President's Report - September 2010

Greetings All,

The much-awaited Peugeot RCZ was recently launched in Australia and is now available from dealers around the country, including Canberra. Without a doubt, the RCZ is a terrific looking car, and as luck would have it, I had a short test drive, this week, with Sean Patterson at Melrose Peugeot. The car we drove was a white 6-speed manual with 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine, black leather trim (including leather dashboard) and 19-inch wheels. Other variants include a 6-speed auto and a diesel HDi (6-speed manual); 18-inch wheels are also available.

Despite the large wheels (and skinny rubber depth), the ride was not as hard as I expected - in fact it was similar to the ride of my 407. Needless to say, acceleration was brisk (quoted acceleration is 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds) and the handling was superb, with little body roll on cornering. An interesting feature of the car is an "active" rear spoiler, which changes position according to vehicle speed or can be operated manually. Even for a tall bloke like me (192cm), it was possible to find a comfortable driving position, something that is not always possible in smaller cars. However, I wasn't tempted to try sitting in the back seat - it looked a bit cramped and more suitable for children or shopping bags. All in all, from my brief encounter, I was impressed with the RCZ, However, if you want one, get in quick - they are destined to be in short supply and eagerly sought after.

Even though Easter 2011 is still some way off, it's worth mentioning that the annual Peugeot Easter Pageant will be held in Canberra next year from the 22nd to 25th of April. And yes, Easter Monday will coincide with ANZAC Day, which means that Tuesday will also be a public holiday. Our Pageant Subcommittee, comprising Peter Rees, Colin Handley, John Bower and myself, is well underway with planning the event, which will again be based at Eaglehawk Holiday Park, where there is a range of accommodation options to suit any budget.The program will include a concourse d'elegance at Mt Majura Vineyard (Sat morning), driving skills events (Sat afternoon), novelty trial and day run to Braidwood (Sun) and formal dinner (Sun night).

The next club meeting will be held at the Canberra Services Club at 8 pm on Tuesday 28 September, with dinner from 7 pm.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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