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President’s Ramble – December

I unfortunately at the moment seem to be spending more time away from home than at home – or at least that is how it seems – I haven’t checked my diary to see what the truth is.  Either way what it did mean is that I missed the last club night of the year as I believe most of you lot did too. Those that went had an enjoyable time – but could have done with some reinforcements – or so a little birdie has told me.

One of the reasons for my being away was the recent trip to Taranaki for the 202, 203 and 504 Anniversary weekend.  Sven had us travel the road less travelled a number of times. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t in one of the aforementioned models but my 505 V6, which I think sits lower than the other 505s I have owned. This meant I acted as a grader on one of the roads, most likely for the benefit of Greg in his 405, the only car newer than mine.

 On behalf of the committee, my family and myself I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a fantastic new year.  I hope to see many of you at upcoming events, especially the Gymkhana and the interclub with Wellington.

 Brent


40th anniversary in 2019

2019 will be the 40th anniversary of the foundation of the Auckland club.  We hope to contact some of our former members and have a lunch together later in the year.

Please remember that I am collecting your “My 1st encounter with Peugeot” stories and would like to publish a collection of them as an anniversary memento.  You can email them to me or post them to the club’s P.O. Box 34268, Birkenhead 0746.

Thanking you in anticipation (as my mother used to say)

Jeanette

Editor

President’s Report – November 2018

Since my last month’s Ramble it has become apparent that there appears to be no-one wanting to go to the Intermarque at Ellerslie next February.  An email went out asking that anyone wanting to do it to get hold of me, and so far nobody  has.  So just in case you wish to attend/display at Ellerslie, this is your last chance to get hold of myself or another committee member so we can enter you. Our details are at the front of the magazine.

It has been noted that there was a poor attendance at the recent Navigation Trial, only committee members turned up,and an even poorer attendance from members of Citroen.  If the reason we aren’t seeing you is because we aren’t putting on the type of event you wish to attend, then please get hold of a member of the committee and let them know. If however it is simply because you were busy, had other commitments or simply are happy just getting the monthly magazine then all is good.

In the meantime, thank you to the Hadfields who organised and hosted the event, and also to the Lowes who marshalled.  Let’s just not discuss who was or wasn’t observed using their indicator on the route.

Coming up before Christmas we have the club night at The Horse and Trap, on the 4th December. Please do try and attend; it would be good to see you there.

And please approach Don about the upcoming BritEuro. show in March – in that case it is more the merrier. He would love you to bring your car and join him for a nice day out.For some reason I feel that this rather short ramble will be it for this month,  

See you real soon,   Brent

404 For Sale

She  is my second 404 and it hurts to let her go.

Her odo reads 75612 but goodness knows how many times around the clock. I have her parked under shelter at my dad’s place in Rotorua who is happy to show to any prospective buyers and has a better grip on her mechanical history than I do. She’s a very much loved family member.

Here’s a list of what she failed on

the warrant….

  • Stoplamps not working
  • Lh headlamp focus/aim
  • Needs new wiper blades
  • RhF shock not operating/ leaked
  • LhF w/bearing excess play, rough
  • Corrosion – RhF flood frame

I am looking for offers. She is looking a little rough and needs some TLC but runs really well. I’m realistic that she’s not worth heaps but hopefully a great find to an enthusiast.

My phone number is 0212955298.and I have sent  photos to Jeanette

Lizzie Shelbourne

 


504 Wanted

Hi there ,

I was wondering if you guys could please help me out. I have been looking for a Peugeot 504 sedan for the longest time and I was wondering if you guys have any contacts to people selling their 504 Peugeot. It’s been a dream of mine to own one for many years.

Kierohn Sims

 Kierohn@gmail.com

You can also contact me on 02102763488

 

President’s Ramble; October 2018

Often the writing of this is exactly what the title suggests – it is a Ramble – an easy one at that. Imagine something along the lines of a Ramble through your botanical garden on a warm, sunny but not oppressively hot spring day, the flowers are out and the birds are a singing.  This one has not been one of those, I think this is attempt number 4, maybe 5 and will be the last one as the editor has deadlines that in all fairness I probably have already not met.  Previous attempts have been a slog through the mire – I hope for both me and you this one isn’t another.

