26 November 2006, Sunday: 25th Historic Commercial Vehicle Display Day, 9am-3pm, Sandown Racecourse, Princes Highway, Vic 3171 (Melways 80/C9); adults $10, u14 free (was www.hcvc.com.au/displayday.htm).


26-29 October 2006: National 4x4 Show, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Thurs 4pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-6pm, adult $16.00, child $7.00, family $39.00 [www].

26/9/2006: ULP Melb' $1.17/L

23 August 2006:   The UK JCB Dieselmax, powered by two 750bhp JCB444 engines (yes JCB), set a diesel-powered world land speed record of 350.092mph (563.418km/h) over the measured mile at Bonneville Salt Flats. The driver was Andy Green, as in the Thrust SSC (1997), [www].

21-23 July 2006:   "Billing", Land-Rover enthusiast Show (was www.landroverenthusiast.com/billing/).

17 July 2006: Series six of the BBC's Top-Gear starts on SBS TV (.au).

9/7/2006: ULP Melb' has been $1.35 - $1.40/L for several weeks now.

7-9 July 2006, Friday-Sunday: Goodwood Festival of Speed, theme 'a Century of Grands Prix', [www].

June 2006: P.Brohan, et al, 'Uncertainty estimates in regional and global observed temperature changes: A new data set from 1850', J. Geophysical Research, 111, D12106, 21 pp., 2006, "... historical surface temperature data set HadCRUT provides a record of surface temperature trends and variability since 1850. A new version of this data set, HadCRUT3 ... the temperature increase over the twentieth century is still significantly larger than its uncertainty." -- [doi:10.1029/2005JD006548], amp; UEA [www].

17-18 June 2006:   24-hours race, Le Mans, [www].
The race was won by an Audi R10 V12 diesel (650hp, 1100Nm)! 1. Audi R10, Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werne, 380 laps, 5,187km, 215.409kph, 41L/100km. 2. Judd, Eric Helary, Franck Montagny and Sebastien Loeb. 3. Audi R10, Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen and Allan McNish. It will be interesting to see if the rules are ammended to reduce the apparent advantage turbo diesels currently hold. Incidentally an Aston Marton DB9 (#007!) came 2nd to a Corvette in the GT1 class.

9 June 2006, 2006 British Grand Prix, Press Conference: Max Mosely, the FIA President proposed that braking-energy recovery (and reuse) devices be allowed in Formula One from perhaps 2009, and smaller turbo (and hence more efficient) engines be allowed (again) but with lower rev.-limits from perhaps 2011. Four wheel drive may be allowed again (as it was pre 1970s) as part of energy recovery systems. The overall aim would be to foster innovative technology that is relevant to everyday motoring. (was www.fia.com/mediacentre/Press_Releases/FIA_Sport/2006/June/090606-01.html)

22-28 May 2006:   Motorexpo, Canary Wharf, London (was www.motorexpo.co.uk).

25 April 2006:   Anzac Day.

30 March - 2 April 2006, Thursday - Sunday:   Australian F1 Grand Prix, Melbourne, Vic.

20 March 2006: Tropical Cyclone Larry brought winds of 290km/hr to the Innisfail area of N. Queensland, south of Cairns.

15-26 March 2006: Commonwealth Games, Melbourne, Vic. Australia, Wednesday 15thSunday 26th.

11-13 March 2006: "Blinman" Land-Rover Jamboree, Land Rover Register of South Australia.

10-13 March 2006: 30th Port Fairy Folk Festival, Vic., .au [www].

2-12 March 2006: 76th Geneva International Motor Show [www].

19 February 2006, Sunday:   Victorian 4WD Show, Wandin, Vic., .au, 9.00am-4.30pm, [www] adult $13, u16 free.

9-19 February 2006: Melbourne International Motor Show, Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Southbank. Thursday 9th - Sunday 19th February, adult $17, u16 $9, family $43.

26-29 January 2006:   Australia Day long weekend, Porsche Mt. Buller Sprint (hill-climb), Vic.. 'Prologue' on Thurs. in Mansfield.

26 January 2006: 29th Australia Day Historic Vehicle Display King's Domain, Melbourne, Vic. .au.

1-15 January 2006: Dakar Rally, start in Lisbon (31/12/'05), Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea and Senegal, [www].
SBS TV, .au, broadcast highlights at 6pm.

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