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17-26 November 2023: LA Auto Show, Los Angeles [www].

11-12 November 2023: Bendigo Swap Meet [www].

10-12 November 2023: Classic Motor Show, NEC, Birmingham, uk [www].

5 November 2023 (Sun.): London to Brighton Veteran Car Run [www].

4 November 2023 (Sat.): Regents Street Motor Show, London [www].

 

31 October - 3 November 2023: SEMA show, Las Vegas [www].

22 October 2023, .au: Bay to Birdwood, SA [www].

8 October 2023, .au: Bathurst 1000, NSW.

6-8 October 2023: Motorclassica, Royal Exhibition Building, Mebourne [www].

5-14 October 2023: Geneva International Motor Show [www].

 

29-30 October 2023 (Fri., Sat.): Deniliqin Ute Muster [www].

21 September - 1 October 2023: The Royal Show, Melbourne [www].

13-24 September 2023: North American International Auto Show (NAIAS, Detroit) [www] (13th media, 14th industry, 15 charirt, 16-24 public).

8-10 September 2023: Goodwood Revival [www].

1-2 September 2019, .au: Birdsville Races [www].

 

30 August - 2 September 2023, .uk: Salon Prive, Blenheim Palace [www].

25-27 July 2023: Silverstone Festival [www].

20 August 2023: Pebble Beach, Concours d'Elegance [www].

19 August 2023 (Sat.): Henley on Todd "Regatta", Alice Springs, NT, .au [www].

18-20 August 2023, .au: National 4x4 Show Melbourne Showgrounds [www].

17-20 August 2023, : British Motor Show, Farnborough [www].

 

25-29 July 2023: The War and Peace Revival, Kent, uk [www].

14-16 July 2023, .au: National 4x4 Show Sydney Showground [www].

13-16 September 2023: Goodwood Festival of Speed [www].

4-6 July 2023: Birdsville Big Red Bash Music Festival [www].

2 July 2023 (#10/23): Austrian F1 Grand Prix.

 

25 June 2023: Pikes Peak International Hill Climb [www].

23-25 June 2023: Tankfest 2022, Tank Museum, Bovington, uk [www].

19-25 June 2023, .fr: Paris Air Show [www].

18 June 2023 (#9/23): Canadian F1 Grand Prix.

10-11 June 2023: The 91st 24 Hours of Le Mans [www], also the centenary of the race, and the 'Hypercar' class appears.

9-12 June 2019 .au: Finke Desert Race [www].

4 June 2023 (#8/23): Spanish F1 Grand Prix.

 

29 May - 10 June 2023 (Mon.-Sat.), .uk: Isle of Man TT Races [www].

28 May 2023 (#7/23): Monaco F1 Grand Prix.

27-28 May 2023: Historic Winton, Vic., .au [www].

28 May 2023 (Sun.): 107th Indianapolis 500 [www].

21 May 2023 (#6/23): Emilia Romagna F1 Grand Prix.

19-21 May 2023 (Fri.–Sun.): Concorso d'Elegance, Villa d'Este [www].

12-19 May 2023: The Gibb Challenge, WA, [www] – the Gibb River road by bicycle.

7 May 2023 (#5/23): Miami F1 Grand Prix.

6 May 2023, .uk: Coronation of King Charles III. (And a bank holiday on Monday, 8th.)

 

30 April 2023 (#4/23): Azerbaijan F1 Grand Prix.

29-30 April 2023 (Sat., Sun.): Donington Historic [www].

25 April 2023: Anzac Day.

16 April 2023: Chinese F1 Grand Prix. 12/'22: Cancelled due to covid-19 restriction.

12-16 April 2023: TechnoClassica, Essen [www].

7-16 April 2023: New York Auto Show [www].

2 April 2023 (#3/23): Australian F1 Grand Prix.

 

26 March 2023, .au: Booleroo Rally, Steam and Traction Engine Preservation Society, Booleroo Centre, SA 5482 [www]. (Also see museums.)

24-26 March 2023, .uk: Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, NEC, Birmingham [www].

19 March 2023 (#2/23): Saudi Arabia F1 Grand Prix.

17-19 March 2023, .au: National 4x4 Outdoors Show Brisbane Showgrounds [www].

