President's Report - July 2015

Greetings All,

I rarely venture into the city centre on a Saturday night, especially on cold wintery nights. Nevertheless, on Saturday 18 July I did just that, to celebrate Bastille Day at Les Bistronomes French Restaurant in Mort Street.

Street parking is at a premium in the city at any time, but especially on a Saturday night, so I headed for the Canberra Centre multi-story carpark. As I briskly walked to the restaurant I immediately felt out of place in the throng of very young looking Canberrans spilling out of every café and bar. I also felt quite disoriented because the northern end of the city centre has changed dramatically in recent years and nothing seemed familiar, especially after dark.

Needless to say, I pressed on to Les Bistronomes, where I was joined by club members, Greg Francis, Bev and Richard Morgan, Peter Minson and Lindsay McDonald. Over the next 3 hours our convivial table of 6 enjoyed fine French food and wine, not to mention our own great company! At around $90/person for a 3 course dinner plus drinks, Les Bistronomes is not cheap, but we all agreed it was worth it.

Not being familiar with the French wines on offer, I sought the advice of the sommelier and was not disappointed – I had chosen an unusual red wine which was a blend of 90% Grenache and 10% Tannat grape varieties. As I made my choice, the sommelier reassured me that if we didn’t like the wine we could give it back and the kitchen staff would drink it. That turned out not be necessary – it was a fine wine.

It seems only yesterday that we hosted the annual Peugeot Pageant in Yass, but three months have already passed and advance notices for the 2016 Pageant have now been received. The NSW club will be hosting the 2016 Pageant in Oberon, from Friday 8 to Monday 12 April (two weeks after Easter). Oberon is a comfortable 3 hour drive from Canberra, via Goulburn, so I hope that there will be strong contingent of ACT club members participating. After all, we need to defend the driving skills trophy that we won this year in Yass! Further details are given later in the magazine.

For those of you who haven’t seen it, there is a very entertaining ‘Top Gear’ Peugeot video clip available. In the clip, Jeremy Clarkson and James May do a very tongue-in-cheek history of Peugeot, culminating in some hilarious antics in what they describe as ‘an utterly dreary 407’ (James) and a ‘mildly fire-damaged 307CC’ (Jeremy).

‘Top Gear’ has never been a fan of Peugeot, as far as I can tell, and Jeremy continued in the same vein when he concluded:

“They were brilliant at making strong cars. They were brilliant at making sporty cars, and for the last decade they have been brilliant at making terrible cars. This really is the perfect car for the world’s imperfect drivers”.

I must confess that I hardly stopped laughing from beginning to end. The clip has had over 25,000 views.

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

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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