26 November 2017 [#20/20]: Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix.

18-19 November 2017: Bendigo Swap Meet [www].

12 November 2017 [#19/20]: Brazilian F1 Grand Prix.

10-12 November 2017: Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham, uk [www].
And, Silverstone auction's Classic Car sale [www].

29 October 2017 [#18/20]: Mexican F1 Grand Prix.

22 October 2017 [#17/20]: United States F1 Grand Prix.

20 October 2017: Planned end of Australian car production by GM Holden.

13-15 October 2017: Autoclassica, Royal Exhibition Building, Mebourne [www].

8-15 October 2017, : World Solar Challenge [www].

8 October 2017 [#16/20]: Japanese F1 Grand Prix.

1 October 2017 [#15/20]: Malaysian F1 Grand Prix.

1 October 2017 (Sun.) .au: Daylight saving starts.


29-30 September 2017 (F., S.): Deniliqin Ute Muster [www].

17 September 2017 [#14/20]: Singapore F1 Grand Prix.

14-24 September 2017: 67th IAA Cars, Motor Show, Frankfurt Moto Show, .de [www].

12-15 September 2017, .uk: Defence and Security Equipment International (DSEI), ExCeL, Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London E16 1XL [www].

8-10 September 2017: Goodwood Revival [www].

3 September 2017 [#13/20]: Italian F1 Grand Prix.  

31 August - 2 September 2017, .uk: Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace [www].

27 August 2017 [#12/20]: Belgian F1 Grand Prix.

18-19 August 2017: RM Sotherby's Monterey auction [www].

15 August 2017 (Sat.): Henley on Todd "Regatta" NT, .au [www].

18-20 August 2017, .au: National 4x4 Show Melbourne Showgrounds [www].


30 July 2017 [#11/20]: Hungarian F1 Grand Prix.

25-29 July 2017: The War and Peace Revival, Kent, uk [www].

21-23 July 2017: Silverstone Classic, uk [www].

16 July 2017 [#10/20]: British F1 Grand Prix.

9 July 2017 [#9/20]: Austrian F1 Grand Prix.  

29 June - 2 July 2017: Goodwood Festival of Speed [www].

25 June 2017: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb [www].

25 June 2017 [#8/20]: Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix.

24-25 June 2017: Tankfest, the Tank Museum, Bovington, uk [www].

19-25 June 2017: Paris Air Show (public 23-25) [www].

17-18 June 2017: Le Mans 24-hours race [www].

11 June 2017 [#7/20]: Canadian F1 Grand Prix.

9-12 June 2017: Finke Desert Race [www].

9-11 June 2017: Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Cheshire [www].


28 May 2017 (Sun.): 101st Indianapolis 500 [www].

28 May 2017 [#6/20]: Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

27 May - 9 June 2017: Isle of Man TT [www].

27-28 May 2017: Historic Winton, Vic., .au [www].

27 May 2017: RM Sotherby's Villa Erba auction [www].

14 May 2017 [#5/20]: Spanish F1 Grand Prix.

6-7 May 2017: 11th Clunes Booktown Festival, Vic., .au [www].


30 April 2017 [#4/20]: Russian F1 Grand Prix.





28-30 April 2017 (Fri.-Sun.): Donington Historic [www].

25 April 2017: Anzac Day.

24 Apr Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.38/l; min $1.13 ([Perth] avg $1.19/l, min $1.13); oil us$50/b; au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.59, €0.70, ¥83

19 April 2017: Hyundai released "Shackleton's Return" on youtube [www] – "A hundred years after Sir Ernest Shackleton's Endurance Expedition, Patrick Bergel, the great-grandson of Shackleton, along with Hyundai, takes on Shackleton’s unfinished dream" [www].  Over a month, a highly modified Santa Fe SUV, with support vehicles, was recently driven across Antartica from Union Camp, via the South Pole, to McMurdo Sound.

19 April 2017: Chinese-owned MG Motor "unveiled an all-new electric supercar concept at the 17th annual Shanghai International Automotive Show (19 April) - the MG E-motion. ..." -- MG [www].

19 Apr Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.20/l; min $1.15 ([Perth] avg $1.34/l, min $1.14); oil us$52/b; au$1.00=us$0.75, £0.59, €0.70, ¥82

16 April 2017: "Poison taken from Queensland's most notorious pest, the cane toad, is being turned against them ... traps use baits that replicate the smell of food, made from the poison of adult cane toads, to capture and eradicate up to 10,000 juvenile toads in one hit. ..." -- [abc].

16 April 2017 [#3/20]: Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.
Results: 1. Sebastian Vettel [Ferrari]; 2. Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes]; 3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes). (Also see the FIA [www] and [bbc].)

14-23 April 2017: New York Auto Show [www].

14 Apr Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.19/l; min $1.16 ([Perth] avg $1.24/l, min $1.14); oil us$53/b
13 Apr Thu Melb au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.60, €0.71, ¥83

13 April 2017: 'Escaping a sinking car: Staying put is death trap says Canadian expert ... According to Dr Giesbrecht, the most common instinct when in a submerged car is to keep the doors and windows shut, resulting in what he called a "death trap". ... Dr Giesbrecht's advice is simple. "Seatbelts, windows, out - children first. That means, get your seatbelts off, then get the windows open," he said. ..."' -- [abc].

13 April 2017, .au: "Metadata capture begins but information not to be used for civil cases. The Federal Government will not allow civil litigants to access metadata stored by telecommunication companies after a backlash from lawyers and privacy advocates. ..." -- [abc].

