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21 November 2021: The covid-19 postponed (from 21 March) Australian F1 Grand Prix, Albert Park, Melbourne,

19-28 November 2021: LA Auto Show, Los Angeles [www]. (As postponed from Nov. 2020, and again from May 2021, due to covid-19.)

13-14 November 2021: Bendigo Swap Meet [www].

7 November 2021 (Sun.): London to Brighton Veteran Car Run [www].

6 November 2021 (Sat.): Regents Street Motor Show, London [www].

2 November 2021, .au: Melbourne Cup.

1-12 November 2021: The postponed (from 9-19 Nov 2020) UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), Glasgow, UK [www].

 

23 October 2021: The Indy Autonomous Challenge (IAC), a 20-lap race for autonomous open-wheel racing cars at the brickyard, Indianapolis. There is a first-prize of us$1,000,000 for the first team to finish in 25-minutes or less (≥120mph) [www].

22-24 October 2021: Motorclassica, Royal Exhibition Building, Mebourne [www].

3 October 2021 (Sun.), .vic: Start of daylight saving, 2am→3am.

2-10 October 2021: The Postponed (from June 2021) North American International Auto Show, NAIAS, Detroit (public 2-10, press 28-29/9, industry 29-30/9, ...) [www]. 11/1/'21: Cancelled due to covid-19. (A smaller event 21-26/9/'21.)

1-2 October 2021 (Fri., Sat.): Deniliqin Ute Muster [www].

 

23 September - 3 October 2021: The Royal Show, Melbourne [www].

17-20 September 2021, .uk: The covid-19 postponed Tankfest, Bovington [www].

3-4 September 2021: Birdsville Races [www].

 

22-28 August 2021, .au: The thrice postponed (covid-19) Classic Outback Trial [www].

20-29 August 2021: The postponed (from April 2021) New York Auto Show [www].

20-22 August 2021, .au: National 4x4 Show Melbourne Showgrounds [www].

15 August 2021: Pebble Beach, Concours d'Elegance [www].

 

30 July - 1 August 2021: Silverstone Classic [www].

27-31 July 2021: The War and Peace Revival, Kent, uk [www]. Cancelled due to covid-19; see July 2022.

23 July - 8 August 2021: The postponed (from 24 July 2020) Olympic Games, Tokyo.

6-8 July 2021: Birdsville Big Red Bash (music) [www].

 

25-27 June 2021, .uk: Tankfest, Bovington [www]. Postponed due to covid-19 to 17-20 Sept. above.

25-27 June 2021: The twice postponed (from 18-21 Feb. & 16-18 Apr.), and moved, London Classic Car Show, Syon Park [www].

21-27 June 2021, .fr: Paris Air Show [www]. 7/12/'20: Cancelled due to covid19. Next show 19-25 June 2023.

19-26 June 2021: North American International Auto Show, NAIAS, Detroit (public 19-26, press 15-16, industry 16-17, ...) 11/20: Postponed to 2-10 October 2021.

14 June 2021, Vic: Queen's Birthday.

12-13 June 2021, .fr: The 24 Hours of Le Mans [www].

11-14 June 2021 .au: Finke Desert Race [www].

11-13 June 2021, .uk: The postponed Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, NEC, Birmingham [www]. Cancelled due to covid-19.

2-6 June 2021 (Wed.-Sun.): The covid-19-postponed (from 3 Feb.) Retromobile, Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, Paris [www]. See 2-6 Feb. 2022.
 

30 May - 11 June 2021 (Sun.-Fri.), .uk: Isle of Man TT Races [www]. 4/12/'20: Cancelled for 2021 due to covid-19; see 28 May-11 June 2022.

22 May 2021: RM Sotheby's Amelia Island Auction [www], including a 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 by Scaglietti, chassis #10987, engine #10987.

21-31 May 2021: LA Auto Show, Los Angeles [www]. (As postponed from Nov. 2020 and again to 19 Nov. 2021, due to covid-19.)

20 May 2021: Bonhams Amelia Island Auction [www].

9 May 2021 (#4): Spanish F1 Grand Prix, Catalunya.

2 May 2021 (#3): Portugese F1 Grand Prix.

 

25 April 2021: Anzac Day.

23 April 2021: Bonhams 'Les Grandes Marques a Monaco' auction [www], including a 1936 Delahaye 135 S Competition Court, chassis #46810, engine #46810.

