2-13 December 2019: Santiago Climate Change Conference — UNFCCC [www].
1 December 2019 (#21/21): Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, Yas Marina.
30 November 2019: RM Sotheby's Abu Dhabi auction [www] including Michael Schumacher's F1 Championship-winning 2002 Ferrari F2002, chassis #219.
22 November - 1 December 2019: LA Auto Show, Los Angeles [www].
17 November 2019 (#20/21): Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, Sao Paulo.
16-17 November 2019: Bendigo Swap Meet [www].
8-10 November 2019: Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham, uk [www].
5-8 November 2019: SEMA show, Las Vegas [www].
5 November 2019 (Tues.): Melbourne Cup.
3 November 2019 (#19/21): USA F1 Grand Prix, Austin.
2 November 2019 (Sat.): Regents Street Motor Show, London [www].
27 October 2019 (#18/21): Mexican F1 Grand Prix, Mexico City.
26 October 2019: Climbing Uluru (Ayers Rock), which is sacred to the Anangu people, becomes banned (e.g., see the [abc][30/5]).
13 October 2019 (#17/21): Japanese F1 Grand Prix, Suzuka.
11-13 October 2019: Autoclassica, Royal Exhibition Building, Mebourne [www].
7 October 2019, .au: Labour Day (ACT, NSW, SA) [www].
5-6 October 2019: Melbourne Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Exhibition, South Oakleigh [www].
4-5 October 2019 (Fri., Sat.): Deniliqin Ute Muster [www].
3-6 October 2019: Melbourne Leisurefest, Sandown racecourse (RVs, caravans, camping ...) [www].
29 September 2019 (#16/21): Russian F1 Grand Prix, Sochi.
23 September 2019: UN Climate Summit 2019, New York [www].
22 September 2019 (#15/21): Singapore F1 Grand Prix.
21 September - 1 October 2019: The Royal Show, Melbourne [www].
8 September 2019 (#14/21): Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza.
7 September 2019, .uk: Bonhams Beaulieu Sale (auction) [www].
6-8 September 2019, .uk: Concours of Elegance, Hampton Court [www].
6-7 September 2019, .au: Birdsville Races [www].
5-8 September 2019, .uk: Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace [www].
1 September 2019 (#13/21): Belgian F1 Grand Prix, Spa.
18 August 2019: Pebble Beach, Concours d'Elegance [www].
17 August 2019 (Sat.): Henley on Todd "Regatta", Alice Springs, NT, .au [www].
16-18 August 2019, .au: National 4x4 Show Melbourne Showgrounds [www].
16-17 August 2019: Gooding & Co. Pebble Beach auction [www] including lot 13 a 1936 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante chassis #57386, engine #281; lot 26 a 913 Isotta Fraschini Tipo IM chassis #0451, engine #0453; lot 31 a 1975 Ferrari 312T (F1), chassis #022, winner of the 1975 French Grand Prix driven by the late Niki Lauda; lot 143 a 1964 Aston Martin DB5, chassis #DB5/1612/L, engine #400/1621.
15-17 August 2019: RM Sotheby's Monterey auction [www], including lot 111 a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 an actual 'Bond Car' (for the movie 'Thunderball') chassis #DB5/2008/R, engine #400/1995; lot 129 a 1953 Aston Martin DB3S Works, chassis #DB3S/2, engine #DP101/17; lot 261 a 1994 McLaren F1 'LM-Specification' serial #018, chassis #SA9AB5AC1R1048018; lot 362 1939(!) Porsche Type 64, chassis #38/41, engine #38/43;
15 August 2019: Bonhams Quail Lodge auction [www] including lot 69 a 1937 Horch 853 Spezial Streamlined Coupe 'Manuela' 4,494cc sohc I8, chassis #853433 (recreation of a design built for racing ace Bernd Rosemeyer); lot 206 a 1922 Bentley 3-litre Sports Tourer, chassis #103, engine #109.
11 August 2019, recall PRA 2019/17725:
"Kia JF Optima Model Years 2018-2020 ... Due to an error in the
Frontal Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA)
the braking assist function may fail when the
vehicle approaches a stationary vehicle. ..." — .gov.au
11 August 2019: "Victoria cold weather blankets towns in snow, forces closures on 'treacherous' roads ..." — [abc].
9 August 2019, .au: "Driver decisions, not dust storm, to blame for fatal head-on truck crash near Truro, SA Police say ..." — [abc].
7 August 2019: "Kodiak Robotics, Inc. has begun making commercial truck deliveries in Texas using its new self-driving, long-haul [trucks] with safety drivers behind the wheel. ..." — SAE [www].
7 August 2019, .au: "Cold and severe weather forecast to hit New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia ..." — [abc].
5 August 2019: In 2017, "... there were an estimated 393 million firearms in the United States – and that's not even counting guns owned by the police and military. That represents 45.8% of the world's civilian-owned guns. ..." — [abc].
5 August 2019:
"The global average temperature for July 2019 was
on a par with, and possibly marginally higher than,
that of July 2016,
which followed an El Nino event. This was
previously the warmest July and warmest month of all on record." —
Copernicus Climate Change Service (C3S)
4 August 2019: "Franky Zapata: Flyboarding Frenchman crosses English Channel ... on a jet-powered flyboard ..." — [bbc].
3 August 2019, .au: "The Bush Tucker Man [Les Hiddins] is back and he's bringing the outback to your smartphone ..." — [abc].
2-24 August 2019, .uk: The Royal Edinburgh Military Tatoo [www].
2 August 2019, recall PRA #2019/17524: "Hyundai Veloster (FS) Model Year 2013 ... The software installed on the engine management unit (ECU) may cause premature ignition, that can result in the engine stalling and with the possibility of a fire. ..." — .gov.au [www].
2 August 2019:
"Saudi women can now travel without consent –
but this progress is fragile ..." —
The G [www].
Women can now get a passport and travel overseas
without the need to get consent from a male "guardian".
They were allowed to
drive in 2019.
1 August 2019: "July was the fourth-warmest on record for Australia as a whole, with the national mean temperature 1.62°C above average. The mean maximum temperature for the month was the third-highest on record for July, at 2.23°C above average, while the mean minimum temperature was 1.01°C above average. ..." — [bom].
1 August 2019, .au: "Toyota faces class action over claims Hilux, Prado have faulty diesel [particulate] filters [DPFs] ..." — [abc].
31 July 2019, .uk: "UK car production falls 20% in first six months as new data reveals £330 million 'no deal' mitigation bill ... 666,521 cars rolled off production lines in the first six months, a year-on-year loss of 168,052 units ... falling demand in key markets, including the UK, exacerbated by factory shutdowns pulled forward in anticipation of the March Brexit deadline. ... the number of cars built for export fell by -19.8% in June and by -21.0% in the first half of the year, with just over half a million units shipped overseas given softening of key overseas markets and global trade tensions. Exports to the sector's top global markets fell by double digits, with the US down -12.9%, China down -53.1%, Japan -10.5% and Turkey -93.0%. Demand in the UK's biggest market, the EU, also fell, by -15.6%. However, the EU still accounts for 57% of all UK car exports – the highest first half dependence since 2016 ..." — SMMT [www].
