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1 December 2019 (#21/21): Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, Yas Marina.

 

17 November 2019 (#20/21): Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, Sao Paulo.

16-17 November 2019: Bendigo Swap Meet [www].

5 November 2019 (Tues.): Melbourne Cup.

3 November 2019 (#19/21): USA F1 Grand Prix, Austin.

 

31 October 2019: Brexit, possibly, [bbc][11/4]. (Also see 29 May below.)

27 October 2019 (#18/21): Mexican F1 Grand Prix, Mexico City.

13 October 2019 (#17/21): Japanese F1 Grand Prix, Suzuka.

7 October 2019, .au: Labour Day (ACT, NSW, SA) [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.

13-15 September 2019: Goodwood Revival [www] and, 14 Sept., Bonhams auction [www].

8 September 2019 (#14/21): Italian F1 Grand Prix, Monza.

1 September 2019 (#13/21): Belgian F1 Grand Prix, Spa.

 

15 August 2019: Bonhams Quail Lodge auction [www].

4 August 2019 (#12/21): Hungarian F1 Grand Prix, Budapest.

 

28 July 2019 (#11/21): German F1 Grand Prix, Hockenheim.

26-28 July 2019: Silverstone Classic [www].

20 July 2019 (Sat.): Festival of the Unexceptional, Concours de l'Ordinaire, Claydon Estate, Buckinghamshire, uk [www].

14 July 2019 (#10/21): British F1 Grand Prix, Silverstone.

4-7 July 2019: Goodwood Festival of Speed [www].
5 July: Bonhams auction [www], including the 1992 Williams-Renault FW14B/08 F1 car 'Red Five', 3.5-litre V10, (Nigel Mansell won the 1992 F1 World Drivers' Championship).
 

30 June 2019 (#9/21): Austrian F1 Grand Prix, Spielberg.

28-30 June 2019: Tankfest 2019, Tank Museum, Bovington, uk [www].

23 June 2019 (#8/21): French F1 Grand Prix, Le Castellet.

17-23 June 2019: Paris Air Show (public 23-25) [www].

15-16 June 2019: The 87th Le Mans 24-hour race [www].

10 June 2019 (Mon.), .au: Queen's Birthday (not Qld, WA) [www].

9 June 2019 (#7/21): Canadian F1 Grand Prix, Montreal.

 

26 May 2019 (#6/21): Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

26 May 2019 (Sun.): 103rd Indianapolis 500 [www].

18 May 2019: Australian Federal election. ¿Try early- (from 29 April) or postal- (before 15 May) -voting? See aec.gov.au [www].

12 May 2019 (#5/21): Spanish F1 Grand Prix, Barcelona.

 
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28 April 2019 (#4/21): Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix, Baku.

25 April 2019: Anzac Day.

19-28 April 2019: New York Auto Show [www].

22 April 2019: Easter Monday [www].
19 April 2019: Good Friday [www].
Check Vic. Parks for possible closures due to fires [www].

16 April 2019: "Life of Brian is 40 years old, but is it still controversial? ..." — [abc].

16 Apr Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.52/l; min $1.06 ([Perth] avg $1.56/l, min $1.26); oil us$64/b; au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.55, €0.63, ¥80

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].

14 April 2019 (#3/21): Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai. The race was the 1000th F1 grand prix since the first official race in 1950.
Results: 1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 3. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).  (Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].)
12 April 2019: Possible delayed brexit date – see 29 March below, but ...
11 April 2019: Brexit was delayed, "flexibly", up to 31 October, e.g., [bbc].
11 Apr Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.57/l; min $1.31 ([Perth] avg $1.48/l, min $1.26); oil us$65/b; au$1.00=us$0.72, £0.55, €0.63, ¥80

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].

10 April 2019: "Lake Eyre floodwaters bring life and drought relief to South Australia's outback ..." — [abc]. (Also see LEYC [www].)

10 April 2019: Using data from a network of eight telescopes, astronomers released the first ever picture of a black hole – in galaxy M87 (Virgo A) — blackholecam [www] and wikip [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 Brisbane Showgrounds [www].

