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Who bought what at the Bangkok International Motor Show?

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
The official figures have been released regarding the Bangkok International Motor Show. Number of Visitors: 1.7 million which is close to last year’s record. Most visitors were in average working…

“New” technology is really “old”

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
French automotive supplier Valeo is providing details on their upcoming electric supercharger technology. Set to make its debut in the Audi SQ7, Valeo’s system consists of an electric supercharger which…

What did we learn from the Bahraini GP?

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Rosberg can get rattled, Vettel does not reign supreme in the red car pit and Kimi Raikkonen can still produce the goods (when he wants to).…

Porsche 918 clocks 350 km/h in Australia

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
New Zealander Craig Baird, an ex-Porsche Cup winner, drove the 918 hybrid hypercar to a speed-limited top indicated speed of 350km/h on the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory.

Autotrivia - Friday April 24 - April 30, 2015

Friday, 24 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 17 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, in an attempt to slow the Googlers, I asked you to please identify this car. It was an Isotto Fraschini! So to this week. What is this car?…

More from the Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
One very new release was the Toyota Mirai (Japanese for “future”). This is a fuel cell vehicle (FCV) and is already on sale in California and destined for Europe later…

Bahrain GP this weekend

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
Yes, Bahrain comes straight after last week’s Chinese GP in Shanghai, and also arrives in Pattaya’s Songkran festivities. Sunday 19 is one of the very few days that Jameson’s will…

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the best car in the world

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I said that the C-Class Mercedes-Benz was one of the outstanding vehicles at the Bangkok International Motor Show. Hot on the heels of last week’s Pattaya Mail came…

Autotrivia

Friday, 17 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what engine was described as having “pistons like dustbins, moving deliberately up and down like lifts by Nogood-Waytis”? This was in reference to the enormous displacement…

More from the Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
Let’s go straight to the show stoppers, and there was no doubt about the models from Mercedes-Benz. Just about every one of them reeked “class” and the new GT S…

Chinese GP this weekend

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai is this weekend. After a much more interesting race in Malaysia, compared to the season opener in Melbourne, we sincerely hope that the close…

Pilleri Tyres coming soon

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
Pirelli, the Italian tyre giant, and supplier of tyres to the F1 circus, is being sold to China National Chemical Corporation (ChemChina) in a €7.1b ($A9.8b) deal that will see…

Autotrivia

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what American car had an idling speed well over 6,000 RPM. Clue: they made 55 of them. What was it? It was a Chrysler Turbine. So…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 10 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 15 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 April 13 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. The…

36th Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 03 April 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the usual pomp and ceremony, the 36th annual Bangkok International Motor Show was thrown open to the public last week. This is the internationally accredited motor show for Thailand,…
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