31 July 2019: "Top ten UK's hottest years all since 2002 ..." — Met Office [www].
30 July 2019: "Mobility Pipe Dreams? ... Consumers lack confidence in the future of self-driving vehicles and their outlook isn't much better about the influx of battery-electric vehicles ..." — J. D. Power [www].
29 July 2019: "A recording of 38.7°C at Cambridge Botanic Garden on Thursday 25 July has become the highest temperature officially recorded in the UK. ... Exceptionally high temperatures gripped large parts of central and western Europe last week, the UK joins Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands in breaking national temperature records. ..." — Met Office [www].
27 July 2019: Climate zombies [www].
27 July 2019, .au: "Retiree finds massive gold nugget [2kg] outside historic gold rush town of Ballarat ..." — [abc].
26 July - 3 August 2019: Great Endeavour Rally, Gulf Trek [www].
26 July 2019: "Arctic wildfires: What's caused huge swathes of flames to spread? ... Wildfires are ravaging the Arctic, with areas of northern Siberia, northern Scandinavia, Alaska and Greenland engulfed in flames. ..." — [bbc].
26 July 2019: "California and carmakers agree emissions deal despite Trump rules ... by 2026, new models would meet a standard of 50 miles per US gallon (4.7 litres per 100km) ..." — [bbc].
25 July 2019, .au: "An official says it's an 'absolute miracle' no-one was seriously injured in a seven-vehicle collision in which two cars were sandwiched between trucks and another car crushed on [the Monash] freeway. ..." — [abc].
24 July 2019, .uk: "Fears for Sunderland workers as Nissan plans to shed 10,000 jobs worldwide ..." — The G [www].
24 July 2019: "... preindustrial forcing was not sufficient to produce globally synchronous extreme temperatures at multidecadal and centennial timescales. By contrast, we find that the warmest period of the past two millennia occurred during the twentieth century for more than 98% of the globe. This provides strong evidence that anthropogenic global warming is not only unparalleled in terms of absolute temperatures5, but also unprecedented in spatial consistency within the context of the past 2,000 years." — 'No evidence for globally coherent warm and cold periods over the preindustrial Common Era', R. Neukom et al, Nature 571, pp.550-554, 2019, [www]. Also see  and . It's CO2 from human activity.
23-27 July 2019: The War and Peace Revival, Kent, uk [www].
23 July 2019: Ford demonstrated a "... prototype all-electric F-150 by towing 10 double-decker rail cars ..." — Ford [www]. (The load was approximately 500 tons.)
July 2019: "Alumni recreate legendary 1950s overland expedition ... In 1955, Tim Slessor (St Catharine's 1952) set off with four other young Cantabs and one Oxonian in two Land Rovers on the trip of a lifetime. Together, they completed the first overland from London to Singapore. ... On 25 August, Tim will join Alex Bescoby (Sidney Sussex 2006) in Singapore to recreate one-half of the epic drive and help mark the 200th anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles' arrival in the country. Tim won't be the only original member of the team taking part. Remarkably, two years ago, one of the original Land Rovers was rediscovered, derelict, on the South Atlantic island of St Helena and has been lovingly restored. ..." -- cam.ac.uk [www]. Also see Last Overland [www].
22 July 2019 .uk:
The 1966 Jaguar XJ13 was a prototype mid-engined racing car
intended for Le Mans. Just one was built.
"Fifty years on, the spectacular LM69 is to be launched.
While remaining true in spirit and sympathetic to the
style of the fabulous XJ13 ..." — Ecurie Ecosse
The LM69 will be road legal.
22 July 2019, .au terminal gate prices: ULP: Melbourne $1.32/l, Sydney $1.33/l, ..., Darwin $1.37/l, Hobart $1.38/l; diesel: Melbourne $1.35/l, Sydney $1.36/l, ... Darwin & Hobart $1.40/l — AIP [www].
21 July 2019:
"No 10 hands Jaguar Land Rover
£500m loan guarantee to develop electric cars ..." —
The G [www].
20 July 2019 (Sat.): Festival of the Unexceptional, Concours de l'Ordinaire, Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire, uk [www]. The event was won by a 1977 Morris Marina Estate (station wagon).
18 July 2019: "June 2019 was hottest on record for the globe ... The average global temperature in June was 1.71°F above the 20th-century average of 59.9°F, making it the hottest June in the 140-year record ... Nine of the 10 hottest Junes have occurred since 2010. ..." — NOAA [www].
18 July 2019, recall PRA #2019/17676: "Volvo Car Australia [several models 2014-2019] ... The engine valve may leak and may cause the engine intake manifold to melt/deform. ... engine may experience reduced power, increasing the risk of an accident, injury or fire hazard. ..." — .gov.au [www].
16-18 July 2019: Birdsville Big Red Bash Music Festival [www].
16 July 2019: 50th anniversary of
astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins
lifing off in Apollo 11 on a mission to the moon
15 July 2019: "Country [NSW, Qld] towns close to reaching 'day zero', as water supplies dry up in the drought ..." — [abc].
14 July 2019 (#10/21): British F1 Grand Prix, Silverstone.
13 July 2019, .uk: Aston Martin gave a prototype 'Valkyrie' a run at Silverstone over the British F1 Grand Prix weekend. "... first deliveries commencing in Q4 2019 ..." — Aston Martin [www]. Also see, "... a design collaboration between Adrian Newey, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing's Chief Technical Officer, and Marek Reichman, Aston Martin's Chief Creative Officer, and is the result of a technical partnership between Red Bull Advanced Technologies and Aston Martin. It will be raced in anger from next year. ..." — Red Bull [www].
13 July 2019 (Sat.): International Air Day, Yeovilton, Somerset, .uk [www].
12 July 2019: "Ford [&] Volkswagen expand their global collaboration to advance autonomous driving, electrification ..." — VW [www].
12 July 2019:
"Severe weather warnings as dangerous winds, blizzards to hit Sydney
and south-east NSW ..." —
11 July 2019: "Brake, tyre and road surface wear call for evidence: summary of responses ... Vehicle non-exhaust PM [particulate matter] is emitted from the use of brakes and friction between tyres and road surfaces ... exhaust PM [...] is already estimated to be a smaller source than non-exhaust PM and expected to be less than 10% of total road transport PM by 2030. ..." — .gov.uk [www].
10 July 2019, .au: "The real cost of a running a car ... The Kia Rio is the most affordable car to own and run in Victoria, according to RACV's 2019 Driving Your Dollars survey ... the Rio S will cost Victorian owners an average of $115.95 per week, taking into account the full range of costs ... Surprisingly, the most expensive car to run was an electric car, Tesla's Model X 100D SUV ($146K), which will set back owners an average of $514.36/wk ..." — RACV [www]. As always, depreciation typically makes up over 40% of cost over five years. Also see the RACV's costs carculator (sic) [www], e.g., a Toyota Hilux 4x4 costs $264/wk.
9 July 2019: "... range of 235 kilometers ... Production of the MINI Electric starts in Oxford in November 2019. ..." — BMW [www].
