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Volvo pins its hopes on the XC90 SUV

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Volvo has been having a tough time over the past 15 years. The Volvo Car Corporation was sold to Ford Motor Company for $6.45 billion during 2000, and Ford placed…

“Super-MINI” springs out of Italy

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many years ago, there was a version of the Mini called the Innocenti, with the body designed by Bertone. As they say, history repeats itself and (new) MINI and Touring…

What did we learn from the Italian GP?

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Hamilton is the quicker of the two Mercedes drivers, and Rosberg can be made vulnerable when under pressure. And when I say “quicker”, he was in…

Thailand enters F1 team

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Sorry, but I nicked this photo from the internet, but it was just too good not to give it more media space! Obviously a great example of what can be…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned the Hindenburg. It had 16 features which it shared with a race car entered in the 1931 and 1932 Indianapolis 500, and with the Wartsilia 46F…

Italian GP this weekend

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
The GP circus moves to Italy, the home of Ferrari and the Tifosi. Spa was a good race two weeks ago, so let us hope that Monza will give us…

Nitto 3K races this weekend as well

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
The previous Nitto 3K meeting was held at the Kaeng Krachan circuit out near Hua Hin last month. The big winners were the BMW’s of Rogero Carletto and Armin Buschor…

Tripping quietly through the weeds

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
I logged on to one of those YouTube sites with 10 minutes of race car crashes, some of which were just incredibly spectacular. In my many years of motor sport…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Pattaya car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park. The next meeting is on Monday September 8 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. A…

How quick is your dream car?

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
Most ‘rev-heads’ have a favorite car, and most of those are performance machines. Mine’s a Dodge Viper. However I was sent a link to a site where the performance of…

Some looks at longevity of a nameplate

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Mustang is one of the few cars in the world to clock up 50 years of continuous production. The other is the Ford Falcon (to be retired in 2016…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that a novel powerplant was used in a car driven by Graham Hill at Le Mans, where it was placed 10th outright. I asked what was…

RHD Mustang is coming

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ford (America) has changed its mind about the Mustang, and for the first time will offer a factory right hand drive in 2015. Other RHD older Mustangs were changed over…

Personal gyroscopes

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the advent of the Segway a few years ago, personal mobility took on a new technology and direction. Now comes another using similar ‘balancing’ technology, called the AirWheel.

What did we learn from the Spa GP?

Friday, 29 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned (if we didn’t know already) Lewis Hamilton is not a team player. The collision with his Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg was avoidable, the damage to his…
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