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29 November 2020 (#22/22): Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, start 17.10pm local.

20-29 November 2020: LA Auto Show, Los Angeles [www].

15 November 2020 (#21/22): Brazilian F1 Grand Prix, start 14.10pm local.

14-15 November 2020: Bendigo Swap Meet [www].

13-15 November 2020: Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham, uk [www].

9-19 November 2020: UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Glasgow, UK [www].

3-6 November 2020: SEMA Show, Las Vegas [www].

3 November 2020 (Tues.): Melbourne Cup.

1 November 2020 (#20/22): Mexican F1 Grand Prix, start 13.10pm local.
1 November 2020 (Sun.): London to Brighton Veteran Car Run [www].
 

31 October 2020 (Sat.): Regents Street Motor Show, London [www].

25 October 2020 (#19/22): USA F1 Grand Prix, start 14.10pm local.
11 October 2020 (#18/22): Japanese F1 Grand Prix, start 13.10pm local.

11 October 2020: Bathurst 1000.

9-11 October 2020: Autoclassica, Royal Exhibition Building, Mebourne [www].

3-4 October 2020: Melbourne Society of Model and Experimental Engineers Exhibition, South Oakleigh [www].

2-3 October 2020 (Fri., Sat.): Deniliqin Ute Muster [www].

1-4 October 2020: Melbourne Leisurefest, Sandown racecourse (RVs, caravans, camping ...) [www].

 
27 September 2020 (#17/22): Russian F1 Grand Prix, start 20.10pm local.

27 September 2020, .au: Bay to Birdwood, SA [www]. This year "will involve antique, veteran, vintage and post-war/early-classic, classic, post-classic and modern vehicles."

20 September 2020 (#16/22): Singapore F1 Grand Prix, start 20.10pm local.

19-29 September 2020: The Royal Show, Melbourne [www].

11-13 July 2020, (Fri.-Sun.): Goodwood Revival [www].
12 September: Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction [www].
6 September 2020 (#15/22): Italian F1 Grand Prix, start 15.10pm local.

4-6 September 2020: Concours d'Elegance, Hampton Court [www].

4-5 September 2020: Birdsville Races [www].

3-6 September 2020, .uk: Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace [www].

 
30 August 2020 (#14/22): Belgian F1 Grand Prix, start 15.10pm local.

21-23 August 2020, .au: National 4x4 Show Melbourne Showgrounds [www].

16 August 2020: Pebble Beach, Concours d'Elegance [www].

15 August 2020 (Sat.): Henley on Todd "Regatta", Alice Springs, NT, .au [www].

13 August 2020: Bnhams Quail Lodge auction [www].

7-14 August 2020, .au: Classic Outback Trial, Parkes - Orange - Bathurst [www].

2 August 2020 (#13/22): Hungarian F1 Grand Prix, start 15.10pm local.
 
31 July - 2 August 2020: Silverstone Classic [www].

28 July - 1 August 2020: The War and Peace Revival, Kent, uk [www].

25 July 2020, .uk: Festival of the Unexceptional [www].

24 July - 9 August 2020: Olympic Games, Tokyo.

20-24 July 2020: Farnborough Air Show [www].

19 July 2020 (#12/22): British F1 Grand Prix, Silverstone, start 15.10pm local.

11 July 2020 (Sat.): International Air Day, Yeovilton, Somerset, .uk [www].

9-12 July 2020 (Thu.-Sun.): Goodwood Festival of Speed [www].
10 July: Bonhams Festival of Speed auction [www].

7-9 July 2020: Birdsville Big Red Bash (music) [www].

5 July 2020 (#11/22): Austrian F1 Grand Prix, start 15.10pm local.
 
28 June 2020 (#10/22): French F1 Grand Prix, start 15.10pm local.

28 June 2020: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb [www].

26-28 June 2020, .uk: Tankfest, Bovington [www].

13-20 June 2020: North American International Auto Show, NAIAS, Detroit (public 13-20, press 9-10, industry 10-11, ...) [www].

14 June 2020 (#9/22): Canadian F1 Grand Prix, start 14.10pm local.

13-14 June 2020: The 24 Hours of Le Mans.

13-14 June 2020: Brooklands Festival of Motorsport [www].

10-11 June 2020 (Wed-Thu): London Concours [www].

8 June 2020 (Mon.): Queen's Birthday (Vic.) [www].

7 June 2020 (#8/22): Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix, start 16.10pm local.

5-8 June 2020 .au: Finke Desert Race [www].