7 July 2019, .au:
"Why Wolfe Creek Crater attracts scientists, Indigenous traditional
owners and horror movie fans ..." —
The crater in northern WA was formed about 300,000 years ago
by a 50,000 ton meteorite.
6 July 2019, .au: The Budj Bim Cultural Landscape in SW Victoria (Parks [www]) has been added to the UNESCO World Heritage List: The Gunditjmara peoples built stone dwellings, and ponds and traps to farm fish and eels around Lake Condah 6,700 years, and more, ago.
5 July 2019: "Jaguar Land Rover today revealed plans to manufacture a range of new electrified vehicles at its manufacturing plant in Castle Bromwich, UK. ... First vehicle confirmed as the next-generation all-electric Jaguar XJ. ... commitment to offer customers electrified options for all new Jaguar and Land Rover models from 2020. ..." — JLR [www].
5 July 2019: "Shifting the focus: energy demand in a net-zero carbon UK ... The complexity of energy demand means there is no 'silver bullet' solution or policy ... Road transport accounted for just under three-quarters of transport energy consumption in the UK in 2017, with the remainder almost entirely from air travel (23%). Of the road component, energy use from cars accounts for more than half (60%), with most of the remainder coming from light duty vehicles (vans) (16%), heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) (17%) and buses (3%) ..." — CREDS [www].
4 July 2019, .uk: "... UK new car registrations declined for a fourth consecutive month in June, with year-on-year demand falling by -4.9% to 223,421 units ..." — SMMT [www].
3 July 2019, .au: "... sales figures for the month of June 2019 ... report a drop of 9.6% in the Australian new vehicle market. Sales for the month totalled 117,817 units, with year to date 2019 sales totalling 554,466 units. ..." — FCAI [www].
1 July 2019: "Chubb Limited (NYSE: CB) today announced that it has adopted a new policy concerning coal-related underwriting and investment. With the new policy, the company will no longer underwrite the construction and operation of new coal-fired plants or new risks for companies that generate more than 30% of their revenues from coal mining or energy production from coal. ..." — Chubb [www]. (Also see Zurich, 25 June below.)
30 June 2019: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb [www].
30 June 2019: "Queensland drivers could soon face $1,000 fines for texting while driving ..." — [abc].
29 June 2019: "European heatwave: France hits record temperature of 45.9°C ..." — [bbc].
29 June 2019, nsw: "Two people die in multi-vehicle crash, closing the M1 Princes Motorway in Wollongong ... their car became caught between two trucks, ..." — [abc].
28-30 June 2019: Tankfest 2019, Tank Museum, Bovington, uk [www].
27 June 2019: "UK car manufacturing declines for 12th month in a row as output falls –15.5% in May ..." — SMMT [www].
27 June 2019: "... approximately 12,000 jobs will be impacted[!] at Ford's wholly owned facilities and consolidated joint ventures in Europe by the end of 2020, primarily through voluntary separation programs. Around 2,000 of those are salaried positions, which are included among the 7,000 salaried positions Ford is reducing globally. ..." — Ford [www].
27 June 2019: "Next generation Opel Astra
will be built in Russelsheim ... intention to manufacture the
new Astra in two plants in Europe, including Russelsheim ...
as of 2021 ...
The Opel Astra [is] currently produced in Ellesmere Port (UK) and
Gliwice (Poland) ..."
— PSA [www].
So does that mean no British made Astra?
27 June 2019: "Bushfire season starts early across northern Australia due to ongoing hot, dry conditions ..." — [abc].
27 June 2019: "European heatwave sets new June temperature records ..." — [bbc].
25 June 2019: "Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) today announces that it is accelerating actions to progress towards a low-carbon economy amid an increasing climate crisis. ..." — Zurich [www]. (Also see Chubb, 1 July above.)
24 June 2019: "Kangaroos account for 90 per cent of crashes involving animals in NSW, so what do you do if you hit a roo? ..." — [abc]. Also see WIRES (NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service) [www].
21 June 2019: "Around 120 Australians have died as a result of do it yourself (DIY) car maintenance accidents since 2000 ... Most of the fatalities were men and involved the vehicle being lifted or supported in the wrong way. Most victims were aged 40 to 49. ..." — ACCC [www].
21 June 2019, .us:
"Army approves JLTV
Full-Rate Production ... The 1-3 ID became the Army's first
unit equipped with JLTVs in April 2019, after
receiving more than 300 vehicles. ..." — .mil
Also see LTVs @Oshkosh
17-23 June 2019: Paris Air Show (public 23-25)
17 June 2019: "Australia's Emissions Reduction Fund is failing to deliver, government data shows ..." — [abc].
13 June 2019:
"Norway's us$1 trillion sovereign wealth fund to dump
billions in coal investments ..." —
12 June 2019: "Climate change: UK government to commit to 2050 target [of "nett zero" CO2] ..." ‐ [bbc].
12 June 2019: "Ford recalls 1.2 million vehicles [Explorers] in US over suspension fault ..." — [bbc].
11 June 2019, .uk: The M25 was closed by the discovery of not one but two sink-holes, e.g., see The G [www].
10 June 2019 (Mon.), .au: Queen's Birthday (not Qld, WA) [www].
8 June 2019: The seventieth anniversary of the publication of George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. (And 4/6 was the 30th anniversary of the Tacre.)
7-10 June 2019 .au: Finke Desert Race
7 June 2019, .au: "Fuel prices on the way down with oil, but shopping around can save you even more ..." — [abc].
6 June 2019, .uk: "Ford set to close Bridgend engine plant in 2020 ..." — [bbc].
5 June 2019: "Jaguar Land Rover and BMW Group today confirmed they are joining forces to develop next generation Electric Drive Units (EDUs) in a move that will support the advancement of electrification technologies, a central part of the automotive industry's transition to an ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared) future. ..." — JLR [www], BMW [www].
3 June 2019: "Change is in the air. The elevated future of mobility: What's next on the horizon? Hybrid-electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) vehicles ..." — Deloitte [www].
3 June 2019:
"Is hydrogen the future for trucking? ... the diesel-reliant
trucking industry is focusing on hydrogen fuel cells ..." — SAE
1 June - 7 June 2019: Isle of Man TT races, 1st (Sat), 3rd (Mon), 5th (Wed), 7th (Fri), [www]. Mad!
31 May 2019: The Mini Electric "is to be produced at the MINI plant in Oxford [uk] starting in November 2019" — BMW [www].
30 May 2019: "UK car manufacturing plummets in April as Brexit shutdowns strike ..." — SAE [www]. "Brexit shutdown slashes UK car production by 45% ..." — [bbc]. (Over brexit 29 March which did not even happen.)
30 May 2019: "A warmer and drier than average winter likely for most of Australia ... [and] preliminary figures show autumn 2019 is likely to go down as one of Australia's five warmest autumns on record. ..." — [bom] and outlook [www].
