Pattaya Panthers missed out by
It will go down in history that the Pattaya Panthers
missed out by hair’s breadth last weekend in Bangkok.
The occasion was an informal round-robin tens
tournament between the Bangkok Japanese, the British Club, the Southerners
and the Pattaya Panthers held at NIST on Soi 15. All of the clubs were
looking for a final preparatory hit out before the fabled Pattaya
International 10’s tournament coming up on the 22nd and 23rd of April.
Each team was to play each other once in matches of two 7-minute halves; a
similar format to the Pattaya Tournament but 10-minute halves will be used
in for international rules.
The tournament began at 4:00pm in sweltering heat. The
first game was between a fired up Pattaya Panthers team playing away for
the first time since their famous victorious (and riotous) outing to
Phuket and who were literally chomping at the bit at the prospect of a big
weekend in Bangkok, and a British Club team who, just due to their size,
looked very imposing.
The Panthers were fantastic. Their forwards were always
first to the breakdown, they rucked ferociously and provided good, quick
ball for their backs - who did not disappoint. The handling was superb and
the try count mounted against the British Club. This was champagne rugby.
The final score was 31-0 in favor of the totally dominant Panthers.
The next game was a tight affair between two
well-matched sides: the Bangkok Japanese and the Southerners. It finished
with a converted try a-piece. It was clear that these two teams would both
form formidable obstacles for the Panthers.
And then the Panthers were back on against the
Southerners. This was a different ballgame to the British Club. The
Southerners were a big, well-drilled unit who ran well with the ball in
hand. The Panthers found themselves under pressure from the kick-off.
However, the Panther’s defence was heroic. The Panthers play would have
brought a tear to the eye of the director of “Shaka Zulu”. Twice they
repelled long drawn out attacks on the Panthers’ line. The last was on
the verge of full time and Adrian “Ball’s gone” Sparrow along with
Ralph “Oyster” Clim both put their lives literally on the line to save
the day. The game ended in a physical 0-0 draw after the Panthers
discovered that it is difficult to win when the opposition are not good
enough to spend any time with the ball in your possession.
The next game featured the Bangkok Japanese beating the
British Club by 17-7. Again the Bangkok Japanese played the expansive game
for which they are known. This game was then followed by the Southerners
against the British Club. Here we saw the British Club raise their game
and the Southerners, at one point, found themselves under some pressure.
However, their superior strength and skill showed through to win 10-5.
All this meant that the final game between the Bangkok
Japanese and the Pattaya Panthers was the decider. Winner takes all, loser
goes home grumpy.
It was always going to be close. The Panthers were
facing a few injury problems following the grueling game against the
Southerners. Piers ‘the Tongue in the scrum’ Puntan was hobbling on
the sidelines and Andy ‘the Judge’ Southgate was not much better on
the pitch - not to mention Oyster and Ball’s Gone still struggling to
recover from the concussion they inflicted on each other as part of their
revolutionary new defensive techniques.
The Bangkok Japanese came at full speed. Their handling
and recycling of the ball was excellent and even though the Panthers’
tackling, which is rapidly becoming legendary, was terrific, the Bangkok
Japanese found a gap in the Panther defensive line during the first half
to score the first try. This was subsequently converted from a tight
The Panthers had to battle hard and finally Brian Reid
broke through the defense to score a superb try aided by the injured Ralph
Oyster Clim to score in the corner.
And now we come to the tragic bit, a rum titty tum
titty tum titty tum. The Panthers missed the conversion.
The final whistle blew at 7-5 to the Bangkok Japanese.
The Panthers were rightly heartbroken - they had
finished third rather than first. But, by this time the Southerners and
the British Club were already tucking into the beer and the Panthers were
able to drown their sorrows.
All in all, it was a great day and all the teams
involved performed tremendously. It was a tribute to Rugby and expat Rugby
in particular and should be done more often.
The evening’s entertainment for all four clubs went
according to plan at Delaney’s Bangkok, so not all was lost!
The next fixture for your local team is a big one and not to be missed.
The Thailand 10’s International Tournament has been relocated to ISR. So
your local team, the Delaney’s Pattaya Panthers will be hosting the
international tournament. Dates are 22nd and 23rd of April 2000. Come out
to ISR and see teams and players from all over the globe battle in the
inaugural Pattaya Tournament. 10’s Rugby and Touch football are the main
attractions with no cover charge, come along in your local club’s
colours of Bottle Green and Black to show your support. No cover charge
other than a loud cheer for fine play.
