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President’s Ramble – May 2018

Jeanette has given me limited space this time, and I am glad of it. Work pressures are on and they have me stretched, both for time and across physical locations. I have had jobs on in coastal Bay of Plenty, the Coromandel Peninsula, Long Bay, Inland Bay of Plenty, just over the regional body lines and into the Waikato just south of Waiuku; plus have a couple of jobs on the run in the Domain; just picked one up on Waiheke and work took me on a jaunt to the centre of the universe, Dargaville as well. As a tip if you are travelling Dargaville way, based on the Diesel prices alone it is well worth filling up elsewhere, with the prices being about 13c a litre more expensive than those I am typically paying around Epsom, – and then nearby in the scheme of it, prices were cheaper than Epsom in Maungaturoto. How they can be cheaper there than Dargaville I don’t really understand. I have also found prices are cheaper in Morrinsville, Waharoa, Glenbrook and at the Caltex opposite Pukekohe Golf Course. Heaven forbid do not try to purchase in inner-city Auckland; prices go up again. Albany on the other hand is cheaper and has some competition.

We have one event coming up next month, and then will be waiting on Citroen to organise the Bastille Day Dinner in July. All their latest magazine had was the date – Sunday 15 July. Come along to our own mid-winter pot luck dinner on June 23 – details in the Coming Events chart.

Those of us who email for the club have had a couple bounce back at us, and others of you haven’t provided an email, so if you haven’t seen anything from us lately please provide your details to Jeanette so we can keep you updated. jeanette_grant@hotmail.com
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Also if you are in the market for extending your Peugeot range and numbers, Sven has had a number of his vehicles on the market; look them up on Trademe, search ‘Peugeot’ and then ‘select’ to order them ‘oldest first’, you will see a fine selection of 403, 404s and 505 from him as well as a couple from other vendors, including Sven’s previous Show and Shine winning 404 ute. I know if I had spare garaging and/or the cash I would be buying what can only be the best classic Peugeots in New Zealand.
Brent 


President’s Ramble – April 2018

I would like to start this Ramble by acknowledging Auto Distributors New Zealand (The Peugeot Distributor) for allowing us access to their press cars to drive and review. Arek Zywot recently allowed me the privilege of driving a 5008GT for a slightly extended weekend period. I had never driven a car with so many electronic controls before, the newest cars I have regularly driven in recent years coming from the beginning of this decade, let alone my regular daily drive in the form of my 1988 505. My what a change, the dash board nearly unrecognisable to me. H 13owever you will have to wait for the review next month, this issue not having the space for it with the recent events we have held and reports associated with them, though maybe the editor may place a sneak preview photograph?

Another acknowledgement must be made to Richard Pretious of Armstrong Motor Group who has offered our members a 20% off parts and labour in their workshop at their dealership in Greenlane. Don and I had a very productive meeting with Richard, you can expect to hear more in the future.

Now here is a warning, especially to those that are regular attendees and travel afar to help give us a quorum. The AGM will not be held in July this year, which is our usual custom, but in August which is also allowed within our constitution, this is largely due to the fact that our Auditor has some other commitments this year and could not guarantee the time to audit our accounts, it would also put unfair pressure on our treasurer to produce them almost immediately after the June 30 year end, therefore to ensure all is achieved and correct a delay is necessary. The exact date is yet to be determined, as is the time. It is likely to be a few days either side of August 18, including the possibility of being held on a weekday or weekend night. If you haven’t had an email about this prior to reading this Ramble, expect one soon.

I had the opportunity to drop into Muzzas Pies in Mt Albert recently, this pie shop is always a hit and miss affair, often having the greatest variety of flavours, but you can never be sure if the pastry has been in the pie warmer too long. It is my experience even if it has the flavours of the filling it makes the risk worth it. This time I had the overcooked pastry again, but the filling, well it was divine, beautifully cooked lean steak, just fell apart, with a plum sauce and blue cheese. The sauce complemented and enhanced the steak flavours and the cheese was delicate in flavour, just with the right amount of sting without overpowering the fruitiness of the plum. If you knew the pastry was going to be good it would be a winner every time, however when it is not, well it is good enough.

