President's Report - March 2004

Greetings All,

I write this column from the greyness of southeast England - Cambridge University to be exact. Occasional snowflakes, and light drizzle. Having left Canberra last week in 30 degree heat and clear blue skies, it's a bit of a shock. Peugeots abound on the roads in England. A quick count of cars outside Heathrow airport the other day suggests about 10% of cars and light vans are pugs. Nothing older than 205 and 405 models has been sighted so far. 106, 206, 306, 406, 307 are dominant. Ireland, where I was based last week, was much the same, but perhaps only 6-7% of cars were pugs. 

Meanwhile, back in Canberra, we held our first club activity as a BBQ in Lennox Gardens. Grey skies and threatening rain were probably responsible for keeping numbers down, but a group of hardy souls braved the less-than-favourable weather, and were rewarded with the arrival of Graham Taylor and his new 206 GTI 180. Graham recently traded his "old" 206 GTI which had done far too many kilometres (25,000 I believe). On the home front, Sue and I took a trip to Mt Buffalo, in the Victorian mountains, in mid February. The outside temperature was 42 degrees as we motored through Albury, but rapidly cooled as we went into the mountains. We then enjoyed 5 warm sunny days, camping at Lake Catani in the Mt Buffalo National Park. 

On the way home we spent a wonderful night in Beechworth at a B&B, and enjoyed dinner at the Bank Restaurant in town. The next day we motored home through the mountains from Corryong to Thredbo, and home via Cooma. The 405 drove beautifully, though it ran slightly warmer than usual with the air conditioning on high - a combination of the hills and hot weather.

At this month's first club meeting of the year we've got club identity and long-time Peugeot motorsport competitor Jim Taylor coming along. Jim has rallied 504s with great success over the years and last year acquired an original Jaguar-Rover Australia (remember when they held the Peugeot franchise in the '80s?) 205 GTi set up for racing.

Complete with roll-cage, the motor is European specs and consequently warmer than those sold here. Jim's been working on the car and was due to take it to Wakefield Park at Goulburn for its first run last week. Come along and hear him talk about this legendary quick car with its astonishing roadholding capabilities.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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