Royal Garden to sponsor Festival Yacht
Pattaya Mail continues support of yachting
Story and photos by
One of the big events to be held during Pattaya Festival
2000 is the annual Royal Varuna Yacht Club to Pattaya Beach yacht race
which, by finishing close to the shore off South Pattaya, will bring this
exciting and clean sport much closer to the people. The race, to be held
Saturday, 15 April, will be the opening gambit in this year’s Festival.
Following last year’s inaugural highly-successful
event, the Royal Garden agreed to continue to sponsor this race which,
again, is supported by the Pattaya Mail, further enhancing the
newspaper’s role as the guardian of the city’s environment.
Pattaya Festival 2000 yacht race will be held Saturday afternoon,
Only last week, Peter Malhotra, the Mail managing
director, re-emphasized support for marine-related activities in and around
the Jomtien-Pattaya littoral, especially yacht-racing which, as he stated at
that time, “is one of man-kind’s most environmentally-friendly
The Mail approach is most complementary to that of
the Royal Garden itself which, through sponsoring such other events as the
Koh Larn Classic, combining cross-country running with yacht racing,
promotes the hotel’s philosophy of eco-tourism. The resultant “eco code
of conduct” formulated by the Royal Garden resorts constitutes an
admirable blueprint for strict protection of the environment and -
particularly in Pattaya’s case – the fragile ecology.
Khun Somsak, the Garden’s general manager, pointed out
that this year’s event will surpass the 1999 race and it is expected that
a very large crowd will be there to watch the fun, examine the many types of
craft drawn up on Pattaya Beach in front of the Royal Garden and, generally,
to join the festivities.
Race officer of the day, Bob Gardham, will send the
expected large fleet away from the Royal Varuna Yacht Club start line at
13.00 hours, with a shorter course provided for the junior Laser sailors and
the Optimist fleet. The ‘bigger guys’ will then sail north to Koh Chun
(Lighthouse Island) off Pattaya Bay, leaving the small rack outcrop to
starboard, sailing thereafter in towards Pattaya Beach.
The junior Lasers and the Optimists will sail closer to
the shore, not passing around Koh Chun, to make the course shorter and,
hopefully, to finish at the same time as the ‘big people’.
As an added bonus for the public, the fleets will then
sail parallel to the shore, two times around buoys set close inshore,
allowing good viewing from the beach and Pattaya Beach Road.
Pattaya City Mayor Pairat Suttithamrongsawat will be
present to present the awards, right there on the beachfront at the
hospitality marquee erected by the Royal Garden, which will also ply the
thirsty sailors with refreshments and snacks.
It promises to be a marvellous spectacle to ‘launch’
the Pattaya Festival 2000 and it would be impossible to think of a better
way to initiate the opening than with a flotilla of dinghies sailing in from
Prize giving is expected to be at around 14.00 - 14.30,
depending on the wind conditions. Thereafter, the public can watch the start
of the return leg, again easily visible from the beach. It will not exactly
be an America’s Cup start but, hopefully, it will bring one of Pattaya’s
best sports within view. Yacht racing’s major drawback is the fact that
races are held so far from the shore as to be almost non-existent.
Come along to Beach Road opposite the Royal Garden. Look
for the Pattaya Mail, Royal Varuna Yacht Club banner flying over the
strand. Come and join the fun, talk to the yachties, take some pictures!
See you on Beach Road on Saturday.
The Path of Supreme Strength and Conflict
by Patrick Stahl,
The martial arts in China are like baseball in America, a
national pastime. The roots of the martial arts are not particularly
martial. Early systematized exercise traditions were developed in the
monastic communities as techniques for the cultivation of health and
personal development, often with the goal of longevity or immortality. The
great styles of the movement or exercise arts emerged from natural
philosophy and spiritual pursuit. Pa Qua and Hsing-I are steeped in
spirituality and the animal forms honour and mirror animal gestures as a
pathway to harmony and balance with the forces of nature. All of these
styles and forms lend themselves to martial application and during certain
periods of China’s history, especially the Boxer Rebellion, the arts of
personal cultivation tended to become primarily martial.
