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President’s Ramble – March 2017

We are getting to the business end of the month, Gymkhana with Citroen and events with Wellington. Again I will just leave in from other months bits relevant to those events; other events in the meantime have come and gone.
In November we triumphed over the other club, earning more points and for once maybe we have got a hand on the Tricolour Trophy. To ensure that we as a Club do earn it we need to turn up to the Gymkhana that Citroen will be hosting. In my years as President we haven’t won the tricolour yet, something I would dearly like to change. This year Citroen have asked to defer the Gymkhana till March instead of the traditional February. Therefore I would ask that all of you, and I do mean all of you, please try and make yourself available for
March 19 2017.
Put it in your calendar now!
As well as having the competitive juices flowing against that other Club, I also have them flowing against our fellow Peugeot brethren. Behind the scenes the committee, Nick Watson and I have been arranging when to host the biennial interclub get together with Wellington Peugeot. It has been decided through various processes of elimination to hold it in Taumarunui, starting Friday 24 March, though this will be mostly a travel day and get together for a social dinner (at the RSA), through to March 26. So apply for your annual leave if you have to, and come join us down the main trunk line. Those dates being
March 24 to 26, 2017.
Behind the committees back Nick and I have been scheming about events, it looks probable (but all subject to change) that there will be a show and shine, a navigation trial and a gymkhana. I have already checked, Jessica wants to come away with me (but is now having second thoughts) and defend our Navigation title. I dare not disappoint. So far under my presidency we have not lost the interclub trophy to Wellington, but it hasn’t always been that way. Do come along and join.
In the meantime almost unusually I have few thoughts and inspiration on how to carry this Ramble on. All I can come up with is that a small group of us turned up to the club night, I was stuffed after a 12 hour day out in the sun and recall little of it except a couple of cups of coffee, and that Martin bought some lovely mince tarts that we shared. Other than that I recollect that we arranged ourselves in a circle and talked a lot, what about I have no idea, except that John Cooney’s lovely 406 coupe had been reversed into by a rather large Mazda 4wd in Milford; but I am sure that wasn’t everything, maybe someone else will write about it in this magazine edition.
Yesterday (as I write this) Don and I, with the assistance of Wynne displayed cars at the British and European Car Show, and were also joined by Peter Hagglund for quite some time – though not with a car. Peter showed us some very interesting photos of his 206 engine, in various states of being pulled apart. They were great photos of an engine that has been pulled apart and cleaned very well indeed. It was a wonderful day, it is a car show with a unique feel too it. There is no entry fee and people can wander between the cars, trees, a few food stands at their leisure. I have never previously seen so many Jaguars, MGs, Vauxhalls or Mercedes in one location before. Other makes were also well represented, and some (Lancia and Fiat for example) were notable for their absence. Some were present but had fewer than our three on display! We had a number of people look at our cars, I noticed they seemed to be attracted to my 505 V6 and Don’s 406 Coupe more so than the red 306 Cabriolet. An occasional person stopped and made enquiries with us, others were content with calling over family members and saying I used to have one of those (rather than engaging with us). On the way home I was stopped at lights next to an MGA driver that had also attended, and we had a brief natter. He commented that he thought it was a better show than the Ellerslie Concours, and although I didn’t go this year, I think when I look back at the ones I have been to, I might just agree with him.
It was also good to catch up with some of our friends at Citroen, they had I’m guessing about a dozen vehicles present. It would be good if we could have more next year. This was truly a relaxed gentle and pleasing day out. Those of you who know me, know my car is far from perfect, though I did spend a few hours cleaning it the day before – the car just about fell apart at the shock of it – and mine wasn’t the only car that was less than pristine. In fact I suspect that the other club’s President – Kevin – bought along the car with the most aftermarket customization of any there (dents), and that to me is what it should be all about. The good, the bad and the ugly, because that is what being a car club member is all about. You enjoy your car and the make. It doesn’t matter if it is better than show room; modified to be a racer or a show pony; as it left the factory, or full of dents, rips and peeling paint; is used as a work vehicle forever carting trailers or whatever. It is the fact that it goes, you love it for whatever the purpose you have it for and you participate in the club community.
That is what it is all about to me, and this event, in my opinion at least, allows you to enjoy and display that vehicle with all of its shiny bits and blemishes alike (mine certainly has both).
I truly hope to see you at the remaining events this month. Remember to get hold of Nick, as he has managed to get accommodation discounts for us.