13-19 March 2023, .au: Corowa Swim In, 'Year of the Heavy Metal and Military Kit,'` [www].

13 March 2023 (Mon.): Labour Day, Vic..
11-13 March 2023: Steamfest, National Steam Centre, Scoresby, Melbourne, Vic. [www].
10-13 March 2023 (Fri-Mon): Port Fairy Folk Festival [www].

5 March 2023 (#1/23): Bahrain F1 Grand Prix.

2-5 March 2023 (Thurs.-Sun.): Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance Amelia Island FL US [www].
2-3 March 2023: Goodings Amelia Island Auction [www].
2 March 2022: Bonhams Amelia Island Auction [www].
 

28 February - 5 March 2023, .au: Airshow 2023, Avalon, Geelong, Vic., public 3-5 March [www].

26 February 2023: British & European Motoring show, Caribbean Park, Ferntree Gully Road, Melb., Vic., .au [www].

24-26 February 2023, .uk: Race Retro historic motorsport show, Stoneleigh Park [www].
24th: Silverstone Auctions, [www] including lot 429 a 1998 Subaru Impreza 22B STi, chassis #GC806949; lot 447 a 2016 Land Rover 90 TDCi Heritage Hardtop, chassis #SALLDWNP7GA487792, engine #1511170823929DT224, one of 400, less than 30 miles from new; lot 496 a 1981 DeLorean DMC-12, chassis #SCEDT26T1BD003707, engine #3387.

24-25 February 2023: Ballarat Swap Meet [www]. But, 11/2022: "... due to a range of factors, the Board of the Rotary Ballarat Swap Meet Incorporated sadly advises that the 2023 Swap Meet has been cancelled ...".

23-25 February 2023: F1 pre-season testing, Bahrain (only test). (First GP Bahrain 5th March.)
Drivers and teams for the 2023 F1 season: Valterri Bottas, Guanyu Zhou [Alfa Romeo]; Nyck de Vries, Yuki Tsunoda [Alpha Tauri]; Esteban Ocon, Pierre Gasly [Alpine]; Lance Stroll, Fernando Alonso [Aston Martin]; Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz [Ferrari]; Kevin Magnusson, Nico Hulkenberg, [Haas]; Oscar Piastri, Lando Norris [McLaren]; Lewis Hamilton, George Russell [Mercedes]; Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez [Red Bull]; Alexander Albon, Logan Sargeant [Williams].

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19 February 2023 (Sun.), .au: Victorian 4WD Show, Lardner Park, Victoria 3821 [www].

19 February 2023 (Sun.): Historic Commercial Vehicle Display Day, Yarra Glen racecourse, Vic., HCVC [www].

1-5 February 2023: Retromobile, Paris [www].
1-2 February 2023: Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde a Paris (auction) [www].
1 February 2023: RM Sotheby's Paris auction [www].

1 February 2023, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 670,689,072, total deaths 6,832,807;  .usa 102,345,548, 1,108,472; .uk 24,507,298, 218,028; .au 11,295,446, 18,615; — JHU [www][1/2]. The case fatality rate is still hovering around roughly 1%, with variations, much like the start of the pandemic nearly three years ago, although cases may be more under-reported than deaths? .au: About 3,500 new cases per day and 50 deaths per day. (Also see [www].)

 

30 January 2023: "... Ford is significantly increasing production of the Mustang Mach-E ... [and] reduc[ing] prices across the board ..." — Ford [www]. (Tesla reduced prices 14 Jan.)

29 Jan Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.73/l; min $1.64; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.75/l, min $1.55); oil us$80/b
27 Jan Fri au$1.00=us$0.71, £0.57, €0.65, ¥92

27 January 2023: "Gas supply outlook improves but shortfall still possible ..." — ACCC [www].

26 January 2023: Australia Day.

26 January 2023: "The voices missing in the panic about Alice Springs ..." — [abc]. #NT #crime

24 Jan Tues Melb ULP avg au$1.73/l; min $1.64; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.65/l, min $1.55); oil us$82/b; au$1.00=us$0.70, £0.57, €0.65, ¥92

24 January 2023 recall #REC-005607: "Santa Fe, Kona N (OS), i30N Sedan (CN7) & Sonata N-Line (DN8) 2020-2022 ... Due to a programming issue, the 'fail-safe' driving mode may not respond as intended when certain transmission faults are detected. Under certain driving conditions the vehicle fail-safe mode may activate resulting in reduced acceleration followed by a loss of motive power." — .gov.au [www].