28 May 2019, .au: There were snowfalls down to 700m in the Victorian Alps. E.g., see the [abc].
28 May 2019, .uk:
"Car theft payouts 'at seven-year high' ..." —
25 May (Sat) - 7 June 2019 (Fri): Isle of Man TT [www]. Qualifying 25th-31st, races 1 June (Sat) - 7 June (Fri).
25 May 2019: RM Sotheby's Villa Erba auction, Lake Como, Italy, [www] including lot 137 a 1931 Bugatti Type 50 Roadster, chassis #50123, engine #18 (sold €1,411,250) and lot 148 a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider by Pinin Farina, chassis #0448 MD, engine #0448 MD (sold €3,717,500).
24 May 2019: British PM Theresa May announced that, unable to get a brexit deal through parliament, she would resign as Conservative Party leader on 7 June but continue to act as PM until a replacement is chosen e.g., [bbc].
23 May 2019, usa:
"USPS tests autonomous semi-trailers for
long-haul mail logistics ... The Class-8 vehicles - or semi-trailer trucks -
will cover more than 1,000 miles over the course of the
five 22-hour trips ..." — SAE
23 May 2019: EU elections – with the UK still not having brexitted. (See 31 Oct. above.)
22 May 2019: "... No appetite for growth in energy coal regardless of asset attractiveness ... Energy coal:phased out, potentially sooner than expected ..." — BHP [www].
21 May 2019: "Ford to cut 7,000 jobs including more than 500 in UK ..." — The G [www].
21 May 2019: "... Ford is preparing to widely deploy its fourth-generation hybrid-electric vehicle (HEV) technology ... 'power-split' planetary continuously variable transmission, dubbed eCVT [1.1kWh] ... for the 2020 Escape Hybrid is paired with a significantly revised 2.5L four-cylinder running the Atkinson cycle. There also will be a plug-in hybrid-electric vehicle (PHEV) variant of the 2020 Escape that promises up to 30 miles (48km) of battery-only driving range from its 14.4kWh liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack. ..." — SAE [www].
20 May 2019: "... We find that a global total [sea level rise] exceeding 2m by 2100 lies within the 90% uncertainty bounds for a high [CO2] emission scenario. This is more than twice the upper value put forward by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in the Fifth Assessment Report." — 'Ice sheet contributions to future sea-level rise from structured expert judgment', J.L.Bamber et al, PNAS, [www].
19-23 May 2019: The Gibb Challenge, WA,
"a socially competitive 660 kilometre team relay event
raising community awareness and money for charity"
– the Gibb River road by bicycle.
17-19 May 2019: Historic Winton, Vic., .au [www].
17 May 2019: "Tesla Model 3: Autopilot engaged during fatal crash [March 2019] ..." — [bbc]. See the NTSB's Preliminary Report (HWY19FH008) "... From less than 8 seconds before the crash to the time of impact, the vehicle did not detect the driver's hands on the steering wheel. Preliminary vehicle data show that the Tesla was traveling about 68mph when it struck the semitrailer. Neither the preliminary data nor the videos indicate that the driver or the ADAS executed evasive maneuvers. ...", [www].
16 May 2019, .au: Bob Hawke (89) died. He was PM (Labor) from 1983 to 1991, e.g., [abc].
16 May 2019: "Lilium [.de] reveals new air taxi as it celebrates maiden flight [4 May] ..." — Lilium [www]. All electric, five seats, VTOL, 300km/h, 300km range, maybe in service 2025?
15 May 2019: There were rumours that Peugeot was in take-over talks with Jaguar Land-Rover (currently owned by Tata).
14 May 2019, .uk: "Brexit: Cross-party deal must include
new referendum – Sir Keir Starmer ..." —
13 May 2019: "Tropical Cyclone Ann is now expected to cross the far north Queensland coast [as cat.1] early on Wednesday [15th] morning ..." — [abc].
10 May 2019: There was early snow at Falls Creek, Vic..
9 May 2019: "Volvo Trucks has introduced a safety function, Distance Alert, which makes it easier for truck drivers to keep a safer distance from the vehicle ahead and avoid critical situations. Accidents where one vehicle runs into the back of another currently make up around 20 percent of all serious collisions involving trucks. ..." — Volvo Trucks [www]. Tailgating by cars is bad enough, but trucks!
9 May 2019, .au:
"How multinationals shift billion$ in revenue offshore and
what Labor plans to do about it ...
[e.g.] Uber ... $691 million [of a gross profit of $785.6 million] was a
'service fees' charge, which cut tax payable down to $8.5 million ...
Google, Facebook send advertising revenue offshore ... [and]
Facebook's ... 2018 Australian tax bill was [only] $11.8 million. ...",
etc., etc. —
9 May 2019, .uk: "... the Environment Agency is preparing for a potential 4°C rise in global temperature and urgent action is needed to tackle more frequent, intense flooding and sea level rise. ... In some cases, the scale of flooding or coastal change may be so significant the concept of 'build back better' may not be appropriate. This may mean potentially moving communities out of harm's way in the longer term. ..." — Environment Agency .gov.uk [www].
8-9 May 2019, .au: Army live-fire exercise, Puckapunyal, [www].
7 May 2019:
"... BMW Group to contest EU Commission allegations ..."
[of collusion on lower emission cars]
"it is probable that the EU Commission will issue a
significant fine ..." — BWM
3-5 May 2019 (Fri.-Sun.): Donington Historic
3 May 2019: "Amsterdam to ban petrol and diesel cars and motorbikes by 2030 ..." — The G [www].
3 May 2019, .au: "... new vehicle sales figures for the month of April 2019. Total sales for the month were 75,550 units, an 8.9% decrease on April 2018 ... Year to date sales figures for April 2019 totalled 344,088 units, an 8.1% decrease on the same period in 2018. ..." — FCAI [www].
April 2019: There were reports that the replacement for the late Land-Rover Defender would be revealed in September and available in .au in early 2020. Also that it would be built in Slovakia (brexit?). See LR [www].
29 April 2019, .us:
"Ford Says Justice Dept. Has Opened Criminal Inquiry Into Emissions
Issues ..." — NYT
April 2019: Thatcham Research (uk) released car 'security ratings', including 2019 Ford Mondeo (poor), 2019 Hyundai Nexo (poor), 2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid (poor) — TR [www].
25 April 2019: Anzac Day.
24 April 2019: "Rivian today announced an equity investment of us$500 million from Ford Motor Company. In addition to the investment, the companies have agreed to work together to develop an all-new, next-generation battery electric vehicle for Ford's growing EV portfolio using Rivian's skateboard platform. ..." — Ford [www].
24 April 2019: "Lake Eyre could get to its fullest since 1974 but Murray-Darling Basin is missing out ..." — [abc].
23 April 2019: "Ford and University of Michigan team up on first-ever sustainability study of urban air mobility ... fully-booked UAM vehicles would be more effective than ground vehicles in transporting passengers 'from San Francisco to San Jose or from Detroit to Cleveland.' ..." — SAE [www]. See A. Kasliwal et al, 'Role of flying cars in sustainable mobility', Nature Communications, 10, 1555, 2019, [www].
19-28 April 2019: New York Auto Show [www].
19 April 2019: "Nikola reveals range of hydrogen fuel cell and battery-electric vehicles ... On-highway Class 6-8 trucks ... the manufacturer revealed a battery-electric all-terrain vehicle, an autonomous-capable military vehicle, and a personal watercraft concept ..." — SAE [www].
