long weekend, at the Canberra Services Club in Manuka.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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