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.
7 November 2017 (Tues): Melbourne Cup.
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].
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.
29-30 July 2017: Silverstone Classic auction, uk [www].
27 July 2017: Silverstone Classic Race Car auction [www].
25-29 July 2017: The War and Peace Revival, Kent, 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.
19-25 June 2017: Paris Air Show (public 23-25) [www].
19 June 2017: "... The providers of electronic communications services shall ensure that there is sufficient protection in place against unauthorised access or alterations to the electronic communications data, and that the confidentiality and safety of the transmission are also guaranteed by the nature of the means of transmission used or by state-of-the-art end-to-end encryption of the electronic communications data. Furthermore, when encryption of electronic communications data is used, decryption, reverse engineering or monitoring of such communications shall be prohibited. Member States shall not impose any obligations on electronic communications service providers that would result in the weakening of the security and encryption of their networks and services. ..." -- draft report (COM (2017) 0 010 - C8 - 0009/2017 - 2017/0003 (COD)) Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, European Parliament [www]. (Also see "A European Parliament committee wants end-to-end encryption to be enforced on all forms of digital communication to protect European Union (EU) citizens. ..." -- [bbc].)
17-18 June 2017: 85th Le Mans 24-hours race [www]. 1. Porsche 919 Hybrid LMP1 #2, Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley (367 laps); 2. Jackie Chan DC Racing, Oreca 04 - Gibson LMP2(!) #38, Tung, Laurent, Jarvis (366 laps); (DSQ. Vaillante Rebellion, Oreca 07 - Gibson #13, Piquet jr, Heinemeier Hansson, Beche (364 laps)); 3. Jackie Chan DC Racing, Oreca 04 - Gibson LMP2 #37, Cheng, Gommendy, Brundle (363 laps).
16 June 2017:
"Pictures have emerged of one of Australia's most epic animal rescue
missions from almost 50 years ago, when the Ord River was dammed to make
what is now known as Lake Argyle in Western Australia. ..." --
16 June 2017: "Japanese car parts maker Takata is reported to be preparing to file for bankruptcy after its faulty airbags led to the biggest safety recall in automotive industry. ... So far about 100 million Takata airbags, which can rupture with deadly force and spray shrapnel at passengers, have been recalled globally. ... The faulty airbags have been linked to at least a dozen deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide. ..." -- [bbc].
14 June 2017: "Drivers are overwhelmingly at fault in collisions with cyclists ... drivers were responsible for the actions preceding the incident in 87% of cases. The previous studies show that most of these crashes occur at intersections, and generally involve a cyclist travelling in a straight line on a single carriageway at the time of the collision with the motor vehicle. ..." -- [abc]. Also see "... 'Looking at the report, we can see that most of the crashes occurred at intersections across popular cycling routes and were deemed not to be the fault of the cyclists,' said Mr Mountain. ..." -- RAA (of SA) [www].
12 June 2017, .au: Queen's Birthday holiday.
12 June 2017: "... the 200th anniversary of the world's first bicycle ride. Monday marks 200 years since inventor Karl Drais rode a bicycle for the first time, in the German city of Mannheim. ..." -- [abc][11/6]. (Pedals came later, and the modern "safety cycle" even later c1884.)
9-12 June 2017: Finke Desert Race [www].
9-11 June 2017: Cholmondeley Pageant of Power, Cheshire [www].
8 June 2017: "... A major review of Australia's energy sector by chief scientist Alan Finkel will recommend adopting a new clean energy target, promote a greater use of gas and put a bigger focus on energy storage. ..." -- [abc] and [9/6].
8 June 2017: "The fired FBI chief [see 10 May], James Comey, has publicly revealed how Donald Trump put pressure on him to shut down an investigation into a senior adviser's links to Russia. Trump asked Comey to drop his investigation into the former national security adviser Gen Michael Flynn, Comey's first written account of his interactions says. ..." -- The G [www]. Also see the [bbc].
8 June 2017: British general election. Another surprising result,
Conservative 318 (-13), Labour 262 (+32),
LD 12 (_+3), SNP 35 (-19), DUP 10 (+2), Green 1, other 12.
(650 seats, 326 needed for a majority.)
The G [www]
6 June 2017: "The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) remains neutral. The Bureau's ENSO Outlook remains at El Nino watch, meaning there is around a 50% chance of El Nino developing in 2017 – double the normal likelihood. ..." -- ENSO wrap-up, [bom].
5 June 2017: "Nissan Motor Co. Australia and Mitsubishi Motors Australia today announced the establishment of a joint parts and accessories warehousing and logistics operation in Australia. ... follows Nissan's recently established global alliance with Mitsubishi Motors, which was formalised in October last year. ..." -- Mitsubishi [www].