16 April 2019: "Life of Brian is 40 years old,
but is it still controversial? ..." —
15 April 2019, nsw, drought: "Fourth-generation grazier to sell family property as drought reaches unprecedented level ..." — [abc].
15 April 2019: "Former VW boss charged over diesel emissions scandal ..." — [bbc].
11 April 2019, .au: The Prime Minister, Scott this-is-coal Morrison, called the Federal election for 18 May.
10-14 April 2019: TechnoClassica, Essen [www].
8 April 2019: Wiebe Wakker completed his trip from Amsterdam (15/3/2016) to Sydney in an electric car "without money", relying on donations — [www].
8 April 2019: London's 'Ultra Low Emission Zone' (ULEZ) came into force. "Most vehicles, including cars and vans, need to meet the ULEZ emissions standards or their drivers must pay a daily charge to drive within the zone. £12.50 for most vehicle types, including cars, motorcycles and vans (up to and including 3.5 tonnes) £100 for heavier vehicles, including lorries (over 3.5 tonnes) and buses/coaches (over 5 tonnes)." — .gov.uk [www]. (Euro 4 (2006+) petrol, and Euro 6 (2015+) diesel cars "pass".) (Also [bbc].)
5-7 April 2019, .au: National 4x4 Show
2 April 2019: "US to investigate car firms Hyundai and Kia over vehicle fires ... NHTSA ..." — [bbc].
1 April 2019: "Warmest March on record for Australia ...
national mean temperature was warmest on record, at 2.13°C
above average ..." —
1 April 2019, .au:
"Labor climate change policy proposes tax breaks for businesses
to buy electric cars ..." —
31 March 2019, recall PRA #2019/17430: "Mercedes-Benz A, C and CLS Class Vehicles MY2018-2019 ... The software in the powertrain control unit may not operate as intended. The engine warning light may not activate to warn the driver of the fault. A reset of the control unit might take place while driving. ... the engine may not start again automatically ..." — .gov.au [www].
30 March 2019, .uk: "May hopes to hold fourth vote on Brexit deal ..." — The G [www]. May's "deal" has been rejected three times, most recently 344:286, but the alternatives have also been rejected! And 2/4/19, "Brexit votes: MPs fail to back proposals again ..." — [bbc].
29-30 March 2019: RM Sothebys Fort Lauderdale auction [www], including lot 3086 a 2008 Koenigsegg CCX, twin-supercharged 4.7 V8, chassis #YT9XH33B88A007044 (1000 miles, what was the point? Not sold); lot 3094 a 2015 Ferrari LaFerrari, ZFF76ZFA4F0209754 (600 miles, sold us$3,080,000)..
29 March 2019: "WMO State of Climate report is 'yet another strong wake-up call' ... record sea level rise, as well as exceptionally high land and ocean temperatures over the past four years. ..." — WMO [www].
28 March 2019: "British car manufacturing declines -15.3% in February,
with 123,203 units produced. ..." — SMMT
26 March 2019, .eu: A provisional agreement for, "Safety features such as intelligent speed assistance (speed "limiters") and advanced emergency-braking system ... to be installed in new vehicles as from May 2022. ... driver distraction warning, emergency lane keeping, reversing detection system, alcohol interlock installation facilitation ... Event Data Recorders [black boxes] ..." — EU [www]. "ETSC welcomes provisional deal on new vehicle safety standards ..." — ETSC [www].
24 March 2019, .au: "Bushman, painter and author Jack Absalom dies at 91 ..." — [abc].
22-24 March 2019, .uk: Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, NEC, Birmingham [www].
22 March 2019: "GM to Invest us$300 Million, add 400 jobs at Michigan plant for new Chevrolet electric vehicle ..." — GM [www].
22 March 2019, .au:
And a politician mentions "high-speed trains" – there must be an election
coming up in a few weeks,
(The Federal election is expected in May.)
20 March 2019, .uk: The Bloodhound land-speed record (LSR) project seems to be back on track under a new name 'Bloodhound LSR' after being rescued from bankruptcy by Ian Warhurst (Grafton LSR Ltd), [www].
20 March 2019: "Ford today announced it is expanding its production capacity for the company's next-generation battery electric vehicles at a second North American plant. ... [And] Production of Ford's first autonomous vehicles will begin in 2021 for deployment in commercial services to move people and goods. ..." — Ford [www].)
19 March 2019, .vic: "CityLink toll hike costs revealed under report on West Gate Tunnel deal ..." — [abc].
19 March 2019: "Climate change: Water shortages in England 'within 25 years' ..." — [bbc].
18 March 2019: "Lake Eyre begins filling with Queensland floodwaters as Birdsville roads reopen ..." — [abc]. And, the Lake Eyre Yacht Club plans to hold an event on the Warburton River ("... four day trip down the Warburton River starting ... Warburton Crossing at the bottom end of Goyder Lagoon ...") April 16-19 — LEYC [www].
18 March 2019:
"INEOS Automotive's 4x4, Projekt Grenadier [announced] a
powertrain technology partnership with BMW Group ...
BMW Group will supply both petrol and diesel engines ...
" — I.A.
Jim Ratcliffe, boss of Ineos, is a fan of the Land-Rover
Defender (d.2016) and
is hatching plans to build a comparable no-frills 4x4 –
(Land-Rover is reported to be revealing a "frillier" Defender replacement
later in 2019.)
16-17 March 2019, .au: "Defence, Past, Present and Future, Adelaide, Historic Commercial Vehicles Club (HCVC) [www].
15 March 2019: "Volkswagen and former boss face US lawsuit over Dieselgate ..." — [bbc].
11-17 March 2019, .au: Corowa Swim In, 'Year of the Amphibian and of the Prototype,' [www].
11 March 2019, .au: "Road-train driver allegedly high on ice when pulled over by police on Stuart Highway [Friday] ..." — [abc].
11 March 2019: End of consultations for a mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information — .gov.au [www].
8-9 March 2019: RM Sotheby's Amelia Island auction [www], including lot 213 a 1936 Hispano-Suiza K6 Limousine by Vanvooren, chassis #15095, engine #333142 (sold us$142,800); lot 252 a 1926 Hispano-Suiza H6B Cabriolet Le Dandy by Chapron, chassis #11528 (sold us$1,352,500); lot 269 a 1937 Bugatti type 57SC Tourer by Corsica, chassis #57512, engine #19S (not sold). (Also see Bonhams 7/3 below.)
8 March 2019, .uk: Project Wing is a drone delivery trial in Bonython, Canberra, ACT, by google (Alphabet). Small packages can be picked up and delivered. The drones make a high-pitched intrusive noise and there have been protests. See Wing [www] and, e.g., "Project Wing tests new 'quieter' drone ..." — Canberra Times [www].
8 March 2019, .uk: "Security holes found in big brand car alarms ..." — [bbc]. (Clifford, Viper, and Pandora.)
8 March 2019: International Women's Day [www].
7-17 March 2019: 89th Geneva International Motor Show
"Why it will be electrifying ..." —
"Geneva goes electric ..." —
The G [www].
