President's Report - June 2015

Greetings All,

On Sunday 21st June, the annual Battle of Waterloo was held in Canberra, with French and British car clubs striving for victory (by weight of vehicle numbers) on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin. Sadly, in this the 200th anniversary of the original battle, history repeated itself and the British were victorious by a wide margin of 73 British cars to 38 French cars, plus a half a dozen bicycles on each side and a vintage Peugeot motorbike (on which Napoleon could have made a hasty retreat).

Despite the heavy French defeat, the day was a great success, with picture-perfect sunny weather and only a hint of a breeze – on the shortest day of the year, aka the Winter Solstice. On such days, the Rond Terraces, at the south end of Anzac Parade (right on the edge of the lake, and adjacent to the main around-the-lake pathway), are a great venue, allowing enthusiasts and passers-by to enjoy what was a very fine display of cars. And not a Druid in sight!

The day before the battle, I made a quick visit to “Just Clowning Around”, a party hire shop in Mawson, and rented a suitably Napoleonic looking outfit, complete with bicorn(e) hat. Alas, it was not enough to rally the French forces to victory, though I hasten to add that we were victorious last year and the year before, without Napoleon.

Shannons again sponsored the event, and there were lucky draw prizes of “Arrogant Frog” wine, one of which I claimed, in full Napoleonic regalia. My thanks to Barry McAdie and Lisa Molvig, from the Renault club, for organising the event, and to Kyran Lamb (ably assisted by his son, Ashton), for running the BBQ. Thanks also to Sean Patterson, from Melrose Peugeot, who brought along a great looking RCZ, which certainly added to the quality of the French firepower.

The next event on the club calendar is the annual Bastille Day celebration which, this year, will be dinner at Les Bistronomes French Restaurant, on the corner of Elouera and Mort Streets, Braddon. We have reserved a table for 7 pm on Saturday 18 July. Les Bistronomes is licenced, so no BYO, please. Those wishing to attend should contact Greg Francis on 0411 281 388 (between 9.30 am and 7.30 pm), as we will need to know numbers asap. Greg tells me that he has dined there before and that we “won’t be disappointed” in the quality of the food and wine.

Also on Saturday 18 July, there is a truffle festival in Braidwood, which will be held at Braidwood Central School from 9 am to 3 pm. Club members are invited to display their cars in the school grounds and enjoy a truffle-themed day in the country – a nice entrée to our Bastille dinner in the evening.

Normally, I conclude my column with a reminder for the next club meeting – and I will do so here. Please note, however, that owing to an unavoidable delay, this issue of Roar has missed the June meeting. So, allow me to invite you to our next club meeting, which will be held at the Raiders Weston Club on Tuesday 28 July, at 8 pm, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm. Another reminder will be given in the July issue of Roar.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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