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President’s Ramble – Feb 2018

Well I have had a lovely break and I hope you have as well. Those of you with the right contacts or incessant urges to follow Peugeot sales on Trademe will note that quite a bit has been going on with wheelings and dealings of Peugeots. Nick Watson has picked up a very nice 404 ute from Tony Haycock, Sven sold his immaculate 404 ute – I don’t know where to, hopefully a member of either our club or Wellington, and even more surprisingly – to me at least – Sven has most, maybe all of his vast collection up for sale – though I understand he isn’t selling all of it, but all are up for negotiation, so if you want to own a 404, 403, a 504 coupe or 404 coupe or cabriolet he is the man to contact. If you don’t know how most of the committee do, contact us and we will point you in the right direction.
We have a number of important club events coming up;
Please enter these dates in your diaries and attend or assist with as many as you can.
February 11 Ellerslie Concours – I believe John and Xerxes are still looking for people to display with them – this is a wonderful day out and gets you a free ticket to see many fine automobiles on display at Ellerslie Racecourse.
February 18 Gymkhana at the end of Cato-Peart Road, Karaka at 1pm. Please try and attend this, it goes towards interclub points with Citroen, after the Navigation Round we are behind them, a good attendance would be more than helpful. You don’t have to compete. Just attending earns club points.

February 20 The first Club night of the year, CANCELLED and POSTPONED TO MARCH 20.

February 24 – French Car Day in Milford, I understand John Cooney is still looking for a car or two to be displayed there – any volunteers from the North Shore or someone looking to do something different that day?
March 4 Brit Euro Day in Pakuranga – contact Don Howarth to help organise a display – I am still waiting to find out if I am available or not at this stage, what I can tell you is that I attended last year; best most relaxed car show I have been to. Highly recommended for a day out. I truly hope to make it and remember your car does not have to be pristine, many displayed by a number of clubs were well less than showroom.
I have not ventured out of Auckland much this holiday period, and when I have it has been to the Coromandel Peninsula, having had a couple of nights in a tent in Whiritoa to see in the New Year. I slept well, others in nearby tents may not have, apparently my snoring (do I snore – never heard it myself) and thin tent walls aren’t a good mix. Got back in Auckland to get the storm where it didn’t hit too badly, though there were a few branches down and a lot of foliage present on the streets in my neighbourhood. Others got hit harder; a few days later I saw Nick Watson doing a fine job in Thames as part of the Civil Defence clean up (modern Toyota Ute rather than his 404). Give him and his even finer volunteers and others in the community a big thank you when you can, especially the lifesavers whom I understand are working “overtime” in their voluntary positions all over the country during our current heatwave.

Brent




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