"Horsepower and kilowatts ..." — SAE
AIWAYS (Shanghai) 'U5' electric SUV;
mid-engined 'Vanquish Vision' concept
Lagonda 'All Terrain' electric "SUV" concept
Audi 'Q4 e-tron' electric SUV (2021?)
Gumpert 'Nathalie' methanol fuel cell EV
Hispano Suiza Cars (Barcelona) 'Carmen' EV
(note there seem to be two different HS firms!);
Honda 'Urban EV';
Kia 'e-Niro' electric SUV;
Koenigsegg new 'Jesko'
new 'Plus Six'
Nissan 'IMQ' AWD "e-power" series-hybrid concept
PAL-V Liberty "flying car" (folding autogyro)
Peugeot '208' and electric 'e-208' (50kWh);
Pieche 'Mk 0' prototype EV;
(Automobili-) Pininfarina 'Battista' EV;
'917-001' (1969) restored
Ssangyong new 'Korando'.
7 March 2019: "US trade deficit hits a 10-year high ..." —
7 March 2019: Bonhams Amelia Island Auction [www], including lot 278 a 1968 F1 Brabham BT26/BT26A (Jochen Rindt / Jacky Ickx, fitted 3-litre Cosworth V8 as per 1969), chassis #BT26/3, engine #1986 (sold us$1,105,000). (Also see RM Sotheby 9/3 above.)
5 March 2019: "The all-electric Jaguar I-PACE has been voted 'Car of the Year' at the European Car of the Year Awards 2019. ..." — JLR.
5 March 2019: "Toyota and BMW warn no-deal Brexit [29/3] could hit UK investment ..." — [bbc].
2 March 2019: There are emergency warnings for bushfires including "Bunyip ... Tynong North, Budgeree ... Yinnar South, and Black Snake Creek ... Dargo ... Miowera ..." east of Melbourne, and others — .vic.gov.au [www]. And 3 March: [abc], [6/3], & [9/3].
1-3 March 2019: Australian International Airshow, Avalon, Geelong, Victoria [www] (trade 26/2-3/3, public 1-3/3).
1 March 2019: "Heat wave events headline a record warm summer for Australia ..." — [bom].
28 February 2019, .uk: "British car production falls -18.2% in first month of the year, reflecting model changes and weaker demand in both UK and key export markets. ..." — SMMT [www].
28 February 2019, .au: "High chance of drier than average autumn [March-May] for eastern Australia following record hot summer ..." — [bom], and the outlook [28/2]. (Also see, "Summer 2018-19 was hottest on record ...", the [abc].)
27 February 2019: It is expected that, "Queensland floodwaters flow to outback South Australia and Kati Thanda - Lake Eyre ..." — [abc].
26 February - 1 March 2019: F1 pre-season testing session #2, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain. After testing, the concensus seemed to be that Ferrari probably had the fastest car followed by Mercedes and Red Bull. First F1 Grand Prix of 2019: Australia, 17 March.
26 February 2019: "UK beats winter temperature record again [London, 21.2°C] ..." — [bbc].
26 February 2019: "The next generation of the Porsche Macan [SUV] will be electric ... decided to manufacture the next generation of the Macan as a fully electric series. ... will be launched to market at the end of 2019 ..." — Porsche [www].
26 February 2019:
"[Fiat Chrysler Automobiles] to Expand Production Capacity in Michigan
to Grow Core Brands, Electrify Jeep© Vehicles ..." — FCA
25 February 2019, .au: "Remote outback town Innamincka [SA] to get telehealth clinic ..." — [abc].
24 February 2019: "Dozens rescued from south-east Queensland beaches as ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma departs ..." — [abc].
24 February 2019: "Fear grows in UK car industry that Honda is just first domino to fall ..." — The G [www]. Duh!
22-24 February 2019, .uk: Race Retro historic motorsport show, Stoneleigh Park [www]. And, Silverstone Auctions [www]; lot 311 a restored 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint DHC, chassis #72040665G, engine #N26330, sold for £45,000.
21 February 2019: "Cyclone Oma to approach the southeast Queensland coast this weekend ... higher than normal tides and dangerous surf conditions developing south of Seventeen Seventy ..." — [bom].
19 February 2019, .uk: "Honda to shut UK car plant in 2022 with the loss of 3,500 jobs ..." — Reuters [www]. Honda's Swindon factory builds Honda Civics (150,000/yr). (Also see Nissan, 3 Feb., below.) ?Brexit?
19 February 2019, .au: "Truckie remains behind bars after a 70km chase on the Pacific Highway ..." — [abc].
18-21 February 2019: F1 pre-season testing session #1, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Spain.
February 2019: The ten F1 teams for 2019; Alfa Romeo (was Sauber) - Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi; Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc; Haas - Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen; McLaren - Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris; Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas; Racing Point (was Force India) - Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll; Red Bull - Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly; Renault - Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hulkenberg; Toro Rosso - Daniil Kvyat, Alexander Albon; Williams - George Russell, Robert Kubica.
17 February 2019 (Sun.): Victorian 4WD Show, Lardner Park, Lardner, Vic. 3821 [www].
17 February 2019: "Global nickel boom gives mothballed mine in WA's remote Kimberley a second lease on life ... Panoramic Resources' Savannah mine ... recently reopened near Halls Creek ... hoped to return to monthly nickel exports out of Wyndham Port ..." — [abc].
16 February 2019, .au:
"'Climate-change refugees' quit mainland farming in search of
greener pastures in Tasmania ..." —
15 February 2019: "Special Climate Statement 69 - an extended period of heavy rainfall and flooding in tropical Queensland ... In the seven days to 4 Feb. 2019, the Bureau's site at Townsville Aero recorded 1052.8mm, and 1257.0mm in the ten days to 6 February. ... There were several sites in elevated areas including Paluma, Woolshed, and Upper Bluewater that reported 12-day accumulations of more than 2000mm. ..." — [bom].
14-17 February 2019: The London Classic Car Show, Excel [www].
13 February 2019: "New research from RACV has identified the priority cycling routes across metropolitan Melbourne in a bid to promote safe and active options for Melburnians to move around the city. ... some of the 10 identified cycling superhighways include St Kilda Road and Chapel Street in the south east, Sydney Road in the north and Flemington Road - Mount Alexander Road in the north-west. ..." — RACV [www].
13 February 2019: Jaguar Land Rover will have a "new six-cylinder petrol engine designed and engineered in-house ... 3.0-litre straight six cylinder petrol engine, which will debut in 2020, is available in 265kW and 294kW versions with a torque capable of up to 495 and 550Nm, [replacing] the outgoing V6 petrol. ... an electric supercharger [plus] a twin scroll turbocharger ... [and 48-volt] mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology ..." — JLR [www].
13 February 2019, .uk:
"Brexit: Ford reveals its plans for move abroad ..." —
The Times [www].
12 February 2019: "Mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information ... [consultations] 12 February 2019 - 11 March 2019 ... to gauge the suitability of possible elements of a mandatory scheme for the sharing of motor vehicle service and repair information and the establishment of a Service and Repair Information Sharing Advisory Committee. ..." — .gov.au [www].
