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5 November 2020 (Tues.): USA Presidential Election.

 

20 October 2024, .au: Bay to Birdwood, SA [www].

 

17-22 September 2024: IAA Transportation show, Hanover [www].

6-7 September 2024, .au: Birdsville Races [www].

 

23-25 August 2024, .au: National 4x4 Show Melbourne Showgrounds [www].

18 August 2024: Pebble Beach, Concours d'Elegance [www] (Sunday).
Gooding and co. Pebble Beach Auction [www].

17 August 2024 (Sat.): Henley on Todd "Regatta", Alice Springs, NT, .au [www].

15-18 August 2024, .uk: British Motor Show, Farnborough [www].

 

26 July - 11 August 2024: Olympic Games, Paris.

22-26 July 2024: Farnborough International Air Show, uk [www].

11-14 July 2024: Goodwood Festival of Speed [www].

7 July 2024 (#12/24): British F1 Grand Prix.

4-6 July 2024: Birdsville Big Red Bash Music Festival [www].

 

30 June 2024 (#11/24): Austrian F1 Grand Prix.

28-30 June 2024: Tankfest 2024, Tank Museum, Bovington, uk [www].

23 June 2024 (#10/24): Spanish F1 Grand Prix.

23 June 2024: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb [www].

15-16 June 2024: The 92nd 24 Hours of Le Mans [www],

14-16 June 2024, .au: National 4x4 Show Sydney Showgrounds [www].

10 June 2024 (Mon.): King's Birthday (ACT, NSW, SA, Tas., Vic.).

9 June 2024 (#9/24): Canadian F1 Grand Prix.

 

27 May - 8 June 2024 (Mon.-Sat.), .uk: Isle of Man TT Races [www].

26 May 2024 (Sun.): 108th Indianapolis 500 [www].

25-26 May 2024: Historic Winton, Vic., .au [www].

26 May 2024 (#8/24): Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

24-26 May 2024 (Fri.–Sun.): Concorso d'Elegance, Villa d'Este [www].

19 May 2024 (#7/24): Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix.

11 May 2024: RM Sotheby's Monaco Auction [www].

10-17 May 2024: The Gibb Challenge, WA, [www] – the Gibb River road by bicycle!

5 May 2024 (#6/24): Miami F1 Grand Prix.

 

25 April 2024: Anzac Day.

23-25 April 2024, .uk: Commercial Vehicle Show [www].

21 April 2024 (#5/24): Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

21 April 2024, .au: The Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra, Victoria, Swap Meet [www]. (Also see museums.)

7 April 2024 (#4/24): Japanese F1 Grand Prix.

3-7 April 2024: TechnoClassica, Essen [www].

1 April 2024: Easter Monday.
31 March 2024: Easter Sunday.
30 March 2024: Easter Saturday.
29 March 2024: Good Friday.
 

29 March - 7 April 2024: New York Auto Show [www].

24 March 2024, .au: Booleroo Rally, Steam and Traction Engine Preservation Society, Booleroo Centre, SA 5482 [www]. (Also see museums.)

24 March 2024 (Sun.) (#3/24): Australian F1 Grand Prix.

23-24 March 2024, .au: Clunes Book Town Festival [www] Vic..

23 March 2024 (Sat.), .au: Tasmanian state election.

22-24 March 2024, .uk: Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, NEC, Birmingham [www].

11-17 March 2024, .au: Corowa Swim In, 'Year of the Blitz,' [www].

15-17 March 2024, .au: National 4x4 Show Brisbane Showgrounds [www].

11 March 2024 (Mon.): Labour Day, Vic..
9-11 March 2024: Steamfest, National Steam Centre, Scoresby, Melbourne, Vic. [www].
8-11 March 2024 (Fri-Mon): Port Fairy Folk Festival [www].

9 March 2024 (Sat.) (#2/24): Saudi Arabian F1 Grand Prix.

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2 March 2024 (Sat.) (#1/24): Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.

3 March 2024: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance [www].
1 March 2024 (Fri.): Gooding & Co. Amelia Island Auction [www].
29 February 2024: Bonham's Amelia Island auction [www].

1-2 March 2024: RM Sotheby's Miami Auction [www].

