President's Report - October 2008

Greetings All,

Several weeks ago I was in Scotland for a few days (Glasgow, to be exact) where I enjoyed seeing a range of pugs not sold in Australia, for example the 106, 107, 1007 and a range of commercial models. Prominent on the streets in downtown Glasgow was a fleet of "London Taxis" or Hackney Cabs as they are sometimes called, which also included the purpose-built Peugeot E7, a 2 litre diesel-powered vehicle similar in size to the Expert van. As it happens, Peugeot has recently started selling two of its commercial models in Australia- the 1.6 litre diesel-powered Partner and the 2 litre Expert. So I won't have to go to Scotland to see these models in the future.

Sadly, I will be overseas again this month. I say "sadly" because I will miss the Sydney Motor Show (actually called the Australian International Motor Show) where the stylish looking 308 CC will be on display, only a week after its release at the Paris Motor Show. Also, I will miss the economy run organized by Rob Turner and the Southern Highlands Chapter of PCCNSW in Moss Vale on 12 October - sorry, Rob.

Meanwhile, back in Canberra, our club AGM will be held at the Canberra Services Club at 8pm on Tuesday 28 October. As we did at the September club meeting we will meet for dinner at 7 pm in the dining room of the Services Club which serves excellent tucker at very reasonable prices. The after-dinner speaker will be Jim Taylor, who will entertain us with stories from the Red Centre to Gold Coast rally in which he drove one of 7 Peugeot 504s that entered the rally (there was also one 404 and one 203).

As usual, I invite all club members to come along to the AGM, including the dinner beforehand but please advise me if you wish to attend the dinner - the Services Club needs to know approximate numbers to assist with their staffing.

Finally, the Peugeot and Renault clubs have been invited to display cars at the Telopea Park School fete on Saturday 8 November. The fete starts at 3 pm, and cars can arrive anytime from 1 pm onwards, though I would recommend planning to arrive no later than 2.30 pm. Once again, please let me know if you plan to display a car.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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