President's Report - December 2001

Greetings All,

About 20 members enjoyed a sunny summer evening BBQ in the pleasant surroundings of Lennox Gardens earlier this month. The kind weather was a stark contrast to the drenching we received at the February club BBQ. This year's hazards were biological, rather than meteorological, with swarming bush flies, cheeky sea gulls and the occasional imperious raven, all enjoying the food with us. Thanks to our cooks, Mick Garrett, Graham Thompson and Andrew Davies, who organised the meat.

Last month's club meeting was at The Battery Factory in Fyshwick. Although I was unable to attend, I hear that the night was a raging success, with members virtually having to be chased out the door to bring proceedings to a close. Our thanks to manager, Robert Buettner, for inviting the club to his premises.

My absence from the November meeting was occasioned by yet another visit to the land of the long white sheep, aka New Zealand. Mixing business with pleasure, and accompanied by family members (Sue and Geoff), we toured the North Island on a Qantas Holiday package for a week.

While I attended a geological conference for a few days, Sue and Geoff visited Waitomo Caves (where the glow worms are), and sulphurous-smelling Rotorua. Together, we visited Auckland, Taupo, Mt Ruapehu and Wellington. A busy week, but very enjoyable. The package included a hire car, motel accommodation and air fares from Sydney. However, we were somewhat dismayed to land at Auckland airport to discover that our rental car for the week was a Ford Ka, a tiny little 3 door hatch with a boot too small to hold even a standard size suit case, never mind luggage for 3 people! The Hertz people were very good though, and immediately substituted an older, but bigger, 5 door Ford Festiva, which we were able to fit into much more comfortably.

As usual, Pug-spotting was the name of the game while driving in NZ. Unsurprisingly, the most common models on the road were the 405 and 306. However, I did see two models which were never sold here - the UK assembled 309, and the gorgeous little 106. I was never a fan of the 309, but it's a shame we have not seen the 106 in Australia. Our first club activity in 2002 will be participation in the annual Wheels exhibition at EPIC in early February. This is great event, featuring displays by all the car clubs in Canberra and Queanbeyan area, and I thoroughly recommend it to you. Admission is free to all participants whose cars are on display.

I wish all members a safe and enjoyable Christmas break, and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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Lionising!

It is that time of the year again when you begin to wonder what to get the Peugeot enthusiast for Christmas. This year the lioniser has done all the hard work and found some great gift ideas.

The Peugeot accessories catalogue has an extensive range of merchandise, ranging from the traditional clothing, mugs, keyrings, wallets, umbrellas, pens, golf gear, to the more funky yoyos, CD wallets and stuffed Peugeot lions up to a metre tall that are guaranteed to scare the kids or grandkids. For the Peugeot couple, there is also a set of matching his & hers watches, superbly crafted mementos of a shared passion. You can start the kids off early in their love of Peugeots with a 306 cabriolet electric car or a 206 pedal car. Suitable for children up to five years of age and engineered to be enjoyed, these little beauties are the safest but maybe not the cheapest first car for the kids.

The Climb Dance video is a five-minute epic ride with Ari Vatanen that will leave you clutching at the lounge as you imagine yourself flying off the side of a cliff at any moment. Hours of fun for only $30. The real pugilist would know that Peugeot began as producers of quality coffee grinders, but many would be surprised to learn that they still produce grinders. While the coffee grinders are currently unavailable, 'House' in Woden Plaza and Belconnen Mall will be able to supply you with quality Peugeot salt, pepper and nutmeg grinders. The lioniser can vouch for their quality!