23 January 2023: "Sun Cable demise shows renewable energy mega projects 'really hard' ... — [abc]. (One might think that powering Darwin, rather than Singapore, would have been a safer bet.)

22 January 2023 (Sun.): Arizona Concours d'Elegance, Scottsdale [www].
27 January 2023: Bonhams Scottsdale Auction [www] including lot 140 a 1912 Simplex 50hp 5 Passenger Torpedo Tourer, coachwork by JM Quinby and Company, purchased new by Harold Vanderbilt for Eleonora Sears (sold us$4,845,000); lot 152 a 1953 Siata 208S Spider, coachwork by Motto, chassis #BS518, engine #BS078 (sold us$1,572,500); lot 170 a 1989 Aston Martin Lagonda Series IV Saloon, vin SCFDL01S6KTL13615, engine #V/858/3615/LFA (sold $47,040).
26 January 2023: RM Sotheby's Arizona Auction [www] including lot 108 a 2002 Mercedes-Benz G 500, chassis #WDCYR49E72X131705, (sold us$100,800); lot 141 a 2014 Ferrari LaFerrari, chassis #ZFF76ZFA2E0207435 (sold $4,075,000); lot 189 a 1970 Toyota FJ40 Land Cruiser, chassis #FJ4-092465, engine #F-331937 (sold $64,960).

22 January 2023: Eleven months since Russia invaded Ukraine.

20 January 2023, .au: 'Direct injection of hydrogen main [90%] fuel and diesel pilot fuel in a retrofitted single-cylinder compression ignition engine,' X. Liu et al, Int. J. of Hydrogen Energy, 47(84), pp.35864-35876, [www], 5/10/2022; also see the [bbc].

19 Jan Thu Melb ULP avg au$1.76/l; min $1.64; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.81/l, min $1.55); oil us$79/b; au$1.00=us$0.69, £0.56, €0.64, ¥88

19 January 2023, .uk: 'ZeroAvia' demonstrated a "19-seat Dornier 228 twin-engine aircraft" with a "hydrogen-electric powertrain on the left wing of the aircraft". It was "fuelled using compressed gaseous hydrogen" — ZeroAvia [www].

17 January 2023, .au: "University of Queensland researchers have found a way to more efficiently convert sugarcane into a building block of aviation fuel and other products. ... isobutanol from a renewable resource could be used to make fuels, plastics, rubbers and food additives. ..." — UQ [www]. See [doi:10.1002/chem.202203140].

17 January 2023: "Exactly 70 years after the Corvette debuted ... Chevrolet has returned to introduce the first-ever electrified Corvette with all-wheel-drive and a powerful 6.2L LT2 Small Block V-8, the 2024 E-Ray. ..." — GM [www]. That is, there is an electric motor for the front wheels with a 1.9kWh battery.

16 January 2023, .vic: The committal hearing of Greg Lynn over the alleged murders of Carol Clay and Russell Hill in the Wonnangatta valley, 20 March 2020, began, e.g., [abc], [18/1]. 25/1: Lynn was committed to stand trial, [25/1].

15 January 2023: Finish of Dakar 2023, Saudi Arabia, [www]. (Started 31 Dec. 2022.) Results: bikes 1. Kevin Benavides (KTM); cars 1. Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel (Toyota); quad 1. Alexandre Giroud (Yamaha); trucks 1. Janus van Kasteren, Darek Rodewald and Marcel Snijders (Iveco).

14 January 2023: "Tesla cuts prices by up to a fifth to boost demand ... the company's share price [fell] more than 65% over [2022] as a whole ..." — [bbc].

14 Jan Sat Melb ULP avg au$1.81/l; min $1.64; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.68/l, min $1.55); oil us$80/b
13 Jan Fri au$1.00=us$0.70, £0.57, €0.64, ¥90

13 January 2023: Projections by Exxon and ExxonMobil [1970 on] "forecast warming that is consistent with subsequent observations. ... accurately predicted when human-caused global warming would first be detected, and reasonably estimated the 'carbon budget' for holding warming below 2°C. [But] the company's public statements about climate science contradicted its own scientific data." — G. Supran et al, Science, vol.379, no.6628 [doi:10.1126/science.abk0063].