11 April 2017: "Tesla surpasses GM to become most valuable car company in US ..." -- The G [www].

11 April 2017: 'Videos showing a man being violently removed from a United Airlines flight have provoked an outcry on social media. ... "#United overbooked and wanted four of us to volunteer to give up our seats for personnel that needed to be at work the next day." "No one volunteered, so United decided to choose for us. ...' -- [bbc]. Why am I not surprised that this is about United Airlines?

10 April 2017: "Ballarat received a month's worth of rain in under 24 hours as severe weather swept across Victoria on Sunday, the weather bureau says. ... A severe weather warning remains in place today ... Mount Hotham, Falls Creek and Mount Buller experienced [snow] flurries. ..." -- [abc].  "Snowy Mountains get blast of pre-winter snow well ahead of official ski season ..." -- [2].

10 Apr Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.22/l; min $1.18 ([Perth] avg $1.16/l, min $1.11); oil us$52/b; au$1.00=us$0.75, £0.60, €0.71, ¥83

10 April 2017: "Two-thirds of the Great Barrier Reef has now been devastated by severe coral bleaching, with the most intense damage occurring further south this year ... Compared to its 2016 survey, where the northern third was worst off, this year the central third - Cooktown down to Townsville - recorded the most intense bleaching. ..." -- [abc].

9 April 2017 [#2/20]: Chinese F1 Grand Prix.
Results: 1. Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes]; 2. Sebastian Vettel [Ferrari]; 3. Max Verstappen [Red Bull]. See the FIA [www] and [bbc].

6 April 2017: "Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal has taken another twist, with some drivers now saying the company's software upgrade is causing problems with their cars. ... a drop in fuel efficiency and performance after having the upgrade. ..." -- [abc].

5-9 April 2017: TechnoClassica, Essen [www].

4 Apr Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.26/l; min $1.19 ([Perth] avg $1.33/l, min $1.13); oil us$50/b; au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.61, €0.71, ¥84

4 April 2017: "Floodwaters have begun lapping at doorsteps of homes in low-lying areas of Rockhampton and roads are closed as the swollen Fitzroy River invades the central Queensland city. The river is expected to reach a major flood level of 8.5 metres later today. ..." -- [abc].

3 April 2017: "Tesla's market value has overtaken that of Ford after shares in the electric car maker added more than 7%. At the close of trading Tesla had a market value of $49bn (£38bn), compared with Ford's value of $46bn. ... While Tesla's sales are growing fast they are still a fraction of Ford's, which sold almost 6.7 million vehicles in 2016. Tesla delivered 76,000 electric cars last year. ..." -- [bbc]. (Also see 11 April above.)

2 April 2017 (Sun.), .au: Daylight saving ends.

1-2 April 2017: Classic Car Auction, NEC, Birmingham [www] lot 254 (sold £68,200) a 1965 Citroen 2CV Sahara (4WD) [www].


31 March 2017: "One of Australia's largest power stations, Hazelwood in Victoria's east, will close today marking the end of its 52-year history of power generation in the Latrobe Valley. ..." -- [www].

31 March 2017, .us: "... States reported 2,660 pedestrian fatalities for the first six months of 2016, compared to 2,486 deaths during the same time period in the previous year. Using this data and historic trends, GHSA estimates that there were 5,997 pedestrian fatalities in 2016. Potential factors contributing to this spike include a better economy, an increase in walking as a primary mode of transportation, and distraction due to growing use of smartphone technology. ..." -- GHSA [www].

31 March - 2 April 2017, .uk: Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, NEC, Birmingham [www] (and auction 1-2 April above).

31 March - 2 April 2017, .au: National 4x4 Show Brisbane Showgrounds [www].

30 March 2017, .au: "The Bureau of Meteorology has released its monthly and seasonal climate outlooks for April to June 2017. For the months ahead, the outlook indicates below-average rainfall is likely for the southern two-thirds of the mainland, and it will be wetter in the far north. ..." -- [bom].

30 March 2017, .uk: "Sir Tim Barrow, Britain's ambassador to the EU, delivered the [Brexit] letter ... More than nine months have passed since Britain voted to leave the European Union ..." -- The G [www]. Also see the [bbc].

30 March 2017: "Tens of thousands of people have been ordered to evacuate areas of northern NSW, with the SES warning of 'unprecedented' flooding in the region ... The SES has ordered residents of Lismore CBD, North and South Lismore to leave immediately ..." -- [abc] and [31/3].

30 Mar Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.31/l; min $1.15 ([Perth] avg $1.29/l, min $1.14); oil us$50/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.62, €0.71, ¥85

29 March 2017: "Ex-Cyclone Debbie is causing monsoonal rain and major flooding across central Queensland, with the deluge set to hit Brisbane on Thursday. ... In 24 hours, 646mm fell on the Clarke Ranges, north-west of Mackay. That was on top of 340mm on Monday. ..." -- [abc].  "... Widespread 24 hour rainfall totals of 150 to 250mm are expected, with significantly higher accumulations possible locally. This rainfall will likely be very intense at times, leading to a risk of severe localised flash flooding. Locations that may be affected include Gladstone, Kingaroy, Bundaberg, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. ..." -- [bom][30/3].

26 March 2017: "A cyclone ["Debbie"] off northern Queensland has intensified to a category two and could reach category four by the time it crosses the coast somewhere between Cardwell and Bowen, near Townsville, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has warned. ..." -- [abc], and [27/3].