Cheers,
Brent

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President’s Ramble – November 2016

Every now and then I pick up one of my old motoring magazines just to re-read or occasionally read for the first time – (I didn’t always have time to read them properly when new). Most of them are New Zealand Classic Car Magazine, a magazine that I once subscribed to by way of an annual Christmas gift subscription. That is until one year it simply didn’t get renewed. I have since found out this is because my good wife, Mandy, had come to the realisation that I was a hoarder and didn’t/wouldn’t throw anything out.

The fact that I am now able to write to you about this is the required “proof of the pudding.” One thing that I often thought was a downfall of New Zealand Classic Car, was its editing/proofing whether it be in the text or occasionally with wrong captions beneath photos. The example I am going to write to you about again is another case of “proof of the pudding.”

The July 2002 issue of the magazine has an excellent article about the Peugeot GTI family of that time. This is a lengthy article and a number of fabulous photos comparing and briefly road testing the following rather delectable bevy of Peugeots: 306GTi-6, a Targa-spec 205 GTi (1.9), 205 GTi (1.6), 106 Rallye. 205 CTi (owned by our own Don and Wynne Howarth at the time) and a new 206Gti.

Classic Car Magazine had a number of side-box mini-stories associated with the main article. One section of this is about The Rally Successes Peugeot has had. All starts well with mention of the 203 and its success in the Redex Trials in Australia, the achievements of the 404 and 504 in Africa, Australia and South America, but once it gets into the 1980s things go downhill.

I will make the corrections I picked up in brackets.

In 1986, with the 206 T16 Evo 2 (205) won the second successive WRC for the marque………
Peugeot then concentrated on the futuristic 905 V10 sports racing car, which won Le Mans and the World Sports Car title in ’82 (1992) and in 1983 (1993) claimed first, second and third at Le Mans…….
Midway through 1999 the 205 WRC (206) debuted, showing promising form in the hands of Grunholm (Gronholm) and Auriol. Grunholm (Gronholm) went on to blitz WRC in 2000, including a win here in New Zealand.

New Zealand Classic Car Magazine however is not the only one guilty of spelling Marcus’ surname incorrectly. I have a lovely model put out by Saico of the 206 Marcus drove in the 2001 Rallye de Monte Carlo. Gronholm is spelt correctly on the car; however on the display base it is spelt Groholm!

Time to leave that behind and take pride in our Marque. Coming up we have the Navigation Trial with Citroen. Let’s see if we can beat them for a change. In recent years they have won simply by having the numbers, and on occasion the skill as well. Please try and attend this one. It would be good if you can come and make up the numbers. Maybe we can beat them with skill alone, numbers being equal.

Remember – November 20, meet at the Autobahn on the Southern Motorway (Drury) at 1pm, bring pen and/or pencil and I will see you there.

