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14-15 November 2020: Bendigo Swap Meet [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.

   

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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].

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

25 April 2020: Anzac Day.

13 April 2020: Easter Monday
10 April 2020: Good Friday.
10-12 April 2020: ARB Eldee Station Easter Festival (NSW) [www].
 

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].

15 March 2020 (#1/21): Australian F1 Grand Prix.

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 March 2020: RM Sotheby's Amelia Island auction [www].

5 March 2020: Bonhams Amelia Island auction [www].

 

26-28 February 2020: F1 testing #2, Circuit de Catalunya.

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

19-21 February 2020: F1 testing #1, Circuit de Catalunya.

13-16 February 2020: The London Classic Car Show, Excel [www].

6 February 2020: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques auction, Paris [www], including a 1939 Bugatti type 57C Cabriolet, 4-seats, chassis #57836, engine #93C.

5-9 February 2020: Retromobile, Paris [www].
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31 January 2020, .uk: Brexit deadline, but so were 31 October 2019 and 29 March 2019.

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

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. Scotsdale auction [www], including lot 121 a 1948 Tucker 48, 6,200 miles, only 51 built, chassis #1034, engine #33541.

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.

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: Bonhams Scottsdale Auction [www].

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, .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."

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].

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.: in 2018 lives lost 212;  in 2019 lives lost 264 (+24.5%) — TAC [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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