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18 April 2021 (#2): Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix, Imola, Italy.

16-18 April 2021: The postponed (from 18-21 Feb.), and moved, London Classic Car Show, Syon Park. Postponed again, to 25-27 June above.

11 Apr Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.58/l; min $1.36 ([Perth] avg $1.32/l, min $1.20); oil us$59/b
9 Apr Fri au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.56, €0.64, ¥83

11 April 2021, .wa: "People on the coast between Coral Bay and Lancelin should prepare now for a period of destructive winds ... Tropical Cyclone Seroja is expected to cross the coast as a Category 2 system late on Sunday or early Monday. ..." — [bom].  Seroja (cat.3) crossed the coast near Kalbarri (i.e., unusually far south) causing much damage. Also see WA roads [www].
.vic: And in the east, cold weather brought early snow to the Victorian Alps.

11 April 2021: Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shangai. (12 Jan: Postponed(?) due to covid-19.)

9 April 2021, .wa: Two tropical cyclones, Odette and Seroja, formed off the NW coast of WA. Odette later weakened to a tropical low.

7-11 April 2021: TechnoClassica, Essen [www]. 3/21: Cancelled due to covid19; see 23-27 March 2022.

5 April 2021: Easter Monday.
4 April 2021: Easter Sunday.
.vic: End of daylight saving, 3am→2am (once).
2 April 2021: Good Friday.

2-11 April 2021: New York Auto Show [www]. Postponed to 20-29 August 2021 due to covid-19.

1 April 2021, recall PRA #2021/18937: "Subaru Outback MY2021 ... The stereo camera may mis-recognise roadside objects and/or miscalculate the travelling direction of an oncoming vehicle, resulting in the system unexpectedly activating the pre-collision braking feature. ..." — .gov.au [www].

1 April 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 128,791,500, total deaths 2,814,899;  usa: 30,459,483 cases, 552,038 deaths;  .in: 12,149,335 cases, 162,468 deaths;  .uk: 4,359,982 cases, 126,955 deaths;  .au: 29,320 cases, 909 deaths;  .nz: 2,501 cases, 26 deaths  — JHU [www][1/4]. (Also see [www].)

 

31 March 2021: Stellantis (Fiat, Chrysler, Peugeot, ...) revealed its plans for automotive hydrogen fuel-cells starting with light commercial vehicles (LCV) — Stellantis [www].

30 March 2021, .au: "The Bureau of Meteorology has announced the end of the 2020-21 La Nina. ..." — [bom]. Also see 25 March below.

30 Mar Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.42/l; min $1.24 ([Perth] avg $1.26/l, min $1.21); oil us$62/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.56, €0.65, ¥84

March 2021, .wa: "In August 2020 the Minister for Environment requested the EPA provide strategic advice under [the] (EP Act) on the potential cumulative impacts of the proposed activities and developments on the environmental, social and cultural values of Exmouth Gulf. ... [the] study is [due] by the end of June 2021 ... received 321 submissions ..." — epa.wa.gov.au [www]. That affects Ningaloo reef too.

28 March 2021, recall PRA #2021/18894: "Subaru Outback MY2021 ... The electronic brake booster (EBB) may be incorrectly set up, and may not operate correctly. ..." — .gov.au [www].

28 March 2021 (#1): Bahrain F1 Grand Prix, Sakhir.
Results: 1. Lewis Hamilton [Mercedes]; 2. Max Verstappen [Red Bull]; 3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes). It was an exciting tussle between Hamilton and Verstappen who started on pole. (Also see the FIA [www] and the [bbc].)
The Teams: Kimi Raikkonen, Antonio Giovinazzi [Alfa Romeo]; Pierre Gasly, Yuki Tsunoda [Alpha Tauri]; Fernando Alonso, Esteban Ocon [Alpine]; Sebastian Vettel, Lance Stroll [Aston Martin]; Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz [Ferrari]; Mick Schumacher, Nikita Mazepin [Haas]; Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris [McLaren]; Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas [Mercedes]; Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez [Red Bull]; George Russell, Nicholas Latifi [Williams].

27 March 2021, .uk: Silverstone Auctions Race Retro sale online [www], including lot 205 a 1950 HWM Alta Jaguar race car by John Heath and George Abecassis (sold £517,000).

