President’s Ramble – December 2019

Citroen set us an enjoyable and challenging trial in the hills and valleys in and around Hunua. A few of our members attended and the results tell us we did well.  For the first time I competed with my son Joshua. We managed to get the most answers right. However the Navigator misread the instructions and got us time penalties.  The worst bit was that the navigator was me!

Those of you who know me, which I suspect is most if not all of you, will know that I love Ice Cream, so Joshua and I stopped at one of the strawberry farms and had an Ice Cream afterwards, no surprise really.

What you might find as a surprise, is that the US Navy during WWII recognised ice cream as one of the most important things for morale.  So much so, that they built a ship for the Pacific War that had the main purpose of being a floating Ice Cream factory. Sailors and Marines had it as a booster.

It cost them $1,000,000 to build! The craft was a concrete barge acquired from the U.S. Army. After conversion it was able to create 10 US gallons (38 l) of ice cream every seven minutes, or approximately 500 US gal (1,900 l) per shift, and could store 2,000 US gal (7,600 l). It was employed in the USN’s Western Pacific area of operations. At one point it spent some time anchored at Ulithi, an atoll in the Caroline Islands.

The thought of Ice Cream and Summer is a great prelude for Christmas, something I wish that all of you have an enjoyable one celebrating with family and friends. Once over the New Year’s period, many of us a have a brief respite before February / March cracks in.  Traditionally the busiest time of the year with the Ellerslie Concours, the gymkhana with Citroen and the Brit-Euro car show in early March.  I don’t think I can make the Brit – Euro, as there is a very important 13th birthdate in our household, so please contact Don and go enjoy it.

Do keep February 16th free, as you will see we beat Citroen in the points in the first leg of the Tricolour Trophy. Come compete and ensure that we retain it in the second half.  The Gymkhana will be held again at the end of Cato-Peart Road in Karaka   Come join in, compete, Marshall or spectate –  it will be good to see you there.


President’s Ramble – November 2019

Upcoming, assuming that NZ Post gets this to you in time, we have the annual Navigation Trial with Citroen; details are in this magazine. Compete for yourself, compete for the club, compete to enjoy the experience!  I hope to see you all there on November 17 – though I guess the roads would be very congested if we all turned up!

Meanwhile some of us have just returned from Taumarunui where we managed to meet up with a few of our Peugeot comrades from Wellington Club. Results are still to be distributed in written form so I won’t attempt to recollect them, but – we won back the Interclub Cup with both an advantage in numbers and skill on the Navigation Trials/Treasure Hunts set by Nick and Shona.  A good weekend was had by all, and might I add, a very nice dinner at the Thai restaurant.

As for me and my ramble down there on Friday (pie day!) the usual stop at Viands Bakery in Kihikihi was had. I have been working my mind and taste buds up for it for at least two months now – firmly fixated on their Oxtail Pie.  However…on the day I had a change of mind and decided to go with the Lamb and Mint instead.  And I must say I was very pleased to have done so; the lamb was succulent, and mint jelly very tasty – yet another to recommend.  Incidentally Tom (my father) and Anne Cotterill also chose the Lamb and Mint and enjoyed it too.

The rest of my Ramble is going to be Peugeot related and reflects some of my rambles through the interweb, it might even be closer to being a Jeanette’s Jottings – but they are mine.  I have no idea how I came across it, I don’t remember searching for it, so I guess it was one of those ‘click one link from one link and another link and you end up there’ experiences.  Anyway it got me there and if you are having a curious Peugeot or any other vehicle moment, I can recommend you give it a go too.

It is the IMCDB Internet Movie Cars Database – you will find it on  From there you can select make and then model. If like me you are 505 obsessed, you will find they list some 601 instances that 505s have appeared in movies or television programmes.  Frankly it is overwhelming, and many are in languages I would have very little chance of understanding, so I will not be getting obsessive and try to watch everyone of them.  404s and 504s both had well over 1000 appearances each.