 

30 May - 12 June 2020 (Sat.-Fri.), .uk: Isle of Man TT Races [www].

29-31 May 2020: Historic Winton, Vic. [www].

24-25 May 2020: MotorSport at the Palace, Crystal Palace [www].

24 May 2020 (#7/22): Monaco F1 Grand Prix, start 15.10pm local.

24 May 2020: 104th Indianapolis 500 [www].

17-21 May 2020: The Gibb Challenge, that's bicycles on the Gibb River Road [www].

17 May 2020: Bonhams Aston Martin Sale (auction) [www], including a 2011 Aston Martin One-77 Q-Series Coupe (one of seven), 7.3-litre V12, chassis #SCFGFXXX9BGS17728

10 May 2020 (#6/22): Spanish F1 Grand Prix, start 15.10pm local.

9-10 May 2020: Gaydon Land Rover Show [www].

3 May 2020 (#5/22): Dutch F1 Grand Prix, start 15.10pm local.

2-3 May 2020: Clunes Booktown Festival, Vic., .au [www].

1-3 May 2020 (Fri.-Sun.): Donington Historic [www].

 

25 April 2020: Anzac Day.

19 April 2020 (#4/22): Chinese F1 Grand Prix, start 14.10pm local. (In doubt due to the coronavirus outbreak. Postponed.)
13 April 2020: Easter Monday
10 April 2020: Good Friday.
10-12 April 2020: ARB Eldee Station Easter Festival (NSW) [www].

10-19 April 2020: New York Auto Show [www].

5 April 2020 (#3/22): Vietnam F1 Grand Prix, start 14.10pm local.

1 April 2020: Gooding and Co., Passion of a Lifetime, London auction [www], including lot 008 a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato, chassis #DB4GT/0176/R, engine #370/0176/GT; lot 010 a 1934 Bugatti Type 59 Sports, works GP car 1934-35, chassis #57428, engine #5.

 

27-29 March 2020, .au: "National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Brisbane Showgrounds [www].

27-29 March 2020, .uk: Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, NEC, Birmingham [www].

25-29 March 2020: TechnoClassica, Essen [www].

22 March 2020 (#2/22): Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, start 18.10pm local.
15 March 2020 (#1/22): Australian F1 Grand Prix, start 4.10pm local, 5.10am GMT.

9-15 March 2020 (Mon.-Sun.): Corowa Swim in, the Year of the Military Motorcycle [www].

9 March 2020 (Mon.): Labour Day (Vic.) [www].
7-9 March 2020: Steamfest, Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club, National Steam Centre [www].
6-9 March 2020 (Fri.-Mon.): Port Fairy Folk Festival [www].

5-15 March 2020: 89th Geneva International Motor Show [www].

6-7 March 2020: RM Sotheby's Amelia Island auction [www] including lot 241 a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by D'Ieteren, chassis #57589, engine #464, body #5219.

5 March 2020: Bonhams Amelia Island auction [www] including lot 123 a 1932 Bugatti Type 55 Super Sport Roadster factory coachwork by Jean Bugatti design, chassis #55220, engine #21 (note, chassis #55221 sold in Paris 6 Feb. below); lot 142 the ex-Commander John "Jack" Rutherford 1952 Jaguar C-Type Sports Racing two-seater, chassis #XKC 014, engine #E-1014-8.

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2 March 2020: Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction [www], including lot 21 an ex-army 1986 Mercedes-Benz 1700L Unimog 4x4 tray back, chassis #435110 60 123793, engine #535 9 0 0827731; lot 70 a 1928 Delage DMS Sport Tourer, 3182cc I6, 4-speed manual, chassis #27222, engine #1504.

 
27 Feb Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.37/l; min $1.24 ([Perth] avg $1.41/l, min $1.21); oil us$50/b; au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.51, €0.60, ¥72

27 February 2020: "Rio Tinto joins BHP in pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 ..." — [abc].

27 February 2020, .uk: "West Midlands floods: 'Ten days of difficult conditions' to come ..." — [bbc].

26-28 February 2020: F1 pre-season testing #2, Circuit de Catalunya. (#1 was 19-21 Feb.; 1st GP 15 March.)

26 February 2020, covid19: "Coronavirus fears grow as more cases found across Europe ... Italy, Spain, Austria, Switzerland and Croatia ..." The G [www]. Also see the [abc].  And, 24/2: "... As of 6am Geneva time this morning, China has reported a total of 77,362 cases of COVID-19 to WHO, including 2618 deaths. In the past 24 hours, China has reported 416 new confirmed cases, and 150 deaths. ... the fatality rate is between 2% and 4% in Wuhan, and 0.7% outside Wuhan. ..." — Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General [www].

