President's Report - November 2015

Greetings All,

French Car Day was held at the Telopea Park School fete on Saturday 7 November. There were 21 fine froggy cars on display – 5 Pugs, 2 Citroëns and 14 Renaults – gleaming in the spring sunshine. Many thanks to the Renault Club, particularly Barry McAdie and Lisa Molvig, for organising the event (again) and to Shannon’s for their continued sponsorship.

Car numbers were down a bit on previous years, particularly Peugeot and Citroën. I know that some PAC members had other commitments, but FCD in conjunction with the school fete is a great event and worthy of strong PAC support. Hopefully we can boost our numbers next year!

The pug line-up included a 406 Coupé (Mark Hartley, PCC NSW), 508 sedan (mine), a 306 hatch (Neil Sperring) and a 3008 (John Bower) but I thought that the star of the show was Tony Watson’s immaculately restored 1954 203 wagon. Others must have agreed because it won the trophies for Best Peugeot and Best French Car.

After seeing Tony’s wagon, I was pleased that I decided to bring my 508, rather than my black 203 sedan – my 203 is a very tidy car, and a past winner of best Pug at French Car Day, but it’s not in the same class as Tony’s. To be fair, though, my 203 was restored more than 20 years ago, so it’s no surprise that Tony’s car has the edge.

The mildly entertaining TV series ‘Man Made Home’, featuring well-known designer/journo/TV presenter Kevin McCloud, also features Kevin’s 504 ute, which is a great work-horse for carting all manner of weird and wonderful recycled objects. In one of last year’s episodes it carried the outer casing of a jet engine, destined to be reborn as a hot-tub outside Kevin’s country house. In the latest series, the 504 carried an unexploded Russian sea mine that was turned into a BBQ by literally blowing it in half (the mine that is, not the ute), using a ribbon of soft explosive. Kevin’s Man Made Home is a bit too rustic for my liking, but he has good taste in cars!

The next club meeting will be held at the Raiders Weston Club on Tuesday 24 November, at 8 pm, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm. This will be the last club meeting for the year, so why not come along for one last get-together before the Christmas break?

Failing that, the final club event for the year is a Christmas BBQ, which will be held at Lake Ginninderra from 6 pm on Sunday 6 December, in conjunction with the Renault Car Club of Canberra. As in previous years, the BBQ will be held in the picnic area on the western side of Lake Ginninderra (Macdermott Place, off Joynton Smith Drive in Belconnen). Bring your own food and beverages and I will provide wine for all PAC members who attend.

As this is the final issue of Roar for 2015, I wish you all a safe and happy Christmas.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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