1 June 2017:
"... Audi has detected anomalies[!] in the NOx emissions in
certain driving conditions of approximately 24,000 cars of the
A7 and A8 model series certified according to the EU5 emission standard.
Their NOx emissions exceed the limit by a factor of up to two
but will be corrected by new transmission software. ..." -- Audi
Also see VW
1 June 2017: "Volkswagen's ... new twist on its ... EA888 gasoline [petrol] 4-cylinder engine family looks to be a potentially effective high-efficiency surrogate for the diesel engines it no longer will sell in North America. [VW] calls the new ... variant .. 'B-Cycle,' so named for its developer ... Ralf Budack, who for years envisioned this melding of the increasingly popular Atkinson- and Miller-cycle combustion processes that seek to use a truncated compression ratio - via late closing of the intake valves - to achieve an effectively longer expansion ratio. Resulting is a 2.0-L engine that VW said has the power of the 1.8-L TSI it replaces, but roughly 8% better fuel economy - generating efficiency one might expect from a smaller 1.4-L engine. ..." -- SAE [www].
1 June 2017, recall PRA 2017/16076: "Mercedes-Benz SLK Class Passenger Car ... The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) software does not correspond to specifications. In rare cases this may cause the brakes to remain slightly engaged after an automatic brake intervention by a driver assistance system ... The braking system may overheat[!] ..." -- [www].
31 May 2017: "Shareholders in Exxon Mobil have backed a motion requiring the company to assess the risks from climate change. The plan, proposed by investors including the Church of England, was supported by over 62% of those eligible to vote. ..." -- [bbc]. (But also see 2 June above.)
31 May 2017, reacll PRA 2017/16078: "... 14-14.5MY ZJ [Mitsubishi] Outlander PHEV ... Due to improper engine software, EV software and spark plug specification, the petrol engine may shut down unexpectedly. This will limit the vehicle to EV drive mode only, with no electric charge by the engine. ..." -- [www].
29 May 2017, .uk: "More than 200 drivers a day were caught using a mobile at the wheel immediately after tougher penalties for the offence came into effect, figures show. ..." -- [bbc].
28 May 2017: "Outback ghost town Farina [SA] is coming back to life for the winter months, as volunteers descend on the area to continue a restoration effort which started back in 2009. ..." -- [abc].
28 May 2017 (Sun.): 101st Indianapolis 500 [www]. Ex-F1 driver Takuma Sato won. (Fernando Alonso missed the Monaco Grand Prix to compete but retired with engine failure. Cursed?)
27 May - 9 June 2017: Isle of Man TT [www].
27-28 May 2017: Historic Winton, Vic., .au
27 May 2017: RM Sotherby's Villa Erba auction [www].
26 May 2017: In that sunniest of nations, "... 8.7 gigawatts (GW) [of solar energy] had been generated at lunchtime, representing 24.3% of total generation across the UK. ..." -- [bbc].
24 May 2017: "Lotus, the British sports car maker, is being bought by China's Geely. The purchase is part of a deal by Geely to buy a 49.9% stake in Malaysian carmaker Proton, which owns Lotus. ..." -- [bbc].
24 May 2017: It us just 50 years since "... Nine out of 10 Australians had voted 'yes' to including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the census, and allowing Parliament to make laws for Indigenous people. ..." -- [abc].
23 May 2017: "The Department of Justice, on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit, Michigan, against FCA US LLC, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., V.M. Motori S.p.A., and V.M. North America, Inc. (collectively referred to as FCA). The complaint alleges that nearly 104,000 light duty diesel vehicles containing 3.0 liter EcoDiesel engines are equipped with software functions that were not disclosed to regulators during the certification application process, and that the vehicles contain defeat devices. ..." -- EPA [www].
18 May 2017: Coys auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminster, [www], including lot 129 a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/4, the Paris show car, chassis #08769; lot 131 a 1981 Delorean DMC-12; lot 136 a 2015 Heritage Edition Land-Rover Defender 90 HT, chassis #SALLDWBP79A485853.
13 May 2017: "A massive cyber-attack using tools believed to
have been developed by the US National Security Agency [NSA] has
struck organisations around the world. ..." --
12 May 2017: "... Analysis of the Australian vehicle fleet shows that while older vehicles [those built 2000 or earlier] account for just 20% of the registered vehicle fleet, they're involved in 33% of fatality crashes. In contrast, newer vehicles [those built 2011-2016] make up 31% of the fleet yet are involved in just 13% of fatality crashes. ..." -- ANCAP [www]. (The car's age is obviously a factor, but I can think of some others.)