 Brent 

PRESIDENT’S August 2016 RAMBLE

I have not spoken to the editor about how much she wants from me, however I am aware we have just had the AGM, so there will be reports from that and these will take up a few pages. I am also aware that Don has more test drive reports and these will also take up some space so I am assuming I need to make this one shorter. I am going to just type and see what rambles through my mind, time will tell if it is short, or not!
In our immediate sights we should be looking at the Fish and Chip drive to Kaiaua, a good excuse just to get out of the house and drive your Peugeot, or any other vehicle you wish to bring along, either meet us at the “Autobahn” stop just south of Papakura or meet us there. When? 11.30 Saturday September 10.
I know that Don said at the AGM that he would get hold of Nick, after we all discussed it and voted unanimously for it to happen, and see if he would organise the inter-club with Wellington early next year. Well I have pre-empted it, couldn’t help myself, Nick Watson has said yes, so the wheels are rolling, watch this space for further detail as we head towards the end of the year. In my opinion the last one Nick organised was the best interclub I have attended, and by that I take nothing away from those that have been held in Taranaki before and since which were excellent as well as. Looking forward to Taumarunui or some nearby location that Nick will no doubt be organising.
This time last year I was writing about my first driving and pedestrian ‘adventures’ in Sicily. I reread my Ramble for inspiration. It has brought back some very fond memories and can only reiterate that the driving in Sicily is mad, and yet despite this, or maybe even partly because of it, I would return to Sicily at a drop of a hat, it was my favourite location in Europe. Since finishing my work, at least for now, in the Bay of Plenty, I have not left Auckland. I have been no further West than New Lynn, no further North than Okura, no further East than Botany Downs, and no further South than Manukau, so relatively confined. Therefore very little rambling to note.
My parents have recently been overseas and bought back a mix of newspapers from Europe, the Middle East and Australia, these I have let my eyes and mind ramble over instead. I can report the following;
The New York Times international edition is very grey, little colour used and has very few advertisements – I am guessing largely due to the fact it has an international distribution that doesn’t match a lot of companies markets.
The Middle Eastern newspapers, (I have more than one of them) are the most colourful and are printed on a thin glossy paper type. I suspect not as durable as ordinary newspapers if the pages are turned quickly. Some have glossy outside pages with inner pages of ordinary newsprint quality, but still very coloured. The middle- eastern version of the FTWeekend has a strange almost pink aura to the newsprint.
The Italian papers they bought back have to be most colourful papers I have ever seen; pictures often take up more than the text, and the text on some articles has coloured backgrounds, often starting with a relatively dark background at the top of the article (in colours such as green, orange or blue) which fade to the background paper colour by the bottom of the article.
The Times from England was of a small format, many pages and lots of colour, but all dull colour or subdued, no glossiness at all. Although in different languages the Dutch and Australian papers seemed very alike, lots of colour, lots of sport but plenty of other articles too. Somehow they use the same quality newsprint as the Times of England, but their papers seem glossier and brighter. Not sure whether it was because they print their photos in a brighter format or whether they simply have more bright colours in their photos and adverts.

Of interest to those of us not used to the culture of Muslim counties I noted that many of the advertisers, especially in the Gulf News of Dubai, advertise Ramadan specials, though often without mentioning Ramadan itself. They are more subtly worded, talking about “the season” or “the celebration.” Not quite like our blatant Christmas and New Years sales.
Of greatest interest to us Peugeot Club members was what Peugeot in Dubai is offering. They were advertising for the 208, 308, 301 and 508 and a limited time offer for “Generosity that lasts beyond the season” of a 5 year or 1 million(!) km warranty, 3 years/60000km free maintenance, free window tinting, free insurance and free registration.
The next best I could find was 150,000km being offered by KIA.
Right, that’s it.
Brent
PS Your $45 subs are now due.


PRESIDENT’S July RAMBLE

I am tired, not having slept well about 50% of the time over the last couple of weeks. This has been further complicated by the work I have been undertaking inland from Paengaroa, having been working there on and off since April.This work finished this last week and I am feeling like I am more than ready for a few weeks at home. Must say it has been an incredible winter with regards to the rainfall and the ability for my outside job not to get shut down. After many many days in the Bay of Plenty sun I have pronounced sock tan lines. A couple of weekends back, one lady asked where I had been on holiday.

What can I tell you? – there is at least one Peugeot in Paengaroa, a 405 that appears to be in excellent condition. Others were spotted but I am unsure if they belonged there or were simply passing through on the state highway.There is a disparately high number of utes, though I think that is common in small town NZ, and the population is made up of a league of nations, fruit pickers from all of the Pacific islands being common, at least at the time of the year I was present. I can also highly recommend “The Trading Post”, a great restaurant with an excellent Crispy Duck Salad amongst many other fantastic meals on the menu, with dishes going on and off the menu once or twice a week. Favourites of mine also included what is the best seafood broth three of us agreed we had ever tasted – and I also was very keen on the crème brulee. The restaurant is so popular that people travel from throughout the BOP and it isn’t unusual for Paul (the owner) to turn away 25 to 40 people on Friday and Saturday nights. If in the area, I highly recommend it, but make sure you book! Tuesdays to Saturdays opening only.

