President's Report - November 2014

Greetings All,

French Car Day was held at Telopea Park School, on Saturday 1 November, in conjunction with the school fete. As usual there was a good selection of food, drink and entertainment, not to mention a great selection of cars – 30 French cars in total. Best overall car, as voted by participants, was the 1969 Renault Alpine of Barry McAdie. Best Peugeot was a very tidy 1972 504, owned by Ben Emmelkamp. In between admiring cars, I nipped off to investigate the various fete stalls and came back with a couple of good buys from the second-hand book stall including a book to help me learn a few words of Italian - our grandchildren are learning Italian at school, so I don’t want to be completely left out.

Speaking of grandchildren, we have recently introduced them to Lego, having had a very large collection of Lego in storage in our garage since our children left home. Needless to say, under the tutorship my eldest son, John, they are enthusiastically embracing all things Lego, including building cars – Peugeots of course.

Planning for the 2015 Peugeot Pageant, in Yass, is coming along after a hiccup with the dates. It turned out that on our first-choice weekend (11-12 April), Yass will be hosting around 400 truckers as part of the “Haulin the Hume’ truck event and the town just wasn’t going to be big enough for the both of us. Consequently, we have moved the pageant to the following weekend (18-19 April) – two weekends AFTER Easter.

The pageant will broadly follow the successful format of previous pageants including concours (Sat morning), driving skills/motorkhana (Sat afternoon), observation run to Binalong (Sun), presentation dinner (Sun night) and farewell breakfast (Mon). A highlight of the weekend will be a visit to the Binalong Car Museum, which houses a small but eclectic collection of cars including Bugatti and Delage. Further information, including all pageant costs, will be made available in the registration circular, due out shortly.

Home base for the pageant will be Swaggers Motor Inn, in Yass, and all (30) of their rooms have been reserved for the Pageant for 3 nights (Fri 17, Sat 18 and Sun 19), at a daily rate of $120/room, including cooked breakfast and free internet. The per room rate is an excellent deal, because some of the rooms can accommodate up to 6 people! They also have a large functions room and adjacent covered, outdoor area where pageanteers can gather throughout the weekend.

Accommodation is the responsibility of pageant participants and bookings can be made by ringing Swaggers on 02 6226 9900 and make sure that you mention the Peugeot Pageant. More more information their website is: Swaggers

Meanwhile, our last monthly club meeting for 2014 will be held at the Raiders Weston Club, at 8pm on Tuesday 25 November, with dinner and drinks from 7pm.

Finally, we will finish the year with the customary joint Christmas BBQ, with the Renault Owners Car Club, on the western shore of Lake Ginninderra, on Sunday 7 December at 6pm.

Find us at the picnic area on the western side of Lake Ginninderra (Macdermott Place off Joynton Smith Drive in Belconnen). We will provide meat, salad and bread for PAC members; BYO drinks and Christmas treats. Please confirm your attendance with me (Brad: 0427 662 112).

Keep on Pugging, and enjoy a safe and happy Christmas.

Brad Pillans

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