President's Report - October 2014

Greetings All,

After two postponements, because of bleak weather forecasts, the annual Battle of Waterloo was held on Sunday 28 September, in perfect weather, in Kings Park, adjacent to the Carillon.

French forces occupied the high ground to the south of the British, and were victorious on the day, by a margin of 39 cars to 28. Pink bérets (Les Bérets Roses) outnumbered pith helmets by a wide margin. Indeed, one pith-helmeted individual also wore a pink beret. Talk about having a bet each way!

As in previous years, the BOW event was sponsored by Shannons and there were lucky door prizes of bottles of wine – French, of course. My thanks to Barrie McAdie from the Renault club for organising the event, including taking care of the annoying, but essential paperwork that is required to hold a public event adjacent to the lake.

The next big club event is also very close – French Car Day – to be held at Telopea Park School, from 2.30 to 7pm on Saturday 1 November, in conjunction with the school fete. Those of you who have attended in previous years will know that the fete is a big event, with lots of good food and drink. Club members are invited to display a car (you get free parking in the school grounds, if you do) and be in with a chance to win the trophy for the best Peugeot, or even the best French Car, as voted by FCD participants.

On Sunday 19 October, I was invited to attend the launch of the new 308 at Melrose Peugeot – the first dealer launch of the new model in Australia. The 308 was voted 2014 European Car of the Year, so its Aussie release was eagerly anticipated, not least for the fact that Sue and I had recently bought a 308 Sportium as part of the runout sale of the previous model, and I was keen to see what we might or might not have missed out on.

The updated exterior body styling gives the new 308 nice clean lines and to my eye is an improvement over the previous model, but not drastically so. The interior is also very sleek, almost bordering on spartan (the sales brochures describe it as ‘minimalist’), with many dashboard dials and buttons now being incorporated into the colour touch screen display.

The entry level 308 Access 96 kW turbo petrol, manual is priced around $25,000, and the prices range up to around $44,000 for the 151 kW GT manual. There will also be a touring model, but I haven’t seen that yet. Obviously, I need to drive the new 308 to make a real comparison with our Sportium, but my overall impression is that, while it looks to be a great car, we are very happy with the one we have and we won’t be rushing to trade it in on a new model.

Our monthly club meeting is the 2014 Annual General Meeting which will be held at the Raiders Weston Club, at 8 pm on Tuesday 28 July, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm. The AGM is an important event for the club – elections will be held for positions on the incoming committee, and club activities for the coming year will be discussed, including the Peugeot Pageant in Yass next April. If you only attend one club meeting for the year, the AGM is good one to pick.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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