4 Apr Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.37/l; min $1.06 ([Perth] avg $1.47/l, min $1.26); oil us$62/b; au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.54, €0.63, ¥79

3 April 2019, .au: "... new vehicle sales reached a total of 99,442 vehicles during March. This represents a decrease of 7,546 vehicles sales, or 7.1%, on the same period in 2018. ..." — FCAI [www].

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 ..." — [bom].

1 Apr Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.43/l; min $1.32 ([Perth] avg $1.32/l, min $1.25); oil us$60/b; au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.55, €0.63, ¥79

1 April 2019, .au: "Labor climate change policy proposes tax breaks for businesses to buy electric cars ..." — [abc].

 
31 March 2019 (#2/21): Bahrain F1 Grand Prix (start 6.10pm local, 3.10pm GMT, 4.10pm BST).
Results: 1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 3. Charles Leclerc (Ferrari). (Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].)

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 Sotherbys 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].

29 March 2019, brexit: Britain due to leave the EU. (Also see brexit@wikip [www].)
But, 22 March: "EU leaders agree Brexit delay plan ... until 22 May, if MPs approve the withdrawal deal negotiated with the EU next week. [otherwise to 12 April] ..." — [bbc]. (There are European Parliament elections on 23 May which the UK would have to participate in if given a delay past that date.)
25 March: "Brexit: MPs vote to take control of Brexit process for indicative votes ..." — [bbc].
(However, on 11 April brexit was delayed again, possibly until 31 October.)

28 March 2019: "British car manufacturing declines -15.3% in February, with 123,203 units produced. ..." — SMMT [www].

27 Mar Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.46/l; min $1.32 ([Perth] avg $1.48/l, min $1.27); oil us$60/b; au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.54, €0.63, ¥79

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].

26 March 2019: "GoFly announces Phase II winning teams at AeroTech Americas ..." — SAE [www]. A flying "motorcycle", a multicopter, and other personal flying machines — GoFly [www].

24 March 2019, .au: "Bushman, painter and author Jack Absalom dies at 91 ..." — [abc].

24 March 2019, .wa: T.C. Veronica reached the WA coast between Karratha and Port Hedland, e.g., [abc].
25th: "Cyclone Veronica red alert lifted in parts of Pilbara but destructive winds, flooding continue ..." — [25/3], and [26/3].
23 March 2019, .nt: "Northern Territory's Barkly region braces for Tropical Cyclone Trevor deluge ..." — [abc].

23 March 2019: NSW state election, [www]. The Lib/NP state government was re-elected, e.g., [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, [www]. (The Federal election is expected in May.)

22 Mar Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.52/l; min $1.29 ([Perth] avg $1.39/l, min $1.27); oil us$60/b; au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.54, €0.62, ¥79
21 March 2019, .wa: "Cyclone Veronica rapidly intensifies off WA's Pilbara coast, expected to reach category five ..." — [abc]. "Tropical cyclone Veronica northwest of Western Australia ..." — [bom].  Category 4, 23/3.
21 March 2019, .nt: "Tropical cyclone Trevor rapidly intensifying ..." — [bom]. "Mass evacuations for NT coastal communities as Cyclone Trevor approaches ..." — [abc].  Category 4 [23/3].

21 March 2019: Canadian firm 'Carbon Engineering' claims that it can remove CO2 directly from the atmosphere for under us$100/tonne, [www]. (Also see the [bbc][3/4].)

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: "Fisker Inc. Reveals Stunning All-Electric SUV Design, priced below us$40,000 ... to be launched in the second half of 2021. ..." — Fisker [www]. (Also see Tesla 15 March below.)

19 March 2019: "Climate change: Water shortages in England 'within 25 years' ..." — [bbc].

18 March 2019: "Destructive wind gusts likely as Cyclone Trevor approaches North East Queensland ..." — [bom]. Tues. 19th: cat. 3. Also see, "Tropical Cyclone Trevor forms off Far North Queensland coast as storms hit the south east ..." — [abc].
19 March: "Cyclone Trevor intensified rapidly overnight in the Coral Sea and is now a Category 3 severe tropical cyclone as it approaches the east coast of Cape York Peninsula today. ..." — [bom].
And (IDW60281) there is "... a potential Tropical Cyclone for Pilbara [WA] coast over the weekend. ..." — [bom].