26-28 March 2021, .uk: The postponed Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, NEC, Birmingham. (2/'21: postponed to 11-13 June. Later cancelled for 2021)

25 Mar Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.34/l; min $1.24 ([Perth] avg $1.52/l, min $1.21); oil us$61/b; au$1.00=us$0.76, £0.55, €0.64, ¥83

25 March 2021, .uk: "... 4.6% of car registrations by private buyers in 2020 were for battery electric vehicles (BEVs), compared to 8.7% for fleets and businesses ... consumers registered 34,324 BEVs in 2020, compared to 73,881 corporate registrations. ..." — SMMT [www].

25 March 2021, .au: "April to June rainfall is likely to be above average for the tropical north of Australia. However, this signal is mostly from April which also indicates a wetter than average month is likely for parts of south-east Australia. May shows a mostly neutral signal, with some areas of the south-west and north likely to be drier than average. ..." — [bom].

24 March 2021, .au: Flooding spread from NSW, NT, SA and Qld into parts of S. and E. Victoria. Check the [bom], NSW [roads], NT [roads], SA [roads], Vic. [roads] and Qld [roads].
Parks Victoria later closed the southern section of Wilsons Promontory National Park "until 14 April" due to flood damage to walking tracks; see Vic. [Parks].

22 March 2021, .sa: Rain closed the Birdsville, Oodnadatta and Strezlecki tracks in South Australia.

21 March 2021: Australian F1 Grand Prix, Melbourne, first race of the 2021 season. (12 Jan.: Postponed to 21 Nov. due to covid-19 — FIA)

20 March 2021, and on, .nsw:
There was heavy rain and flooding along the NSW north coast and into the Blue Mountains. Check the [bom] and NSW [roads].
28th: The clean-up got underway in many areas.
20 Mar Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.37/l; min $1.27 ([Perth] avg $1.36/l, min $1.20); oil us$61/b
19 Mar Fri au$1.00=us$0.78, £0.56, €0.65, ¥84

19-21 March 2021, .au: National 4x4 Outdoors Show, Brisbane Showgrounds [www].

19 March 2021, .uk: "Dounreay bid suggested for fusion power plant ..." — [bbc]. (The Dounreay fast-breeder fission reactor is in the process of being decommissioned.)

18 March 2021, .au: The Victorian Government introduced legislation to Parliament to tax electric vehicles at 2.5c/km, 2.0c/km for hybrids. By comparison, fuel "excise" (tax) on ULP is 42.3c/l, say 3c/km±.

17 March 2021: Team New Zealand beat Italian challenger Luna Rossa to retain the America's Cup (7-3).

16 March 2021: "... we demonstrate SAF [sustainable aviation fuels] production from food waste-derived volatile fatty acids (VFA) ... Life cycle analysis determined that if food waste is diverted from landfills to avoid methane emissions, VFA-SAF could enable up to 165% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions relative to fossil jet." — 'Toward net-zero sustainable aviation fuel with wet waste-derived volatile fatty acids', N. A. Huq et al, PNAS, 118(13), e2023008118 [www]. (Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, more so than CO2.)

16 March 2021: Volkswagen (VW) predicted the "Delivery of 1 million electric vehicles planned for the current year ..." — VW [www].

16 March 2021: Sabine Schmitz (1969-2021), the Queen of the Nurburgring, died of cancer.

16 March 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 120,180,592, total deaths 2,659,578;  usa: 29,492,614 cases, 535,597 deaths;  .in: 11,385,339 cases, 158,725 deaths;  .uk: 4,276,839 cases, 125,817 deaths;  .au: 29,134 cases, 909 deaths;  .nz: 2,430 cases, 26 deaths  — JHU [www][16/3].

15 Mar Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.59/l; min $1.20 ([Perth] avg $1.25/l, min $1.18); oil us$66/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.56, €0.65, ¥85

13 March 2021, .au: WA state election. Labor was re-elected in a landslide.

13 March 2021: Murray Walker (1923-2021), long time F1 commentator, died aged 97.

12-14 March 2021: F1 pre-season testing, Bahrain. Red Bull looked fast.

11 March 2021, .jp: The tenth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed nearly 13,000 people in Japan and led to multiple explosions and meltdowns at the Fukushima I nuclear power station. The Fukushima clean up operation plods along and will take decades more. Stored radioactive water may have to be released into the sea. See, e.g., the [abc].

10-11 March 2021, .uk: The postponed (from 14 Jan., due to covid-19) and online Autosport International [www].