A few of us have just attended the Pride of Ownership in Cornwall Park,. For a while then it looked like Jeanette, John and me with two cars between us were going to be the only attendees.  In our own efficient ways Jeanette and I had marked 2/3 of the criteria for both of our cars before anyone else turned up.  Eventually they came.  This was the first event I had attended with our 308 Sport, a vehicle we have owned since January.  A nice afternoon was had by all and it was particularly good to see Graham driving his 504 all the way from the BOP to join us, I was delighted he diverted through Pukekohe and picked up David as well.

That however is in the past, I would like to acknowledge the resignation of Selwyn Johns (and by default Raewyn as well), who has been a past committee member, ran the club shop and for me personally was someone I used as a “yard stick” on gymkhanas. I always felt that if I had beaten Selwyn I had done well; if I hadn’t but been close I had still done well, The other scenario is not worth mentioning!  Raewyn if I remember correctly is the immediate immediate past president (i.e. in the role before both Greg and me) and was also on the committee for many years and with Selwyn ran the Club Shop as well as running her own shop in Mangere Bridge – from which she often let the committee be aware of any NZ Post special with pre-paid envelopes, thus saving the club much in postage. Their contributions to the club over the years have been noted and their presence will be missed. Another I have been aware of resigning is Thomas Phillip, a member who was new to the club but made an impressive and immediate impact with his blue 404, the result of which was evident at the prize giving, Hopefully Thomas will have a change in circumstances and we will see him rejoin in the future.

Next month we would like as many hands on deck as possible to compete in our annual navigation trial. This will not be held on the usual third Sunday of the month but on the 1st Sunday this year – that being the 4th of November.  Don Hadfield has set up a course that will hopefully be challenging, scenic and enjoyable.  Please do come along and support both the club and Don for the effort he has put in. Note this even gains us points towards the Tri-colore Trophy.

Also coming up in Taranaki in November (16th to 18th) is the Anniversary Weekend of the 202, 203 and 504; each model celebrating a significant milestone since their introduction. I have managed to arrange a group discount for us at the motel, details as below, where a few of us will be staying. Why not come and join us there? I will be attending, although unfortunately I don’t have any of the milestone models, but will enjoy seeing some of them there as well as probably a few other strays such as my 505.

Rates being offered are $120 per night for a studio for two nights –One bedroom unit $125 plus $20 per person additional if more than two are going to stay in the same unit.

The motel has both a heated outdoor and indoor pool so bring your togs, I imagine a late night dip might be quite relaxing, or a dip and muscle relaxation if we get in early enough to have a swim before dinner at night.

Please call and make your own bookings – but inform that you are part of the Peugeot Car Club booking to get the discounted rate. The phone number is 06 7588149 and they are on the interweb too should you want to look them up first – http://www.flamingomotel.co.nz/

Also get hold of either Don or Sven, or better still both of them who are organising the event;sven@slager.co.nz  and enzo406@outlook.co.nz

Other events to look forward to include an end of year get together at the Horse and Trap in Eden Terrace – this will coincide with the Pub’s quiz night to which we intend to enter a team or teams if we have the numbers.  John Cooney has informed the committee that it is very well run and you can get a good meal too.  Something I just may have had there in the past.

Next year we will have the following to look forward to:-

Intermarque Concours d’elegance –  Ellerslie Racecourse  – February 10th.

The Auckland Brit and Euro Classic Car Show – Lloyd Elsemore Park – March 3rd  2019.

The Gymkhana with Citroen – Date still to be confirmed – February or March 2019.

An Interclub meeting with Wellington – probably later in March – dates yet to be confirmed.

Well I am going to stop Rambling on here, this edition worked a lot better for me than the original slog attempts at it; hope it has worked for you too!

Brent

504 WANTED

Hi there ,

I was wondering if you guys could please help me out. I have been looking for a Peugeot 504 sedan for the longest time and I was wondering if you guys have any contacts to people selling their 504 Peugeot. It’s been a dream of mine to own one for many years.

Kierohn Sims

Kierohn@gmail.com

You can also contact me on 02102763488

WANTED

WANTED

I am looking for a rear torsion bar for a 2000 Peugeot 306 2.0 petrol;

rego is ZG6001

Lawrence Woodhouse, ph 03 548 2619 or nelbrakes AT xtra.co DOT nz

 

President’s Ramble – September 2018

Like last August, I am going to make this brief. We have had the AGM and nothing changed except that Don and Wynne have both given notice that this will be their last year on the committee.  Nobody has yet volunteered to replace them, so you have a year to get yourself ready for nomination.  As a committee we have to be appointed by the members at the AGM, but there is however nothing stopping the committee appointing you as an acting committee member, if you want to come along and see what we do and get a taste of it prior to the next AGM.  If you think you would or could, your club needs you.  Please contact the secretary to find out when and where the next committee meeting is. being held. We would love to see you.

