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11-22 November 2024: COP29, "UN Climate Change Conference, Baku, Azerbaijan [www].

16-17 November 2024: Bendigo Swap Meet [www].

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

 

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

6 October 2024 (Sun.), .au: Start of daylight saving (ACT, NSW, SA, Tas., Vic.).

 

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].

4 July 2024, .uk: General election. (British PM Rishi Sunak announced the election on 22 May.)

 

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.).

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

 

31 May - 1 June 2024: RM Sotheby's Dare to Dream Auction, Toronto [www].

28 May Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.82/l; min $1.73; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.71/l; min $1.67); oil us$78/b; au$1.00=us$0.67, £0.52, €0.61, ¥105

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

27 May 2024, .au: "Are electric cars better for the environment than fuel-powered cars? ... [yes]" — [abc]. And, "How moving freight by rail rather than road could help Australia reduce carbon emissions ..." — [27/5].

26 May 2024 (Sun.): 108th Indianapolis 500 [www]. 1. Josef Newgarden (Team Penske Chevrolet); 2. Palo O'Ward (Arrow McLaren Chevrolet); 3. Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda).

26 May 2024 (#8/24): Monaco F1 Grand Prix.
Results: 1. Charles Leclerc [Ferrari]; 2. Oscar Piastri [McLaren]; 3. Carlos Sainz (Ferrari). Leclerc was born on Monaco. Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].

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

May 2024, .uk: "Self-driving vehicles set to be on roads by 2026 as Automated Vehicles Act becomes law [20/5] ..." — .gov.au [www]. See the 'Automated Vehicles Act 2024' [www].

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

24 May 2024, recall #REC-005973: "Mazda CX-90 (KK) 2023 ... Due to a calibration issue within the Vehicle Control Module (VCM), when driving at low speeds the vehicle may falsely detect reflective objects such as metal walls, barriers or similar objects on the side of the road as an approaching object. This may trigger an unintended brake activation." — .gov.au [www].

24 May 2024: Two years and three months since Russia started its invasion of Ukraine (24 Feb. 2022).

23 May 2024: "Volvo Trucks is leading the charge to net zero emissions by 2050 ... battery and fuel-cell trucks will overtake sales of ICE units sometime between 2030 and 2040, with market share between the three propulsion systems stabilizing around 2040. ..." — SAE [www].

23 May Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.86/l; min $1.78; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.97/l; min $1.69); oil us$79/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.61, ¥104

20 May 2024, recall #REC-005964: "BMW Mini Coooper S 2020-2022 ... Due to a manufacturing defect, the sealing of the high-voltage battery housing may be insufficient, allowing moisture to enter into the battery compartment. This may cause the vehicle's battery to turn off when driving resulting in a loss of motive power and/or vehicle fire ..." — .gov.au [www].

19 May 2024 (#7/24): Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix, Imola.
Results: 1. Max Verstappen [Red Bull]; 2. Lando Norris [McLaren]; 3. Charles Leclerc [Ferrari]. The other McLaren, driven by Oscar Piastri, was 4th. Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].
18 May Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.91/l; min $1.80; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.83/l; min $1.69); oil us$79/b;
17 May Fri au$1.00=us$0.67, £0.53, €0.61, ¥104

18 May 2024: A few cm of snow fell in the NSW and Victorian alps.

17 May 2024, .uk: "Is your vehicle too long for public car parks? ... five councils in England have banned vehicles over five metres long from using car parks. ... From the 1970s, the smallest spaces were measured at 2.5m wide and 4.8m long – however, vehicles have grown significantly over the last 50 years. ..." — RAC [www].

16 May 2024: "The Australian Government is establishing a New Vehicle Efficiency Standard ..." — .gov.au [www].

16 May 2024, recall #REC-005965: "Mazda BT-50 (TF) 2021-2023 ... Due to a software issue within the Body Control Module, the parking lamps and number plate lamp may not illuminate when the vehicle is travelling below the speed of 10 kilometre per hour. ..." — .gov.au [www].