 

29 February - 3 March 2023: Amelia Island 29th annual motoring week; see above.

26 February - 3 March 2024: Geneva International Motor Show, Geneva (media 26th, VIPs 27th, public 28-3rd) [www].

25 Feb Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.91/l; min $1.80; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.83/l; min $1.69); oil us$76/b
23 Feb Fri au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.61, ¥99

25 February 2024: "Revealed: car industry was warned keyless vehicles vulnerable to theft a decade ago ..." — The G [www]. Also see 27 October 2014 and 'A Survey of Remote Automotive Attack Surfaces' August 2014.

24 February 2024: Two years since Putin began the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

23-25 February 2024, .uk: Race Retro historic motorsport show, Stoneleigh Park [www].

23 February 2024, .au: "Properties lost in Victorian bushfire as towns in state's west remain at risk ..." — [abc]. Also see Vic. [www] fire.

21-23 February 2024: F1 pre-season testing, Bahrain. Drivers and teams for the 2023 F1 season: Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly [Alpine]; Lance Stroll, Fernando Alonso [Aston Martin]; Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz [Ferrari]; Kevin Magnusson, Nico Hulkenberg, [Haas]; Oscar Piastri, Lando Norris [McLaren]; Lewis Hamilton, George Russell [Mercedes]; Daniel Ricciardo, Yuki Tsunoda [RB] (was Alpha Tauri); Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez [Red Bull]; Valterri Bottas, Guanyu Zhou [Sauber] (was Alfa Romeo); Alexander Albon, Logan Sargeant [Williams]. Ferrari, Haas and Sauber use Ferrari engines; Aston-Martin, McLaren, Mercedes and Williams use Mercedes engines; RB and Red Bull use Red-Bull/Honda engines; Alpine uses Renault engines. The general opinion was that Red Bull would dominate 2024.

21 February 2024, .uk: "Is the car insurance industry driving up prices to take us for a ride? ..." — The G [www].

21 February 2024, recall #REC-005895: "Ram Trucks 2500 & 3500 2013-2018 ... Due to a software issue, the engine control software requires updating for efficient engine emission performance." — .gov.au [www].

21 February 2024, .au: "Google maps error forces German tourists on survival trek ..." — [abc]. Ths is not a unique mishap.

21 February 2024, .au: "Thunderstorms, extreme heat, and Cyclone Lincoln's return ..." — [abc]. Ex-TC Lincoln is likely to cross the coast and strengthen off NW WA. Check the [bom].

20 Feb Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.93/l; min $1.82; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.78/l; min $1.70); oil us$79/b; au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.61, ¥98

18 February 2024: Victorian 4WD Show, Lardner Park, Vic., .au [www].

18 February 2024: AoMC British & European Motoring show, Yarra Glen Racecourse, Vic., .au [www].

17 February 2024: "Ex-Tropical Cyclone Lincoln has weakened overnight as it tracks south-west across the Northern Territory. ..." — [abc]. Also see NT [www] roads.

15 February 2024: Stellantis (Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep, ...) posted its full-year results for 2023, "Net revenues of €189.5 billion, up 6% compared to 2022, with consolidated shipment volumes increasing 7% ... in North America, 18 additional BEVs will be launched in 2024, reaching a total of 48 models by end of 2024. The all-new Citroen e-C3 starts at €23,300 and is the most competitively priced B-segment EV produced in Europe ..." — Stellantis [www].

15 Feb Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.97/l; min $1.82; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.99/l; min $1.64); oil us$77/b; au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.60, ¥97

15 February 2024, .au: "A Tropical Cyclone Warning is current for tropical low 07U that lies over the western Gulf of Carpentaria. ... likely to move southwest to the Gulf coast and then on Saturday be inland and weakening ..." — [bom]. Also see Qld [www] and NT [www] roads. (The system became T.C. 'Lincoln', cat.1, and crossed the NT coast near the NT-Qld border on the 16th.)

14 February 2024, .au: "Mazda to pay $11.5m for misleading consumers about consumer guarantee rights for serious vehicle faults ... One vehicle had three engine replacements. ... Consumer guarantees under the Australian Consumer Law provide remedies for consumers if the product they purchase is not fit for purpose or of acceptable quality. Consumers can choose to have a product replaced, repaired or refunded if there is a major failure. ..." — ACCC [www].