Coming up soon (October7th) is the annual Pride of Ownership; check the magazine for more details.  We would love some different people to turn up and show their Pride and Joys. It would be good to get another name or two on the trophies rather than the traditional few we already have, and remember should you have an ‘05, you normally only have to turn up to beat me to the trophy. My car was a working car.

The 4th of November sees a rescheduled Navigation Trial on the 1st Sunday of November – not the date previously advertised.  Remember this is the first part of our annual contest with Citroen and counts for point towards the Tricoleur Trophy, please turn up and compete. (You don’t need to drive a Peugeot on it.)  Hopefully we can keep our hands on the Trophy for a 3rd consecutive year.

I look forward to seeing more of you at these events,

Brent

President’s Ramble – August 2018

We are about to have our AGM, and with that in mind I would like to ask for volunteers to step up and take on roles in the committee.  In particular we are in need of a new secretary for next year. Wynne has decided it is time for her to step down after 24 years in the role – can anyone remember who had the job before her? Certainly not me. I have only been a member for 19 years now. Anyway please consider yourself for this role. This will be Wynne s last AGM as secretary, but we will need someone else to take over next year.  The role I believe is not too arduous, mostly taking and distributing the not quite monthly committee meeting minutes.  Please step up and volunteer for this role.

I myself have been rambling (in the USA) and missed the last committee meeting, I would also not be surprised if Don will be standing again for the last time as a committee member. He has been threatening to not stand for at least the last three AGMs.  Therefore as per usual some fresh blood amongst the committee is also more than welcome. We have been lucky to have Xerxes join us this last year and his contributions have not been unnoticed.  Others are also welcome. Being a committee member is also relatively easy; occasionally you may get a small organising job to do, usually by volunteering to do it, but other than that it often involves no more than expressing your ideas at the meetings and helping stuff the envelopes with the magazines.

Other club matters to keep in mind are the upcoming events we have in October and November.  In October is our annual Pride of Ownership, no date announced as yet, but keep it in mind, come have your car judged.  It doesn’t have to be the shiniest car there, in fact I have won the “05” category before by simply turning up and being the only one in it. I have my name on the Trophy to prove it, and probably still came last overall!  As it hasn’t been discussed I can’t even give you a venue, however I would not be surprised if it is in Cornwall Park again.

The other event to keep in mind is the first stage of the Navigation Trial. It is our year to organise it.  If anyone wishes to have a go at setting one this November please get in touch with a committee member.  A number of us have set them in the past as well as competed in many.

My rambling to and within the USA has seen me mastering driving on the wrong side of the road again, mastering sitting on the wrong side of the vehicle and trying to remember which way traffic should be coming from.  To achieve this I largely discipline myself  so that as the driver I need to be sitting in the middle of the road, not by the kerb.  I do find that every intersection takes more concentration to check I turn to the correct side of the road. It didn’t become habit despite driving close to every day there for 16 days.  I am glad to say however no mishaps or even anything remotely like a close call except on the freeway in Los Angeles where I found the 12 seater Ford Transit van I was driving still managed to have a bit of a blind spot on the passenger side, all this despite having the best wing mirrors I have ever driven with! Even then it wasn’t so much a ‘close call’ situation as a ‘be aware’ one.

We spent the majority of our time away in Wyoming, Montana and South Dakota, especially exploring National Parks, National Forests and State Parks.  The most beautiful was probably the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming which seemed to combine mountains, forests, meadows and lakes in the most picturesque combinations.  Yellowstone (the world’s first National Park) on the other hand is beyond compare with its diversity of geography and wildlife, and its sheer size.  The geysers, springs and mud pools make those at Rotorua almost a non-event, and yet those at Rotorua are quite something.  To see a bison up close and personal is really quite something, then to see a large herd is something else again, and in the Lamar Valley in particular we saw many herds.  We were also very fortunate to see 6 brown bears whilst there, we met some who had been more than once and never seen any, we managed 6 in 4 days, so very pleasing.  In South Dakota we visited Mount Rushmore National Monument. Although I have seen many images of the four presidents etched in stone before, seeing is really comprehending, especially if you are lucky or organised enough to get one of the ranger talks about the making of the faces.  The drives through some of the other South Dakota parks were also quite something, in particular The Needles Highway comes highly recommended, and we went underground at Wind Cave National Park.  Wind Cave has something like 90% of the world’s known box lattice work; the rest apparently is spread scattered across the globe in small amounts here and there, even other large cave systems that are located very close by do not have it.