16 May 2024: Honda believes that hybrid EVs will remain popular until at least 2030: "... Preparing for the start of the EV popularization period in 2030, Honda will strategically launch EV models globally, mainly with Honda 0 Series models. Moreover, as for hybrid-electric models, for which demand is strong in the current market, Honda will further advance performance and enhance the lineup globally. ..." — Honda [www].

16 May 2024, .au: "RACV finds tailgating as top road rage behaviour in Victoria ..." — RACV [www].

14 May 2024: "The Bureau moves to La Nina watch ... While conditions in the tropical Pacific Ocean are currently neutral, there are some signs that a La Nina may form in the Pacific Ocean later in 2024 ..." — [bom].

14 May 2024, .au: "Lawyers outline cases in trial of Greg Lynn, accused of murdering Victorian campers Russell Hill and Carol Clay ..." — [abc]. This re the murders in the Wonnangatta Valley. Also see 6 April 2020.

13 May Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.97/l; min $1.82; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.81/l; min $1.73); oil us$78/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.53, €0.61, ¥103

13 May 2024: Israel increased attacks on the city of Rafa in Gaza. "Biden's tough words forced Netenyahu to make a choice this week – and he chose two far-right kingmakes ..." — [abc], & [15/5].  20/5: "Full ICC statement on Netanyahu and Hamas arrest warrants..." — [bbc]. 24/5: "Australia backs landmark UN court ruling for Israel to halt Rafah offensive ..." — [abc].

11 May 2024: RM Sotheby's Monaco Auction [www] including lot 115 a 1985 Audi Sport quattro S1 E2, chassis #WAUZZZ85ZGA905018 (sold €635,000); lot 148 a 1981 Porsche 917 K-81, chassis #917-K81 (sold €2,648,750); lot 221 a 1954 Ferrari 625 F1 chassis #0540, engine #0540 (sold€2,705,0000; lot 223 a 1977 Tyrrell P34 six-wheel F1, chassis #8, engine #DFV 901 (sold €1,040,000); lot 226 a 1979 Ferrari 312 T4, F1, chassis #040, engine #43 (sold €7,655,000).

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

10 May 2024: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques a Monaco Auction [www] including lot 128 a 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Coupe chassis #2147, engine #2180 (sold €931,500); lot 144 a 2002 F1 Toyota TF102, 3-litre V10, chassis #03, engine #DYX-C231003-02-B01/S1181 (sold €293,250).

9 May 2024, .uk: "The UK's used car market rose by 6.5% in the first quarter of 2024 with 1,967,923 units finding new owners ... Increasing numbers of Q1 sales up by more than two thirds (71.0%) to 41,505 [i.e., 2.1%] ..." — SMMT [www].

8 May Wed Melb ULP avg au$2.03/l; min $1.88; ([Perth] ULP avg $2.13/l; min $1.75); oil us$78/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.53, €0.61, ¥102

8 May 2024: "World's oceans suffer from record-breaking year of heat ..." — [bbc].

May 2024: 'EV FireSafe' reports in passenger EV Li Battery "incidents" worldwide, "... from 2010 to June 2023 ... 393 verified EV traction battery fires, 74 investigating, 21 unverified ... more than 10 million electric cars were sold worldwide in 2022 ..." — [www] at EVFS [www]. Also see the [bbc].

6 May 2024, recall #REC-005958: "Porsche Taycan (Y1A/Y1B/Y1C) 2019-2023 ... Due to a manufacturing issue, the cell modules installed in the high voltage battery may be defective. A short circuit could cause a thermal overload and result in a vehicle fire over time ..." — .gov.au [www].