It is Chi Gong in the martial arts that supplies the
abundance of Chi that makes the practitioner seem to fly, absorb tremendous
blows and knock down opponents with what look like minor punches. Chi Gong
in the martial arts is the source of what is called the “soft styles and
inner strength”. Chi Gong in the martial arts engenders the strategy
wherein the great is defeated by the small. Chi Gong in the martial arts
suggests that through supreme development of the Chi the victor is a warrior
who overcomes without needing to strike. This is the greatest, most subtle
victory where the opponent’s force is neutralized by a natural,
non-violent resolution that occurs through an ultimate understanding of the
Through Chi Gong practice the martial arts practitioner develops the Wei
Chi protective energy and the surface tissue of the body into an “iron
shirt” which is impenetrable and can absorb the opponent’s attack. With
a special understanding of the Chi the practitioner can combine a state of
extreme lightness with extreme flexibility to achieve extraordinary leaping
ability that has earned some of the great practitioners nicknames like
“leaping butterfly master” and “dancing dragon flying”.
Tugh, rough and slick
PSC TAGGS... golf from the Hare House
Monday, April 3 - Noble Place (Bogey)
1st: Mark Campbell, 3 down
2nd: Terry Minneghan, 3 down
3rd: Doug Campbell, 4 down
Noble Place did a number on the group from the Hare
House. On Monday, April 3, TAGGS played a Bogey competition at this tough
Peter Thomson layout, and none of the golfers came close to winning their
match with the course. The best that could be salvaged from the day was a
couple of “3 downs” by Mark Campbell and Terry Minneghan. Mark took home
the Knotted Putter in a count back for his second singles win in 2000.
Doug Campbell took third place with a score of “4
down” for his third straight appearance on the podium. Doug echoed the
sentiments of most of the participants that the white tees had been placed
so far back in the boxes that they should have been painted black.
Wednesday, April 5 - Phoenix Lakes/Ocean (Medal)
1st: Anders Pedersson, 67 net
2nd: Russell Finch, 69 net
3rd: Paul Hartley, 69 net
The rough is back at Phoenix. The Alternative
Gentlemen’s Golf Society played a medal competition on the Lakes and Ocean
nines, and they found themselves hunting for balls just inches off the
fairway. Why can’t the folks at Phoenix give us a first cut of rough?
Even with the long thick grass driving the Hare House
Gang to distraction, this course is just not long enough to cause too much
trouble. Having an easy time of it, Denmark’s Anders Pedersson, playing
off 14, shot a net 67 for his second 2000 win out of the Hare House.
Tied for second spot at net 69 were Russell Finch and
Paul Hartley, with Russell winning the count back with a net 34 on the back
Friday, April 7 - Green Valley (Stableford)
1st: Mark Campbell, 37 points
2nd: Anders Karlsson, 34 points
3rd: Kerry Bremmer, 32 points
The greenskeeper at Green Valley must have decided to
celebrate Masters Week by shaving the greens and looking to obtain an eleven
on the Stimpmeter. The greens were in great shape; the balls rolled true;
but, brother, they were slicker than a go-go girl’s behind.
Mark Campbell had 37 points and won the Stableford event
on Friday, April 7, for his second win out of the Hare House this week. It
was also Mark’s third TAGGS singles win this year, placing him with
Stephen Beard as the only three time winners in 2000.
Anders Karlsson has graced us with his presence, taking a break from the
rigors of life in the Philippines. Anders had 34 points and was awarded a
free Green Fee at Green Valley for his efforts. Kerry Bremmer won a
three-way count back over Doug Campbell and Jimmy Little, scoring 17 of his
32 points on the back nine.
Sattahip North & West
PSC Pattaya Golf Society from The Bunker
The Bunker Boys played the two toughest nines at
Sattahip. Only two players out of 34 could break par, Joe Sparey &
Wilf Latham. It’s good to see Joe concentrating on golf again and
playing true to form. Wilf seems to have hit a purple patch and is in the
frame almost every week. The handicap committee will soon bring him down
to earth. Norman Brooks & Ken Lill came joint 3rd with + 1. Well
Remy, the only non-Brit, and Danny Greer came in joint
1st in B Division with +2 followed by Les Winch with +3.
Joe ‘The Buggy’ Sparey, - 4
Wilf ‘Hey Up’ Latham, - 2
Norman ‘Isn’t It’ Brooks, +1
Ken ‘Baggy Pants’ Lill, + 1
Burt ‘Remy’ Guy, +2
Danny ‘Fireman’ Greer, +2
Les ‘Pull it’ Winch, +3
Near pins: Wilf ‘Hey Up’ Latham, Danny ‘fireman’ Greer, Garry
‘100 mph’ Hammil.
Welcome back ‘Jens’ from your 7 month trip on the
Speedy recovery from you operation Colin, hope to see
you on the golf tee soon.