25 February 2020: "Tesla Crash [23/3/2018] Investigation Yields nine NTSB Safety Recommendations ... The NTSB determined the Tesla 'Autopilot' system's limitations, the driver's overreliance on the 'Autopilot' and the driver's distraction - likely from a cell phone game application - caused the crash. The Tesla vehicle's ineffective monitoring of driver engagement was determined to have contributed to the crash. ..." — NTSB [www].

24 February 2020, .au: Tropical Cyclone "Esther [cat.1] has now made landfall between Mornington Island and the NT/Qld border ..." — [bom].

22 Feb Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.43/l; min $1.24 ([Perth] avg $1.32/l, min $1.20); oil us$53/b;
21 Feb Fri au$1.00=us$0.66, £0.51, €0.61, ¥74

22 February 2020, .au: "Queensland's first cyclone of the season predicted to form in the Gulf ..." — [abc].

21-23 February 2020, .uk: Race Retro historic motorsport show, Stoneleigh Park [www].

20 February 2020, .au: "Huge East Gippsland bushfire that burned for three months finally declared 'contained' ... The one major remaining fire still going in Victoria is the Snowy complex fire in the far east of the state which features smouldering fire in several areas including at Bendoc. ..." — [abc], and [2]. Check Vic. [www] emergency warnings, Vic. Roads [www] and Vic. [www] Parks.  ("New commissioners added to lead royal commission into deadly bushfires ..." — [3] but also see 16 Jan. below.)

20-23 February 2020: The London Classic Car Show, Olympia [www].

19-21 February 2020: F1 pre-season testing #1, Circuit de Catalunya, e.g., the FIA [www] and the [bbc]. (Also see 26-28 Feb.)

19 February 2020: The ten F1 teams for 2020; Alfa Romeo (Sauber) - Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi; Alpha Tauri (was Toro Rosso) - Daniil Kvyat, Pierre Gasly; Ferrari - Sebastian Vettel, Charles Leclerc; Haas - Romain Grosjean, Kevin Magnussen; McLaren - Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris; Mercedes - Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas; Racing Point - Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll; Red Bull - Max Verstappen, Alexander Albon; Renault - Daniel Ricciardo, Esteban Ocon; Williams - George Russell, Nicolas Latifi — the FIA [www].

19 February 2020: "BHP boss weighs thermal coal exit – if the price is right ..." — SMH [www].

18 February 2020, .uk: They're all at, now JLR shows its own "autonomous, electric, connected" thing – pod [www].  And, "Coronavirus: Jaguar Land Rover 'shipping parts [out of China] in suitcases' ..." — [bbc].

17 February 2020, .uk: "Storm Dennis: Further flooding as storm damage continues ..." — [bbc]. It is reported that a record number of flood warnings were issued. Storm Dennis closely followed storm Ciara. More [19/2], and [21/2].

17 Feb Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.57/l; min $1.24 ([Perth] avg $1.27/l, min $1.21); oil us$52/b; au$1.00=us$0.67, £0.52, €0.62, ¥74

16 February 2020: "GM to cease Holden sales, design and engineering operations by 2021, plans to focus on growth opportunities in specialty vehicle business ..." — GM [www]. Also see the [abc].

16 February 2020, .au: Victorian 4WD Show, Lardner Park, Vic. [www].

February 2020, .au: "... NEM electricity spot prices averaged $72/MWh, which was 19% lower than Q4 2018, representing the lowest prices since Q4 2016. A key driver of this outcome was increased supply from windfarms, solar farms, and gas-powered generation (GPG), with combined grid-scale wind and solar output increasing by 39% compared to Q4 2018. ..." — AEMO, 'Quarterly Energy Dynamics Q4 2019' [www].

14 February 2020, VW dieselgate, .de: "Class-action suit: Volkswagen offers settlement solution ... A settlement of up to €830 million had previously been reached with the federation [of German Consumer Organisations]. Nonetheless, no binding agreement could be negotiated. The talks broke down as a result of unwarranted demands of the litigation attorneys who sought a flat fee of €50 million to carry out the settlement. ..." — VW [www].

14 February 2020: "Flash flooding, hail and damaging winds hit Melbourne ..." — [abc].  And, "Ex-tropical Cyclone Uesi passes straight over Lord Howe Island [LHI] ..." — [2].  (LHI is 600km east of Port Macquarie.)