5 May 2024 (#6/24): Miami F1 Grand Prix.
Results: 1. Lando Norris [McLaren]; 2. Max Verstappen [Red Bull]; 3. Charles Leclerc [Ferrari]. Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc]. Verstappen won Saturday's sprint race followed by Leclerc and Sergio Perez (Red Bull).
1 May: It was widely reported that designer Adrian Newey would leave Red Bull in early 2025 and there was much speculation as to which team he might join, e.g., [abc].
3 May Fri Melb ULP avg au$2.11/l; min $1.90; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.94/l; min $1.79); oil us$79/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.61, ¥101

2 May 2024: Sales of "Ford hybrid vehicles ... U.S. sales reaching 17,997 in April, a 60% improvement from the same month a year ago ..." — Ford [www].
1 May 2024: Q1 sales at Aston Martin were down 26% v. Q1 2023, "... Total wholesale volumes [2024]:945, [2023]:1,269 ..." — Aston Martin [www].
30 April 2024: Stellantis, "... net revenues of €l41.7 billion, down 12% compared to Q1 2023 ..." — Stellantis [www].

1 May 2024: "... There's no shortage of alternatives to lithium-ion EV batteries in development. From lithium-iron phosphate to sodium-ion to multiple solid-state chemistries [but] Lithium-ion batteries seem to have all the momentum ..." — SAE [www].

 

28 April 2024, .au: "The National Anti-Scam Centre's collaborative efforts across government, law enforcement, consumer organisations and industry have boosted the community's fight against financial crime, as the latest Targeting Scams report reveals a 13.1% decline in reported losses to au$2.74 billion in 20232023. ..." — ACCC .gov.au [www](#50/24).

28 Apr Sun Melb ULP avg au$2.22/l; min $1.90; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.89/l; min $1.79); oil us$85/b
26 Apr Fri au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.61, ¥102

26 April 2024: Goodings Mullin Collection Auction [www], Oxnard, California, including lot 22 a 1938 Bugatti type 57C Aravis Special Cabriolet, chassis #57768, engine #75C (sold us$6,000,000); lot 67 a 1933 Hispano-Suiza J12 cabriolet (covertible), coachwork by Vanvooren, chassis #14004, engine #321018 (sold us$2,100,000).

25 April 2024, .de: Retro Classics, Stuttgart [www].

25 April 2024, .usa: "The Office of Defects Investigation (ODI) has received notice of two (2) incidents involving Ford Mustang Mach-E vehicles that collided with stationary vehicles ... BlueCruise was engaged ... ODI has opened this Preliminary Evaluation ... SGO 2021-01 report ID: 502-7268 SGO 2021-01 report ID: 502-7426" — NHTSA [www], PE24012. Also see the [bbc].

25 April 2024: Anzac Day, e.g., [abc].

24 April 2024: Mercedes revealed the Mercedes-Benz G 580 – an electric G-wagen (£160K). Mind you it weighs 3,090kg, three tons. — Mercedes [www]. Also see, "slightly south of [us]$200,000 with availability during the second half of 2024. ...", the SAE [www].

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

23 Apr Tue Melb ULP avg au$2.24/l; min $1.88; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.84/l; min $1.76); oil us$84/b; au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.61, ¥100

22 April 2024, .uk: "Vera to end after 14th and final season ... It has been announced by ITV that the previously confirmed two-part 14th season of Vera will also be the crime drama's final outing [2025], with Brenda Blethyn stepping away from the title role [DCI Vera Stanhope] ..." — The Radio Times [www]. The TV series began in 2011 and is based on the novels by Ann Cleeves set in and around Newcastle upon Tyne and elsewhere in N.E. England. Vera drives an aged SWB Land-Rover Defender.

21 April 2024 (#5/24): Chinese F1 Grand Prix.
Results: 1. Max Verstappen [Red Bull]; 2. Lando Norris [McLaren]; 3. Sergio Perez (Red Bull). There was a sprint race on Saturday won by Verstappen with Hamilton (Mercedes) 2nd and Perez 3rd. Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].

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

19 April 2024, .au: "Great Central Road remains closed [flooding] ... not expected to reopen until late May. ..." — [abc]. Also see WA [www] and NT [www] roads.

19 April 2024, .au: "Proposed Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre management plan to ban recreational access without cultural permission ..." — [abc]. The Lake Eyre Yacht Club [www] is disappointed.