26 March 2017 [#1/20]: Australian F1 Grand Prix (start 4pm local, 5am GMT).
Teams (engine) and drivers: [Ferrari], Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen; [Force India] (Mercedes), Sergio Perez Mendoza, Esteban Ocon; [Haas F1] (Ferrari), Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen; [McLaren] (Honda), Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne; [Mercedes], Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas; [Red Bull] (Tag Heuer, i.e., Renault) Daniel Ricciardo, Max Verstappen; [Renault], Nicolas Hulkenberg, Jolyon Palmer; [Sauber] (Ferrari), Marcus Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein; [Toro Rosso] (Renault), Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz jr; [Williams] (Mercedes), Felipe Massa, Lance Stroll.
The 2017 cars are wider (2m), with wider more durable Pirelli tyres, ≥722kg (+20kg), and 105kg fuel (+5kg).
Results: 1. Sebastian Vettel [Ferrari]; 2. Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes]; 3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes). Also see the [bbc].
(On the speed of the new cars, pole L. Hamilton 1.21.88. Fastest race lap (56), K. Raikkonen, 1.26.538, compared to 2014 N. Rosberg 1.6T V6 1:32.478, 2013 K. Raikkonen 2.4 V8 1:29.274, 2004 M. Schumacher 3.0 V10 1:24.125.)

25-26 March 2017: Pajero Challenge [www].

24 March 2017: "A slow-moving tropical low has drenched the WA mining town of Port Hedland, which has received more than 270 millimetres of rain this week. ..." -- [abc].

21 March 2017: "Wide collaborations aim to advance the fuel-cell future ... Sales of the Clarity Fuel Cell, the Toyota Mirai and FCVs from Hyundai and potentially GM will deliver emission credits under the California Air Resources Board's complex credit scheme. ... Nissan and Magna are investigating using hydrogen fuel cells rather than ICEs as hybrid range extenders. ..." -- SAE [www].  Also see 'Clarity of purpose' [www].

March 2017: "North Central, North East, West and South Gippsland and parts of the East Gippsland and South West Forecast Districts. ... A low pressure trough will gradually move eastwards across Victoria on Tuesday night and early Wednesday. Widespread rain and isolated thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and evening. Periods of heavy rain which may lead to flash flooding are likely across the warning area. Heavy rain should ease later tonight. ..." -- [bom].
20 Mar Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.35/l; min $1.18 ([Perth] avg $1.21/l, min $1.13); oil us$49/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.62, €0.72, ¥87

20 March 2017: "How the free market failed Australia and priced us out of our own gas supply ... The upshot is that we now are paying more than Japanese manufacturers for our own gas. In fact, power company AGL is actively considering buying Australian gas in Japan and shipping it back home. And why not? It's cheaper there. ..." -- [abc].

18 March 2017: "Horror 24 hours on Victoria's roads as three die in crashes involving trucks ... A man from Romsey, north of Melbourne, was killed on the freeway when a truck ran over the top of his ute about 6.30am. ... The deadly crash was one of three on Victorian roads in less than 24 hours involved trucks, sparking concerns over truck driver distraction ... About 18 hours earlier, there was a strikingly similar crash on the Princes Freeway in Point Cook, which claimed the life of a 28-year-old Hoppers Crossing man, and left his passenger in hospital. ... A third crash occurred on Thursday afternoon, when a 65-year-old delivery truck driver died after he was run over by his truck at a storage depot ..." -- The Age [www].

17 March 2017: 'Major advance of South Georgia glaciers during the Antarctic Cold Reversal following extensive sub-Antarctic glaciation', A. G. C. Graham et al, Nature Commns, 8, #14798, 2017 [www]. And, '"... in the last 10,000 years the ice cap has wobbled back and forth, but never really gone out much beyond the fjords," Dr Graham told BBC News. "And then in the 1950s, things seemed to go pear-shaped for South Georgia. The glaciers now are in a massive retreat ..."' -- [bbc].

17 March 2017: "Showers and thunderstorms are forecast to continue for much of Queensland over the weekend, but the heaviest rainfall will be seen further south in New South Wales. ..." -- [bom].

15 Mar Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.37/l; min $1.17 ([Perth] avg $1.35/l, min $1.16); oil us$48/b; au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.62, €0.71, ¥87

13-19 March 2017, .au: Corowa Swim In, the year of the International (IH) and year of the Carrier [www].

13 March 2017: "Intel Corporation and Mobileye N.V. today announced a definitive agreement under which Intel would acquire Mobileye. ... a subsidiary of Intel will commence a tender offer to acquire all of the issued and outstanding ordinary shares of Mobileye for us$63.54 per share in cash, representing a fully-diluted equity value of approximately us$15.3 billion and an enterprise value of $14.7 billion. Mobileye's leading computer vision expertise to create automated driving solutions from the cloud through the network to the car. ..." -- Intel [www]. (Also see the [bbc].)

13 March 2017 (Mon.): Labour Day, Vic., .au.
11-13 March 2017: Steamfest, National Steam Centre, Scoresby, Melbourne, Vic. [www].
10-13 March 2017 (Fri-Mon): Port Fairy Folk Festival [www].

11 March 2017: WA State election. Labor easily defeated the Liberal-National Government. The situation in the Upper House was less clear. Also see the [abc], [2].

10-11 March 2017: RM Sotheby's Amelia Island auction [www].

10 March 2017, .au: "Another mass bleaching event on the Great Barrier Reef, caused by warmer ocean temperatures, has been confirmed ..." -- [abc].

10 Mar Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.19/l; min $1.09 ([Perth] avg $1.30/l, min $1.15); oil us$50/b; au$1.00=us$0.75, £0.62, €0.71, ¥87

10 March 2017: "Volkswagen has pleaded guilty to three charges as part of a us$4.3bn (£3.5bn) agreement with the US regulators over the diesel emissions scandal. The German car maker has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, obstruction of justice and entry of goods by false statement. ..." -- [bbc].