I have again been working in the Bay of Plenty, and will be returning again for the two weeks post Easter, this has given me the opportunity to legally drive at 110 on the Expressway there, one of two roads in NZ where this is allowed. I can say it was very smooth and on this road it seems logical, though I noticed at 110 there were a couple whom still wanted (and succeeded) to pass me.

Well that is it, I hope to see you at the club afternoon (not a club night) that I believe is to be hosted by the Lowes in May, please turn up to this and make it a success.

Brent


President’s Ramble – March 2018

February 2018 did not go as one might plan it, at least not for the Club, cauliflower growers (have you seen their current prices?) nor for those in some very damaged and wet parts of the country. This weather and other events altered our timetable, as well as made those hearty and strong souls that attended the Concours at Ellerslie very wet. As I write the Gymkhana is coming up, but will be over once this is published.

We have still have last month’s postponed club night coming up;

March 20 The first Club night of the year, this will be the first night of us trialling a location where we can eat, drink and natter, come and find out who has done what over the summer. This is being held at Doolan Brothers pub at 3 Robert Street – The quiz starts at 7.30. so aim to get there and form a team just after 7. Looks like I will make this one, love trivia nights so I hope there are a few to join in a team with or against me. Look on their website to see what meals they offer, there is a full menu displayed there.
Personally I have enjoyed the rain after the dry months – don’t ask about my January water bill, the garden survived – well almost, lost one plant to the drought, I think a record success, normally lose 3 or 4. Since the rain it has been all grow, especially the grass. I noticed this when I did a job at Te Kanae on the South Head of the Kaipara mid last month. It is a location I have worked in and around a number of times on and off for the last 20 years now, never seen it so green and lush in February before.

Other than that I have very little else to say, except a second Peugeot has joined our fleet, a 2009 308. I find it incredible that its little 1600 engine puts out 5 horsepower more than my old V6 505, granted with the help of a turbo. And then manages it with such fuel economy, still it’s not a 505 is it!! Don’t expect me to change too quickly too soon. Then again if you have been a Trademe watcher what a delectable bunch of 404s have been advertised recently, my favourite being one with a 505 diesel engine and 5 speed gear box with beautiful leather upholstery added from a 605. Enough to tempt any 505 owner.

Hope to see you at the club night,

Brent

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

President’s Ramble – September 2017

OK, this should be another short ramble as I am very busy with other commitments this month, some of them being club related, some work and some just life.
Last month I hinted that we would do an economy run for the upcoming Fish and Chip run to Kaiaua. Well it has been confirmed, though not to the traditional high standards that some of you (at least one of you anyway – Don Hadfield) once partook in during competitive trials. Instead we are going to have you record your fuel consumption and the distance you travelled, then compare your results to what the manufacturer has as their figures. Therefore if for some reason your Peugeot isn’t available on the day it doesn’t matter. Any vehicle will do as long as we can track down the manufacturers figures.
So what you will need to do is;
1) fill up somewhere in the vicinity of the starting point
2) Record your mileage prior to leaving the petrol station
3) Meet us at

Sous Chef
84 Spartan Road
Takanini.

4) Be there at 10am, 29 October 2017
5) Find the organiser – it will be either Greg Winkley or myself and provide
a) Your Name
b) Year, make and model of vehicle including any sub-model info such as whether it is a GR, GTI or whatever.
6) Follow the instructions to Kaiaua for what we hope is an early lunch to beat the crowds that are often there
7) Have a good time and then head to home by your own route
8) Fill up from near your own home, record the litres required for filling up and the distance travelled
9) Get hold of the organiser by email or phone so they may collate your results
Everyone will drive a different distance, the idea behind it that you don’t have to travel those extra miles home via a common point, return at your leisure and make a day of it, return home to the Waikato without having to come back to Auckland, go home to Howick without having to meet in Papakura on the way home or whatever is applicable. Hopefully you will have driven smoothly and given Don Hadfield a run for his money.
Other than that, Happy Birthday to John Grant who has just turned 20 for the 4th time (plus another 2 again for luck)!
And a brief report back to you the members, the committee, especially me, have been busy on getting ideas for new member recruitment underway as you told us to do at the AGM. Too early to report results, but so far very promising, hold tight to next month,
Brent