President's Report - July 2014

Greetings All,

As I reported last month, owing to inclement weather, the annual Battle of Waterloo event, scheduled for 15 June, had to be postponed to a later date. The new date, subject to NCA approval, is Sunday 17 August. Further details will follow in due course, but remember that “Les Bérets Roses” will spearhead the French forces.

As also announced last month, the PAC will host next year’s Peugeot Pageant and we have since firmed up the dates and the venue – the event will be held in Yass from Friday 10 to Monday 13 April, which is the first weekend after Easter. Yass was selected because it offers a range of accommodation options and potentially interesting activities for participants. A preliminary announcement has already gone out to the other clubs, with further details to be provided as soon as possible.

Needless to say, the pageant will likely follow the successful format of previous pageants including concours (Saturday morning), driving skills/ motorkhana (Saturday afternoon), observation run (Sunday), presentation dinner (Sunday night), and farewell breakfast (Monday). I have been in touch with the friendly staff at the Yass Visitor Information Centre, to assist with choosing venues for the various activities, and have already scoped one motel that looks to be ideal as the main base for pageant participants.

Meanwhile, with all car dealers recently offering significant end of financial year discounts on new cars, it seemed an opportune time for Sue and I to consider the options to replace her ageing, but still going well, 306 HDi. Sue had a few criteria like an automatic gearbox, four doors (for ease of transporting grandchildren) and satellite navigation, but apart from those, was open to suggestions. We looked at Renault Clio, a VW Golf, Citroën C3 and C4 and a Peugeot 308 Sportium, but in the end the 308 won out.

The Golf was nice, but much more expensive than the 308. The Clio just didn’t grab us. The C3 was too small for me and came with only a four-speed auto box. The C4 was about the right size, but the 308 was the clear winner all round, especially as Melrose Peugeot was offering diesel cars at petrol car prices – an extra saving of around $3000 on top of the other discounts.

With the new 308 due to arrive in September, I guess that Peugeot Australia is keen to clear out existing stocks, so we were only too happy to help them out on this occasion.

By the time you read this column, we will have had our annual Bastille Day lunch at Les Très Bon restaurant in Bungendore – Sunday 20 July. Being truffle season, I daresay there were some tasty truffle dishes on the menu. I will report on that event, which will be the first club outing for Sue’s new 308, in next month’s column.

As usual our monthly meeting will be held at the Raiders Weston Club, at 8 pm on Tuesday 22 July, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm. Hope to see you there.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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