17-18 November 2018: Bendigo Swap Meet [www].
6 November 2018 (Tues): Melbourne Cup.
25 November 2018 (#21/21): United Arab Emirates F1 Grand Prix, Abu Dhabi.
11 November 2018 (#20/21): Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, Sao Paulo.
28 October 2018 (#19/21): Mexican F1 Grand Prix, Mexico City.
21 October 2018 (#18/21): USA F1 Grand Prix, Austin.
7 October 2018 (#17/21): Japanese F1 Grand Prix, Suzuka.
30 September 2018 (#16/21): Russian F1 Grand Prix, Sochi.
16 September 2018 (#15/21): Singapore F1 Grand Prix.
2 September 2018 (#14/21): Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza.
26 August 2018 (#13/21): Belgian F1 Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps.
29 July 2018 (#12/21): Hungarian F1 Grand Prix, Budapest.
22 July 2018 (#11/21): German F1 Grand Prix, Hockenheim.
8 July 2018 (#10/21): British F1 Grand Prix, Silverstone.
1 July 2018 (#9/21): Austrian F1 Grand Prix, Spielberg.
24 June 2018 (#8/21): French F1 Grand Prix, Le Castellet.
24 June 2018: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb [www].
16-17 June 2018: 86th Le Mans 24-hours race [www].
11 June 2018 (Mon.), .au: Queen's birthday holiday.
10 June 2018 (#7/21): Canadian F1 Grand Prix, Montreal.
27 May 2018 (#6/21): Monaco F1 Grand Prix.
13 May 2018 (#5/21): Spanish F1 Grand Prix, Barcelona.
29 April 2018 (#4/21): Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix, Baku.
25 April 2018: Anzac Day.
15 April 2018 (#3/21): Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai.
8 April 2018 (#2/21): Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.
30 March 2018: Good Friday.
25 March 2018 (#1/21): Australian F1 Grand Prix, Melbourne.
21-25 March 2018: Techno Classica, Essen, .de [www].
8-18 March 2018: Geneva International Motor Show [www].
10 March 2018: RM Sotherby's Amelia Island auction [www].
8 March 2018: Bonhams Amelia Island auction [www].
18 February 2018 (Sun.): The Victorian 4WD Show, Lardner Park, near Warragul, adults (16+) $15, [www]. Note the new location for 2018.
15-18 February 2018: The London Classic Car Show [www].
8 February 2018: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde auction [www].
26 January 2018: Australia Day.
21 January 2018: 'Air pollution: Are diesel cars always the biggest health hazard? ... However, modern diesels actually emit very few particulates - because they are equipped with special filters. ... "Modern diesels essentially do not have a particulates problem," he says. "The filters clean up 99% of the particles. So long as they are not tampered with, they are very effective". But diesels also produce nitrogen oxides, or NOx - and how they deal with those is also very important. ... Euro 6 has applied to all new cars sold since September 2015. ... "If you take the cleanest 10% of diesels and the dirtiest 10% of petrol cars, then actually the petrol models will have double the NOx emissions of the diesel ones" says Mr Molden. ... Meanwhile, manufacturers are also trying to make petrol engines more efficient and economical - using so-called "direct injection" technology. But that improvement comes at a price. It can mean they produce much higher levels of particulates. So there is a risk petrol engines could actually become dirtier.' — [bbc]. Also see the 'EQUA' index, Emmission Analytics [www][26/6/'17].
21 January 2018: "Coorong wetlands bird numbers at record low as algae spreads ... at their lowest recorded levels. ..." — [abc].
20 January 2018: End of the 2018 Dakar (see 6 Jan. below) [www]. Bikes, Matthias Walkner, KTM; Quads, Ignacio Casale, Casale Racing; Cars, Carlos Sainz & Lucas Cruz, Peugeot; SxS, Reinaldo Varela & Gustavo Gugelmin, South Racing Can-Am; Trucks, Eduard Nikolaev, Evgeny Yakovlev & Vladimir Rybakov, Kamaz.
19 January 2018, qld: "Betoota pub to reopen in town with no people. A pub left to decay in a ghost town in the middle of the stark desert plain of Queensland's channel country is set to serve up its first beer in over two decades in the coming months. ..." — [abc].
