President's Report - March 2016

Greetings All,

The weather looked threatening, with dark storm clouds looming to the south, so it was with some trepidation that I loaded up the 508 with BBQ goodies and headed for Lennox Gardens behind the Hyatt Hotel. Having promised club members that the club would provide food and drink for an autumn BBQ, I certainly had to be there, if only to pull up stumps when the rain came.

However, the Peugeot gods were on our side and while skies remained overcast, not a drop of rain fell. Thus it was that the autumn BBQ went off without a hitch, as 10 of us enjoyed a relaxed couple of hours, with good food and wine.

There was a time when public BBQ’s in Canberra parks required coins in the slot to make them work – but they often didn’t work. These days the BBQs are free to use and also relatively trouble free. However, it pays to take a scouring pad to clean the hot plate before and after use – mostly the hot plates are clean and ready to go, but not always.

A few days before the BBQ, Sue and I spent a weekend at Malua Bay, just south of Batemans Bay. The drive down and back was less than enjoyable with major roadworks in progress, particularly along the Mongarlowe River.

I slowed to the indicated speed limit and was immediately tail-gated. Oncoming traffic was invariably above the speed limit and, at one point, a speeding 4WD produced a spray of gravel across my bonnet and windscreen. I watched, seemingly in slow motion, as the individual pieces of gravel approached, dreading that my windscreen would be cracked – it didn’t crack, but the largest piece of gravel pitted the glass and others inflicted minor paint chips on the bonnet.

After 6 months of careful driving (and careful parking), this was the first noticeable damage to the 508, so I was very annoyed, to the point of uttering an audible obscenity. Just as well I couldn’t confront the other driver – I probably would have got my face punched in!

Average fuel consumption was 5.4 litres/100 km on the way down to the coast and 5.9 overall. Having done just over 10,000 km in the 508, there may be further improvement in fuel economy as the car gets fully ‘run in’. I remember getting as low as 4.5 litres/100 km on the run to Sydney in my previous 508, though the Hume Highway is a bit kinder than the Kings Highway when it comes to fuel economy.

The next club meeting will be held at the Raiders Weston Club, at 8 pm on Tuesday 22 March, with dinner and drinks from 7 pm. I look forward to seeing some of you there. After that it is only a few more weeks until the Peugeot Pageant in Oberon, over the weekend of 8 and 9 of April. There will be a full pageant report in the April issue of RoaR.

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

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P.S. Congratulations to our magazine editor, Peter Rees, on his latest book, Inside the Vault: The History and Art of Australian Coinage. The book was released in February to mark 50 years since the change-over to decimal currency on 14 February 1966.