12 May 2017: "Fiat Chrysler is recalling more than 1.25 million pickup trucks worldwide over a software error that 'may be related' to a death and two injuries. ..." -- [bbc].
10 May 2017: US President Donald Trump fired FBI director James Comey. The FBI is investigating possible ties between Trump's election campaign and Russia. These events may or may not be connected. (See [abc] and [11/5].)
8 May 2017: The SAE looks at F1's 2017 cars
8 May 2017: "The future of flying cars: science fact or science fiction? ..." -- [abc].
6-7 May 2017: 11th Clunes Booktown Festival,
Vic., .au [www].
4 May 2017: "McLaren's Fernando Alonso said his first experience of Indianapolis was 'fun' as he passed his orientation and began testing for the Indy 500 [28 May]. Alonso is missing the Monaco Grand Prix this month, where Jenson Button will return to Formula 1 to substitute for him, to race at Indianapolis. ..." -- [bbc].
4 May 2017, .au: "Although total vehicle sales for April were at 83,135 compared with 87,571 in April 2016, light commercials were up by 3.1%, with 4X4 utilities up 11.1%. Two light commercials, the Toyota Hilux and the Ford Ranger, were first and second respectively in national sales during April. ... The notable market growth across the segments was in medium SUVs, which grew by 10% in April compared with the same month in 2016. ... Toyota was market leader in April, followed by Mazda and Hyundai. Toyota led Mazda with a margin of 7,460 vehicle sales and 9.0 market share points." -- FCAI [www].
3 May 2017: "Sixty percent of truck emissions in Germany are produced on just two percent of the nation's roadways: the autobahns. ... clean trucks ... overhead [power] lines and hybrid trucks. [a] two-kilometer-long test segment is located near Gavle, a small town in central Sweden. The two-lane E16 has been outfitted with an overhead contact line like those used by trains. ..." -- VW [www]. Anyone remember trolley buses?
2 May 2017:
"Northern Territory pastoralists are 'extremely optimistic' about the
year ahead with the Bureau of Meteorology recording the Top End's
third wettest 'wet season' on record. ..." --
28-30 April 2017 (Fri.-Sun.): Donington Historic [www].
28 April 2017: "Takata airbag seriously injures young Darwin driver ... the airbag did not properly deploy and a small piece of metal struck the 21-year-old female driver in the head ... The faulty Takata Airbags have been attributed to at least 17 deaths and more than 180 injuries worldwide. ..." -- [abc].
27 April 2017, .au: "... seasonal climate outlooks for May to July 2017. ... rainfall likely to be below average over the southern two-thirds of mainland Australia. May is likely to be drier than average over most of Australia, except far northern Australia and Tasmania. Daytime temperatures for May to July are likely to be warmer than average for most of Australia, but cooler than average for the Top End of the NT. ..." -- [bom].
27 April 2017, IDD20150: "Tropical cyclone Frances has formed [cat.1] in the Timor Sea. ... Watch Zone, Kuri Bay to Wyndham, not including Wyndham. ... Location, within 55 kilometres of 10.1 degrees South, 129.4 degrees East, estimated to be 185 kilometres northwest of Pirlangimpi and 555 kilometres north northeast of Kalumburu. ..." -- [bom]. That is late in the season.
27 April 2017: "Trump under fire over 'huge tax cut for the rich' ..." -- The G [www].
25 April 2017: Anzac Day.
20 April 2017: "... The Lilium Jet ['flying car'] successfully completed its maiden test flight series in the skies above Bavaria. The 2-seater Eagle prototype executed a range of complex maneuvers, including its signature mid-air transition from hover mode to wing-borne forward flight. ..." -- [www] at Lilium [www].
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.
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].
14-23 April 2017: New York Auto Show
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. ..." --
"Snowy Mountains get blast of pre-winter snow
well ahead of official ski season ..." --
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].
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 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.
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 ..." --
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].
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].
"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. ..." --
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. ..." --
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].)
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 ..." --
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: 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).
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: "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:
"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. ..." --
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].
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
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: "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. ..." --
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. ..."
It seems that INEOS Chairman, Jim Ratcliffe, is a LR &
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. ..." --
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. ..." --
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
(An updated model is due in late 2017.)
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. ..." --
Also see the
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": "...  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 ..." --
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
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 ..." --
(Also see 5 Jan. below.)
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] ..." --
"... national mean temperature 0.87°C above average, and
it was the fourth-warmest year on record. ..." --
'Annual Climate statement 2016'
"Australia's climate has warmed in both mean surface air temperature and
surrounding sea surface temperature by around 1°C since 1910. ..." --
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].
(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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