The other interweb ramble I have taken, ended up with me looking at Hillman Hunters.  What I learnt was that they have a Peugeot connection.  Initially the Hunter and its’ various badge engineered derivatives were assembled in South Africa with the 1600 Peugeot 404 engine, and in 1976 this was replaced with the 504s 1971cc engine, though interestingly they had a home grown pickup version which was labelled the Dodge Husky – unlike the car derivatives it was powered by the 1725cc Hillman engine as was found in the NZ versions of the Hunter.

Another market with a Peugeot connection for the Hunter was Iran.

In Iran it was called the Paykan and was assembled with a few facelifts and updates from 1966 through to 2005 for the Saloon version, their utility version lasted till 2015. Although very much a Hillman product when first assembled, in 1985 after production had long ceased in Britain and Hillman was now owned by Peugeot through the takeover of Chrysler Europe, the Paykan was assembled using 504 engines and suspension!

That’s it from me,


President’s Ramble – October 2019

Right-e-o, I had intended to probably write too much, however I am told that this issue is full.  I know that some of you don’t have email or we don’t have your email, therefore it is important that you know this, confirmation has occurred for our weekend away in Taumarunui.  What you need to know is;

Friday November 1 – assemble at Taumarunui and meet that night for Dinner

Saturday November 2 – Navigation Trail – it will involve gravel roads – to compete for your club be prepared to drive on these or be a spectator only.

Sunday November 3 – There will be an organised event – yet to be confirmed what. Dismissed and homeward bound.

It is unlikely that there will be a Gymkhana due to the wet conditions at the moment on most farmers ‘paddocks – this may change between now and then – or not.

Further questions should go to Nick Watson – 021 247 7340 or

Anyone interested in going needs to book at the following;

Ring Alan at the Alexander Spa motel – special rate of $110 per night is being offered for a share twin unit.   Call directly on 07 8958501.


And just in case you were wondering my highlighting things in last month’s Ramble did nothing, Nick did nothing.  Fortunately, Malcolm who organises Wellington got hold of me to see if I had heard from Nick, I hadn’t.  I called, Nick goes “oh yeah it is soon”, everything got arranged in two hours (probably less) including our special rate at the motel – just like that.

Other than that – not sure what else to tell you in the space, other than both events we have had in the last month, the fish and chip run and the show and shine (unless your car is mine – then it’s just a show) were attended by a small but pleasant lot, both events competitive, I’ll let you read the rest of the magazine to see who won.  In the meantime, that’s it and don’t forget next month we are up against Citroen in the Inter-club Navigation Trial.

Hope to see each and every one of you at either or both of the upcoming events; even better get hold of me, leave for Taumarunui in convoy on Friday morning (about 9.30am) to make it to Kihikihi between 11.30 am and 12 and have one of Viands Bakeries delicious pies with me. Perfect way to start a weekend away in the King Country. You know you should!


Wanted – 504

Does anyone know where David Handyside can find a 504 in good condition? He lives near Kaikoura and you can contact him on 03 3192 715 or

Pride Of Ownership 2019 – Results


A lovely sunny day with little wind – just what we had been waiting for. Jeanette & Julian spread out chairs & the Peugeot sign to claim a length of parking space for us. As the results show, we had a good variety of models present and everyone was involved in sharing the judging and exchanging advice and anecdotes. The allowances were for mileage (from 55,848km to 431,741km) and age (1955-2007). the results were very close.


1 Dennis Lowe 607 277.5 94 92 88.5 2 + 1
2 Jordan Hart 306 276.5 91 94.5 88 1 + 2
3 John Grant 203C 275.5 94 88.5 79 8 + 6
4 Don Howarth 306cc 269.5 91 85.5 88 3 + 2
5 Philip Hurring 404 261.5 79 90 84.5 6 + 4
6 Dave Duirs 404 258 83 92 76 2 + 5
7 Brent Druskovich 505V6 240.5 74 80 79.5 4 + 3
8 Peter Hagglund 206 233.5 69 79 80.5 4 + 1
9 Jeanette Grant 306xrdt 231.5 71 80.5 74 4 + 2