Last week, great golf was played at Siam Country Club
when the Pattaya Golf Society met for their weekly tournament on Thursday,
28 March. In A Flight, Wilf Latham came in with a 4 under par and 40
Stableford points, but was denied the outright win by Paul “Houdini”
Butler with a great chip in to make birdie at the 18th for the same 40
Norman, Barry and Bruce came in joint 3rd with par 36
B Flight winner John Preddy just managed to fend off
Neil Griffin’s 39 point round. Les Winch took third place with par 36
Well done Anton Powell with his best ever score of 33,
+3 on handicap.
Joint 1st: Wilf “Hey Up” Latham and Paul “Houdini
Butler, 40 points
Joint 3rd: Norman Brooks, Barry Barnes and Bruce “Mosses” Laurence, 36
1st: John Preddy, 40 points
2nd: Neil Griffin, 39 points
3rd: Les Winch, 36 points
Near pins: Chris John, John Preddy, Bill “Abdul”
Carter, and Garry “100 mph” Carter.
The monthly Bunker Bonus was won by Neil Griffin with 3 over for the
PSC Local Rules For Courses
The PSC Golf Rules Committee have published a set of
‘Local Rules’ to be applied in all PSC Competitions and Tournaments and,
it is suggested, for social golf as well.
The idea is to play to a common rules standard at all the
Eastern Seaboard golf courses and prevent many of the arguments and
discussions that have taken place in the past about ruling situations during
and after play.
The list of Local Rules results from a lengthy study of
these situations together with suggestions submitted by PSC member golfers.
Any further suggestions will be welcomed, and should be
handed in at the PSC Office, addressed to the PSC Golf Rules Committee.
1. Ants. Relief, at the nearest point, may be taken from
nests or mounds only when interfering with stance or swing.
2. Ball Embedded. Through the green (the whole golf
course, excluding hazards). A ball that is embedded in its own pitch-mark,
relief may be taken at the nearest point of relief, without penalty. The
ball may be cleaned when lifted.
3. Cart Paths. Through the green, either man made or
formed by constant use of vehicles. Relief may be taken, from area of swing
or stance, at the nearest point of relief without penalty. The ball may be
cleaned when lifted.
4. Cart or Tractor Tracks. Through the green relief may
be taken, from area of swing or stance, at the nearest point of relief
without penalty. The ball may be cleaned when lifted.
5. Drainage Ditches, and any construction forming part
thereof. Through the green, are all to be treated as lateral water hazards
and relief may be taken under penalty.
6. Drop Zones. Will not be used. Please refer to the
Rules of Golf as to the correct procedure.
7. Flower Beds and Landscaped Areas. Through the green,
are to be treated as lateral water hazards and relief may be taken under
penalty. This rule also includes shaped bushes and trees.
8. Hazards. Bunkers, under unusual damage to course. a)
There is no relief from footprints in bunkers. b) Washed out bunkers and
damage caused through excessive drainage of water, the ball may be dropped
in the bunker at the nearest point of relief without penalty.
9. Putting Green. If a ball lies on an edging groove
around the putting green, the player may, without penalty, lift the ball,
clean it and place it out of the groove in the nearest position to where it
lay, whether on or off the putting green, which is no nearer the hole.
10. Tree bowls and Roots. There is no relief. If
required, relief can only be taken under the Rules of Golf covering
11. Trees, small. Unless marked or staked, relief may
only be taken under the unplayable ball rule, under penalty.
12. Stones in Bunkers. Stones in bunkers are to be
treated as movable obstructions and may be removed, without penalty. If the
ball moves in so doing, it should be replaced in its original position.
13. Water Hazards. Unmarked and insufficiently marked
water hazards are all to be treated as lateral water hazards, the margin of
which, is formed by the natural limits of the hazard, i.e. where the ground
breaks down to form the depression containing the water.
14. Yardage Markers. All yardage markers, whether man
made or of natural materials are to be treated as immovable obstructions and
relief may be taken, without penalty under the Rules of Golf rule 24-2 i.e.,
nearest point of relief, plus one club length.
15. Caddies. Players are reminded that under the Rules of
Golf, a player incurs the applicable penalty for any breach of the rules by
his caddy. It is suggested that players instruct their caddies accordingly,
prior to the beginning of play. Note should be taken that it is the
marker’s responsibility to mark the score of another player during
16. Undue Delay. Members are reminded of the Rules of
Golf, 6.7 & 6.8 covering undue delay of play. This applies especially to
drink stops, where taking on refreshments should be limited to 5 minutes.
