President's Report - July 2016

Greetings All,

Bastille Day 2016 was memorable for all the wrong reasons. The tragic loss of life in Nice dominated world headlines, with more than 80 people killed when a 19 tonne truck (a Renault) was driven through crowds celebrating Bastille Day on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice. Meanwhile, in Canberra, general apathy apparently overwhelmed the PAC committee and our annual Bastille Day get-together did not eventuate.

Yet another Bastille Day disaster occurred in my driveway. As I was reversing out of the garage, I accidentally activated the remote control for the garage tilt door and down it came on the roof of my 508. The door has a resistance sensor of some kind, and it promptly lifted back up again after ‘feeling’ the roof, but not before the roof was dented and scratched. Needless to say I uttered a few rude words!

My 508 is leased, so I rang the lease company in expectation that the roof damage would be covered under the “Scratches and Dents Repair“ package of the lease. No such luck – only small scratches that do not penetrate the duco and small dents up to 10 cm diameter are eligible. My damage failed on both counts.

Next, I took the car to Geoff at Hume Bodyworks, to get an expert opinion (he does a lot of Peugeot work and has previously done excellent repair jobs on two other family cars). Geoff reckons the shallow dent will need to be gently pulled out and the whole roof will need to be resprayed, for a likely cost around $800 to $1000. With an excess of $700 on my comprehensive insurance, I have decided to pay for it myself, knowing that I can choose Geoff as the repairer and I don’t have to run around getting quotes for the insurance company.

My 508 is just on 12 months old and has done about 18,000 easy kilometres. I reckon I have done a great job keeping it dent and scratch free (until now) – it was a joint concours winner at the Peugeot Pageant in April. I have even managed to avoid scratching the alloy wheels on gutters and kerbs, unlike my previous 508 which suffered a few kerb scratches because I didn’t have a good feel for the side distances when parallel parking.

Other tactics for avoiding dents and scratches have mostly revolved around looking for ‘safe’ places to park in parking areas. Sometimes this can mean taking a bit more time to find the right spot and then having to walk a bit further because your ‘safe’ spot is way down the end of the car park, away from all the other cars. Nevertheless, these are things I am prepared to endure to protect my favourite car.

On a more positive note, my wife, Sue, did manage to celebrate Bastille Day in very appropriate style – in Paris, prior to spending a couple of weeks touring the World War 1 battlefields. Somewhat optimistically, I watched the commemorative ceremony at Fromelles, on TV, hoping to catch a glimpse of her in the crowd (but I didn’t). As well as Fromelles she is visiting other battlefields sites around Ypres and is attending another commemorative ceremony at Pozieres. Sue has also been instructed to photograph any interesting Peugeots that she sees.

Our next club meeting will be held at 8 pm on Tuesday 26 July at the Raiders Weston Club, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm. I hope to see some of you there…

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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