9-19 March 2017: 87th Geneva Motor Show [www] or [www], including Dendrobium (Singapore) 'Dendrobium' electric concept [www]; Mercedes new 'E-Class Cabriolet', revised 'GLA', Maybach G650 (G-wagen) Landaulet AMG 5980cc V12(!) 4WD portal axles; Quant '48volt' electric 48 V "flow cell" concept; Renault Alpine 'A110' [www] [www]; Spyker 'C8 Preliator Spyder' 4.2 V8 [www]; Subaru revised 'XV' SUV; Toyota next 'Yaris'.

9 March 2017: "A flying passenger pod that can be docked with wheels to turn in to a car has been unveiled at a show in Geneva. ..." -- [bbc]. (An Airbus concept [www]. Also see 17 Feb. below.)

9 March 2017: Bonhams Amelia Island Auction [www]. Including lot 102 a 1959 Goggomobil Dart Roadster, chassis #0112854, engine #02130120 (sold us$31,900); lot 171 a Lamborghini model 1R tractor, engine #18168 (sold us$46,200).

9 March 2017, .au: "DNA confirms Aboriginal people have a long-lasting connection to country ..." -- [abc], and also see Nature [www].

8 March 2017: "The summer of 2016/17 has been dubbed the 'angry summer' by climate scientists who've been investigating just how extreme things got. They've found that during a 90-day period, 205 weather records were broken. ..." -- [abc].

8 March 2017: "Volkswagen diesel scandal: ACCC sues over dodgy emissions claims ... According to the ACCC, Audi Australia supplied more than 12,000 affected vehicles to Australian consumers. ... Last month, Volkswagen pleaded guilty to criminal charges in the US over the emissions scandal and will pay billions of dollars in criminal and civil penalties." -- [abc].

7-10 March 2017: F1 pre-season testing #2, Barcelona. Ferrari set the fastest times, but that may or may not mean much.

4 March 2017: "France's PSA Group, maker of Peugeot and Citroen cars, has reached a deal with General Motors to buy its Opel and Vauxhall brands, according to reports. ..." -- [bbc]...
6 March: "... General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) and PSA Group (Paris:UG) today announced an agreement under which GM's Opel / Vauxhall subsidiary and GM Financial's European operations will join the PSA Group in a transaction valuing these activities at €1.3 Bn and €0.9 Bn, respectively. ..." -- PSA [www], and also GM [www].
4 Mar Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.20/l; min $1.09 ([Perth] avg $1.28/l, min $1.18); oil us$53/b
3 Mar Fri au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.62, €0.72, ¥86

4 March 2017: "Drip of Russia revelations puts damper on Trump's 'home run' ... Now it has emerged that five Trump advisers, including the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, interacted with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. ..." -- [bbc].

3-5 March 2017: Airshow 2017, Avalon Airport, Geelong, Vic. [www]. (Trade 28 Feb. - 5 March.)

3 March 2017: "A Mini part's incredible journey shows how Brexit will hit the UK car industry ... The UK automotive industry is right at the centre of concerns about what damage Brexit might inflict on the British economy ..." -- The G [www].

3 March 2017: "Bugatti delivers first Chiron super sports cars to customers ..." -- Bugatti [www].

1 March 2017: "SA truck driver should face maximum penalty over fatal crash with cyclists, court told ... [he] was under the influence of drugs ... Sean Anthony Daley, 49, of Two Wells killed cyclist Steve Eberhardt in the collision almost a year ago, and seriously injured two others. ..." -- [abc].
And 7 April: "A truck driver who was under the influence of drugs when he fatally ploughed into a group of cyclists at Port Pirie has been sentenced to almost five years' jail. ... As a result of the collision, authorities conducted an audit of his employer Dennis Transport's records, finding that over 41 days 15 drivers had committed 94 breaches of legislation regulating the use of heavy vehicles. The court heard Dennis Transport kept two sets of wage records, one which recorded the driving which employees were paid and the other a falsified version to conform with the hours they should have been driving. ..." -- [abc].

1 March 2017: "Western Australia's biggest wet season on record is coming to an end, with just one more weak tropical low forecast for next week. The Kimberley has recorded its wettest summer since records began in 1900. Halls Creek recorded 966.8mm and was the wettest October to February period since records commenced in 1944-45. ..." -- [abc].

28 Feb Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.21/l; min $1.11 ([Perth] avg $1.38/l, min $1.19); oil us$54/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.62, €0.73, ¥87

28 February 2017: "The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral. However, recent changes in both the tropical Pacific Ocean and atmosphere, and climate model outlooks surveyed by the Bureau, suggest the likelihood of El Nino forming in 2017 has risen. ..." -- [bom].

27 February - 2 March 2017: F1 pre-season testing, Barcelona.

27 February 2017: "Pumped hydro storage can be used to help build a secure and cheap Australian electricity grid with 100% renewable energy, a new study from the Australian National University (ANU) has found. ... wind and solar PV electricity provided nearly all new generation capacity in Australia and half the world's new generation capacity each year. At present, renewable energy accounts for around 15% of Australia's electricity generation ... the cost of a 100% stabilised renewable electricity system would be around au$75/MWh, which is cheaper than coal and gas-fuelled power. ..." -- ANU [www].

27 February 2017, .au: "A truck driver found guilty of causing a head-on fatal crash at Murray Bridge has again appeared to collapse in the dock after being charged with breaching fatigue management policies. ..." -- [abc].

24-26 February 2017: Race Retro, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry [www]. And, Silverstone Auctions [www].