18-19 January 2018: RM Sotherby's Arizona auction [www] including lot 236 a 1921 Alfa Romeo G1, chassis #6018, engine #6018 (sold us$445,000); lot 250 a 1954 Jaguar D-Type works car, chassis #XKD 403, engine #E 2065-9 (not sold).
18 January 2018: Bonhams Scottsdale Auction [www] including lot 6 a 1995 Land Rover Defender 90 hard top, 3.5 V8, chassis #SALDV2285SA962124 (sold us$85,800); lot 44 a 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, chassis #550A-0145, engine #P90127 (ex Porsche works car, sold us$5,170,000).
18 January 2018: "Provisional figures for global average near-surface temperatures confirm that last year, 2017, was the warmest year on record without the influence of warming from El Nino. ... 2015, 2016 and 2017 were the three warmest years in the series ..." — Met Office [www]. And, "During 2017, the average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces was 1.51°F (0.84°C) above the twentieth-century average. This was the third highest among all years in the 1880-2017 record, behind 2016 (warmest) and 2015 (second warmest). ..." — NOAA [www].
17 January 2018: "Achates Power OP [Opposed-Piston] engine begins real-world test phase ... fitted to Ford F-150 demonstrators ... 2.7-L, 3-cylinder [petrol] ... compression ratio was increased from 16:1 to 18.5:1 ... expected to achieve a combined 37mpg on pump gasoline - 4mpg better than the proposed 2025 CAFE regulations - and deliver 270hp (201kW) and 480 lb-ft (650Nm). ... superior to those produced by Ford's new 3.0-L V6 diesel that will be available in the 2018 F-150. ... true compression ignition ..." — SAE [www].
17 January 2018:
"Land Rover today announces a limited-edition high-performance version
of the iconic Defender,
with up to 150 [5-litre] V8-powered examples re-engineered to celebrate
the Land Rover marque's
in 2018. ... from £150K ..." — Land-Rover
That's the old model, 90s and 110s, last made January
not a replacement which might be coming soon.
17 January 2018, .uk: "Three-fifths of new cars must be electric by 2030 to meet greenhouse gas targets, ministers have been warned. ... Currently, fewer than 5% of new car sales are 'alternatively fuelled', which also includes hybrid models. ..." — [bbc].
17 January 2018, .uk: "Heavy snow is causing disruption across parts of Scotland with drivers stuck in long queues on the motorway between Scotland and England. ..." — [bbc].
16 January 2018: "Two people have died and eight more have been taken to hospital after a 'horror' multi-vehicle crash near Dubbo, in which a truck allegedly failed to stop at roadworks. ..." — [abc].
15 January 2018: "A driver has died after a fuel tanker and two other trucks collided on the M1 Pacific Motorway in the Lake Macquarie region, sparking explosions and a bushfire. ..." — [abc].
14-28 January 2018: The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS, Detroit, press 14-16, trade 17-18, charity 19, public 20-28) [www]. Including FCA Jeep 2019 'Cherokee' [www]; Ford 2019 'Ranger' [www] & electric plans [bbc]; GM Chevrolet 2019 'Silverado' [www]; Mercedes the new 'G-class' [www] & SAE [www].
13 January 2018:
"... Starting in 1939 as government subsidised mail service,
Connellan Airways (renamed Connair in 1970) is credited with
opening up the Australian outback. ... Mr Frederkison is one of a number
of volunteers who helped to find and restore one of the Heron airplanes
used by Connellan Airways from the early sixties. ..." —
13 January 2018: "Perth could see five times its monthly average rainfall in one day when the remnants of ex-tropical Cyclone Joyce arrive in the metro area after tracking south from the Kimberley. ..." -- [abc].
12 January 2018: "Meet the Cruise AV: the First Production-Ready Car With No Steering Wheel or Pedals. GM files petition asking DOT permission to safely deploy self-driving vehicle in 2019 ..." ‐ GM [www].
11-14 January 2018: AutoSport International, the racing car show, NEC Birmingham uk [www].