17. Call Holes. Should not be used, unless a group of
players outside the competition request to be allowed to play up.
a) These Local Rules will be reviewed on a regular basis,
and members wishing to make recommendations or suggestions should address
these to the Rules Committee in writing where they will be given due
b) Players are reminded that they should be properly
attired both during play and in the clubhouse. Proper attire consists of a
shirt with sleeves and collar, and tailored trousers or shorts.
c) The tournament organiser of the day has the right to
impose additional rules on the day, such as winter rules.
Pattaya Sports Club Golf Rules Committee March 2000.
Fitness Tips: Weight or
Up until today I have been one of the strongest
proponents of the adage that the only things that will reduce an
individual’s body fat were healthy eating habits with correct balance of
Carbohydrate (50%-60%), Protein (30%) and Fat (10-20%) in conjunction with
regular aerobic based activity.
Today, I still believe that this is and will remain to
be the case.
However, recent research has shown that there now could
be some semblance of a ‘magic pill’.
Xenocal is the next weight loss drug to be released.
Will it work better on the complications of obesity rather than weight
Orlistat (Xenocal) is one of two new weight control
preparations soon to be released in Australia. Xenocal, which is a gastric
lipase inhibitor, reduces the absorption of fats into the bloodstream from
fats in foods by blocking an enzyme involved in this, thus forcing fats to
pass through the body undigested.
Trials of the substance have now been published to
allay some of the fears about the detrimental effects of Xenocal on the
‘leaching’ of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals from the diet. These
trials have shown that only 30% of fat eaten is blocked from absorption.
Hence the remainder should be sufficient to maintain a healthy nutrient
intake. Whether this is sufficient to guarantee big weight losses on the
other hand is questionable.
Weight loss and effects of weight loss
In trials from Malmo in Sweden, Xenocal was found to
reduce body weight over 12 months by around 6%. Although this may sound
adequate, other patients were given a placebo in the same trial as a
control group. This control group had a loss of around 4.5% meaning the
real weight loss from the drug was only 1.5 %.
This may not be good news for those interested in large
weight loss. The good news, however, is that other ‘invisible’ health
factors such as blood pressure, blood cholesterol and blood sugars
(leading to diabetes) are improved significantly by Xenocal. Another
important point is that there appears to be no side effects as with other
weight loss drugs.
According to Dr. Susan Jebb, Head of Nutrition at
Cambridge University, Xenocal also has the effect of improving the main
factor that causes obesity - an errant lifestyle. Eating too much fatty
food can cause anal leakage and soft stools, which may give
gastro-intestinal discomfort, and hence discourage the patient from eating
this type of food. Yes, I did intentionally go for two of the nastiest
examples, for shock value. I want you to sit up and pay attention. Also,
unlike other weight loss drugs, it can be taken over a long period without
Jebb goes on to point out that the drug only works
under certain conditions; in particular a patient has to be motivated, be
severely obese and have failed on other lifestyle-based treatments.
In language I can understand this would be like saying
the user of the drug must be very, very big in the first place, must
honestly want more than anything to reduce body weight and was not able to
start exercising because of body disability, injury or malfunction.
Given these positive benefits, it may be more
appropriate for Xenocal to be sold as a metabolic corrector drug with a
side effect of weight loss. This is likely to reduce any potential abuse
by individuals with only small amounts of weight to lose for aesthetic /
Take home message... You will soon be hearing about a
new wonder drug, well, Xenocal offers some promise for those with serious
weight problems, it may be even better as a metabolic drug with weight
loss side effects. It still does not measure up to regular activity and
Auto Mania: Local
by Dr. Iain Corness
The 2nd Round of the All Thailand Touring Car
Championship 2000 will be held at the Bira International Circuit this
weekend. Following the first round win by “Pete” (the film star) in
the Toyota Corolla Altis (which was on display at the Bangkok
International Motor Show) the Honda brigade have spent some time and baht
to try and improve the competitiveness of their entries.
Slowest concept car?
Toyota Team Thailand have not been sitting on their
hands either, following the demise last meeting of their lead Corolla in
the hands of star driver Natavud (one of the best steerers in Thailand, in
my opinion). The flywheel drama has been attended to and expect to see
another stunning performance by this driver this weekend.
