President's Report - February 2004

Greetings All,

I hope that all club members had an enjoyable Christmas-New Year break. I know I did, and without leaving town too. With so many people on holiday, the roads are busy, and all the "nice" places are crowded. It's just not my favourite time to travel. Sue and I were married, on the deck at home, on the 27th of December, in the company of family and a few close friends. Unlike the ultra-hot days that followed, the 27th was a mild, sunny summers day - just perfect for a wedding. The Gallagher's champagne flowed freely (Sue helped pick the grapes), as did the Penfolds Bin 407 Cabernet Sauvignon, and the party rolled on. For the following two weeks we honeymooned at home, in the garden, enjoying the odd gin and tonic on the deck at sunset.

So, back to club business: In the absence of a suitable Peugeot model, Bill McNamee has recently bought a Citroen Berlingo van and and Alan and Kerry Lance have acquired a C5. Since the two marques are part of the one company these days, there's nothing too traitorous about their decisions. However, it raises an interesting question about whether it might be timely to investigate the possibility of a merger of our club with the Citroen Association of Canberra. I haven't spoken with anyone from the CAC yet, but it could be something to consider over the coming months.

Speaking of Citroen - they won the manufacturers title ahead of Peugeot in the 2003 World Rally Championship. And they have started the 2004 championship with a win in the Monte Carlo Rally (won by Sebastien Loeb). However, Marcus Gronholm finished 4th in an excellent debut for the new 307 rally car, and Peugeot also picked up points from Loix and Panizzi. With Ford finishing 2nd and 3rd at Monte Carlo, the 2004 manufacturers championship looks like being a close contest.

Our first club activity for the year will be a welcome back BBQ at our favourite spot - Lennox Gardens, down by the lake behind the Hyatt Hotel. As usual the club will provide meat and bread, and you bring the rest, on Wednesday 25th February from 5.30 pm onwards.

The first club meeting at the Italo-Australian Club will be Tuesday 23rd March, but don't forget the annual Wheels Exhibition on Sunday 7th March. Members wishing to display their car at Wheels should contact myself or Rick Phillips for further details.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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