From Mustangs to Kombis, we had plenty of stories to get your motor revving in 2020. Take a spin down memory lane as we rewind the top motoring stories of the year.
A herd of Mustangs brought smiles to the faces of many people in Braidwood when a car cruise headed to the bushfire-ravaged town in early 2020. They were among many locals reaching out to help businesses and communities hit hard by the fires.
Hometown hero Mark Webber returned to the nation’s capital to open a new track extension at Canberra Kart Racing Club named in his honour.
At the track, which is now named Circuit Mark Webber, where he began his racing career 30 years ago, the Queanbeyan-born racing driver said the new 1.1km stretch – which was only 400m long when he started – has made the circuit in Pialligo a fantastic place for kids to start their karting careers.
In a world first, the ACT is trialling how electric vehicles can improve energy resilience during peak demand times by providing power from their batteries back into the grid.
The $6.6 million Realising Electric Vehicle-to-grid Services (REVS) project is in partnership with organisations across the electricity and transport supply chains.
The trial saw the ACT Government purchase 50 new Nissan Leaf bi-directional vehicles.
Registration reform made it easier and cheaper to put classic and modified cars on the road in 2020. James Coleman unpacked what the changes mean.
If you’ve got the need for speed, there are places in the capital region where you can test your skills and your car, and put the pedal to the metal – without falling foul of the law. James Coleman lays out your options.
Until December 2019, the ACT’s rideshare drivers risked hefty fines for touching their mobile phones while driving. But one of Canberra’s first rideshare drivers, John Burge, was behind the push for amendments to legislation that now allows drivers to use their mobile device as a driver’s aid – for example, a dispatch system – while the vehicle is moving.
James Coleman made the mistake of having a dig at electric vehicles. Tesla owners then set him straight, dispelling five myths about EVs. He might even become a convert to the future of motoring.
Early model VW Kombi vans in good nick can fetch $150,000 to $200,000 at auctions these days. However, for Goulburn’s Kevin Thompson, his beloved 1973 two-tone Kombi is priceless.
His interest in Kombis stems from his brother-in-law, Allan Apps, a VW mechanic who collected old Kombis and helped Kev restore the rusty, stripped out, former builder’s van.
Love it or hate it, Summernats is usually big business for the ACT.
During a quiet time in the nation’s capital, the event brings 100,000 people and $30 million to the territory.
However, in 2021, organisers will shift gears, moving the festival of fuel to Sydney Dragway from 8 to 10 January.
Auctions of Canberra’s hail-damaged vehicles offered potential bargains to buyers unconcerned about dimpled bodywork.
But excitement at the prospect of a cheap car needed to be tempered with the knowledge that there were conditions and restrictions compared to buying an undamaged vehicle.