10 February 2019: "Truck driver charged over death of
New Zealand cyclist on Federal Highway ..." —
9-10 February 2019: Pajero Challenge, Vic., .au [www].
9 February 2019: "Severe thunderstorms brought lightning and heavy rainfall to Sydney last night ..." — [abc].
9 February 2019: "Tasmania's Premier has made a special request for the Federal Government to foot the bill for the fires burning in the state's world heritage area ... since December. ..." — [abc]. Also see fire.tas.gov.au [www].
8 February 2019 .au: Chief Judge Brian Preston of the New South Wales Land and Environment Court confirmed a ban on the proposed Rocky Hill coal mine on various grounds including, but only, climate change [www]. Appeals? (Also see the [abc][12/2].)
7 February 2019, vic.: The 10th anniversary of the "Black Saturday" bushfires in which 173 people died.
7 February 2019: "Jaguar Land Rover posts £3.4bn loss as China demand slips ..." — [bbc]. (£3.1bn of it was a write-down.)
6 February 2019, .uk: "Government moves forward on advanced trials for self-driving vehicles ... [the] code of practice for testing automated vehicles will be strengthened further to set even clearer expectations for safe and responsible trials. ..." — .gov.uk [www].
6 February 2019: "The forecast for the global average surface temperature for the five-year period to 2023 is predicted to be near or above 1.0°C above pre-industrial levels, says the Met Office. If the observations for the next five years track the forecast that would make the decade from 2014 to 2023 the warmest run of years since records began. ..." — metoffice [www]. Check back in 2023 and in early 2024.
5 February 2019,
recall PRA #2019/17325:
"Mazda MX-5 (ND) Automatic MY2015-2019 ...
The Transmission Control Module (TCM) may incorrectly interpret an
electrical signal from the gear selector lever and this has the
potential to cause the automatic transmission to downshift unexpectedly,
causing an abrupt wheel speed reduction. ...
[need to] reprogram the TCM with revised
software." — .gov.au
4 February 2019, .au: The Government received the final report of the banking royal commission (that it did not want to call) on Friday from Commissioner Kenneth Hayne AC QC (e.g., [abc]). The report was made public today (e.g., [abc]). (There were many and varied reactions, e.g., , and .) The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (the banking royal commission) [www].
3 February 2019, .uk: "Nissan has refused to comment on reports that it is abandoning plans to build a new model of one of its flagship vehicles [X-Trail] at its Sunderland plant. ..." — The G [www]. Confirmed [bbc], [4/2], and the G [4/2]. (Also see Honda, 19 Feb., above.) ?Brexit?
3 February 2019, .uk: UK weather: Ice warnings as snow disrupts weekend ..." — [bbc].
1 February 2019: "The [bom] is warning communities in Queensland's north to prepare for further widespread heavy falls and flooding over the weekend and well into next week as the monsoon trough continues to influence ..." — [bom]. (And 2 Feb [abc]. 5 Feb. "Townsville flooding" [abc].)
1 February 2019: "Australia experiences its hottest January on record ... The mean temperature for January averaged across country exceeded 30°C, the first time this has occurred in any month. ..." — [bom]. And, 'Climate Summary' Jan. 2019, "... a series of heatwaves unprecedented in their scale and duration ..." — [www]. And, 'Special Climate Statement 68 – widespread heatwaves during December 2018 and January 2019' — [#68].
31 January 2019, recall PRA #2019/17302: "Mercedes-Benz C Class Vehicles MY2018 ... The ESP software may not meet the specifications. ... the ESP function would be deactivated and the parking brake could no longer be moved from its current position. ..." — .gov.au [www].
31 January 2019. .au: A Federal Government "Inquiry into controlling the spread of cane toads ... Submissions are being accepted until Thursday, 31 January 2019 ..." — .gov.au [www]. 12 Feb. Public hearings — [www]. Cane toads are well established in WA's Kimberley region.
31 January 2019:
"UK Automotive on red alert as 'no deal' [brexit] threat
sees manufacturing and investment plummet ...
car production falls -9.1% to 1.52 million units
a five year low ..." — SMMT
30 January 2019, .uk: "The number of drivers applying for an International Driving Permit (IDP) has increased by more a fifth [brexit] as the AA is forced to stop issuing the document. ... drivers who need an IDP can only obtain one by visiting one of 2,500 issuing Post Offices ..." — The AA [www].
29 January 2019, .au: "Menindee fish deaths 'out of NSW Government's hands' says Regional Water Minister Niall Blair ..." — [abc]. And, "Cotton farmers and conservationists are engaging in heated exchanges on social media ..." — [30th]. And, "Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission slams authority for 'maladministration' ..." — [31st]. Also see the Murray-Darling Basin Royal Commission [www].
28 January 2019. On "keyless" cars: "Four of the UK's top five best-selling cars, plus hundreds of other models, can easily be stolen by thieves ..." — Which [www]. (Also see the [bbc].) However, keyless entry can be turned off on some cars, after which the lock and unlock buttons on the key fob must be used in the old way.
27 January 2019, .de: "Germany agrees to end reliance on coal stations by 2038 ..." — The G [www].
27 January 2019: "Daintree River floods as torrential rain continues in Far North Queensland ..." — [abc].
26 January 2019 (Sat.): Australia Day. (28th (Mon.) public holiday.)
25 January 2019: "Power outages hit Melbourne, regional Victoria as state swelters through extreme weather ... 46°C at Melbourne Airport ..." — [abc].
24 January 2019: "Tropical Cyclone Watch continues for the Pilbara coast as Tropical Cyclone Riley [cat.1] tracks parallel to the Pilbara coast. ... estimated to be 280km west NW of Broome ..." — [bom]. And, there is "a tropical low over the northeast Gulf of Carpentaria ...".
23 January 2019: "TomTom, Navman and Garmin remove 'lifetime' claims ... after the ACCC raised concerns these statements were potentially false, misleading or deceptive. ..." — ACCC [www].
23 January 2019 recall PRA #2019/17291: "Bentley Motors Limited - Continental GT MY2018 In specific driving conditions the electric power steering control unit may display an error. This is due to a software fault which could result in a temporary loss of power assistance ..." - .gov.au [www].
23 January 2019: "Boeing yesterday successfully completed the first test flight of its autonomous passenger air vehicle (PAV) prototype in Manassas, Virginia. Boeing NeXt ... electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft ..." — Boeing [www] and .
23 January 2019: "Sony to move Europe headquarters [from UK] to avoid Brexit disruption ... Panasonic has already moved its [HQ] ..." — [bbc].
22 January 2019: 'Accelerating changes in ice mass within Greenland, and the ice sheet's sensitivity to atmospheric forcing', M. Bevis et al, PNAS [www]. (Also see "... south-west Greenland, which had not been considered a serious threat, now looks as if it will become a major future contributor to sea-level rise ..." — [bbc].)
21 January 2019: Oxfam's 'Public Good or Private Wealth' report, "... the wealth of the world's billionaires increased by 12% or almost $3.5 billion AUD a day last year. [And] the poorest half of humanity saw their wealth shrink by 11%, a burden disproportionately carried by women and girls. ..." — Oxfam [www]. And, "Australia's record number of billionaires raked in a collective $100 million a day last year – a staggering total increase of $36 billion in the wealth of just 43 people – as inequality continued to grow ..." — [21/1].