Thoughts from the Bangkok Motor Show
It was certainly a “bigger and better” show this
year, with more cars and more exhibitors. The majority built imaginative
booths, the Japanese manufacturers in particular; however, the most
imaginative exhibitor had to be Paul Markham from Ecolux. Who’s Ecolux I
hear you say? Paul’s Ecolux company builds, in Thailand, a range of
electric bicycles and while he was relegated to a tent in the grounds
outside, there were Ecolux bikes just everywhere inside the main BITEC
building, with an ever-smiling Paul suggesting you get on and try one. If
you were an “important person” then he had a camera there as well!
Ecolux have a factory in Chiang Rai and now one in Bangkok, too. After I
get some more details on his electric rockets I’ll publish them, but the
prices were around 18,000 baht for a machine that can travel 60 kilometres
before requiring a recharge.
Benz SLA concept roadster
Most uninspired displays had to be Jaguar and Brabus,
both in another hall other than the main one, and damn difficult to find.
If they got anyone there who actually found them they would have been
lucky. Jaguar did have the XJ 220 on show, but whilst this is a
sensational looking car, it is now 8 years old, having been originally
shown at the British International Motor Show in Birmingham in 1992. Last
year, the Jaguar stand was superb. This year, I think they could have
Brabus showed their idea of what a Mercedes Benz should
look like, but it appeared as if all they did was nick the three pointed
star off the bonnet and give you a button with “B” on it as a
replacement. Left me totally underwhelmed.
Aussie journalists were very well represented at the
Show this year, with Ric Williams from the Bush Driver publication down
under making the trek up, as well as award winner John Weinthal from
Brisbane and myself. All three of us were appalled at the rapaciousness of
the local “media” who descended on each stand on the press preview day
looking for “goodies” after each manufacturer’s presentation. We
were also interested to see the number of Thai press motoring journalists
- about 300 at last count, with 50% being young girls of around 20 years
of age. I must admit I didn’t know that “Dolly” magazine and the
like were interested in motor cars! I must be getting old and cynical!
Markham and his Ecolux electric bicycle
As usual, English language press kits were as rare
rocking horse poop, but I can’t really complain too much, we are, after
all, in Thailand and as I said before, there were 300 of them and 3 of us!
More on the motor show next week.
World’s Slowest Concept Car
Mercedes Benz scored another ‘first” at the Motor
Show with their SLA concept roadster, but not a “first” that they
wanted you to hear about. In the opening minutes of the press day we went
to MB’s stand to see the much vaunted SLA. This had come from the German
Show and was certainly a futuristic looking device, even if highly
unlikely as a production exercise. However, there on display were the
specifications of the car, including stated performance figures of 0-10
kph in 7.9 “secounds”! Since I can run faster than that, we began
falling about laughing about the less than staggering performance figures,
never mind the mis-spelling. This brought the MB staff over immediately
and when the snail-like figures were pointed out, the spec board was
quickly spirited away to come back minutes later with the correction 0-100
kph in the 7.9 seconds.
MB no doubt thought they had corrected this gaffe in
time, but they hadn’t, had they?
The following is a “true” story about Nelson
Mandela, the famous South African leader (would I lie to you?). After
being released from jail, Nelson was sleeping at his home when there came
a loud knocking at the door. On opening it, instead of a policeman, he saw
a small Chinese delivery man who waved a docket under his nose and said,
“You sign, you sign.” Nelson asked what for, and was shown a large
truck full of bumper bars sitting outside. Saying that these were
definitely not for him he closed the door. For the next two mornings the
same scenario occurred, with the Chinaman bringing engines and then
windscreens. When Nelson finally lost his patience and shouted that these
deliveries were not for him, the Chinaman also lost his cool, pointing to
the delivery docket and shouting, “These are for you. You Nissan Main
Dealer aren’t you!” Thank you Philip Mordue for the best motoring joke
I’ve ever heard! Mind you, I’ve driven a few motoring jokes in my
time, including the Lamborghini Diablo, the best looking least practical
car in the world.
Last week I asked about names again. Where did the
Swedish Volvo company get its name from? And why? This was really easy.
This name was directly from the Latin, volvo, meaning “I roll”.
That’s along the ground, not “over”!
So to this week. In my mind, the best looking car at the 2000 Motor
Show was the Maserati 3200 coupe. Simply a sensational body styling
exercise over some fabulous mechanicals. So the question for this issue
is, what Maserati models did the Maserati brothers produce in 1950? That
should be easy enough. For the Automania FREE beer this week, be the first
to fax 427 596 or email email@example.com
with the correct answer.
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