Whilst I have been away, Don has had some serious play, getting to test drive, compliments of Sime Darby, the new 308 GT and 308 GTI – the diesel and petrol hot rods in the Peugeot garage. I was fortunate enough that Don brought the GTI around for me to get a gander at it and a brief urban test drive. All I can say is that I have never driven a car that performs like that, – and that was before Don shifted it into Dynamic Mode that lets loose all of the car’s power. It is a beautiful machine; practical with its 4 doors, comfortable and runs like a skinny hogget. You simply are not going to catch it. I do wonder if the law enforcement agencies – or possibly the manufacturers of speed cameras – helped fund its development. I have never driven a car that is so focused on performance that it can only be designed to lose your license in it! The car is effortless in reaching the speed limit, and I found that if I did make an effort the car accelerated quicker than I could change the gears, something I have never had the difficulty of doing before. I am sure given ownership, or simply just enough time, it could be mastered.

We are rapidly approaching the Bastille Day dinner (after I have written this – prior to you reading it), I look forward to having seen some of you there. Then comes our AGM at the Sime Darby quarters in Mt Wellington- Penrose. I encourage as many of you as possible to make it. Without numbers at the AGM the club ceases to exist. Some new blood in the Committee wouldn’t go out of place either.

Brent. 

President’s Ramble – June 2016

Currently I am largely working outside Auckland yet again, spending most of my weeks at the Junction Motel in Paengaroa. What it means is that again I am tired, doing a lot of travelling and having rather short weekends in Auckland, this is scheduled to carry on till mid-July, in the meantime others are doing my car club work load, the Ramble excepted.

Maybe because I have been working so much, or maybe because I haven’t seen much other than Paengaroa and rural Waikato roads (and many of those are night views only), or maybe just because I actually don’t have much to say I think this will be a shorter Ramble than usual.

What you need to know is that the AGM is coming up – and the Don Howarth has been hard at work arranging a different location. This is what you need to know!

The AGM is to be held at the Peugeot Distributors –
Sime Darby at 2pm on the afternoon of Saturday 30 July
32 Vestey Drive
Mt Wellington
Auckland, NZ
As I type this the final arrangements for timings are yet to be made, but never the less it will be good to have this contact with the distributor. It is my understanding that they will have a video by the Peugeot Group (PSA) showing the highlights of the 2015 year. So come along and have a peek at the distributors. It will be good to see you there and contribute to the AGM, which when you cut to the mustard is the only important meeting for the club each year. Our constitution and survival as an incorporated society depend on it.
On my personal front; had the 505 V6 for a year this month, and have taken it for its second warrant under my ownership. 2nd time lucky – passed it first pop this time, though with a warning about getting low on rubber in the rear. Nevertheless it was a sense of both relief and achievement to get the warrant without repairs required.
That is all I really have to say. If you haven’t already, get your trophies into the committee so that the new caretakers of them can enjoy having their names engraved on them,
Brent.

President’s April Ramble

This time last year you had a vice-president’s ramble, as my family and I were away vacationing in Europe. Somehow the world seemed a safer place a year ago with fewer refugees. In our euro-centric world view, at least as predominantly presented to most NZers by both traditional media and social media, what has been happening in Europe has caused quite an outcry. The reality is though that even greater atrocities with higher death tolls have been happening in Turkey and Pakistan recently. I suspect many of the everyday killings in Pakistan don’t even make our media forms, but I have no proof of that suspicion and have no intention to follow it up with research.