19 April 2024: "'Apocalyptic' Dubai floods shake picture-perfect city ..." — [bbc].

18 Apr Thu Melb ULP avg au$2.07/l; min $1.83; ([Perth] ULP avg $2.02/l; min $1.75); oil us$85/b; au$1.00=us$0.64, £0.52, €0.60, ¥99

16 April 2024, recall #REC-005942: "Hyundai IONIQ 5 (NE) & IONIQ 6 (CE) 2021-2024 ... Due to a software issue in the Integrated Charging Control Unit, the auxiliary 12 Volt battery may not charge as intended, resulting in battery drainage and loss of motive power." — .gov.au [www]. (Ditto Genesis 2022-2024.) (And similar Kia CV EV6 2021-2024.)

15 April 2024: The National Holden Motor Museum, 7-11 Warren Street, Echuca, "has permanently closed as of 15 April 2024."

14 April 2024, .uk: Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting Auction [www] including lot 101 a 1953 Austin Champ 4x4, chassis #737 (sold £8,050); lot 116 a 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Sports Tourer chassis #48 lYB, engine #107.A (sold £207,000).

13 Apr Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.94/l; min $1.84; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.87/l; min $1.76); oil us$85/b
12 Apr Fri au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.61, ¥100

12 April 2024, recall #REC-005935: "Hyundai i30 1.6T (CN7) Sedan 2023 ... Due to incorrect software being installed in the vehicle, the 'fail-safe' mode may not operate when oil pump faults are detected in the dual clutch transmission. If this occurs it may lead to a sudden loss of motive power." — .gov.au [www].

11 April 2024: "May to July maximum temperatures are very likely to be above median for most of Australia. ... May to July rainfall is likely to very likely to be below median for parts of northern Australia and small areas of the southern mainland. ..." — [bom].

11 April 2024: Alpine (Renault) plans to demonstrate the 'Alpenglow' race-car – a V8 ICE running on hydrogen – at Spa (10 May) and race it at Le Mans (15-16 June), [www].

10 April 2024: "The Commonwealth of Australia has today signed the production contract for 123 Boxer Heavy Weapon Carrier vehicles with more than 100 of those vehicles to be exported from Australia for use by the German Army; making it Australia's largest foreign military export to Germany. ..." — Rheinmetal [www].

8 Apr Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.91/l; min $1.84; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.85/l; min $1.74); oil us$87/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.61, ¥100

7 April 2024 (Sun.), .au: End of daylight saving (ACT, NSW, SA, Tas., Vic.), 3am→2am.

7 April 2024 (#4/24): Japanese F1 Grand Prix.
Results: 1. Max Verstappen [Red Bull]; 2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull); 3. Carlos Sainz [Ferrari]. Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].

7 April 2024, Israel continued to lay waste to Gaza: "Obstacles to peace seem larger than ever after six months of war ..." — [bbc].

6 April 2024: "Sydney's Warragamba Dam spills after deluge dumps more than 100mm of rain ..." — [abc].  "South-east Queensland heads into a wet weekend as state's west floods ..." — [abc]. Check NSW [www] and Qld [www] roads.

4 April 2024: Amidst weakening sales of EVs, Ford delayed "the launch of its all-new three-row electric vehicles to 2027. See Ford [www].

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

3 Apr Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.94/l; min $1.84; ([Perth] ULP avg $2.13/l; min $1.72); oil us$84/b; au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.61, ¥99

2 April 2024: Heavy rain fell across central Victoria, including Melbourne (50+mm), with some locations receiving 70+mm. This is largely due to tropical moisture from ex-TC Megan. Check Vic [www], SA [www] roads. Meanwhile, Lake Eyre Yacht Club [www] was predicting that Belt Bay would eventually reach a depth of 1.2 metres. And, "Floodwaters continue to arrive in the northern parts of Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre. Water levels along the Cooper Creek are still above the Innamincka causeway. ..." [bom][3rd] IDS20370.

1 April 2024: "Driest Perth summer on record may have lasting impact on WA's water supply ... just 21.8mm of rain between October last year and the end of March ..." — [abc].