11 January 2018: "German car maker BMW and Japanese manufacturer Nissan are facing legal action over the use of Takata airbags which have been linked to 18 deaths worldwide. ... All up five manufacturers including Honda, Subaru, Nissan, Toyota and BMW are now facing class-action law suits. ..." — [abc].
10 January 2018: "Land Rover will mark its 70th anniversary with a series of events and celebrations in 2018, beginning with the restoration of the vehicle that started it all - one of the three pre-production Land Rovers shown at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show launch. ..." -- Land-Rover [www].
10 January 2018: "Australia's third-warmest year  on record, with the annual national mean temperature 0.95°C above average. Maximum and minimum temperatures warmer than average; particularly maxima, which were the second-warmest on record (1.27°C above average). ..." — Annual climate statement 2017, [bom].
9 January 2018: 'Almost the entire green turtle population in parts of the northern Great Barrier Reef is now female "... sea turtle sex is dependent upon the temperature at which the egg incubates and considering that warmer temperatures produce more female hatchlings ..." ...' — [abc].
8 January 2018: "A new [electric] car [the 'Byton'] designed by former BMW and Apple employees has been unveiled. ... official launch at the annual CES trade show in Las Vegas ... When in full self-driving mode, or stationary, the front seats can turn towards each other ... Among its investors is Chinese internet giant, Tencent. ..." — [bbc].
8 January 2018:
"2017 was 3rd warmest year on record for U.S.
16 billion-dollar weather and climate disasters made
for costliest year on record ... The average U.S. temperature
in 2017 was 54.6°F (2.6°F
above average), making 2017 third warmest year in 123 years of
record-keeping ... In fact, the five warmest years on record for the U.S.
all have occurred since 2006. ... " — NOAA
7 January 2018: "Sydney hits its highest temperature recorded since 1939 with Penrith reaching 47.3°C ..." — [abc].
7 January 2018: "... [Donald Trump] also said he 'would qualify as not smart, but genius ... and a very stable genius at that!' ..." — The G [www]. (In response to the publication of 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,' by Michael Wolff.)
6-20 January 2018: The 2018 Dakar (stage 1). Peru, Bolivia, Argentina — [www].
6 January 2018: "Parts of southern Australia are sweltering in scorching temperatures today, with some areas also warned of a catastrophic fire danger. ... Temperatures of 40°C were recorded in [Victoria's] north-west at Mildura and Walpeup ..." — [abc]. "A short, sharp burst of very hot weather is on the way for South Australia and the southeastern States during Friday and Saturday. ..." — [bom][5/1].
6 January 2018: "North America's East Coast is shivering in a record-breaking freeze just a day after a deadly 'bomb cyclone' dumped snow as far south as Florida. In parts of US and Canada, temperatures are expected to fall below -20°F (-29°C), said the National Weather Service. ..." — [bbc].
5 January 2018: "What are the new F1 technical rules for 2018? ... Goodbye to T-wings and shark fins ... Hello to halos ..." — FIA [www].
4-7 January 2018: Summernats, Canberra [www].
4 January 2018: "The first complete temperature datasets for 2017 show that last year was the third in a row of exceptionally warm years ... the global average surface air temperature exceeded 14.7°C ... the warmest year on record not influenced by warming El Nino conditions in the tropical Pacific ..." — ECMWF [www].
4 January 2018, .au: "Top Enders [NT]
may experience some relief from the hot and sticky conditions as
early as next week, with the onset of the monsoon expected to arrive
in the coming days ... Territorians endured the fifth warmest
on record with the mercury at Jervois in Central Australia hitting
45.8°C on December 29. ..." —
4 January 2018:
"... carbon tailpipe emissions have risen for the
first time since 1997, with new cars averaging 121.04g/km,
up 0.8% on 2016.
UK new car CO2 emissions fell for the 19th
consecutive year and this is the first year the figure has risen
since records began. ..." — SMMT
2 January 2018: "The billionaire co-founder of struggling Chinese technology giant LeEco has defied a demand from regulators to return to the country. ... Last July its electric car business Faraday Futures suspended plans for a $1bn (£775m) electric car factory in Nevada. It also pulled out of a joint project with British carmaker Aston-Martin to design and build an electric car. ..." — [bbc].
1 January 2018: Fireworks [abc].
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