24 February 2017: "The proponents of a sealed outback highway that would open up central Australia to industry and tourism estimate it will cost at least another $400 million to complete by 2025. About 1,600 kilometres of the Outback Way ... running 2,800 kilometres from Winton in Queensland to Laverton in Western Australia's northern Goldfields, remains unsealed. ..." -- [abc].

24 February 2017: "The Labor party in Western Australia unveiled its plan for the Kimberley this week ahead of the March state election ... Labor has promised to create the Fitzroy River National Park, and vowed to never allow the Fitzroy or its tributaries to be dammed ..." -- [abc].

23-26 February 2017: London Classic Car Show, ExCel E16 [www].

23 Feb Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.23/l; min $1.14 ([Perth] avg $1.34/l, min $1.19); oil us$53/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.62, €0.73, ¥87

23 February 2017: "Solar energy is now cheaper in Australia than retail power prices in most capital cities after dropping 58% in the past five years, the Climate Council says in a new report. ..." -- [abc], and Climate Council [www].

23 February 2017: "Insurance cover for self-driving cars must offer protection for both times when the driver is in control and when the vehicle is in charge, according to new proposals from the UK government. ..." -- [bbc]. See the 'Vehicle Technology and Aviation Bill' (HC Bill 143) [www].

21 February 2017: RACV and other state motoring clubs and the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) announced the "15 winners of the 2016 Australia's Best Cars awards" which included "best medium car under $50,000 Mazda Mazda6 Touring, ... AWD SUV under $50,000 Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium, AWD SUV $50,000 - $65,000 Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 150 SE 5 seat, ... 4x4 dual-cab Ute Ford Ranger XLT 3.2" [www].

20 February 2017: "A landmark race between two driverless electric cars has ended badly for one of the contestants. The unfortunate Devbot vehicle crashed out of the Roborace competition after misjudging a corner while travelling at high speed. ..." -- [bbc]. Also see Roborace [www] and at youtube [www].

20 February 2017, .au: "Cyclone Alfred forms in Gulf of Carpentaria prompting evacuations at Borroloola ..." -- [abc]. Also see the [bom].

20 February 2017: "Gas forgotten in energy debate between coal and renewables ... We have some of the world's biggest gas deposits; by 2021, we're set to become the world's top exporter of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, overtaking Qatar. ... The prices paid by energy users, such as companies and households, are higher because they're linked to the global market. ..." -- [abc].

19 February 2017: "'From bad to worse': Greece hurtles towards a final [euro] reckoning ..." -- The G [www].

19 February 2017: "The tropical low in the Gulf of Carpentaria is forecast to move back over water, and strengthen into a tropical cyclone on Sunday. ..." -- [bom][17/2].

19 February 2017: "Another storm has hit the Hunter region and the Central Coast of New South Wales after two days of severe weather caused widespread blackouts and property damage in parts of the state. The Bureau of Meteorology says the storm, which has caused more power outages, is now over southern parts of the mid-north coast, bringing with it heavy rain. ..." -- [abc].

19 February 2017 (Sun.): Victorian 4WD Show, Wandin (Melways 119 G7) [www].

18 February 2017: "Should you take your phone to the United States? ..." -- [bbc].

18 February 2017: "Ravensthorpe cut off after WA floods wash away bridge into town ... Main Roads said it was confident the South Coast Highway between Ravensthorpe and Esperance and would be opened to traffic by early next week. ..." -- [abc].  Also see [16/2].)

18 Feb Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.25/l; min $1.15 ([Perth] avg $1.31/l, min $1.19); oil us$53/b
17 Feb Fri au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.62, €0.72, ¥87

17 February 2017: "Aerial food drops and the evacuation of low-lying houses are underway as the Kimberley's Fitzroy River [WA] approaches major flooding levels. ..." -- [abc].

17 February 2017: "Ford's Dozing Engineers Side With Google in Full Autonomy Push ... The struggle to prevent snoozing-while-cruising has yielded a radical decision: Ford will venture to take the human out of the loop by removing the steering wheel, brake and gas pedals from its driverless cars debuting in 2021. That sets Ford apart from most automakers including Audi and General Motors Co., which believe drivers can be counted on to take the wheel if an accident is imminent. ..." -- Bloomberg Technology [www].

17 February 2017: "A drone that can carry people will begin 'regular operations' in Dubai from July, the head of the city's Roads and Transportation Agency has announced at the World Government Summit. ..." -- [bbc].

15 February 2017: "General Motors is in talks to sell its European arm Opel, which includes the UK's Vauxhall, to [PSA] the company behind Peugeot ..." -- The G. [www].

13 February 2017: "The first national audit of batteries that store solar power shows almost 7,000 were installed in Australian homes last year - and that's predicted to triple this year. ..." -- [abc].

13 February 2017: Petrochemical company INEOS plans "to build 'Uncompromising' 4x4 off-roader ... sees a gap in the market for an uncompromising off-roader following JLR's decision to cease production of the Land Rover Defender ... is prepared to invest 'many hundreds of millions' producing the new vehicle and hopes this could be done in the UK ... The vehicle will not be a replica of the Defender but will reflect its philosophy. ..." -- INEOS [www]. It seems that INEOS Chairman, Jim Ratcliffe, is a LR & Defender fan.

13 Feb Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.27/l; min $1.19 ([Perth] avg $1.27/l, min $1.20); oil us$54/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.61, €0.72, ¥87

13 February 2017: "... Unprecedented rains and floods caused widespread damage to towns along the Avon River catchment, with some Swan Valley [WA] wine producers inundated. ..." -- [abc].