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

30 March 2024: "Can Australia shift to EVs without kicking the big ute habit? ..." — [abc]. (Also see "Beach driving ..." — [31/3].)

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

29 Mar Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.97/l; min $1.84; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.90/l; min $1.73); oil us$83/b
28 Mar Thu au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.60, ¥99

29 March 2024, .au: "Alice Springs' youth curfew is canary in coal mine for other troubled Australian towns ..." — [abc].

27 March 2024, .uk: "Off-peak rates for ultra-rapid charging fell by 2p/kWh, making an EV on average 1.2p per mile cheaper to 'refuel' than filling up with petrol (12.58 v 13.82 p/mile), according to The AA EV Recharge Report ..." — The AA [www]. Not a lot in it.

26 March 2024: The Mercedes G-wagen 4x4 got some revisions — Mercedes [www].

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

24 Mar Sun Melb ULP avg au$2.08/l; min $1.80; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.82/l; min $1.70); oil us$81/b
22 Mar Fri au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.60, ¥99
24 March 2024 (Sun.) (#3/24): Australian F1 Grand Prix.
Results: 1. Carlos Sainz [Ferrari]; 2. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari); 3. Lando Norris [McLaren]. Sainz had his appendix removed two weeks ago, missing the Saudi Arabian GP. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) started on pole but was passed by Sainz on the second lap; Verstappen retired on lap four with a brake problem, and fire. Oscar Pastra finised fourth in the other McLaren. Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].

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

23 March 2024 (Sat.), .au: Tasmanian state election. (The Liberals look set to form a minority government.)

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

21 March 2024, recall #REC-005926: "Audi E-Tron 2018-2022 ... Due to a manufacturing defect, the high voltage battery may experience a thermal overload if charged over 80 percent capacity. If this occurs, the battery could overheat and lead to a vehicle fire." — .gov.au [www].

20 March 2024, recall #RC3269: "Mercedes-Benz GLE and GLS 2019-2023 ... Due to a software issue in the transmission control module, the transmission may not downshift under certain conditions and could result in a sudden loss of engine power." — .gov.au [www].

19 March 2024, .au: "Central NT communities warned to prepare for heavy rain, possible flooding as ex-Tropical Cyclone Megan moves west ..." — [abc]. (TC Megan (cat.3) crossed the coast on the 18th.)

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

11-17 March 2024, .au: Corowa Swim In, 'Year of the Blitz,' [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.
Results: 1. Max Verstappen [Red Bull]; 2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull); 3. Charles Leclerc [Ferrari]. Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].

7 March 2024: "February 2024 was the warmest February on record globally, with an average ERA5 surface air temperature of 13.54°C ... The month was 1.77°C warmer than an estimate of the February average for 1850-1900, the designated pre-industrial reference period. ..." — copernicus.eu [www].

7 Mar Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.92/l; min $1.78; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.98/l; min $1.70); oil us$79/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.52, €0.60, ¥98
5 March 2024, recall #REC-005906: "BMW 520i, 740i, i5, i7, iX1, X1, X5, X6, X7, XM, 2022-2023 ... Due to a manufacturing defect, signal interference may occur within the electronics of the brake system. If this occurs, a higher pedal force may be required for braking. The anti-lock braking [ABS] system and dynamic stability control will not be available." — .gov.au [www]

4 March 2024, .au: "It's a scam! Celebrities are not getting rich from online investment trading platforms ..." — ACCC #26/24 [www]. Also see "... Scammers create ads and fake news articles to get you to believe the celebrities actually use these scam investment platforms. ..." — Scamwatch [www].