8-14 March 2021 (Mon.-Sun.): Corowa Swim in, the Year of the Jeep and of the RAAF [www]. 11/'20: Postponed to 14-20 March 2022 due to uncertainty over covid-19.

8 March 2021 (Mon.): Labour Day (Vic.) [www].
6-8 March 2021: Steamfest, Melbourne Steam Traction Engine Club, National Steam Centre [www].
5-8 March 2021 (Fri.-Mon.): Port Fairy Folk Festival [www]. 14/8/'20: Cancelled due to uncertainty over covid-19; see March 2022.

7-13 March 2021, .au: The twice postponed (covid-19) Classic Outback Trial, [www]. Postponed again, to 22-28 Aug. above.

5-6 March 2021: RM Sotheby's Amelia Island Auction.

5 March 2021, .au: "Detective says police considered possibility 'rogue shooters' could be responsible for disappearance of Russell Hill and Carol Clay in Victorian High Country ..." — [abc]. See Wonnangatta Valley, 6 April 2020. Also see ...
5 March 2021: "Could 'military-style' gunfire be the key to a cold-case breakthrough? ..." — [abc]. This being the case of Warren Meyer who disappeared near Dom Dom Saddle, Vic., 23 March 2008.

4-14 March 2021: 89th Geneva International Motor Show [www].  29/6/2020: The committee decided not to organise the event in 2021 due to covid-19 and its consequences [www].

4 March 2021: "... In the December quarter 2020, average petrol prices in regional Australia remained lower than average prices in the five largest cities. ... The Queensland Government announced in December 2020 that its real-time fuel price reporting scheme would be made permanent. ... 'Motorists in New South Wales, Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Tasmania can also access real-time petrol prices through transparency schemes, and a scheme in South Australia is scheduled to start next month.' ..." — ACCC [www].  For example, see Qld [www], NSW [www], WA [www].

4 March 2021: Bonhams Amelia Island Auction. (20 May.)

3 March 2021: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde a Paris auction [www].

2 March 2021: "Volvo Cars is committed to becoming a leader in the fast-growing premium electric car market and plans to become a fully electric car company by 2030. ..." — Volvo Cars [www].

1 March 2021: Tropical Cyclone Niran (cat.3) approached the Queensland off Cairns. Check the [bom]. (3/3: Niran moved further off-shore.)

 

26-27 February 2021, .au: Ballarat Swap Meet [www]. 11/'20: Cancelled for 2021 due to covid-19. Next one February 2022.

21 Feb Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.25/l; min $1.15 ([Perth] avg $1.24/l, min $1.13); oil us$59/b
19 Feb Fri au$1.00=us$0.78, £0.56, €0.64, ¥82

21 February 2021: Vaccination against covid-19 started in Australia using the Pfizer mRNA vaccine.
Worldwide total confirmed cases 111,073,990, total deaths 2,460,483;  usa: 28,076,756 cases, 497,597 deaths;  .in: 10,991,651 cases, 156,302 deaths;  .uk: 4,117,739 cases, 120,593 deaths;  .au: 28,926 cases, 909 deaths;  .nz: 2,350 cases, 26 deaths  — JHU [www][21/2]. (The USA passed 500,000 deaths on the 23rd.)

19-21 February 2021, .uk: Race Retro historic motorsport show, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry [www]. 11/'20: Postponed due to covid-19. TBA.

18-21 February 2021: The London Classic Car Show, Olympia (was thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk) 11/'20: Postponed to 16-18 April above due to covid-19, and moved.

18 February 2021: A severe storm brought snow to Texas and power cuts to millions of people.

18 February 2021: "Ford says by mid-2026, 100% of its passenger vehicle range in Europe will be zero-emissions capable, all-electric or plug-in hybrid; moving to all-electric by 2030 ..." — Ford [www]. (See Volvo 2/3 above, Jaguar 15/2, GM 28/1 below.)

17 Feb Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.29/l; min $1.13 ([Perth] avg $1.50/l, min $1.11); oil us$60/b; au$1.00=us$0.78, £0.56, €0.64, ¥82

15 February 2021: JLR announced that Jaguar would be "an all-electric luxury brand from 2025 ... [and] Land Rover will welcome six pure electric variants as it continues to be the world leader of luxury SUVs. All Jaguar and Land Rover nameplates to be available in pure electric form by end of the decade; first all-electric Land Rover model in 2024. Clean-hydrogen fuel-cell power being developed in preparation for future demand. ..." — JLR [www]. (See Ford 18/2 above, GM 28/1 below.)

