President's Report - April 2011

Greetings All,

My 407 has never failed to start, until last week and the timing was most inconvenient - first thing in the morning as I prepared to negotiate peakhour traffic. Fortunately, I had a fully charged battery in my garage that I was able to connect to with jumper leads and I was on my way with minimal delay. I replaced the battery later that day, at the Battery Factory in Fyshwick, who will give club members a discount of around 10%. The battery in my 407 had been in the car since new (2005), so I'd had a good run, I suppose.

Once again, the weather was terrific for the annual Wheels Exhibition, held on the lawns of Old Parliament House on Sunday 27 March. As usual, the club had an interesting line-up of vehicles from 203 through to 407. A highlight was the 403 panel van of Bob and John Edwards - a much loved, extremely rare vehicle that had not been displayed for a couple of years.

Speaking of much loved and rare Pugs, there will be plenty of those gathering in Canberra over Easter for the National Peugeot Pageant. The weekend will begin with a concours d'elegance at Mt Majura Winery (north end of Majura Road) from 9 am to 12 noon on the Saturday, with wine tasting and morning tea/coffee. Featured rare cars include a brace of 504 coupe, a 404 cabriolet, a 605 ute and the 403 van, supported by a great selection of other beautifully prepared Pugs, covering more than 60 years, from a 1949 203 to a 2011 RCZ, the latter courtesy of Melrose Peugeot. Also on Easter Saturday, there will be motorkhana and driving skills events at the Greyhound Racing Club in Jerrabomberra Ave, Symonston, from 1 to 5 pm.

Participants have a choice of competing in either the full-on CAMS-approved motorkhana events or the more sedate, but no less demanding driving skills tests. Spectators are welcome and we expect that afternoon tea/coffee/snacks will be available. On Easter Sunday, there will be a day run to Braidwood, starting from Eaglehawk at 9.30 am, which includes an observation trial devised by Peter Rees. Points will be awarded in each event that will go towards the club trophy competition, with the winners being announced at the Pageant dinner at Eaglehawk on the Sunday night (7 pm for 7.30 pm, with selected wines from Mt Majura Winery).

There will be no monthly club night this month, because of the combined Easter/Anzac Day long weekend. However, at the time of writing, the weather forecast for Easter is good, so whether you are a participant or spectator, I encourage all club members to join us at the Pageant.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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