14 February 2024: "Thousands of homes remain without power after wild weather across Victoria on Tuesday. ... improving conditions are helping [fire authorities] get on top of two bushfires in the Grampians National Park. ..." — [abc], and [15th].

13 February 2024, .au: "Victoria could be in for its worst day for fire danger since the Black Summer bushfires ..." — [abc]. Also see Vic. [www] fire.

10 Feb Sat Melb ULP avg au$2.03/l; min $1.85; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.83/l; min $1.70); oil us$77/b
9 Feb Fri au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.51, €0.60, ¥97

8 February 2024, .au: "Annual climate statement 2023 ... Australia's equal eighth-warmest year on record with the national mean temperature 0.98°C warmer than the 1961-1990 average. ... Globally, it was the warmest year on record ..." — [bom].

7 February 2024: The new car batteries that could power the electric vehicle revolution ... alternative designs to the conventional lithium-ion batteries ... sodium ion ... lithium metal ... lithium sulphur ... lithium air ..." — N. Jones, Nature, vol.626, pp.248-251, [www], Feb. 2024.

6 February 2024, .au: "SUV, Utes Deliver Record January Sales [of] 89,782 new vehicles ... SUVs accounted for 55.5% ... Light Commercials were 22.9%. Passenger vehicles made up 18.3% ... Low emission vehicles remained popular, with hybrids, plug-in hybrid and battery electric vehicles making up 17.4% ... battery electric vehicles [BEVs] represented 5.4%. ..." — FCAI [www].

5 February 2024, .au: "Qld's Channel Country welcomes slow moving flood from ex Tropical Cyclone Kirrily ..." — [abc]. Also see Qld [www], NSW [www] and SA [www] roads.

5 February 2024, .uk: "Britain's millionth battery electric car (BEV) reached the road in January 2024 ..." — SMMT [www].

5 Feb Mon Melb ULP avg au$2.16/l; min $1.80; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.81/l; min $1.70); oil us$72/b; au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.60, ¥97

5 February 2024: "Parisians vote in favour of tripling parking costs for SUVs ..." The G [www]. "... triples parking rates for cars weighing 1.6 tonnes or more to €18 (£16, us$20) an hour in inner Paris ..." — [bbc]. (So not SUVs as such, and not for local residents.)

4 February 2024: Shannons Aussie Classic Car Show, Mornington Racecourse, Vic. — AoMC [www].

4 February 2024, .au: "New vehicle efficiency standard set to be introduced next year ..." — [abc] and [5/2]. (It will help the planet but fuel costs are typically only something like 30% of the running costs of a car.)

3 February 2024, .uk: "Our Range Rovers are not UK's most-stolen car, says Jaguar Land Rover ..." — [bbc]. (Also see 16 Jan. below.)

2 February 2024: "Lewis Hamilton signs with Ferrari for 2025 F1 season ..." — [abc].

 
31 January - 4 February 2024: Retromobile, Paris [www].
31 Jan Wed Melb ULP avg au$2.02/l; min $1.65; ([Perth] ULP avg $2.07/l, min $1.67); oil us$78/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.61, ¥97

31 January 2024: RM Sotheby's Paris Auction [www] including lot 127 a 1980 BMW M1, 3.5-litre I6, chassis #WBS59910004301327, engine #M88-380 (sold €522,500); lot 136 a 2021 Koenigsegg Regera chassis #YT9NN1E11MA007233 (sold €2,423,750); lot 153 a 2017 Bugatti Chiron 'La Mer Argentee', chassis #VF9SP3V30HM795026 (sold €2,950,000); lot 166 a 1919 Hispano-Suiza H6 Torpedo by Duvivier, chassis #10003 (sold €522,500).

31 January 2024: "BOM issues severe weather warnings for parts of Queensland as flooding threat remains ... heavy rain in the state's western interior. ... flash flooding was likely, with six-hourly rainfall totals between 60mm and 140mm possible. ..." — [abc]. Also see [2 Feb.] and Qld [www] roads.