14 February 2021: "... Chevrolet expanded its electric vehicle portfolio with the introduction of the new, all-electric 2022 Bolt EUV, alongside the redesigned 2022 Bolt EV. ... Bolt EUV is priced from us$33,995 ... Bolt EV starts at us$31,995 ..." — GM [www].

14 February 2021, .au: Victorian 4WD Show, Lardner Park, Vic. [www]. 10/'20: Cancelled due to uncertainty over covid-19. (Turned out to be a good move as there was a 5-day "lockdown" in Victoria at this time.)

13 February 2021: RM Sotheby's Paris auction [www], including lot 121 the 1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i, chassis #W09112218PWJ02001 (sold €1,113,125); lot 126 a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV, chassis #4840, engine #30628 (sold €2,423,750); lot 136 a 1931 Bentley 41/2-litre Supercharged Tourer, chassis #MS3938, engine #MS3940 (not sold).

9 Feb Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.33/l; min $1.18 ([Perth] avg $1.15/l, min $1.10); oil us$58/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.56, €0.64, ¥81

9 February 2021: Then there were two ... "Australia loses another oil refinery, leaving our fuel supply vulnerable ..." — [abc]. (ExxonMobil's Altona refinery, leaving just Ampol Brisbane and Viva Energy Geelong, for now.)

7 February 2021, .wa: There was flooding in the Gascoyne region of WA, closing the NW Coastal highway; see WA roads [www].
Coincidentally in Qld, "Peninsula Development Road Laura to Coen 5 Tonne load limit local access only. No through traffic. Road closed to through traffic ..." — Qld roads [www].

7 February 2021, .uk: Snow fell in parts of England, Scotland and Wales; see the metoffice [www]

6 Feb Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.37/l; min $1.19 ([Perth] avg $1.25/l, min $1.09); oil us$56/b
5 Feb Fri au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.56, €0.63, ¥80

4 February 2021, recall PRA #2021/18794: "Hyundai Tucson MY2015-2021 ... Due to a manufacturing error, an electronic control circuit board in the Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) module will short circuit when the components are exposed to moisture. There is a risk of an engine compartment fire, even when the vehicle is turned off ..." — .gov.au [www].

4 February 2021: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde a Paris auction (3 March)

3-7 February 2021 (Wed.-Sun.): Retromobile, Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre, Paris [www]. 19/11/'20: Postponed to 2-6 June 2-6 Feb. 2022 due to covid-19.

2 February 2021, wa: A large bushfire burned in the Perth Hills; see WA [www] fire.

1 Feb Mon Melb ULP avg au$1.42/l; min $1.06 ([Perth] avg $1.14/l, min $1.07); oil us$52/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.56, €0.63, ¥80

1 February 2021, covid-19: total cases : new cases : total deaths; Worldwide 102,584,351 : 444,580,046 : 2,222,647; usa 25,817,939 : 141,327 : 436,051;  .in 10,757,610 : 11,427 : 154,392;  .uk 3,817,180 : 21,088 : 106,158;  .se 566,957 : ? : 11,591;  .kr 78,508 : 305 : 1,425;  .au 28,811 : 5 : 909;  .nz 1,947 : 0 : 25;  — WHO [www][1/2].
Worldwide total confirmed cases 102,922,990, total deaths 2,226,035;  usa: 26,178,803 cases, 441,282 deaths;  .in: 10,746,183 cases, 154,274 deaths;  .uk: 3,828,183 cases, 106,367 deaths;  .au: 28,812 cases, 909 deaths;  .nz: 2,304 cases, 25 deaths  — JHU [www][1/2].

 

30 January 2021, wa: "West Kimberley and coastal Pilbara communities prepare for heavy rain and possible severe winds as developing tropical low moves down the coast. ..." — [bom]. Also check WA roads [www], esp. Broome to Port Hedland, to Onslow, to Exmouth, to Coral Bay, to Carnarvon(4/2) ... .

28 January 2021, recall PRA #2020/18735, Hyundai Kona EV MY2018-2020 and Nexo MY2019-2020: "A software fault in the Integrated Electronic Brake (IEB) may significantly reduce braking performance. ..." — .gov.au [www].