13 February 2017: "Most of the small community of Uarbry has been wiped out by a bushfire burning near Dunedoo, residents say, as the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (RFS) continues to battle blazes across the state. ... The mercury in Walgett, near the Queensland boarder, reached 47.9°C yesterday ..." -- [abc].  Also see the RFS [www].

11 February 2017: "Heatwave: Eastern Australia swelters as hot conditions continue ... The highest temperature recorded in Australia on Saturday was Ivanhoe in New South Wales at 47.6°C ... A top of 39°C is forecast in Brisbane on Sunday ..." -- [abc].

10 February 2017, recall #2017/15895: "Automobili Lamborghini ... Aventador Coupe and Roadster from model year 2012 to 2017 ... If the fuel tank is overfilled, particular handling conditions could cause fuel to reach the carbon canister. If this occurs, it may stop the EVAP system from managing fuel vapours correctly, potentially allowing them to make contact with hot gases from the engine ..." -- .gov.au [www].

10 February 2017: Artcurial's Retromobile auction, Paris [www], including lot 11 a 1956 AC Bristol roadster, chassis #BEX 211, engine #100D 533 (sold €321,840); lot 27 a 1935 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante convertible, chassis #57330, engine #548 (sold €2,331,200); lot 76 a 1954 Lamborghini DL 25 N tractor (sold €35,760).

9 February 2017: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques Auction, Paris [www], including a lot 339 a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster, reg. 'CML 719', chassis #A5/537/U, engine #A5/537/U (sold €2,012,500); lot 360 a 1957 Bentley S1 Continental drop-head coupe (Cabriolet), chassis #BC30LCH (sold €1,069,500). (James Bond 007 owned a modified Mark II Continental Bentley in Thunderball (1961) – the book.)

9 February 2017: "Volkswagen is being urged to explain why Australian drivers are not being offered compensation for cars fitted with emissions-cheating devices ... not being given compensation or a refund for cars fitted with the devices - similar to the deal given to VW drivers in the United States. ..." -- [abc].

9 February 2017: "Parts of Australia's south and east will swelter through 40-degree-plus (°C) temperatures today as severe heatwave conditions continue to develop. ..." -- [abc].

8 Feb Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.31/l; min $1.13 ([Perth] avg $1.37/l, min $1.21); oil us$53/b; au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.61, €0.71, ¥86

8-12 February 2017: Retromobile, Paris [www]. (Auction 10/2.)

8 February 2017: RM Sotherby's Paris auction [www] including lot 147 a 1970 Porsche 917/10 Can-Am prototype, chassis #917/10-001 (not sold); lot 161 a 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3, chassis #50006 (sold €3,920,00).

6 February 2017: "To the excitement of locals and relief of farmers, Western Australia's longest river, the Gascoyne River, has pushed through to the coastal farming town of Carnarvon. ..." -- [abc].

6 February 2017: "Volkswagen faces its first legal action in Germany from a big corporate client over the diesel emissions scandal. Deutsche See, which leases 500 vehicles from VW, said it had been unable to reach an out-of-court settlement ... [VW] admitted in September 2015 that it had used software to cheat diesel-emissions tests in the US. ..." -- [bbc].

5 February 2017: "At 2:00pm, the temperature in Penrith was 41.4°C while Parramatta was 41°C. Temperatures were also soaring in regional New South Wales, with Bourke (41°C) and Wilcannia (43.3°C) ... NSW has endured a record-breaking summer. Moree, near the Queensland border, is on a sweltering streak where the mercury has topped 35°C for the past 41 days. It was 36°C at 2:00pm today. ..." -- [abc].

4 Feb Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.32/l; min $1.21 ([Perth] avg $1.31/l, min $1.21); oil us$54/b
3 Feb Fri au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.61, €0.71, ¥86

4 February 2017: "... Solar PV (with associated energy storage costs included) could supply 23% of global power generation in 2040 and 29% by 2050, entirely phasing out coal and leaving natural gas with just a 1% market share. ... EVs account for approximately 35% of the road transport market by 2035 ... Coal demand peaking in 2020; Oil demand peaking in 2020; ..." -- Carbon Tracker and the Grantham Institute [www]. (Also see 27 Jan below.)

3 February 2017, recall 2017/15854: "TJM Recovery Gear Snatch Strap Kits with part numbers 867TJMREKIT1 or 867OXREKIT1 or a combination of these part numbers ... Absence of warnings or inconsistent information in labelling could result in the strap being used in an unsafe manner or the incorrect recovery kit being purchased. ..." -- .gov.au [www].

2 February 2017, .uk: 'Reported road casualties Great Britain, provisional estimates, July to September 2016 ... 2% increase in road deaths to 1,810 ... 6% increase in killed or seriously injured casualties to 25,160, 4% decrease in casualties of all severities to 182,560 ...' -- .gov.uk [www].

2 February 2017, .au: 'Electricity prices could double with new coal-fired stations ... "Several authorities' projections, including from the CSIRO, put the price of new coal at $80 a megawatt hour and new wind and solar around the same level but we are seeing lower prices achieved day by day [for wind and solar]." ... The electricity price needed for newly built cleaner coal-fired generation is likely to be between $135-203 a megawatt hour, according to work done by Bloomberg New Energy Finance. ...' -- [abc].

1 February 2017: "VW and Bosch propose deals to settle US diesel claims ... Volkswagen has agreed to pay at least $1.2bn (£1bn) to fix or buy back 78,000 diesel cars in the US to settle more emissions-cheating claims. ... Car components company Robert Bosch, a VW supplier, has also agreed to pay $327.5m to US owners of affected cars. ... VW previously agreed to spend up to $10bn to compensate the owners of about 482,000 two-litre vehicles ..." -- [bbc].