13 January 2023, .au: "Rain and storms increasing in Queensland, heatwave conditions expected for southern Australia and fires continue in Western Australia ..." — [bom]. Also check Qld [www] roads.
And .uk: "Heavy rain causes floods and travel chaos across UK ..." — [bbc].

13 January 2023: Mazda "unveiled the Mazda MX-30 e-Skyactiv R-EV, a plug-in hybrid model that uses a rotary engine as a generator, at the Brussels Motor Show ... 85km battery [range] ... 17.8kWh lithium ion battery and a 50L [petrol] tank ..." — Mazda [www]. The battery covers most daily commutes and the range-extender ICE covers long trips.

12-15 January 2023, .uk: Autosport International, NEC, Birmingham (12-13 trade only) [www].

12 January 2023, .au: "Models indicate La Nina to¬†ease in early 2023 ..." — [bom].

6 January 2023, .uk: "... petrol fell by 8.4p last month to 151.06p/l ... Diesel came down by 9.4p to 173.97p/l ..." — RAC [www].

6 Jan Fri Melb ULP avg au$1.92/l; min $1.70; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.78/l, min $1.57); oil us$73/b; au$1.00=us$0.68, £0.57, €0.64, ¥91

6 January 2023: "Australia's national mean temperature was 0.50°C warmer than the 1961-1990 average, making 2022 the equal-22nd-warmest year on record ... Rainfall was very much above average for the south-eastern quarter of the mainland ..." — [bom].

5-8 January 2023: Consumer Electronics Show (& media 3rd & 4th) Las Vegas [www]. BMW showed the i Vision Dee electric concept saloon and Stellantis (Dodge) a concept Ram 150 EV battery electric pickup truck (ute).

5 January 2023: "Flooding impacts continue in Western Australia as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie moves to the southern Kimberley region ..." — [bom]. Also check WA [www] roads.
And, "For Australia as a whole, December [2022] rainfall was 33% above average. ..." — [bom].

5 January 2023, .au: "... A total of 1,081,429 vehicles were delivered during an unusual year when demand exceeded supply. Toyota was the top selling car brand with 21.4% of the market while the top selling vehicle was the Toyota Hi-Lux (64,391). SUVs and light commercials accounted for 76.8% of sales and comprise eight of the top 10 vehicles. Battery electric vehicles accounted for 3.1% of sales ..." — FCAI [www].

3 January 2023: "Why do people tailgate? A psychologist explains ..." — [abc]. Also see 'Preliminary evidence of the efficacy of the Reducing Aggressive Driving (RAD) program', A. N. Stephens et al, J. of Safety Research, vol.82, pp.438-449, Sept. 2022, [www].

3 January 2023, .au: "Flooding inundates homes in Fitzroy Crossing [WA], central Kimberley as river hits highest level on record ..." — [abc]. And, "Ex-Tropical Cyclone Ellie lies between Broome and Fitzroy Crossing and is expected to slowly track west to be centred just east of Broome by Wednesday morning. ..." — [bom]. Also check WA [www] roads.
2 January 2023, .au: "Menindee [NSW] residents on flood alert as Darling River continues to rise ..." — [abc]. Also check NSW [www] roads.

1 Jan Sun Melb ULP avg au$1.97/l; min $1.60; ([Perth] ULP avg $1.66/l, min $1.54); oil us$80/b
30 Dec Fri au$1.00=us$0.68, £0.56, €0.64, ¥90

1 Jan 2023, covid-19: Worldwide total confirmed cases 660,401,092, total deaths 6,690,189;  — JHU [www][1/1]. China stoped releasing data, probably embarrassed by the surge in cases; a number of countries (.uk, .usa, .fr, .au, ...) introduced covid-19 testing requirements for travellers from China.

January 2023, .au, National road deaths in 2022: "... During the 12 months ended December 2022, there were 1,187 road deaths. This is an increase of 5.1% from the 12-month period ending December 2021 ..." — bitre.gov.au [www].

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