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. [www].  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 – 'Projekt Grenadier', [www]. (Land-Rover is reported to be revealing a "frillier" Defender replacement later in 2019.)

17 Mar Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.32/l; min $1.16 ([Perth] avg $1.32/l, min $1.24); oil us$59/b
15 Mar Fri au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.53, €0.63, ¥79
17 March 2019 (#1/21): Australian F1 Grand Prix (start 4.10pm local, 5.10am GMT).
Results: 1. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes), 2. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 3. Max Verstappen (Red Bull). The much fancied Ferraris finished 4th and 5th. (Also see the FIA [www] and [bbc].) This year, the holder of the fastest lap (today Bottas) gets an extra point if they finish in the top ten.

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].

15 March 2019: Tesla revealed details of the Model Y electric, mid-size SUV, from us$39K (early 2021), top models available late 2020, 230 to 300 mile range, Tesla [www].

14 March 2019, .uk: "Jaguar Land Rover recalls 44,000 cars over emissions ... Most models are petrol, while some are diesel. ..." — [bbc].
22 March 2019, .au, recall 2019/17408: "Jaguar Land Rover – Jaguar XE, XF, F-TYPE, F-PACE, E-PACE MY2018-2019 ... During testing, there was greater than expected variation in CO2 emissions between vehicles. ..." — .gov.au [www].
12 March 2019, .uk: "Brexit: MPs reject Theresa May's deal for a second time ... 391 to 242 ..." — [bbc].
However: "MPs vote to reject no-deal Brexit ..." — [13/3].
14/3: Parliament voted to request a delay to Brexit.
And see a "SMMT statement on Brexit vote ..." — SMMT [www].
(Brexit is due 29 March, above.)
12 Mar Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.27/l; min $1.06 ([Perth] avg $1.45/l, min $1.20); oil us$56/b; au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.54, €0.63, ¥79

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].

11 March 2019 (Mon.): Labour Day, Vic.(!), .au [www].
9-11 March 2019: Steamfest, National Steam Centre, Scoresby, Melbourne, Vic. [www].
8-11 March 2019 (Fri-Mon): Port Fairy Folk Festival [www].
NB. Many Victorian National Parks are closed due to bush-fires – see [parks].

8-9 March 2019: RM Sotherby'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 [www] or [www]. (Also see, "Why it will be electrifying ..." — [bbc]. "Geneva goes electric ..." The G [www]. "Horsepower and kilowatts ..." — SAE [www].) Including AIWAYS (Shanghai) 'U5' electric SUV; Aston Martin Valkyrie, 'AM-RB 003', mid-engined 'Vanquish Vision' concept [www], & Lagonda 'All Terrain' electric "SUV" concept [bbc]; Audi 'Q4 e-tron' electric SUV (2021?) [www]; Gumpert 'Nathalie' methanol fuel cell EV [www]; Hispano Suiza Cars (Barcelona) 'Carmen' EV [www] (note there seem to be two different HS firms!); Honda 'Urban EV'; Kia 'e-Niro' electric SUV; Koenigsegg new 'Jesko' [www]; Nissan 'IMQ' AWD "e-power" series-hybrid concept [www]; PAL-V Liberty "flying car" (folding autogyro) [www]; Peugeot '208' and electric 'e-208' (50kWh); Pieche 'Mk 0' prototype EV; (Automobili-) Pininfarina 'Battista' EV; Porsche '917-001' (1969) restored [www]; Ssangyong new 'Korando'.

7 March 2019: "US trade deficit hits a 10-year high ..." — [abc].

7 Mar Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.28/l; min $1.06 ([Perth] avg $1.38/l, min $1.21); oil us$57/b; au$1.00=us$0.70, £0.53, €0.62, ¥79

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 Sotherby 9/3 above.)

6 March 2019, usa: "Uber 'not liable' for self-driving death ..." — [bbc]. (See 19 March 2018.) ¿But maybe the "driver" is?