29 January 2017: "Qantas has confirmed it will offer a refund or change of destination to passengers affected by the United States' new temporary ban on immigration. US President Donald Trump on Saturday put a four-month ban on allowing refugees into the US and temporarily barred travellers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. ..." -- [abc].

January 2017: The Ford 'Mustang' 5.0 (Fastback LHD) was only awarded two stars (out of five) by Euroncap [www]. (An updated model is due in late 2017.)

29 Jan Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.35/l; min $1.17 ([Perth] avg $1.29/l, min $1.20); oil us$53/b
27 Jan Fri au$1.00=us$0.75, £0.60, €0.71, ¥87

27 January 2017: "The former boss of VW may have known the carmaker was cheating on emissions tests earlier than he admitted, German prosecutors have said. Martin Winterkorn quit in September 2015 after VW admitted to using software to lower the emissions from its diesel vehicles during tests. ..." -- [bbc].

27 January 2017: BP is predicting "the most likely path for global energy markets to 2035, including an expected 30% growth in consumption with a mix of fuels that becomes progressively lower in carbon ... The world economy is expected to almost double over the next 20 years ... oil, gas and coal remain the dominant sources of energy, accounting for more than 75% of energy supplies in 2035 (down from 85% in 2015). ..." -- BP [www] -- so, peak oil not any time soon. But, Shell begs to differ, "We've long been of the opinion that demand will peak before supply. And that peak may be somewhere between 5 and 15 years hence ..." -- Simon Henry of Shell, reported in Bloomberg [www][3/11/16]. (Also see 4 Feb above.)

26 January 2017: Australia Day.

25 January 2017, Feb.-Apr. forecast: "Drier than average likely in much of central and southeast Australia; wetter conditions likely in northwest Western Australia and northern Northern Territory. Warmer than average temperatures likely across eastern Australia; cooler than average likely in the northwest. ..." -- [bom].

25 January 2017: "Nitmiluk National Park in the Northern Territory has been transformed by a strong start to the Top End wet season, after several years of below average rainfall. ... The Katherine region received rainfalls of over 200 millimetres in the past week ..." -- [abc].

24 January 2017, .au: "The Bureau of Meteorology is warning there will be severe weather in the Top End and the southern Northern Territory, with heavy rainfall and flood watches. ... heavy rainfall expected in the centre as well. ..." -- [abc].  Also  see the [bom] and [2].

24 Jan Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.37/l; min $1.21 ([Perth] avg $1.39/l, min $1.17); oil us$53/b; au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.61, €0.70, ¥86

24 January 2017: Terminal gate prices, ULP Sydney $1.18.7, Melbourne $1.18.3, Brisbane $1.18.8, Adelaide $1.18.4, Perth $1.18.5, Darwin $1.23.0, Hobart $1.23.6; and diesel Sydney $1.14.4, Melbourne $1.13.9, Brisbane $1.14.5, Adelaide $1.14.6, Perth $1.14.5, Darwin $1.18.5, Hobart $1.19.2 -- AIP [www][24/1].

24 January 2017: The long reign of Bernie Ecclestone (86) over Formula 1 ended as Liberty Media (US) completed an $8 billion takeover. Ecclestone remains as an adviser.

23 January 2017: "A truck driver who allegedly rammed a hatchback then reversed over it during a road rage incident in Adelaide at the weekend has been granted bail. ..." -- [abc].

22 January 2017: In the uk, "You must get an MOT for your vehicle by either: the third anniversary of its registration [or] the anniversary of its last MOT, if it's over 3 years old ..." [gov.uk], but "The time new cars are allowed on Britain's roads before requiring an MOT could [might] rise from three to four years, under government proposals. ..." -- [bbc].

January 2017: Airbus's ideas about transport in 2030 [www] include "flying cars": "... [1] Vahana, a self-piloted flying vehicle platform for individual passenger and cargo transport. Flight tests of the first vehicle prototype are slated for the end of 2017. ... [And, 2] CityAirbus, would have multiple propellers and also resemble a small drone in its basic design. While initially it would be operated by a pilot – similarly to a helicopter – to allow for quick entry into the market, it would switch over to full autonomous operations once regulations are in place ..."

20-21 January 2017: Gooding and Co. Scottsdale auction [www], including lot 22 a 1925 Bugatti type-35 Grand Prix, chassis #4487, engine #43 (sold us$3,300,000); lot 121 a 1928 Bentley 41/2 litre open tourer chassis #FT3221, engine #FT3222 (sold us$1,100,000).

20 January 2017: Donald Trump was sworn in as the President of America (e.g., [bbc]).

20 January 2017: "WA's South West a 'canary in the coalmine' for climate change ... It has recently been shown that where rain meets woodland, trees attract rainfall. ..." -- [abc].

20 January 2017: "A man has been found dead after a suspected crocodile attack at the notorious Cahill's Crossing in the Northern Territory ..." -- [abc].

19 Jan Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.39/l; min $1.21 ([Perth] avg $1.37/l, min $1.17); oil us$52/b; au$1.00=us$0.75, £0.61, €0.71, ¥86

19 January 2017: "2016 marks three consecutive years of record warmth for the globe ... The average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces in 2016 was 58.69°F or 1.69°F above the 20th century average. This surpassed last year's record by 0.07°F. Since the start of the 21st century, the annual global temperature record has been broken five times (2005, 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016). ..." -- NOAA [www].  Also see "... Earth's 2016 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880 ... Globally-averaged temperatures in 2016 were 1.78°F (0.99°C) warmer than the mid-20th century mean. ..." -- NASA [www][18/1].  And see the [abc].

