President's Report - April 2015

Greetings All,

The annual Peugeot Pageant, hosted by the PAC, was held in Yass, from Friday 17th to Monday 20th April and, needless to say, it dominated club activities this month. Organising the pageant is a big job for a small club, like ours, but I think we managed to put on a pretty good weekend overall. The Peugeot Pageant is in its 36th year, the first one having been held in Canberra in 1980. This year the Pageant had 58 registered participants from 4 clubs – ACT (20), NSW (17), QLD (8), VIC (13).

Although this was down a bit on numbers compared with some recent pageants, several attendees told me that they thought it was an ideal number – not too big and not too small. This year was also the first time, I can remember, that the Pageant was not held at Easter, but just what effect that had on numbers is difficult to judge.

The Pageant was based at Swaggers Motor Inn, in Yass, which turned out to be a very good choice – the food was excellent, the rooms were spacious, and we had full use of their large functions room for the duration of the Pageant. The weather wasn’t entirely favourable, with rain on Friday and late Saturday, and with passing showers on Sunday, but it didn’t adversely affect any Pageant activities, though it did make preparation of cars for the concours somewhat challenging. Yass does not have a commercial car wash, so that also added to the challenge of car detailing – mostly done with a bucket and hose at the motel.

Despite months of planning, there were plenty of last minute details to attend to on Friday morning, including picking up prizes, Pageant bags, printing certificates, packing the car etc. With Pageant registration due to start at 3 pm at Swaggers Motor Inn, I made it with minutes to spare. Many people had checked into the motel earlier in the afternoon, so there was an eager stream of registrants to deal with.

Have they paid? What events are they participating in? Double checking any special dietary requirements. Making sure that all Pageanteers received their Pageant ‘show bag’, including hot pink berets to be worn during all Pageant activities. Drinks from 6 pm allowed people to relax, followed by a BBQ dinner at 7 pm. Day 1, done, and no real dramas…

As I write this column, several days have passed since the Pageant, but the wrap-up is keeping me busy as I collate Pageant scores, compile and edit the best Pageant photos and write the Pageant report that appears later in this month's edition of the club magazine - RoaR.

My thanks to the Pageant committee: John Bower, Colin Handley, Jim Taylor and Neil Sperring. Unfortunately, neither Jim nor Neil were able to attend the Pageant, because of illness, while John had work commitments that prevented him from attending. Nevertheless, their work, in the lead up to the Pageant, was much appreciated.

Next year’s Pageant will be hosted by the NSW club, at a venue yet to be decided, and in 2017 the pageant will be held in Tasmania. Meanwhile, local club activities revert to their normal pattern.

The next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 28th April at 8 pm at the Raiders Weston Club, with drinks from 7 pm.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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P.S. Congratulations to our magazine editor, Peter Rees, on the launch of his latest book, Bearing Witness, on the life of well-known Australian war correspondent, Charles Bean.