13 February 2020: "... NSW Rural Fire Service announced all grass and bushfires had been contained for the first time this fire season. ..." — [abc]. (Check the NSW [www] RFS.)

13 February 2020: Known coronavirus infections headed towards 60,000 and deaths towards 1,400, but many distrust the official Chinese government figures.

12 Feb Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.60/l; min $1.21 ([Perth] avg $1.45/l, min $1.23); oil us$50/b; au$1.00=us$0.67, £0.52, €0.62, ¥74

11 February 2020: "BP sets ambition for net zero [CO2] by 2050 ... 1. Net zero across BP's operations on an absolute basis by 2050 or sooner. 2. Net zero on carbon in BP's oil and gas production on an absolute basis by 2050 or sooner. 3. 50% cut in the carbon intensity of products BP sells by 2050 or sooner. ..." — BP [www].

11 February 2020: Daimler (Mercedes) 2019 financial results [www]. Net profit fell from €7.6 billion (2018) to €2.7 billion (2019). "... a substantial cash outflow in connection with legal proceedings relating to diesel vehicles. Also, a continued high level of expenses for new products and technologies [electric] had a negative effect. ..."

10 February 2020: The first production SSC (Shelby SC) 'Tuatara', twin turbo 5.9-litre V8, was unveiled at the Philadelphia Auto Show, [www].

10 February 2020, .uk: "Today, the government has confirmed plans to introduce import controls on EU goods at the border after the transition period ends on 31 December 2020. ..." — Cabinet Office and The Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, .gov.uk [www].

10 February 2020, .uk: "Storm Ciara: Floods and travel disruption as UK hit by severe gales ..." — [bbc].

9 February 2020, WA: "Tropical Cyclone Damien brings flooding, gale-force winds and storm surges as it tracks inland ..." — [abc]. (Crossed the coast Sat. 8th, cat.3. Later, 11:56am AWST Sun. 9th, cat.1, near Paraburdoo, WA.)  Qld: "Flooding, road closures and evacuations amid heavy rain in Queensland's Darling Downs ..." — [2].  NSW: "South Coast's Currowan bushfire extinguished as torrential rain falls across NSW ..." — [3].

7 Feb Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.33/l; min $1.24 ([Perth] avg $1.39/l, min $1.26); oil us$51/b; au$1.00=us$0.67, £0.52, €0.61, ¥74

7 February 2020: "First Autonomous Vehicle to Receive US DOT Approved Exemption. Today, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) approved a regulatory exemption for R2, Nuro's second-generation [delivery] vehicle. ... R2 will begin public road testing to prepare for its first deliveries to customers' homes with our partners in Houston, Texas. ..." — Nuro [www]. No human at the controls.

7 February 2020: Dr Li Wenliang, who warned of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan last December, died of the virus, e.g., The G [www], [bbc].

6 February 2020, .au: "Cyclone Damien set to form off WA coast before possibly hitting Karratha this weekend ..." — [abc].  "A tropical low is expected to develop into a cyclone off the west Kimberley coast today. ..." — [bom].
2pm AWST Fri. 7 Feb.: "category 3, 295km north of Karratha and 300km northwest of Port Hedland ..." – bom.

6 February 2020: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques auction, Paris [www], including lot 268 a 1931 Bugatti type 55 two-seat Supersport, coachwork by Carrosserie Figoni, chassis #55221, engine #26 (sold €4,600,000); lot 303 1965 Volvo L3314-H-T 'Laplander' 4x4 Military Vehicle chassis #3391 (sold €19,550).

5-9 February 2020: Retromobile, Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, Paris [www].
7 Feb.: Artcurial Motorcars auction, Parc de Versailles, Paris [www], including lot 45 a 1929 Mercedes-Benz 710 SS 27/140/200hp Sport Tourer Carrosserie attributed to Fernandez & Darrin, chassis #36223, engine #72182 (not sold); lot 98 a 1983 Ferrari 126 C3 F1 V6-turbo, chassis #068 (sold €1,438,880).

5 February 2020, .au: "... present the radiocarbon ages of 24 mud wasp nests that were either over or under pigment from 21 anthropomorphic motifs of the Gwion style (previously referred to as 'Bradshaws') from the middle of the relative stylistic sequence. We demonstrate that while one date suggests a minimum age of c.17ka for one motif, most of the dates support a hypothesis that these Gwion paintings were produced in a relatively narrow period around 12,000 years ago." — D. Finch et al, '12,000-Year-old Aboriginal rock art from the Kimberley region, Western Australia', Science Advances, 6(6), eaay3922, 5 Feb. 2020 [www].

