President's Report - March 2013

Greetings All,

The annual Wheels Exhibition was held at Thoroughbred Park (Canberra race course) on Sunday 17 March, and the PAC had a good line-up of vehicles right in front of the grandstand. It was a bright sunny day, but the breeze was strong enough to prevent us erecting the club marquee. As it happened, the breeze was also cold, so sitting in the sun turned out to be the order of the day. The autumn Lifeline Bookfair was on at nearby Exhibition Park and I strolled over there for half an hour, buying a few treasures at bargain prices.

Of the Pugs on display, most interest seemed to centre on the older models – the two 203s and the 403 cabriolet, but that’s not to take anything away from the 505s, 404, 206 and 205 that were there. Alan Johnson’s 403 cabriolet, similar to the car made famous in the TV detective series, ‘Colombo’, is not an original cabriolet – Alan modified a sedan to create his cab, which is for sale if anyone would like to own this very unusual car.

As always, there was a terrific array of vehicles of all makes and models on display at Wheels, one of the most eyecatching being an Aston Martin Lagonda, a curious looking wedge-shaped car with a futuristic (for the time) dashboard that would have been very much at home in the movie ‘2001 A Space Odyssey’. The car was displayed between 2 much older Lagonda’s, and with a nearby Lagonda banner, but sadly there was nothing on display to tell me anything about ‘The Wedge’. I’m guessing that the car was a Series 2 model, which, according to Wikipedia, was built between 1976 and 1985.

Speaking of Wikipedia, in last month’s column, I wrote about the recent Bathurst 12 hour race and the triumph of the two RCZs in the invitational class for cars under 1600cc. In that column, based on information from Wikipedia, I said that a Lamborghini Gallardo was in the same class – as Fred Enden rightly pointed out to me, this must be an error, because the Gallardo has a 5-litre engine. Just goes to show, you can’t believe everything you read on the net!

Sue and I will be heading down to Wodonga for the Easter Pageant, organised by the Victorian Club. The program features all the usual events including concours, motorkhana, observation run, presentation dinner and farewell breakfast. Sue and I will be attempting to defend the Champion Club Trophy that we won last year, but competition, as usual, will be fierce (but fair!). The trophy was looking a bit tatty after 30 years, so I took the liberty of having one side of the trophy refurbished when I had it inscribed, recently. A full report of the Pageant will appear in the next issue of Roar.

Although the Easter Pageant concourse was not my prime motivation, I recently had some scratches on the bumper of my 508 repaired at Hume Body Works, who specialise in Peugeot work. The scratches were a constant reminder of my ineptitude in backing into my son’s 406 at Christmas, so they had to go. I am happy to report that the rear end looks like new again. My thanks to Hume Body Works manager, Geoff Parkins, for doing a great job, which entailed complete removal and refitting of the bumper panel, respray and replacement of the stick-on 508 badge.

Our next club meeting will be at the Weston Club at 8pm on Tuesday 26 March, with dinner from 7pm. The Weston Club is a very pleasant place to meet, so why not come and join us for a drink, a natter and a bite to eat?

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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