I will not claim to understand what is behind many of these killings. I think it is probably more than religion, especially in Turkey, as some of the killings at least appear to be related to the Kurdish liberation movements rather than ISIS origins, and that is the point where I am lost for words. All I want to say is that I think freedom of travel and freedom to express our thoughts should be the right of all. I believe mass murders, war crimes, bombings and other doings have been common place in most if not all peoples’ histories. Even NZ has not been immune. Our soldiers committed war crimes against the village of Surafend in Palestine immediately after World War 1. Reports vary, but it appears some 200 troops, mostly NZers and a few Australians murdered between 40 and 120 Palestinian men (reports vary on casualties) because a New Zealand soldier had been shot whilst pursuing a thief. Remember that the government in South Africa as well as the freedom fighters both at times killed without mercy. The same happened too to many of the losers in battle in Medieval times; sometimes only the prisoners with ransom value were safe. The IRA was guilty of many disappearances and bombings in Northern Ireland and Britain, but equally the British troops had their own uncalled for shooting sprees. Where I am going with this I am not sure except to say that over time many of these things have healed, the situations settled down and once -warring people have started to live in harmony again. I just hope that many of the world’s current political/religious/humanitarian problems can be sorted sooner rather than later and we can go back to being able to tour the world again without fear – other than that of the common thieves and occasional murderers who likely will always exist in society.

It was never my intention to get onto the above subject, it only came about because I reflected on where I was a year ago, thinking it might add some inspiration into this month’s ramble. I had already decided on a couple or so of things to write about and was looking for a little inspiration on others.

Firstly I have had a pre-ramble chat to the editor. Dennis Lowe has provided an article – that I believe will be published in two parts over the coming months – so thank you Dennis for taking my hints and providing your writing skills and accounts of your experiences.

Secondly Nick Watson has fathered a beautiful baby girl – Lucy. Heartfelt congratulations to you and Wendy.

Thirdly I have decided last month’s magazine didn’t say enough about the Gymkhana. It gave results and an idea of who turned up but little more. Greg and I were first on the scene setting out the courses that Greg’s fruitful mind had conceived. Not long after we were followed by Don who set out flags etc to reassure those who hadn’t previously been to John and Wendy’s farm, where to go. Greg had us all doing slaloms, forward and reverse, throwing articles at a centre stake from our cars, doing goodness knows what manoeuvres with dropping balls into buckets and finally doing an egg and spoon type rave complete with mini speed humps.

The day was sunny – but not too hot. Many arrived, some competed; others sat under our club tent and chatted, took photographs and maybe even watched some competitors. A few of ours came from up north, two in one car, one in a Fiat. David Holmes, I am pleased to say, decided to turn up just to earn the club points and watch – and ended up working as a marshal.

I ended up marshalling the slalom, ran the stop watches, had a course long enough to take a few photos and made a few observations and have come up with the following awards.

Taking my traditional title of The Driver that Created the Most Dust – Neale Batchelor in his Fiat. In the Citroen magazine Paul Absolum referred to Neale as ploughing the field.

The Most Frustrated at Road Works Award goes to Robert Morgan who hit so many of the road cones it must have been a revenge act.

The Julie Andrews Sound of Music Award – because it seemed nothing could faze him goes to Martin Burton. He seemed to happily cruise through all of the events.

The He Should Have Been a 3rd World Dictator Award to Greg Winkley who was by far the strictest of the marshals, “do it his way or the highway!”

The Brought to You by the Sponsors Product Award goes to Paul Absolum who somehow had his 2CV staying upright = yet looked like he or it had had a tipple with the lean he got it on in some of the corners.

The Bell Puller Award (aka the Hunchback of Notre Dame) is given to David Holmes who spent a lot of time bent over bending his back to measure accurate and inaccurate object throwing.

The Just Has My Admiration Award goes to David Jones whom I thought drove his long and bloated CX ambulance brilliantly in reverse at a fine mettle of speed. Having competed in a 505 wagon in the past, I know how difficult it can be to drive long wheel base vehicles at speed – especially in reverse. David it did it well and came home as the first member for the Citroen Club. Well deserved.