30 January 2024, recall #REC-005882: "Mazda CX-60 (KH), CX-90 (KK) 2024 ... Due to a manufacturing defect, the gear set within the power steering assembly may not operate as intended. As a result, the driver could experience unexpected increased steering effort." — .gov.au [www].

29 January 2024: "Continental & Aurora finalize design of scalable autonomous trucking system ... Companies plan to start mass production of the system by 2027. ..." — SAE [www].

26 January 2024: "February to April rainfall is likely to be below median for most of northern Australia, extending into parts of western and central areas. February to April maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to be above median for much of Australia. ..." — [bom].

26 January 2024: Tropical Cyclone Kirrily (cat.3) crossed the Queensland coast near Townsville. Also see the [bom] and Qld [www] roads.

26 Jan Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.88/l; min $1.65; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.85/l, min $1.63); oil us$75/b
25 Jan Thu au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.60, ¥97

26 January 2024: Australia Day.

22 January 2024: "Tropical cyclone may hit Queensland coast this week ..." — [abc]. Also see, "a coastal crossing is likely on Thursday between Innisfail and Airlie Beach ..." — the [bom].  25 Jan.: Tropical Cyclone [TC] Kirrily was declared and is likely to cross the Qld coast near Townsville. Also see Qld [www], NT [www] and WA [www] roads.

22 January 2024: "Cars are getting 1cm wider every two years ..." — Transport and Environment .org [www].

25 January 2024: RM Sothebys Arizona Auction [www] including lot 115 a 1962 Amphicar 770, chassis #100204, an amphibian (sold us$64,400). lot 129 a 1993 Jaguar XJ220, chassis #SAJJEAEX8AX220686 (sold us$472,500).
25 January 2024: Bonhams Scottsdale Auction [www] including lot 42S a 2022 Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ Coupe, vin #VF9SW3V32NM795009 (sold us$5,175,000); lot 49P a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante Sunroof Coupe chassis #57432, engine #547 (sold us$1,380,000).
21 January 2024: Arizona Concours d'Elegance, Scottsdale [www].

21 January 2024, wa: "Gloucester, Bicentennial tree climb closures hit Pemberton region hard ..." — [abc].

21 Jan Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.77/l; min $1.64; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.74/l, min $1.58); oil us$73/b
19 Jan Fri au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.60, ¥98

21 January 2024: AoMC Festival of Motoring, Cruden Farm, Vic.. .au [www].

20 January 2024: "A tropical low (05U) is developing in the Coral Sea, well away from the Queensland coast. ... will strengthen over the weekend, and is likely to become a tropical cyclone by Monday. ... a coastal impact on Queensland is now considered more likely than not. ..." — [bom].

19 January 2024: End of the Dakar, 5-19 Jan. 2024, Saudi Arabia, Bikes 1. Ricky Brabec (Honda); Cars 1. Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz (Audi); Quad 1. Manuel Andujar (Dragon Rally Service); Trucks 1. Martin Macik, Frantisek Tomasek and David Svanda (MM Tech. Team); ... — [www].

19 January 2024: It was reported that the Holden Motor Museum in Echuca, Vic., would close on 14 April 2024; see the [abc]..

18 January 2024, recall #REC-005875: "Tesla Model 3 and Model Y 2022-2023 ... Due to a software issue, the steering wheel may feel notchy when operating the vehicle in cold temperatures." — .gov.au [www].

18 January 2024, .au: "Broken but out of warranty? ... "Even if a voluntary warranty, manufacturer's warranty, or extended warranty has expired, you may still be able to use your consumer guarantee rights under the Australian Consumer Law, which don't have a specific expiry date." ..." — ACCC [www].

16 Jan Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.79/l; min $1.64; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.64/l, min $1.58); oil us$73/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.61, ¥97

16 January 2024, .uk: "Average car insurance cost in UK nears £1,000 after prices rise 58% ..." — The G [www]. That partly explains, Range Rover "clients can now benefit from a new insurance solution for new and used vehicles ... 4,000 clients ... average monthly premium of less than £200 ..." — JLR [www]. That and the "keyless theft" problem. (Also see 3 Feb. above.)

