Wed, 6 August, 8pm


Veteran Car Club Hall
134 Queens Rd, Canada Bay (Five Dock)

A special tribute will be paid to one of Australiaís Peugeot heroes at our August meeting when 89-year-old Allen Taylor will be the car clubís guest of honour.

Peugeot Automobiles Australia will honour Allen, who with the late Wilf Murrell, made motoring history in winning the 1956 Ampol Round Australia Trial in a newly purchased Peugeot 403.

Sime Darby general manager John Startari will make the special presentation to Allen in commemoration of his victory on behalf of the Peugeot distributor.

Allenís grandson Justin Southern came up with the concept of putting together a special box frame combining images and details of the event with a model Peugeot 403 and Allenís participant badge.

Allen will come from Canberra with Pat Taylor, Justin, Wendy and David Southern to accept the gift.

He enlisted Wilf, a former RAAF flying instructor, as a co-driver, bought a 403 in Wagga Wagga and began waterproofing the Peugeot thoroughly to handle wet conditions in the bush. Wilf was farming at Hillston and saw the Ampol Trial as a way of seeing more of the country.

The preparations gave the pair a special advantage in the gruelling trial and they lost only 258 points to beat the Goldsmith Volkswagen and the Jack Murray Ford for first place. In addition to £5,600 in prize money, they were presented with a new Peugeot.

The victory was proof for Peugeot to advertise that its new model had proved itself suitable for the tough test of Australian conditions.

The full story of their achievement is in a special liftout in the August Pugilist, which was posted to club members on Friday.

Peugeot sponsored the Victorian clubís rerun in 2006 to celebrate the Ampol win.

For that event, Allen joined Neville Summerill and Colin Handley to set off in a Peugeot 403 bearing his original badge with some 50 other cars on the 12,000 km round trip.

The meeting will be Mr Startariís first encounter with a Peugeot car club. He joined Sime Darby to head CitroŽn and after an internal review in October took on the added responsibility for Peugeot.

He is committed to restoring the brand to its former prominence.

The Peugeot team will bring an RCZ R coupe to inspect and has a special show bag as a door prize.

The national marketing manager, Dimitri Andreaditis, and Sime Darby public relations manager, Jaedene Hudson, also plan to come.

And whatís in the show bag? A GTi sports bag, two GTi jackets (one male, one female), two GTi caps, two GTi keyrings and a GTi model car.