President's Report - February 2015

Greetings All,

I trust that all club members had a safe and enjoyable summer holiday and welcome to the Chinese Year of the Sheep (or is the Goat?) – I’ve heard both descriptions, so maybe it should be the Year of the Shoat (or Geep)….

Our first club activity for the year will be a club meeting on Tuesday 24 February at 8 pm at the Raiders Weston Club. As usual we will meet for dinner and drinks from 7 pm. After a 3-month break, since the last club meeting, this is a great opportunity to catch up with all the latest Peugeot gossip, so I encourage you all to come along.

The next event will be the annual Shannon’s Wheels exhibition to be held in King’s Park (adjacent to the Carillon), on Sunday 8 March, from 10 am to 2 pm. As usual, we will have a marquee, around which club cars will be parked. Those wishing to display cars should arrive no later than 9.30 am, and the entry fee is a gold coin donation at the gate. Entry for French vehicles is from the north-bound lane of Kings Avenue.

Obviously, the biggest event of the year, for our club, is the annual Peugeot Pageant to be held in Yass from Friday 17 to Monday 20 April. This year it is our turn to host the event, and the pageant committee is well advanced with planning for the weekend. Detailed information, including the registration form, is included on Page 10 of this month's RoAR magazine, and can also be found here

Pageant highlights will include a Concours d’Elegance and picnic lunch in Banjo Paterson Park on the Saturday, followed by a motorkhana/driving skills afternoon at Jeir Creek Winery (they have a great paddock for the ‘khana and a very inviting tasting shed for those not competing in the driving skills events).

On Sunday there will be observation run, with lunch in Binalong and visits to the Binalong Car Museum and Peter Minson Glass Art studio (also in Binalong). A busy weekend will finish with a presentation dinner, featuring local wines, on the Sunday night, and a farewell breakfast on Monday morning. We also have a few surprises for participants, but I’m staying tight-lipped about those – otherwise they wouldn’t be a surprise, would they?

All 30 rooms of the Swaggers Motor Inn, in Yass, have been booked for the pageant for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, at a heavily discounted rate of $120/room/night, including cooked breakfast and free internet. Sue and I have booked a room and I encourage other club members to do the same, rather than commute from Canberra. Note that the $120 rate applies regardless of how many people are in the room, making it a very attractive proposition for families with one or more children.

Coincidently, when I visited Binalong before Christmas, to organise pageant activities, glass artist, Peter Minson, had just bought a yellow 306 cabriolet. As I recall, he had not previously owned a Pug, but was attracted by a low price tag for a sporty, good-looking convertible. Needless to say, with appropriate encouragement from me, Peter has joined the club!

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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