In Montana we visited the site of the Battle of Little Bighorn, the location of “Custers Last Stand”. This is a truly well laid out experience with great interpretive panels, and again with a superb Ranger’s talk.  My favourite spot was the Big Horn Mountains in the Big Horn National Forest.  Here the views are just phenomenal and the roads at times unbelievably steep, but well made.  A small fortune must have been spent to build them.  Despite the challenging gradients some big rigs still use it as a route to traverse Wyoming. On the downhill runs on the western side were a number of emergency run offs. I would not have fancied using them in a kart let alone a multi ton rig. The views are remarkable, farmers have leases and we observed both cattle and sheep (the only spot we saw a sizable flock) being rounded up in high mountain meadows. Elsewhere we observed moose grazing amongst willows and elk grazing on the forest edge.  Yellow Bellied Marmots were found amongst the peaks near the “medicine wheel” archaeological site and I was very fortunate to see a rather rare pika – a type of small and rare alpine rodent.  I talked to the rangers and they informed us that as well as elk and moose, bighorn sheep can be found (though only rarely now due to a disease outbreak) and with them predators such a wolves, cougars, coyotes and foxes.  Eagles and other birds of prey abound and can occasionally be found diving on the pika and marmots, which keep a constant and shrill chatter going amongst the mountain tops, talking to each other about what predators may abound.

From a motoring point of view, I was initially apprehensive about the size of the Transit Vans I was to be driving. They are over 6m long, though once you are driving them I found them not to be overly large compared to the many large pickups. This part of the country is full of large vehicles and this is reflected in the size of the car parks, not the same as in NZ.  Much to my surprise it also has a very responsive power steering system and was much easier to manoeuvre than my smaller Mitsubishi Ute back home.  The Transit van is an American morph of what was a European design. I suspect they make them larger and unlike the Europeans they are not diesels; instead Ford USA has a 3.5 litre turbocharged V6 petrol engine in them.  Although at times I felt it lacked power, I suspect it was more an issue of the gear ratios, I did get the big bulky creature up to 80mph, which was the limit on some of the interstates.  Most of the time 55 to 65 was the limit.  In South Dakota many of the highways were concrete (at least in the Black hills – Rapid City area) and they whined.  It was inescapable, it was almost as if we were travelling in a jet aircraft such was the constant  background noise.  I never figured out exactly what they did to those roads to create the sounds; interestingly enough one section there were visible patterns in the road and this was one of the few silent ones, whereas visually it looked like it should have been the loudest!

I am going to run my ramble down now to its conclusion with one last story. Whilst in the Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota we were caught in the most magnificent hail storm any of us had experienced. Some of the hail stones were larger than golf balls, most not much smaller, though interestingly they were more ovoid than round. All traffic stopped and tried to hide beneath pine trees; at least two cars slid off the road not getting enough grip on the instant ice. We have some incredible photos of the road and landscape looking like summer snow-fall, but it wasn’t!  The sound of the hail on the roof was incredible, sounded like we were in a tin drum and we had expectations that the glass might break. It didn’t and casual observations revealed no dents though we didn’t climb on the roof to check. I didn’t time it, but can confidently say that the hail would have fallen intensely for more than 15 minutes and less than 30. Torrential rain followed for a similar amount of time afterwards followed by brilliant sunshine. Three days later we were flying out from Rapid City regional airport.  Whilst in the rental car park area we observed a Ford Mustang Convertible. Every panel was pock marked, the rear window smashed through and the front windscreen had a number of impact marks as well as cracks of some length throughout it.  We observed that like us they had the obligatory Custer State Park fee paid sticker in the window. Clearly the hail was somewhat larger than that we had experienced – or alternatively the metal on the Mustang is somewhat thinner than on other vehicles; I suspect the former.

See you at the AGM at Armstrongs dealership in Greenlane; remember to volunteer to be our new secretary or to join the committee,

Catch you soon,

Brent