President's Report - August 2014

Greetings All,

They say lightning doesn’t strike twice… Well, not quite lightning, but once again the Battle of Waterloo event has been defeated by the weather. In last month’s column I reported that, owing to inclement weather, the annual Battle of Waterloo event, originally scheduled for June 15, was postponed to August 17.

However, once again, the forecast of heavy rain on the 17th was enough to dampen our enthusiasm. The new date for the event is now Sunday, 28 September. Further details will follow in due course, and “Les Bérets Roses” will finally get their chance on the automotive battlefield. The club’s annual Bastille Day lunch, at Les Très Bon restaurant in Bungendore, was held on Sunday 20 July, attended by 14 club members and friends. Being truffle season, there were tasty truffle dishes on the menu, though I did not indulge myself. The wine and conversation flowed freely, and the food was excellent.

Recently, Sue and I took her new 308 Sportium on its first long outing, when we drove to the coast for the day. We went down the Clyde Mountain to Batemans Bay, then north to Milton for lunch, a town that I had not visited for many years. Milton might only be a few kilometres north of Ulladulla, but it is a world apart in terms of ambience. In the afternoon we visited a terrific private garden, just north of Milton, and returned home by early evening.

The car drove beautifully, with an average fuel consumption of 5.5 litres/100 km. A week later, Sue drove the car to Mildura (and back), covering the front of the car in squashed insects and picking up a couple of small stone chips on the bonnet. You don’t see many car-bras these days, but it would have been a useful thing to have for the Mildura trip.

While Sue was in Mildura, I had a visit from youngest son, Geoff, just back from a trip to Europe and the Middle East. Geoff, who lives in Sydney, came down to have his 505 serviced by Bill McNamee, and he gave me a first-hand account, with lots of photos, of his trip.

He flew to Spain, via Dubai, for a conference, then to Germany to visit friends and came home through Turkey and Iran. You can read about Geoff’s Iranian experience starting on Page 13 of the August 2014 edition of RoaR.

Remarkably, it would appear that Iran is one of the safest countries to visit in the Middle East at the moment, made all the better by the huge number of Peugeots on the road. 405s are still being manufactured there!

Meanwhile, back on the home front, our driveway is a bit crowded with our 306 HDi and a friend’s Toyota Hilux parked in less than convenient places, not to mention our box trailer, which has been displaced from its usual parking place by the Hilux. Fortunately the 306 has been sold and it will go to its new owner, a family friend, within a matter of days. The Hilux is with us for another month or so, after which its owner will be back from Europe and our parking problems will disappear.

As usual our monthly club meeting will be held at the Raiders Weston Club, at 8 pm on Tuesday 26 August, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm. Hope to see you there, to celebrate, if nothing else, the end of winter.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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