President's Report - May 2016

Greetings All,

Although I was away at the time, I understand that the annual Wheels exhibition went well, despite an urgent, late venue change because of all the rain that we had received. According to Neil Sperring, the Treasury carpark was an excellent venue to replace what would have been the soggy lawns opposite Old Parliament House. The event attracted about 600 cars and 100 bikes.

The Peugeot contingent was down a bit in numbers from previous years, but still managed to include a good mix of modern and older cars: 208GTi (Ross Stephens), 308 HDi (Neil Sperring), 407 touring (Flash Flanagan), V6 504 sedan (Ian Brock), 403 sedan (Colin Handley), 203 wagon (Tony Watson) and 203 sedan (Dave Rowell). In addition to the Pugs, there were 3 Renaults and 4 Citroens, including a rare Citroën SM with a Maserati V6 engine.

Colin Handley was late getting to Wheels because he went on a rescue mission for Geoff Boyd, after Geoff’s 203 broke another clutch at Yass! Geoff’s bright yellow 203 would have made for a very colourful lion-up of 203s. Maybe next year, Geoff…

At the other (newer) end of the Pug timescale, my 508 recently had its scheduled 15,000 km service, with the next one due at 30,000 km. As expected, it was uneventful and very efficient service at the Peugeot of Canberra (POC) service centre in Albany Street, Fyshwick. Most club members will be aware that POC was previously known as Melrose Peugeot, but having vacated Melrose Drive in Phillip, the time was clearly ripe for a name change!

When I checked my car in for its service, I was greeted by the new Service Manager, Gilbert Adele. He knew my name already, and I wondered whether my reputation (whatever it might be) had preceded me.

In a sense it had, as Gilbert almost immediately announced that he had bought my old 508 (2011 model, traded to POC when I purchased another 508 last year). When I mentioned that it was probably a good buy because of the gentle life it had in my hands, Gilbert instantly agreed. Knowing that it belonged to me (PAC President and well-known sedate driver-about-town) was apparently a strong selling point for Gilbert. Let’s hope that is the case, or I may not get the royal treatment in the future.

Autumnal weather seems to be lingering longer in Canberra this year and the nights have yet to drop below freezing – we have certainly not had a frost in Jerrabomberra yet.

Back in the 1960s when I first came to Canberra I can remember frosts occurring from about Easter onwards. Not that I’m complaining – a little bit of global warming (and heated seats in my 508) make winter a bit more comfortable.

The point of these meteorological mutterings is to encourage club members to join us for our next club meeting at 8 pm on Tuesday 24 May at the Raiders Weston Club. As usual, dinner and drinks will be from 7 pm onwards. I hope to see some of you there.

Finally, a heads up for our next club event – the annual Battle of Waterloo – featuring French versus British forces at a venue yet to be confirmed, but possibly at Weston Park. Sunday 19 June is the expected date, so let’s see if we can overcome the Brits this year, after being soundly defeated the past two years. Hopefully, there will be French reinforcem

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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