5 March 2019, .au: "[New car] sales of 87,102 new vehicles during the month of February 2019. This represents a decrease of 9.3% on the same period last year. On a year to date basis, the industry reported 169,096 sales, or a decrease of 8.4% over the same period in 2018. ..." — FCAI [www].
6 March 2019: "Australia's GDP shows we're in a type of 'recession' and car dealers are bearing the brunt ..." — [abc].

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].

5 March 2019: The Morgan family sold a majority share in the British sports car company to an Italian venture capital firm, 'Investindustrial', [www].

2 Mar Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.33/l; min $1.16 ([Perth] avg $1.30/l, min $1.18); oil us$56/b
1 Mar Fri au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.53, €0.62, ¥79

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].

2 March 2019, .uk: "Buyers beware! Half of used vehicles checked turn out to have a hidden history ..." — RAC [www]. The RAC has an online history checker [www], for a price.

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 [www].

25 Feb Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.38/l; min $1.16 ([Perth] avg $1.21/l, min $1.16); oil us$57/b; au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.55, €0.63, ¥79

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].

21 February 2019, .au: "Floodwaters trickle into Birdsville ..." — [abc], [2]. And, [23/2].

20 February 2019: "... To meet the growing needs of a lower carbon economy, Glencore aims to prioritise its capital investment to grow production of commodities essential to the energy and mobility transition and to limit its coal production capacity broadly to current levels. ..." — Glencore [www].
21 February 2019, .au: "Glencore moves to cap global coal output after investor pressure on climate change ..." — [abc]. Glencore is Australia's biggest coal mining company; it is based in Switzerland.
20 Feb Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.40/l; min $1.11 ([Perth] avg $1.37/l, min $1.18); oil us$56/b; au$1.00=us$0.72, £0.55, €0.63, ¥79

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 ..." — [abc].

15 Feb Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.17/l; min $1.11 ([Perth] avg $1.29/l, min $1.16); oil us$54/b; au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.55, €0.63, ¥78

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].
And, "Ford has said a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for the firm's manufacturing operations in the UK ..." — [bbc].

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].

12 February 2019, nsw: Bushfires at Tingha Plateau and west of Tabulam — check the [rfs]. Also see, "The NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) has issued emergency warnings for two blazes ..." — [abc].

10 February 2019: "Truck driver charged over death of New Zealand cyclist on Federal Highway ..." — [abc].

10 Feb Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.21/l; min $1.11 ([Perth] avg $1.23/l, min $1.14); oil us$53/b
8 Feb Fri au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.55, €0.62, ¥78

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.)

6-10 February 2019: Retromobile, Paris [www], including a 1950 BRM type 15 1.5-litre supercharged V16, a 1957 Berliet T100 truck, and celebrating Citroen's 100th.
7 February 2019: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde auction, Paris [www], including lot 237 a 1928 Bentley 61/2-litre (6,567cc) sohc saloon, chassis #BR2353, engine #BR2351 (sold €1,150,000); lot 317 a 1962 Citroen 2CV Sahara 4x4 Saloon, chassis #0244 (sold €87,400).
6 February 2019: RM Sotherbys Retromobile auction [www], including lot 165 a 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, chassis #ZA9BB02E0RCD39012, engine #086 (sold €2,030,000).

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, .au: "... 81,994 new vehicles were sold during the month [January], down 7.4% on the same period in 2018 ..." — FCAI [www].

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 [www].

5 Feb Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.25/l; min $1.14 ([Perth] avg $1.16/l, min $1.10); oil us$55/b; au$1.00=us$0.73, £0.56, €0.64, ¥80

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., [1], and [2].) The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry (the banking royal commission) [www].

3 February 2019: "Emergency warnings issued for Hepburn and Timbarra bushfires in Victoria ..." — [abc]. Check .vic.gov.au [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 in 2018, a five year low ..." — SMMT [www].

31 Jan Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.30/l; min $1.06 ([Perth] avg $1.33/l, min $1.17); oil us$53/b; au$1.00=us$0.73, £0.55, €0.63, ¥79

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].