5 February 2020: "Heavy rainfall and flash flooding in drought-ravaged parts of NSW ... falls near Cobar, Bourke and Nyngan ..." — [abc].

4 February 2020: "Call for protection of Fitzroy River as Western Australia election [13/3/2021] deadline looms ..." — [abc].

4 February 2020, .uk: "... UK bringing forward end to the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles to 2035, and including hybrids for the first time ..." — .gov.uk [www].  Note, hybrids too.
"It's extremely concerning that government has seemingly moved the goalposts for consumers and industry on such a critical issue ..." — SMMT [www].
5 Feb.: "UK new car market falls −7.3% in January [v. Jan. '19], as sector demands clear plan for 2035 ambition ..." — SMMT.

3 February 2020, .au: "RACV reminds drivers of forgotten road rules ... [e,g.,] There are two types of merging, and who gives way depends on the line marking. The first is when two lanes join and there is no dashed line. In this case, the vehicle at the rear must give way to the vehicle ahead. The second is where the merging vehicle must cross a dashed line, which means the vehicle crossing the dashed line must give way. ..." — RACV [www].

2 February 2020: "GMC will introduce the GMC HUMMER EV, bringing bold design and remarkable capability to the electrified vehicle space ... 1,000 hp, 11,500 lb-ft of torque, 0 to 60 mph in 3 seconds ... will be revealed on May 20, 2020 ..." — GMC [www].  "Production of electric pickup trucks will begin in the fall of 2021"GM 5/2/2020.

2 Feb Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.33/l; min $1.25 ([Perth] avg $1.33/l, min $1.27); oil us$52/b
31 Feb Fri Melb au$1.00=us$0.67, £0.51, €0.61, ¥73

1 February 2020, .au: Many bushfires continued to burn, particularly in E. Victoria and S. NSW. Check Vic. [www] and NSW [www] fire and emergency warnings.  "Victoria heatwave settles in for second day as humidity builds, bushfire risk increases ..." — [abc]. (On Friday it reached 44°C at Avalon.)

 

31 January 2020: It was announced that investors would provide £500m more to Aston Martin, including a consortium lead by Lawrence Stroll which would put in £182m. Given that LS owns the Racing Point F1 team and plans for it to become Aston Martin F1 in 2021, and that Red Bull F1 currently has ties with Aston Martin (including the Valkyrie), there will be musical chairs next year.

31 January 2020, .uk: Brexit deadline, so were 31 October 2019 and 29 March 2019 but this one stuck. The Bill for the UK to leave the EU was passed by Parliament on 22 Jan. The European Parliament approved the UK's exit, 29 Jan. The UK departed the EU at 11pm, 31 January. A transition period runs to the end of 2020. (The UK joined the European Community on 1 Jan. 1973.)

30 January 2020: "UK car output falls ... down −14.2% in 2019 to 1.3m units – the lowest since 2010. ..." — SMMT [www].

30 January 2020: "Statement on the second meeting of the International Health Regulations (2005) Emergency Committee regarding the outbreak of novel ["Wuhan"] coronavirus (2019-nCoV) ... the outbreak now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern ..." — WHO [www].

30 January 2020, .au: Many roads remained closed in East Gippsland, and other areas, due to bushfires or the after-effects of bushfires, including the Princes Highway East of Manorina, see vic-roads [www].

29 January 2020, .au: "Rain record broken near Townsville as a monsoonal low tracks across Queensland's north-west ..." — [abc]. "Canberra 'not out of the woods' from Namadgi bushfire ..." — [abc]. ... & 31 Jan.: "ACT enters state of emergency as Namadgi's Orroral Valley bushfire is upgraded to Watch and Act ..." — [2].

28 Jan Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.45/l; min $1.29 ([Perth] avg $1.32/l, min $1.25); oil us$54/b; au$1.00=us$0.68, £0.52, €0.61, ¥74

27 January 2020: Seventy-five years ago on "27 January 1945, Soviet troops cautiously entered Auschwitz. ..." — [bbc].

27 January 2020, .uk: "Thirty-eight people have been killed on smart motorways in the last five years ..."— [bbc].

27 January 2020: "Severe Weather Warning for heavy rainfall and damaging winds for people in Gulf Country [Qld] and parts of North West Forecast Districts. ..." — [bom].  "Queensland rain cuts roads and prompts warnings of flash flooding ..." — [abc].

