President's Report - March 2015

Greetings All,

Several club members displayed cars at the annual Shannon’s Wheels exhibition in King’s Park on Sunday 8 March, though not all were Pugs – Colin Handley and Ian Brock joined the dark side (i.e. anything non-Peugeot) by bringing a Morgan and a Clubman, respectively, though both were displayed a respectable distance away from the Peugeots and other French cars. Wheels was held on a lovely warm, sunny day and the club marquee offered welcome respite from the sun.

Although Peugeot numbers were down, overall car numbers seemed to be well up on last year, and I enjoyed seeing a wide range of marques and models. The organisers also made much better use of the undulating site than last year, which made it more enjoyable for participants and spectators alike. The great weather also certainly helped.

Planning for the Peugeot Pageant in Yass (17-20 April) continues apace, with almost 50 registrants at the time of writing. Needless to say, I am expecting more registrations to come in before the event, but I encourage would-be participants not to leave it until the last minute - rooms at the Swaggers Motel are filling up fast. An updated registration circular is included in this issue and can also be downloaded from the club website site http://www. peugeotcanberra.com.au/. Contact me for any special requests, such as day registration, which may be negotiated on a case-by-case basis.

Sue and I had the pleasure of attending the opening night of the French Film Festival at the Palace Theatre in New Acton on Friday 6 March, courtesy of Melrose Automobiles. [Peugeot was the major sponsor of the festival this year]. We enjoyed a couple of glasses of champagne and watched a very entertaining film, Gemma Bovary. Afterwards we nipped over to the trendy new restaurant, ‘A. Baker’ (short for Acton baker), for supper.

I was disappointed, as a Pug enthusiast, to read a less than positive review of the 2008 in the Canberra Times on Saturday 14 March. The review was a head-to head comparison of the Peugeot 2008 Active (1.6 litre petrol, with 4 sp auto) with the Renault Captur Dynamique (1.2 litre petrol, with 6 sp auto). The reviewer concluded that “while beautiful inside, with superior occupant protection, Peugeot’s outdated drivetrain, stingy warranty [3 years versus 5 years] and comparatively dull exterior” made it a clear second-choice to the Renault.

The reviewer also concluded that the 2008 would benefit from the turbocharged 3 cylinder engine in the 308 hatch. Having recently driven a 3 pot 308 turbo, I wholeheartedly agree – the little 308 engine was a real revelation, even when combined with stop-start technology, which I have been somewhat unconvinced by in the past. The 308 was nippy around town, with very little lag on take-off from a standing (engine off) start.

Our next club meeting will be held on Tuesday 24 March at 8 pm, at the Raiders Weston Club, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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