15 January 2024, recall #REC-005869: "Ford Transit Custom 2023 ... Due to incomplete software update, the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) may not operate as intended. As a result, sensors and cameras yellow warning light will not illuminate in the instrument cluster to assist the driver to detect nearby obstacles or driver errors." — .gov.au [www].

15 January 2024, .uk: "RAC pothole-related breakdowns for 2023 jump by a third compared to 2022 ..." — RAC [www]. Also see the AA [www].

January 2024, .au: The ACCC has been monitoring fuel prices in major cities, and behaviour varies, a lot. See the ACCC [www].

12 Jan Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.84/l; min $1.65; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.78/l, min $1.57); oil us$71/b; au$1.00=us$0.67, £0.52, €0.61, ¥97

11-14 January 2024, .uk: Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham (11-12 trade only) [www].

11 January 2024: "Mercedes-Benz Group Cars and Vans sales increase 1.5% to 2,491,600 in 2023 ... BEV and hybrid sales account for 19% of overall passenger car sales ..." — Mercedes Benz [www].

11 January 2024, .au: "Man charged over Katherine truck and freight train collision last year [14/6/2023] that injured four ..." — [abc].

10 January 2024: "2023 has replaced 2016 as the warmest calendar year on record. ... the global-average temperature for 2023 was 14.98°C, 0.17°C higher than recorded for 2016. ... 1.48°C warmer than the 1850-1900 pre-industrial level ..." — copernicus.eu [www]. Also see NOAA [www] and the [abc].

10 January 2024, .au: "Covid cases are now being driven by JN.1 ..." — [abc].

10 January 2024, .uk: "The RAC is calling on the Government to commission an independent study into the issue of headlight glare after new research found 85% of those affected believe the problem is getting worse ..." — RAC [www].

9-12 January 2024: Consumer Electronics Show (& media 7th & 8th) Las Vegas [www].

9 January 2024: "Supernal Debuts eVTOL Product Concept at CES 2024 ... unveiled S-A2, its electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicle product concept ... The pilot-plus-four-passenger vehicle marks the latest milestone in Supernal's roadmap to commercialize safe, efficient and affordable everyday passenger air travel. ..." — Hyundai [www].

8 January 2024, .au: "Record rains hit Victoria with flooding set to continue ..." — [abc].  And "Broken Hill's January rainfall record smashed during 'unbelievable' storm ..." — [2]. Also see NSW [www] and Vic [www] roads and the [bom].

8 Jan Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.90/l; min $1.65; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.68/l, min $1.59); oil us$74/b; au$1.00=us$0.67, £0.53, €0.61, ¥97

5-19 January 2024: Dakar 2024, Saudi Arabia, Alula to Yanbu [www].

4-7 January 2024 (Thu-Sun): Summernats Canberra, ACT [www].

4 January 2024, .au: "... 1,216,780 vehicles were delivered during [2023], the previous highest sales result of 1,189,116 was achieved in 2017. ... SUVs and light commercials accounted for 78.4% of sales and comprise all the top 10 vehicles sold in 2023 ..." — FCAI [www].

2 January 2024, .usa: "NHTSA moves on driver-impairment regulation ... takes anticipated first step in mandating driving-impairment detection for all new vehicles. ..." — SAE [www].

2 January 2024: "Gold Coast, Brisbane and Sunshine Coast on alert for flash flooding as more rain forecast as ADF deployed ..." — [abc]. Also see Qld [www] roads and the [bom].

1 Jan Mon Melb ULP avg au$2.04/l; min $1.65; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.70/l, min $1.62); oil us$72/b
29 Dec Fri Melb au$1.00=us$0.68, £0.54, €0.62, ¥97

1 January 2024: "Truck driver charged over crash that killed two SA train workers near NSW border ..." — [abc]. The Barrier Highway remained closed near the NSW-SA border after the crash on 31/12. Also see NSW [www] and SA [www] roads.

January 2024, .au, National road deaths in 2023: "During the 12 months ended December 2023, there were 1,266 road deaths. This is an increase of 7.3% from the 12-month period ending December 2022." — bitre.gov.au [www].

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