28 January 2021: "... all-electric future and an aspiration to eliminate tailpipe emissions from new light-duty vehicles by 2035. ..." — GM [www]. (Note "aspiration" and "new". See Ford 18/2 and Jaguar 15/2 above.)

28 January 2021, .uk: "UK car manufacturing output falls -29.3% in 2020 to 920,928 units, the lowest total since 1984. ..." — SMMT [www].

27 Jan Wed Melb ULP avg au$1.49/l; min $1.26 ([Perth] avg $1.44/l, min $1.07); oil us$53/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.56, €0.64, ¥80

26 January 2021 (Tue.): Australia Day. (And the Betoota Advocate... [www].)

25 January 2021: "... End of production planned for Evora, Exige and Elise in 2021 ... production of the Lotus Type 131 to commence this year ..." — Lotus [www].

25 January 2021: "The Inequality Virus ... The coronavirus pandemic has the potential to lead to an increase in inequality in almost every country at once, the first time this has happened since records began. ... Billionaire fortunes returned to their pre-pandemic highs in just nine months, while recovery for the world's poorest people could take over a decade. ..." — Oxfam [www]. (Also see the [abc].)

25 January 2021: There was a major bushfire in the Adelaide hills and high fire danger across parts of Vic. and NSW. Check SA [www], Vic. [www] and NSW [www] fire.
(And cold weather and snow across much of the UK, e.g., see the [bbc].)

January 2021: "... the cost of green hydrogen could readily be at or below A$3/kg in the near future, and that the 'stretch goal' of A$2/kg ... is likely to come into reach ..." — T. Longden et al, 'Green hydrogen production costs in Australia: implications of renewable energy and electrolyser costs', Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific ZCEAP Working Paper ZCWP03-20, CCEP Working Paper 20-07 Aug. 2020, ANU [www].

22 Jan Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.52/l; min $1.10 ([Perth] avg $1.29/l, min $1.05); oil us$53/b au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.56, €0.64, ¥80

22 January 2021 wa: "Tropical low (08U) is slowly intensifying as it moves in a southerly direction towards the Eighty Mile Beach area, bringing heavy rain across the eastern Pilbara and SW Kimberley. The tropical low may intensify into a tropical cyclone later today as it nears the coast. ..." — [bom]. Also see WA roads [www].

22 January 2021: RM Sotheby's Arizona Auction [www], including lot 139 a 1993 Cizeta V16T, yes a V16, chassis #ZA9V16T00MMD38101 (sold us$665,000); lot 141 a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, chassis #XKD 518, engine #E 2028-9 (sold us$6,000,000); lot 155 a 1938 SS 100 Jaguar 31/2-litre Roadster, chassis #39032, engine #M 499 E (sold us$415,000).

21 January 2021: Bonhams Scottsdale Auction [www] including lot 102 a 1993 Land-Rover Defender 110 NAS, vin #SALDH1288PA917784 (sold for us$123,200).

20 January 2021: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were sworn in as President and Vice President of the USA in a ceremony held under covid-19 lock-down conditions.
The Trump adminstration left with the usa having 24,037,236 total covid-19 cases, 398,435 total deaths — WHO [www][21/1].
24,610,051 total covid-19 cases, 409,641 total deaths, 4K+ new deaths per day in the usa — JHU [www][22/1].
(There were 405,399 US military deaths in World War II — wikip [www].)

19 January 2021: Stellantis = Fiat Chrysler + PSA (Peugeot) "launched" — Stellantis [www].

18 January 2021: "Neste targets hard-to-electrify vehicles for renewable diesel ... sourced raw materials with approved pathways under California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard and the EPA. ... waste and residue materials, such as used cooking oil, beef tallow, fish fat and distillers corn oil. ..." — SAE [www].

17 Jan Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.28/l; min $1.08 ([Perth] avg $1.15/l, min $1.05); oil us$52/b
15 Jan Fri au$1.00=us$0.78, £0.57, €0.64, ¥81

17 January 2021: Tropical Cyclone 'Kimi' (cat.1) off the Queensland coast, east of Cooktown. (7am 18/1: East of Cairns.) See the [bom] and Qld roads [www].