3 March 2024: Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance [www], and ...
1-2 March 2024: RM Sotheby's Miami Auction [www] including lot 126 a 1990 Ferrari F40, chassis #ZFFGJ34B000084116 (sold us$3,360,000); lot 132 a 2010 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport 'Sang Bleu', chassis #VF9SK2C2XAM795043 (sold us$3,085,000).
1 March 2024 (Fri.): Gooding & Co. Amelia Island Auction [www] including lot 20 a 1938 Bugatti type 57C Atalante, chassis #57767, engine #62C (sold us$2,050,000); lot 38 a 2015 Porsche 918 Spyder Weissach, chassis #WP0CA2A12FS800325 (sold us$3,200,000); lot 116 a 1929 Bentley 4.5-litre Le Mans sports tourer, chassis #RL3428, engine #RL3432 (sold us$1,400,000); lot 128 a 1903 Mercedes-Simplex 60hp "Roi des Belges" (sold us$11,000,000).
29 February 2024: Bonham's Amelia Island Auction [www] including lot 7 a 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ40, SWB ST, chassis #FJ40-271607, engine #2F249051 (sold us$72,800); lot 75P the reconstructed 1904 Gordon Bennett Napier L48 "Samson" Racing Car (sold us$742,000).
2 March 2024 (Sat., #1/24): Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.
Results: 1. Max Verstappen [Red Bull]; 2. Sergio Perez (Red Bull); 3. Carlos Sainz [Ferrari]. Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].
1 Mar Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.89/l; min $1.78; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.88/l; min $1.70); oil us$79/b; au$1.00=us$0.65, £0.52, €0.60, ¥98

1 March 2024: "Full speed ahead for second-generation Indy autonomous racers ... The achievement list includes setting a speed record for passing in autonomous racing (170mph [273km/h]), netting the autonomous vehicle land speed record (192.2mph [309.3km/h]) and establishing the fastest lap speed for an autonomous vehicle (180mph [289.68km/h]). ... Eighteen universities from around the world are participating in IAC 2024 ..." — SAE [www]. Also see IAC [www].

 

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

29 February 2024, .au: "March to May rainfall is likely to be below median for much of northern, eastern and south-western Australia. March to May maximum and minimum temperatures are likely to very likely to be above median for almost all of Australia. ..." — [bom].

28 February 2024, .uk: "Electric cars produce twice as much CO2 as trains, says rail group data ..." — The G [www]. Also see, "[train is] almost two-and-a-half times greener than using a battery electric car" — RDG [www] #BEV #car #train #CO2.

28 February 2024, .uk: "Tata confirms [Bridgewater] Somerset will be home to £4bn battery factory ..." — The G [www]. Tata (.in) owns Jaguar Land-Rover.

26 February 2024, .au: "The ACCC has instituted legal proceedings in the Federal Court against Grays eCommerce Group Limited, an Australia-wide online auction business, over false or misleading descriptions of hundreds of cars on its site, including about the make, model, features or undisclosed obvious faults with the cars. ..." — ACCC [www].

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

February 2024: Morgan's prototype 'XP1' as an electic (BEV) three-wheeler. "XP-1 will act as the forerunner to all future electric Morgan sports cars, the experimental prototype will provide key information to Morgan's engineers and designers as they embark on the development of the company's first production electric models. ..." — Morgan [www].

26 February 2024: "Fire danger risk could reach catastrophic levels in parts of Victoria, as huge bushfire continues to burn ..." — [abc]. See Vic. [www] fire.
"Authorities on high alert as bushfire continues to rage out of control in Victoria's west ..." — [28/2].  "Fire crews contain bushfire which threatened communities south of Ballarat ..." — [29/2].
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: "INEOS Automotive has unveiled its brand new 4x4 vehicle, the INEOS Fusilier ..." — INEOS [www]. The fusilier is smaller than the Grenadier, is a BEV and one version will have a petrol "range extender" ICE generator.

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. First GP: 2nd March.

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.

16 February 2024: "Drivers who use their mobile phone or don't wear a seatbelt are being held to account ... From 1 July to 30 December 2023 the cameras detected 53,105 offences, including 16,499 drivers and 6,375 passengers not wearing seatbelts, and 30,231 drivers using mobile phones. ..." — .vic.gov.au [www].

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. (Also see, "The growing array of alternatives to #lithium #batteries ..." [bbc][21/3].)

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.) Also see 16 May above.

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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