Chevrolet Corvettes. The Corvette in Australia is as rare as hen’s teeth. It is also the American super car. When I came to the United States I bought a C4 Corvette. That led the purchase of a series of Corvettes from a C4 Coupe, to a C5 Coupe, to a C6 Coupe, to a C6 Convertible to a C7 Coupe. The Corvette is an amazing American sports car that manages to match V8 small block Chevy power to a rear while drive drivetrain at an amazingly affordable price.
Food and Drink
American Craft Beer. When I first came to the United States in the late 1990s Australian beer was better than American beer. Australia had some beers outside the standard lagers, such as Toohey’s Red which was a bitter and Redback which was a wheat beer. By the late 2000s American beer had eclipsed Australian and European beer. American beer is now the best in the world by far. It used to be you had to look to spirits or wine for sophisticated alcohol tastes; beer is now beating them out thanks to the American craft brew industry.
Australian Flying Corps. In World War I Australia decided to create their own air arm; the Australian Flying Corps. It was part of the army and its first major goal was to support the Australian Imperial Force in the Middle East. Later the Australian Flying Corps units joined the Royal Flying Corps in France and Belgium supporting the Western Front. Four training squadrons were also setup in England to ensure a steady supply of pilots and support staff.
The Battle of Darwin. During 1942 the Japanese bombed Northern Australia with Darwin being a particular focus. For a mix of political and military reasons, Australia was able to procure from Britain several squadrons of Spitfires to defend Australia from bombing attacks. Over a period of two years the bombing campaign against Darwin and Northern Australia continued until finally air superiority was achieved.