16 January 2021, covid-19: Worldwide total cases 93,819,952, total deaths 2,008,273 — JHU.

15 January 2021: Finish of the Dakar 2021, Saudi Arabia (started 3 Jan.) Winners: bikes: Kevin Benavides (Honda); cars: Stephane Peterhansel & Edouard Boulanger (Mini buggy); trucks: Dmitry Sotnikov, Ruslan Akhmadeev & Ilgiz Akhmetzianov (Kamaz); quad: Manuel Andujar (7240 Team); ... [www].

14-17 January 2021, .uk: Autosport International, NEC Birmingham (14-15th trade) [www]. 12/'20: Postponed to 10-11 March, and moved online, due to covid-19.

13 January 2021, .uk: "Cattle grid sends cars off the road in Somerset after their emergency brake sensors mistake it for a wall ..." — RAC [www].

12 Jan Tue Melb ULP avg au$1.15/l; min $1.08 ([Perth] avg $1.08/l, min $1.04); oil us$52/b; au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.57, €0.63, ¥80

12 January 2021, wa: "Truckie ... jailed ... drug-affected truck driver ... killing another motorist ..." — [abc].

11 January 2021: "Ford Brazil will cease production at Camacari, Taubate and Troller plants during 2021 ..." — Ford [www]. (That is all of Ford's manufacturing in Brazil.)

8 January 2021: "Annual climate statement 2020 ... Australia's fourth-warmest year on record, with the annual national mean temperature 1.15°C above average ..." — [bom]. That despite La Nina since September 2020.
And more widely, "2020 warmest year on record for Europe; globally, 2020 ties with 2016 for warmest year recorded ..." — Copernicus.eu [www].

7-10 January 2021 (Thu-Sun): Summernats, Canberra [www].  1/10/20: Postponed due to covid-19.

7 Jan Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.20/l; min $1.08 ([Perth] avg $1.34/l, min $1.03); oil us$51/b; au$1.00=us$0.78, £0.57, €0.63, ¥80

7 January 2021: 'Connections of climate change and variability to large and extreme forest fires in southeast Australia', N. J. Abram et al, Commun. Earth & Environment, 2 #8, Jan. 2021 [www].

5 January 2021, wa: A bushfire that started at Red Gully 130km north of Perth threatened homes. 7/1: Still burning. Check WA [www].

4 January 2021: Shareholders in Fiat Chrysler and PSA Group (Peugeot, .fr) voted in favour of their merger (the merged entity to be called 'Stellantis') — [www]. See 19 Jan. above.

4 January 2021: Tropical Cyclone Imogen (cat.1) brought flooding to far north Queensland. See the [bom] and Qld roads [www]. (Note, in 2016 UNSW engineers demonstrated that a Toyota Yaris can be moved by just 15cm of water flowing at 1m/sec and will float away in 60cm of water, a Nissan Patrol 4WD can be moved by 45cm of water flowing at 1m/sec and will float away in 95cm of water — UNSW [www].)

3-15 January 2021: Dakar 2021, Saudi Arabia [www].

2 Jan Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.21/l; min $1.08 ([Perth] avg $1.17/l, min $1.03); oil us$49/b
31 Dec Thu Melb au$1.00=us$0.77, £0.57, €0.63, ¥79

January 2021, just checking a #prediction: On 16 August 2016, "Ford announce[d] intention to deliver high-volume, fully autonomous vehicle for ride sharing in 2021". And 1 July 2016, "BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye team up to bring fully autonomous driving to streets by 2021."

January 2021, ,au: National road deaths in 2020:1106 (2019:1186) — .gov.au [www].  Victorian road deaths in 2020:213 (2019:266) — TAC [www].

1 January 2021, covid-19: total cases : new cases : total deaths; Worldwide 81,947,503 : 470,046 : 1,808,014; usa 19,346,790 : ? : 335,789;  .in 10,286,709 : 20,035 : 148,994;  .uk 2,488,784 : 55,892 : 73,512;  .se 437,379 : ? : 8,727;  .kr 61,769 : 1,029 : 917;  .au 28,408 : 27 : 909;  .nz 1,806 : 0 : 25;  — WHO [www][1/1].
Worldwide total confirmed cases 83,316,999, total deaths 1,815,557;  usa: 19,923,169 cases, 345,015 deaths;  .in: 10,266,674 cases, 148,738 deaths;  .uk: 2,496,214 cases, 73,622 deaths;  .au: 28,416 cases, 909 deaths;  .nz: 2,162 cases, 25 deaths  — JHU [www][1/1].

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