26 January 2020 (Sun.): Australia Day (holiday on Monday 27th).

23 Jan Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.52/l; min $1.36 ([Perth] avg $1.46/l, min $1.28); oil us$58/b; au$1.00=us$0.69, £0.52, €0.62, ¥75

22 January 2020, .au: "Sky turns orange as massive dust storm blankets southern states ..." — [abc].  And then, "Brown rain falls in Victoria ..." — [23/1].

22 January 2020: "Introducing the Cruise 'Origin'. Self-Driven. All-Electric. Shared. ... Cruise vehicles are purpose-built for self-driving at a dedicated GM manufacturing plant. ... [no] steering wheel, rearview mirror, pedals, ..." — Cruise [www]. Honda has a 5.7% share of Cruise.

21 January 2020: Monty Python's Terry Jones died aged 77 – writer, director, spam, spam, spam and spam, Mandy (Life of Brian), Mr Creosote (The Meaning of Life), ... . See, for example, wikip [www], The G [www][23/1], the [bbc].

21 January 2020: "Both the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD) are neutral ..." — [bom].
"For the week to 21 January 2020, rainfall was recorded in the W, N, and E of Australia. Little to no rainfall was recorded in South Australia away from the SE, and through Central Australia. ... Rainfall totals in excess of 200mm were recorded in NE New South Wales and SE Queensland, including the highest weekly total of 373mm at Miami Bardon Avenue in the Gold Coast in SE Queensland. ..." — [bom].

20 January 2020: "The richest one per cent of Australians have more than double the wealth of the entire bottom 50 per cent - or more than 12.5 million people - Oxfam has revealed today ahead of the 2020 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. ..." — Oxfam [www]. Surprise?  Also see sales of Rolls Royces, 7 Jan., below.  The World Economic Forum [www] is held at Davos, Switzerland (21-24 Jan. this year).
21 Jan.: "... a rapid and ambitious transition to lower emissions pathways means that a large fraction of proven reserves of fossil fuel cannot be extracted ..., becoming 'stranded assets', with potentially systemic consequences for the financial system ..." — the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) [www].
21 Jan., "Davos: Trump decries climate 'prophets of doom' ..." — [bbc].
22 Jan., Mark Carney, the Bank of England governor — The G [www].
22 Jan., President von der Leyen, "...there is no point in only reducing greenhouse gas emissions at home, if we increase the import of CO2 from abroad. It is not only a climate issue; it is also an issue of fairness. It is a matter of fairness towards our businesses and our workers. We will protect them from unfair competition. One way for doing so is the Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism. ..." — [www].
20 January 2020, .au: "Honda and Mitsubishi have commenced voluntary recalls for vehicles manufactured between 1996 and 2000 due to a serious safety concern relating to faulty [Takata NADI 5-AT] airbags. ... [M, H & others] offered to buy back affected vehicles at market value. ..." — ACCC [www]. This is the other Takata airbag problem.
NB. "Penalties for allegedly selling or advertising recalled cars with dangerous Takata airbags ..." — ACCC (31/1/'20) [www],
18 Jan Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.41/l; min $1.28 ([Perth] avg $1.39/l, min $1.28); oil us$59/b
17 Jan Fri au$1.00=us$0.69, £0.53, €0.62, ¥76

18 January 2020, .au: "One-in-100-year event. Flash flooding hits Gold Coast and Brisbane ..." — [abc].

17-18 January 2020: Gooding & Co. Scottsdale auction [www], including lot 121 a 1948 Tucker 48, 6,200 miles, only 51 built, chassis #1034, engine #33541 (sold us$2,040,000); lot 143 a 1932 Hispano-Suiza J12 Dual Cowl Phaeton, coachwork by Binder, chassis #13016, engine #321025 (sold us$2,425,000).

17 January 2020, .au: "Alpine communities around Mount Buffalo urged to evacuate from bushfire ..." — [abc]. See Vic. [www] emergency warnings.

January 2020: "... Climate Risk Is Investment Risk ..." — Larry Fink, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Blackrock [www].  Blackrock, which invests us$7 trillion, "will no longer invest in companies that generate more than 25% of their revenue from thermal coal production ..." The G [www].  But, Scott this-is-coal Morrison "backs resources as world's biggest asset manager ditches thermal coal ..." SMH [www].