21 January 2019:
"Monsoon late to the date but now ready to dump on Darwin ..." —
17 January 2019: End of the Dakar; bikes 1. Toby Price (KTM); quad 1. Nicolas Cavigliasso; cars 1. Nasser Al-Attiyah & Matthieu Baumel (Toyota); s×s 1. Francisco Lopez Contardo & Alvaro Juan Leon Quintanilla; trucks 1. Eduard Nikolaev, Evgenii Iakovlev & Vladimir Rybakov (Kamaz); original 1. Edwin Straver — [www].
17 January 2019: RM Sotheby's Arizona auction [www], including lot 130 a 1928 Hispano-Suiza H6C 'transformable torpedo' (convertible), chassis #12036, engine #320104 (not sold); lot 142 a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina, 4-litre V12, chassis #10773, engine #10773 (sold us$2,012,500); lot 231 a 1952 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith saloon, perhaps as used by Bond's boss 'M' (see 'Dr No'), chassis #WOF23, engine #W22F (sold us$103,600).
17 January 2019: Bonhams Scottsdale Auction [www], including lot 44 a 1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Series I Spider, coachwork by Pinin Farina, chassis #0438MD (not sold); lot 54 a 1951 Maserati A6G/2000 Spider coachwork by Carrozzeria Frua, chassis #2017, engine #2013 (sold us$2,755,000).
17 January 2019:
"... It reached 40°C in Adelaide on Wednesday ...
In Port Augusta the hottest temperature ever recorded was
smashed by 0.7° when it got up to 48.9°C. ..." —
"Cloncurry and Camooweal, in [Qld's] north west,
recorded 33 days over [40°C] between December 16 last year
and January 17 this year. ..." —
15 January 2019: "Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company today announced the first formal agreements in a broad alliance that positions the companies to boost competitiveness and better serve customers in an era of rapid change in the industry. ..." — Ford [www], VW [www].
15 January 2019, .uk: PM Theresa May's Brexit deal was defeated in the House of Commons 432:202. Also see the [bbc] and The G [www]. (The government subsequently survived a vote of no confidence, 325:306.) And, "The vote against the Brexit deal on the table brings us closer to the 'no deal' cliff edge that would be catastrophic for the automotive industry. ..." — SMMT [www].
15 January 2019: The FIA publised the Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix start times for 2019, [www].
14-27 January 2019: The North American International Auto Show NAIAS (Detroit, press 14-15, trade 16-17, charity 18, public 19-27) [www]. Including Fiat Chrysler 2019 'Ram' heavy duty truck, 6.7-litre turbo diesel [www]; Ford gen.6 'Explorer' (from mid 2019) [www]; Nissan Infiniti electric 'QX Inspiration' SUV concept [www]; Toyota new 'Supra' [www] &  (previous S. ended in 2002).
14 January 2019: "New pollution charges for motorists in London should not be based on a vehicle's age ..." — The G [www]. And, "Older vehicles driving in central London now need to meet minimum Euro emission standards or pay an extra daily charge. This is in addition to the Congestion Charge. ..." — tfl [gov.uk][14/1/'19].
14 January 2019: "Temperatures are set to soar across Australia ..." — [abc].
10-13 January 2019, .uk: Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham (10-11 trade only) [www].
10 January 2019:
"Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has confirmed it is
cutting 4,500 jobs, with the substantial majority
coming from its 40,000 strong UK workforce. ..." —
... Diesel, brexit,
China slow down, ...
10 January 2019: "... Annual sales of 4,107 are the highest in the marque's 115-year history. Year-on-year sales growth in all regions; the Americas remains largest market ..." — Rolls Royce Cars [www]. Some US tax cuts not trickling down, bwa ha ha.
10 January 2019: "Annual Climate Statement 2018: Warmer than average temperatures and below-average rainfall ... Australia's average temperature in 2018 was 1.14°C above the 1961-1990 average, making it slightly warmer than 2017. ... Nationally, Australia's 2018 rainfall total was 11% below the 1961-1990 average, but many areas were significantly below average. ..." — [bom]. "Australia's third-warmest year on record". And the climate statement [bom].
7 January 2019: "Bell Helicopter ... revealed the configuration and full-scale vertical-takeoff-and-landing (VTOL) air taxi vehicle today during CES 2019. The air taxi, named Bell Nexus, is powered by a hybrid-electric propulsion system and features Bell's signature powered lift concept incorporating six tilting ducted fans that are designed to safely and efficiently redefine air travel. ..." — Bell H. [www]. Also see the SAE [www].
7 January 2019: "Alstom and Eversholt Rail have unveiled the design of a new hydrogen [fuel cell] train for the UK market. ... a conversion of existing Class 321 trains ... follows the introduction in September of Alstom's Coradia iLint hydrogen trains in Germany ..." — Alstom [www].
6-17 January 2019: Dakar 2019, 100% Peru [www]. 7 Jan.: Stage 1, Lima – Pisco. Also see results, 17 Jan., above.
4 January 2019: Terminal gate prices, ULP $1.11.7/l (Perth) to $1.17.8/l (Hobart); diesel $1.20.6/l (Melb.) to $1.26.3/l (Hobart) — AIP [www].
4 January 2019: "A burst of extreme summer heat in southern and eastern Australia, including Adelaide and Melbourne, has been dragged down from Western Australia's Pilbara region, which has experienced record-breaking temperatures in the past fortnight. ... Marble Bar recorded 49.3°C on December 27 ..." — [abc]. Also see the [bom].
4 January 2019: "Residents have been urged to take shelter indoors as a bushfire threatens homes and lives south of Rosedale [Gippsland] ..." — [abc].
4 January 2019, .au: "... National vehicle sales for December fell by 14.9% from the corresponding month in 2017 to 87,528 vehicles, which took sales for the year to 1,153,111 vehicles. ..." — FCAI [www]. Top seller was the Toyota HiLux (51,705).
4 January 2019: President Donald Trump said that he is prepared for a partial shutdown of the US government* to last years, e.g., [bbc]. Perhaps not the best time to visit the USA. (* over funding for his border "wall".)
3-6 January 2019: Summernats, Canberra [www].
3 January 2019: Volvo trucks "... has detected that an emissions control component used in certain markets and models may degrade more quickly than expected, affecting the vehicles emission performance negatively. The Volvo Group will in the fourth quarter 2018 make a provision of SEK 7 bn, relating to the estimated costs to address the issue. ..." — Volvo Group [www].
1 January 2019: Tropical Cyclone 'Penny' (cat.1) formed in the Gulf of Carpentaria just to the west of Cape York. See the [abc][2/1] and the [bom]. After crossing Cape York, Cyclone Penny reformed over the Coral Sea [3/1]. Later weakening to a tropical low [bom][7/1].
1 January 2019:
Provisional figures showed that 211 people died on
Victorian Roads in 2018,
18.5% down from 259 in 2017.
Some of this drop has been attributed to flexible wire-rope barriers
being installed on more country roads –
Stats at tac.vic.gov
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