President's Report - October 2011

Greetings All,

Last month's car selling sagas are over! I duly traded my 407 to Melrose Peugeot and received a cheque in return, while the sale price for my 203 wagon was renegotiated to the original asking price. I'm also pleased to report that after sitting in a shed for several years, the 203 wagon is registered and on the road again.

The car has been put on full registration, rather than concessional (club) registration by the new owner, so expect to see the "grey ghost" around town - the car was painted in what might best described as "Battleship Grey" undercoat many years ago by a previous owner, but neither he nor I ever got around to doing a proper paint job. I originally bought the 203 wagon about 20 years ago, when I was living in New Zealand. It was the last known 203 wagon in New Zealand and I brought it to Australia in 1994, along with my New Zealand assembled 404.

203 wagon

The New Zealand rego papers indicate that the 203 was first registered as a hearse, which is interesting for a couple of reasons; firstly, it's not exactly a big car and secondly, the original colour appears to have been a fairly bright blue! Anyway, with the sale of the 407 and 203 wagon, Sue and I are back to being a 4 Peugeot family (1949 203 sedan, 1967 404 sedan, 2001 306 HDi sedan and 2011 508 HDi sedan) - a perfect fit in our 4 car garage!

Sadly, while I was away recently, the 306 stopped dead, refused to start and had to be unceremoniously towed to Bill McNamee for what turned out to be a tricky-to-diagnose fault. On computer interrogation, the fault appeared to lie with the camshaft and crankshaft sensors, which Bill duly replaced, but the car still refused to start. Eventually a broken wire leading to the sensors was identified as the true culprit and the 306 leapt back into life.

The October club meeting is also our AGM, so I encourage a good turnout at the Irish Club on Tuesday the 25th. The AGM will start at 8 pm, with dinner from 7 pm. I will bring the 508 for those of you who want to inspect it.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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