17 January 2020: End of Dakar 2020, Saudi Arabia (5-17 Jan.). Bikes, 1. Ricky Brabec (Honda); Quads, 1. Ignacio Casale (Casale Racing); SSV, 1. Casey Currie & Sean Berriman (Can-Am); Cars, 1. Carlos Sainz & Lucas Cruz (Mini Buggy); Trucks, 1. Andrey Karginov, Andrey Mokeev & Igor Leonov (Kamaz) — Dakar [www].

16 January 2020, .au: "We have already had countless bushfire inquiries. What good will it do to have another? ...  57 [inquiries] since 1939 ..." — Kevin Tolhurst, The Conversation [www].

16 January 2020: "Toyota and Joby Aviation ... an aerospace company that is developing and commercializing all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft ... investing $394M in Joby ..." — Toyota [www]. Also see Joby [www].

16 January 2020: Bonhams Scottsdale Auction [www]. Lot 54 a 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet, coachwork by Vignale, chassis #0159E, engine #0159E, sold for us$1,930,000.

15 January 2020: "WMO confirms 2019 as second hottest year on record ... after 2016 ... the annual global temperature in 2019 was 1.1°C warmer than the average for 1850-1900 ..." — WMO {www].

14 January 2020: 'State of the Climate: National (U.S.) Climate Report' for 2019 — National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) [www].

13 Jan Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.41/l; min $1.28 ([Perth] avg $1.35/l, min $1.28); oil us$59/b; au$1.00=us$0.69, £0.53, €0.62, ¥76

13 January 2020: 2020 F1 Grand Prix race schedule, FIA [www].

13 January 2020: Lamborghini delivered 8,205 cars in 2019, up 43%. Of those, 4,962 were Urus SUVs! See Lamborghini [www].

13 January 2020, .au: At 8am Tropical Cyclone 'Claudia' (cat.3) was 530km north of Karratha WA, 490km NW of Port Hedland, and moving WSW. See the [bom].

13 January 2020: "Drought declared for the entirety of NSW, but at least there is some rain forecast ..." — [abc].

11 January 2020: "The truth about Australia's fires" – [www] – "arsonists aren't responsible for many this season."
And, 22 Jan.: "... In NSW, the last decade has seen more than twice the amount of prescribed burning compared to the decade before and in all mapped records of prescribed burning across NSW national parks it's the highest decade. ..." — [www].
10 January 2020, .au: Dangerous bushfires continued to burn in most states; see the NSW [www], SA [www], Tas. [www], Qld [www], Vic. [www] and WA [www] warning and fire services, and the [bom].
10 Jan.: "NSW fire threat to worsen ..." — [abc]. "... East Gippsland and Alpine communities ..." — [2]. But, "Nullarbor highway reopens after being closed for 12 days" — [3].

9-12 January 2020, .uk: Autosport International, NEC Birmingham (9-10th trade) [www].

9 January 2020, recall PRA #2019/18091: "Mazda3 (BP) Model Year 2019 ... The Smart Brake Support (SBS) system may falsely detect an object in front of the vehicle, which may initiate the automatic brake function. ... unexpectedly slow down and stop, increasing the risk of an accident ..." — .gov.au [www].
And, PRA #2019/18090: "Mazda3 (BP) Model Year 2019. ... Due to a software programming fault, the engine may not restart after entering idle stop mode until the vehicle is restarted using the Start/Stop button. ..." — .gov.au [www].

9 January 2020, .au: "Annual climate statement 2019 Australia's warmest year on record, with the annual national mean temperature 1.52°C above average. ... Annual national mean maximum temperature warmest on record (2.09°C above average). ... Australia's driest year on record. Nationally-averaged rainfall 40% below average for the year at 277.6mm. ..." — [bom].  Last year was really hot and dry!
9 Jan.: "Victoria's fire danger increases as people told to leave East Gippsland and Alpine regions ..." — [abc]. See Vic. [www] warnings.
8 Jan Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.41/l; min $1.28 ([Perth] avg $1.53/l, min $1.29); oil us$63/b; au$1.00=us$0.69, £0.52, €0.62, ¥74

8 January 2020, .au: "Ross Garnaut's climate change prediction is coming true and it's going to cost Australia billions ..." — [abc]. Also see the Garnaut Climate Change Review, 4 July & 5 Sept. 2008, and 7 Feb.–31 May 2011.
"Bushfire emergency warning issued for WA town of Toodyay ..." — [abc].