The Mother Teresa Award for Humility was won by Shayne Mathieson who put up with a lot of comments and redrafts based upon various scenarios of her publication of the results spreadsheets. All apparently without too many expletives being aimed at the email writers (mostly me).

And lastly the Dai Henwood Award For Comedy I’ll give to myself, as I quite like the humour I have put into the Gymkhana awards. 

Others deserved awards and mention too, but I have said enough, thank you to all whom participated and attended. Hope you are chuckling, despite my serious start to the ramble.

Brent. 
PS Paul Paice talking to us at Southern Autos.

Whangarei Weekend

From Auckland: Greg Winkley, Brent Druskovich, Don and Wynne Howarth.
From Northland: Anne and Ray Cotterill, Neale and Michelle Batchelor, Steve and Jenny Cornwall, Peter Vuletich and Oksana, Robert Morgan and Bronwyn, Mary Pullman.

On what the weather forecast to be a wet weekend (but turned out to be beautiful) Don and I left home about 9.30am to meet Greg at the Kaukapakapa Tavern at 10.30am. We were the only ones meeting him there, so got our instructions and left on the first touring stage. We made a stop at the Gibb’s Farm gate – we could see only one sculpture as the gate was locked – then headed on to West Coast Rd. From here we did a “Targa” stage to Kaipara Flats Rd, round large (though some tight) sweeping corners past very green paddocks with some lovely rural views. We arrived at Kaipara Flats Rd, but with my stomach protesting at the curves, made the decision to join Highway One here, and proceed to Kaiwaka. This left Greg – who had done all the plotting- to continue on the course by himself. He said he enjoyed driving the back roads, so we left him to it.
To the Brynderwyns through the roadworks (where we had been warned to watch our speed as cops and cameras were active) to Kaiwaka where we met up with the Whangarei contingent for lunch at the Bakery, then on through 3 more touring and Targa-type stages (which included driving down Dr’s Hill Rd ) to end up at
Maungatapere for our tour of the Packard and Pioneer Museum. At this point Robert Morgan joined the group, and proudly showed off his very recently purchased new RCZ Type R coupe, a very impressive and much admired car. Don, for one, was green with envy!
This museum is fascinating, with a large number of Packard models – I understand this is the largest collection outside the USA – but also a big collection of motorbikes, scooters, memorabilia, 47 potato mashers!!!,WW2 trucks, jeeps, and army motorbikes including the mini Flying Flea as well as old earthmoving equipment. Many of the exhibits have been restored, and many are still waiting….
We left from here to go to our motels for a rest and a brush up, then met again at Mary Pullman’s house for her 70th birthday party, with a specialty of toheroa fritters, gathered the day before in bitterly cold and windy conditions! This was a family and car club gathering with a BBQ and pot luck meal, so was a friendly and social event.
Next morning was a double stage of a Targa rally route, run locally, but Don and I decided to miss this and went instead to the yacht basin in the middle of Whangarei and browsed those craft shops. I found a birthday and a Christmas gift, so was very pleased.
Then on to the Batchelor’s home where we met up with the rest of the group for a pleasant home-cooked morning tea and chat, and the men admired Neale’s extensive model collection.
Next we set off towards Whangarei Heads, going through one touring
stage, then drove over Mt Tiger
(interesting) ending up at the Parua Bay Tavern for a surprise birthday lunch for Mary. This was organised by family and friends, who had booked the top floor room, which on a sunny day would have had a spectacular view of the bay, but was still pleasant even though grey and windy. We had a lovely meal, lots of talk with different people, (Mary was delighted when she was delivered by her son), and we finally left for home about 4pm, deciding to miss the trip to see Peter Vuletich’s collection!
Altogether a very pleasant and good friendship weekend, although it was a shame there was such a small response from the Auckland members. Greg put in a lot of work on planning the driving stages of the rally and had written excellent notes. Using our cars in out of town situations is one of the perks of coming on a weekend like this, and the men did enjoy putting the foot down when they had the chance!
I am sure Mary Pullman will remember this birthday for quite a while.

