President's Report - November 2012

Greetings All,

At last month’s club AGM a fairly familiar committee was elected, in fact it’s so similar to the outgoing committee that it’s hard to spot the difference. Nevertheless I would like to thank the outgoing committee for their work over the past year and wish the new committee every success in the coming year.

French Car Day was held at the Telopea Park School, on Saturday 3 November, coinciding, as usual, with the annual school fete. Nearly 30 cars were displayed, including 8 Pugs, 5 Citroens and 14 Renaults, with trophies for best Renault, best Peugeot, best Citroën, and best overall car. My black 203 took out the Peugeot prize for the third year running, despite stiff competition from Mark Donnachie (down from Sydney in his lovely red 306 cabriolet). People just seem to like older cars, I guess. Thanks to Barry McAdie for organising the event and to Shannons for donating the trophies - Barry’s Renault Alpine won best overall car, but rest assured, there was no ‘insider trading’ as this was a people’s choice award.

My 508 has clocked up nearly 30,000km since I bought it 14 months ago. On the second day I owned it, I managed to get a puncture on one of the front tyres. The puncture was close to the side-wall (see photo), but it was duly repaired with a plug. In recent months, the tyre had been losing a few psi every week, so I took the car in to Woden Tyre and Exhaust, who had done the original repair. They redid the repair free of charge, but after a few days the slow leak was back. After another failed attempt, the tyre obviously needed to be replaced (the puncture was just too close to the side wall). The tyre was an 18 inch Michelin (235/45 R18 – I think they also fit Holden Commodores), and not cheap, but in lieu of the failed repairs WT and E fitted a new one at cost and I came away a happy customer who is now telling the world how good they are…

Sue and I drove the 508 down the coast to Moruya recently and I duly monitored the fuel economy, recalling that I had managed 4.9 litres/100km to Newcastle earlier in the year. However, the Kings Highway is a different kettle of fish from the Hume/Pacific highways and I could only manage 6.2 litres/100km – not much better than I get around town, but still pretty good for a big car.

Our last two club events for the year are looming – the next club meeting will be held at the Weston Club on Tuesday 27 November, at 8pm, with dinner from 7pm. Then, at 6 pm on Sunday 2 December, we will finish the year with a French Car clubs BBQ at Lake Ginninderra. Meet at the BBQ area on the western side of the lake, off Joynton Smith Drive into Macdermott Place. BYO food, drink and a chair.

I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Christmas-New Year break and look forward to seeing you next year, if not before.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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