19 January 2017: Bonhams Scottsdale Auction [www], including lot 7 a 1988 Lamborghini LM002 4WD, vin:ZA9LU45A8JLA12108, (sold us$187,000); lot 44 a 1952 Ferrari 340 America Spider Competizione, chassis #0196A, engine #0196A (sold us$6,380,000).

18 January 2017: "Honda's 2018 'Odyssey' ... first production 10-speed [auto.] for front-drive vehicles. ... overall ratio spread of 10.1 ... overdriven in gears 7 through 10 ... There are four planetary gearsets aligned with the crankshaft axis, along with the three clutches and three brakes. ..." -- SAE [www].

17 January 2017, .uk: "The recognition by the Prime Minister of the importance of single market arrangements for the automotive sector is critical. We need government to deliver a [Brexit] deal which includes participation in the customs union to help safeguard EU trade, trade that is tariff-free ..." -- SMMT [www].

16 Jan Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.40/l; min $1.13 ([Perth] avg $1.30/l, min $1.16); oil us$52/b; au$1.00=us$0.75, £0.62, €0.70, ¥85

16 January 2017: "New estimates show that just eight men own the same wealth as the poorest half of the world. As growth benefits the richest, the rest of society - especially the poorest - suffers. ..." -- Oxfam [www], [www].

14 January 2017: Finish of the Dakar 2017, Buenos Aires [www].

13 January 2017: "Pursuant to a joint release dated 9 November 2016, the Ministers of the Economy and Industry had announced that the DGCCRF had ended its investigations on Renault engines and sent its conclusions to the Public Prosecutor in Nanterre. ..." -- Renault [www].

12 January 2017, recall 2017/15824: "2016 & 2017 Discovery Sport & Range Rover Evoque ... The left hand lower control arm to the knuckle joint in the front suspension has been incorrectly assembled. ...", [www].  Also see the "right" [www].

11 January 2017: "Volkswagen agrees to pay a combined total of us$4.3 billion in fines and penalties ..." -- VW [www].

9 January 2017: "Australia's ski season could shrink by up to 80 days a year by 2050 ..." -- [abc].  (Also see 5 Jan. below.)

9 Jan Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.23/l; min $1.15 ([Perth] avg $1.27/l, min $1.20); oil us$54/b; au$1.00=us$0.73, £0.60, €0.69, ¥86

9 January 2017: "Thousands of British motorists have launched a lawsuit against Volkswagen over the 'dieselgate' emissions scandal, in a claim that could end up costing the carmaker billions of pounds. ..." -- The G [www].

8-22 January 2017: The North American International Auto Show (Detroit, press 9-10, trade 11-12, charity 13, public 14-22) [www].

7 January 2017: "Victoria's Country Fire Authority has contained a number of grassfires burning in Victoria's north-west as temperatures across the state push 40°C. ..." -- [abc].

6 January 2017: "Last year was the hottest year on record by a wide margin, with temperatures creeping close to a ceiling set by almost 200 nations for limiting global warming, the European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service has said. ..." -- [abc].  Also see "2016 confirmed as the warmest year on record ..." -- Copernicus [www][9/1] and, "around 1.5°C higher than at the start of the Industrial Revolution" -- [www][5/1].

6 January 2017: "Japan has one of the lowest rates of gun crime in the world. In 2014 there were just six gun deaths, compared to 33,599 in the US. ..." -- [bbc].

5-8 January 2017: Summernats, Canberra [www].

5 January 2017: "Last year was a year of extreme weather events, wetter than average overall and the fourth-warmest on record for Australia, according to the [BOM] ..." -- [abc].  Also see, "... national mean temperature 0.87°C above average, and it was the fourth-warmest year on record. ..." -- [bom], and 'Annual Climate statement 2016' [bom].  Also, "Australia's climate has warmed in both mean surface air temperature and surrounding sea surface temperature by around 1°C since 1910. ..." -- CSIRO [www].

4 Jan Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.23/l; min $1.15 ([Perth] avg $1.37/l, min $1.15); oil us$54/b; au$1.00=us$0.72, £0.59, €0.70, ¥85

4 January 2017: "Sea surface temperature (SST) records are subject to potential biases due to changing instrumentation and measurement practices. ... We find a large cooling bias in ERSST version 3b and smaller but significant cooling biases in HadSST3 and COBE-SST from 2003 to the present, with respect to most series examined. These results suggest that reported rates of SST warming in recent years have been underestimated in these three data sets." -- Z. Hausfather et al, 'Assessing recent warming using instrumentally homogeneous sea surface temperature records', Science Advances, 3(1), [www].

2-14 January 2017: Dakar 2017, Paraguay, Bolivia, Argentina [www].

2 January 2017: "... the U.S. Army has placed another order for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) program including 409 vehicles, 1,984 installed kits, 82 packaged kits and related services and support. The order valued at more than us$176 million, is the fourth order for JLTVs since the contract was awarded in August 2015. ..." -- Oshkosh [www].

2 January 2017: The Federal "Government estimates road crashes costing the Australian economy $27 billion a year ..." -- [abc].  "More than 1,290 people died on Australian roads in 2016, confirming the nation has experienced its second spike in road deaths in as many years. ..." -- The G [www].  Also see the Victorian TAC [www].

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(26 December 2016 - 13 January 2017: "... the next stage of the West Gate Freeway upgrade between the Bolte Bridge and Power Street. ... upgrade activities planned for 26 Dec. 2016 to 13 Jan. 2017. ..." -- vic.gov.au [www].)

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