Wynne Howarth

President’s October Ramble

Since I last wrote to you I have attended a trip up north, a fabulous time for those that attended. Thank you to Mary for hosting us on Saturday evening for dinner, Michelle and Neal for Sunday morning tea, and Peter for showing a few of us his collection of fine automobiles. Also I really appreciated Ray babysitting me through some of the trials that Gregg had set by making sure he didn’t lose me; I was tail end Charlie for much of it by having the slowest car in the convoy, especially on Sunday morning. Also to Oksana and Peter for the brief rest at your house on Sunday afternoon. Then there was Robert delighting us with the sights and sounds of his new RCZ-R, very nice to have one in the club. Not to mention the company of Anne and Bronwyn. Plus of course Greg, Don and Wynne as well as myself who made the trip north. And then last but not least Jenny and Steve made the trip south from the Bay of Islands complete with very much younger relatives egging them on from the back seat. I had a wonderful weekend and you all made up special parts of it.
I have not sold a car on Trademe before (though I did once have my 505 GTI wagon on Trade me but sold it to Kevin “offsite” about a day or two after I had listed it), but my 505 GTI is now listed, by the time you read this the auction will have closed and it will be either sold or relisted. What I can’t get over, as I am a frequent but not full time trader on said website, is the popularity of the car. After 9 days listed it has been viewed 778 times and has 41 watchers, I’ve never had an auction like it. Granted I know very well that some of you who are reading this are some of the watchers and clearly are just being nosey and have no intention to purchase, so I won’t keep my hopes up over it.
Yesterday (that is the day before I wrote this) we had the annual Pride of Ownership or Show’n’Shine as I have also heard it referred to as. Reasonable turnout, 11 cars competed if I remember correctly, clear winners in the ’07 and ’03 awards, not so for the ’05 and ’06 awards, and no competitors in the ’04 award. It was a reasonable day with the sun shining with an occasional light spit going overhead. I entered my new 505 V6 and Mandy the 505 GTI (the one that I hopefully no longer own – dependent upon the Trademe results); we were also joined by Walter Dean who bought along his 505GR. I can’t remember the last occasion where we had 3 505s turn up to an event, and even if I could, I am certain that we didn’t have 3 different versions of the model. For a 505 eccentric member such as myself this was a wonderful occasion.
Even more wonderful for me was having Jasmine with me, we had a good father daughter relationship going on marking competitors cars under the bonnet, boot and left rear wheel arch. By working with Jasmine we had a very unique marking system, and this might be just as well, as her system is probably what separated some of the results in the end, more conventional systems may not have achieved it. Also a word to anyone coming in future years, if I have Jasmine back as a judge again make sure you have removed all spiders, dead or alive, from your engine bay, she hates them, consequently two competitors cars got marked rather hard on the cleanliness of the engine bay for spider reasons alone. Just glad I didn’t have one, because I hadn’t checked first myself!
By running the event in Cornwall Park we had a few interested onlookers as well, I don’t think we managed to sign anyone up to the club, but despite that I think from a public relations point of view we could still call it a success.
I believe the results won’t be in this issue of the magazine, and I do not intend to break the news of the results early, you will have to wait. What I can conclude however is that I must be doing something wrong in my position as President. If I was running this club like Sepp Blatter I would have won!
I am now looking forward to the next event, just next month, the Navigation Trial. Please see if a few more of you can make it. As much as I enjoy being President, we have never won the Tricolour Trophy with me at the helm, numbers at events in recent years is what has separated us from the other club, see what you can do to make my life that much more pleasant in being able to lift the trophy from them! And don’t forget the Gymkhana which will be held in Karaka in February 2016.
That is it; the editor tells me there isn’t much room this month for one of my more epic rambles. In case you are interested, it is a couple of days later from when I started writing the Ramble; Trademe now tells me 863 views and 45 watchers.

Brent 

1972 Peugeot 404 For Sale

A 1972 two owner 404 for sale – only 72,8000 miles; cream with brown upholstery; current WoF & Rego; runs well – in regular use. $3000 ono.
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