President's Report - June 2010

Greetings All,

There is nothing like winter to bring out the gremlins in your car's electrical system. Aging batteries are notorious for going flat on frosty mornings - a bit like their owners! We have three 405s among our children, one of which is notorious for failed heater cores - is it four or five failures since we first bought the car about 8 or 9 years ago? Anyway, the electrical system in the offending 405 is now playing tricks, but only intermittently, which makes the cause hard to diagnose.

According to eldest son, Chris, the symptom is a completely flat battery, sometimes while driving and preceded by erratic instrument behaviour on the dashboard. In between these seizures, the electrical system shows no fault - the battery, once recharged, holds its charge, the alternator charges normally and there is no detectable drain on the battery when the engine is switched off. So, Chris and I have swapped cars and I am currently playing Russian roulette, driving the car in the hope that the symptoms will reappear and perhaps allow me (and Bill McNamee) to make a diagnosis. I think I might carry a spare, fully charged battery, just in case! Apart from the electrical problem, and a noisy speedo cable, the 405 seems to be running well. It's still a nice car to drive, even if it has done about 325,000 km. I wonder what my 407 will be driving like at a similar mileage?

The major club activity this month is the annual Battle of Waterloo event, with French and British cars facing each other on the Patrick White Lawns near the National Library (Sunday 20th, from 10 am to 3 pm). Rumour has it that a strong French contingent is being sent from Sydney, so the Brits will be under siege.

Next month, our annual Bastille Dinner will be held at Vivaldi Restaurant on the ANU campus on Saturday 10th July at 7 pm. Those who attended last year will remember that we had an excellent night, so we are returning to Vivaldi for a repeat performance. As usual, the club will subsidise the dinner and we hope to keep costs to near $50/person (including some drinks). More details will follow, but places are limited, so please contact me asap if you wish to attend.

The next club meeting will be held, as usual, at the Canberra Services Club on Tuesday 22nd at 8pm, with dinner at 7 pm.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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