30 January 2019: "Polar vortex brings deadly cold snap to US states ..." — [bbc].  And snow in the UK [bbc] and [31st].

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: Lotus and Williams Advanced Engineering will "collaborate on advanced propulsion technologies" — Lotus [www].  Electric.

28 January 2019, .uk: "300 cars stolen every day in 2018. One vehicle was stolen every five minutes in 2018 ..." — RAC [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, .vic: Bushfire 6km south of Matlock, north of the Baw Baw national park, also other fires. See vic.gov.au [www]. (Also see the [cfa].)

26 Jan Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.34/l; min $1.14 ([Perth] avg $1.26/l, min $1.14); oil us$53/b
25 Jan Fri au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.54, €0.63, ¥78

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: "Weather Update: Heatwave in South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania ... 45°C is forecast for Adelaide on Thursday ..." — [bom].
24 January 2019: "... Adelaide has hit a sweltering 46.6°C, surpassing the previous record set in Melbourne a decade ago to officially become the hottest capital in the country. ..." — [abc].

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 [2].

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: "Volkswagen sets sights on electric record on the Nurburgring-Nordschleife ... The ID. R ... two electric engines ... 500 kW ..." — VW [www]. (Also see Pikes Peak, 24 June 2018.)

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 ..." — [abc].

21 Jan Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.38/l; min $1.14 ([Perth] avg $1.15/l, min $1.10); oil us$54/b; au$1.00=us$0.72, £0.56, €0.63, ¥79

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 Sotherby'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. ..." — [abc]. And, "Cloncurry and Camooweal, in [Qld's] north west, recorded 33 days over [40°C] between December 16 last year and January 17 this year. ..." — [18/1].

16 Jan Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.20/l; min $1.09 ([Perth] avg $1.34/l, min $1.17); oil us$51/b; au$1.00=us$0.72, £0.56, €0.63, ¥78

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] & [2] (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].

11 January 2019, .uk: "Ford: Almost 1,000 Bridgend job losses by 2021 outlined to unions ..." — [bbc].  And, "... expected ... thousands of job losses across Europe ..." — [10/1].

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. ..." — [bbc]. ... Diesel, brexit, China slow down, ...

10 Jan Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.15/l; min $1.09 ([Perth] avg $1.30/l, min $1.07); oil us$52/b; au$1.00=us$0.72, £0.57, €0.63, ¥78

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].

9 January 2019, recall PRA #2019/17262: "Porsche Panamera 971 ... Due to a software error, the electric power steering may become unavailable sporadically. ...: — .gov.au [www].

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].

7 January 2019, .uk: "... new car registrations fall -6.8% in 2018 to 2.37m units ... diesel sector, down -29.6% in 2018 ..." — SMMT [www]. Also see the [bbc].

6-17 January 2019: Dakar 2019, 100% Peru [www].   7 Jan.: Stage 1, Lima – Pisco. Also see results, 17 Jan., above.

5 January 2019: "The 1960s Amphicar 770 was neither a decent car nor an accomplished motorboat ..." — [abc]. Also see amphibious vehicles.

5 Jan Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.13/l; min $1.09 ([Perth] avg $1.24/l, min $1.09); oil us$47/b
4 Jan Fri au$1.00=us$0.70, £0.56, €0.62, ¥76

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, .au: "The National Archives annual release of Cabinet records occurs on 1 January each year. ... In 2019 Cabinet records up to and including 1997 are in the open access period. ... In 2019 Cabinet notebooks up to and including 1986 are in the open access period. ..." — [www] at National Archives .gov.au [www].
And, "... Cabinet documents from 1996-97 show the Howard government was warned it was isolated on climate change ..." — H. Belot [abc].
And, "The Howard government was urged more than 20 years ago to consider an emissions trading scheme ..." — S. Wright, The Age [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 – [www]. Stats at tac.vic.gov [www].
And, Australia-wide: "... During the 12 months ended December 2018, there were 1,146 road deaths. This is a decrease of 6.4% from the 12-month period ending December 2017 ... the rate of annual deaths per 100,000 population stands at 4.6. ..." — BITRE, [2018] at [www].

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