Canberra kept on motoring in 2021, despite the fact we didn’t always get to drive very far.
From electric vehicles to Australia’s most regal taxi, and the Queanbeyan model who turned her hand to driving big rigs, there were loads of stories to keep us entertained.
Here’s the top motoring stories that you enjoyed this year.
Daryl Kirkland knows Toyotas inside and out.
He has been around them, driving them, tinkering with them, and sorting parts for them since 1978.
He started at Toyota in Fyshwick at the age of 16, but says there are still a few useful years in him yet.
The Governor-General’s Rolls-Royce came out of hiding for the Queen’s Birthday.
It’s normally used for ceremonial occasions, like the swearing in of a new Governor-General, the opening of parliament, or chauffeuring foreign diplomats.
But this year, James Coleman was invited to Government House for a private tour.
Forget the dull boxes of yesteryear – today’s Volvo is on the cutting edge.
Ask any car boffin and they’ll tell you: the single biggest issue with the design of the ever-rampant sports utility vehicle (SUV) is the high centre of gravity.
Well, it turns out going electric with a slab of batteries solves this problem.
Selling your car and think any old blurry photo will do the job?
Not so, according to photographer Michael Briguglio.
He shared his tips on how to make your car look its best.
A Canberra EV expert says there is much to like about electric cars – ‘plug and play’ is just the start.
But how did committed rally driver and petrol head Rob Ogilvie become Canberra’s champion of electric vehicles?
In one word: excitement.
The Snowy Hydro is one of the civil engineering wonders of the modern world – but something had to carry the workers around the site.
That job fell to the first Toyota in Australia, the trusty LandCruiser.
The people of Canberra have spoken – we want our own motorsport track.
According to a Region Media poll earlier this year, nearly 70 per cent of Canberrans agree that local motorsport should receive a dedicated venue.
Two things are confirmed: it’s in the works, and it will be hilariously good fun.
Combining the ruggedness of an SUV and the gizmos of a car, could the all-wheel-drive Subaru Outback be the perfect choice for Canberra?
The Subaru Outback has to be the most rugged wagon out there, and it has only become more so with this year’s all-new model.
James Coleman explains that it also happens to be a rather fitting car for the centre of the city.
Sales of American pick-up trucks boomed in Australia this year, but are they suitable for city driving?
See how 5.8 metres and 2.5 tonnes of Dodge Ram works in Canberra.
Mary Kovacevic left modelling for life behind the wheel of big rigs.
She’s known as ‘Mumma Mary’, the queen of the road, or even the truck driving instructor in the tennis skirt.
Now she’s training the next generation of drivers and breaking more barriers in the process.