January 2020: Repsol, the oil company, plans to "be a net zero emissions company by 2050" — Repsol, 2/12/2019 [www].

7 January 2020: "Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has delivered an historic annual sales record in 2019 ... A total of 5,152 cars were delivered to customers in over 50 countries ... an increase of 25% on the previous high set in 2018 ..." — Rolls-Royce [www]. (Also see Davos, 20 Jan., above.)

6 January 2020, .au: Tropical Cyclone 'Blake', the first cyclone for summer 2019-2020, formed off the WA coast north of Broome. See the [bom].

6 January 2020, .au: "Nullarbor evacuation underway after WA fires on Eyre Highway left hundreds stranded ..." — [abc].

6 January 2020, .au: "... [In] year 2019, a total of 1,062,867 new vehicles were recorded as sold, a 7.8% decrease on ... 2018. The 2019 figure ... is the lowest annual sales result reported in VFACTS since 2011. ..." — FCAI [www]. As usual the Toyota Hilux was the #1 seller although the Ford Ranger gave it a run for the money.

6 January 2020, .uk: "... UK new car registrations fall −2.4% in 2019 to 2.3 million units ... petrol cars, up +2.2% ... [diesel] −21.8% ... the UK new car fleet average CO2 rose for a third successive year, by +2.7% to 127.9g/km ..." — SMMT [www].

6 January 2020, .uk: "Nuclear waste removal begins 30 years after power station closure ..." — [bbc]. The power station at Berkeley on the Severn in Gloucestershire was the UK's first commercial nuclear power station. It has two (disused) 'Magnox' reactors and ran from 1962 to 1989.

5-17 January 2020: Dakar 2020, Saudi Arabia(!) [www].

4 January 2020, .au: "Tanami Road on a $235 million path to being sealed ..." — [abc]. The Tanami Road is ~1000km long, from near Alice Springs (NT) to Halls Creek (WA).

4 January 2020: "NSW and Victoria bushfire conditions to worsen ..." — [abc].  There were 'fire weather warnings' for parts of ACT, NSW, SA, Tasmania, Victoria and WA; check the [bom].  (Canberra reached a record 44°C and Penrith, W. Sydney, a record 48.9°C.)

3 Jan Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.42/l; min $1.33 ([Perth] avg $1.45/l, min $1.29); oil us$61/b; au$1.00=us$0.70, £0.53, €0.62, ¥75
3 January 2020, Vic"Bushfires prompt Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews to declare state of disaster ... It covers a huge part of the state's eastern half, including parts of the East Gippsland shire, Mansfield shire, Wellington shire, Wangaratta rural shire, Towong shire, Alpine shire and the Mount Buller, Mount Hotham, Mount Stirling and Falls Creek Alpine resorts. ..." — [abc].  "The Princes Highway is closed between Orbost and the New South Wales border, due to significant fire activity in East Gippsland. Other major road closures include the Monaro Highway, Great Alpine Road, Bonang Road and Bruthen-Nowa Nowa Road. Avoid all travel in East Gippsland." — vicroads [www].
SA: "Bushfires could break containment lines ..." — [2].
NSW: "The NSW bushfire death toll has risen to 16 ..." — [3].
WA: "Bushfires that have closed major highways on the Nullarbor ..." — [4].
"Australia fires: Smoke turns New Zealand skies 'eerie' yellow ..." — [bbc].

3 January 2020: "Volkswagen in 'Dieselgate' settlement talks with 400,000 German owners ..." The G [www].

3 January 2020: An American drone strike killed Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran's military, at Baghdad airport in Iraq. (E.g., see [bbc].) President Donald Trump later said that the killing was "to stop a war, not to start one". We'll see how that works.
8 Jan.: Iran fired missiles at US troops in Iraq.

2-5 January 2020 (Thu-Sun): Summernats, Canberra [www].

2 January 2020, .au: "2019 was Australia's hottest and driest year on record ..." — [abc]. See 9 Jan. above.
3 January 2020, .uk: "2019 record temperatures conclude a decade of records ..." — the Met Office [www].
1 January 2020, vic.: On the roads in 2018 lives lost 212;  in 2019 lives lost 264 (+24.5%) — TAC [www].  And, Australia-wide: 1,188 lives lost in 2019, up 4.7% on 2018 — BITRE [www].

1 January 2020, .au: Dangerous bushfires continued to burn in most states; see the NSW [www], SA [www], Tas. [www], Qld [www], Vic. [www] and WA [www] warning and fire services, and the [bom].

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