Auto Mania

Mormon Meteor wins again!

Friday, 05 February 2016 Current Issue By Dr. Iain Corness
Hemmings group in the US reports that the Mormon Meteor, a 1935 Duesenberg Special once owned by the legendary Ab Jenkins, may well be the most desirable Duesenberg (if not…

Driverless taxi on Seoul campus

Friday, 05 February 2016 Current Issue By Youkyung Lee
Seoul, South Korea (AP) - A South Korean university is testing a sedan that can pick up and transport passengers without a human driver, giving a glimpse into the future…

Natter, nosh and noggin

Friday, 05 February 2016 Current Issue 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 February 8 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. A…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 05 February 2016 Current Issue By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what is the link between Prince Chula Chakrabongse, HG Wells, Rudolf Valentino, the Shah of Iran and the Sultan of Morocco? They all had Voisin C7’s.…
Friday January 29 - February 4, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 5)

Autonomous car breakthroughs featured at CES gadget show

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Tom Krisher (AP)
(The advent of autonomous cars on our roads is even closer than you might think.) Las Vegas (AP) - Powerful computers that can drive better than people, high-definition road maps…

Where’s your spare key?

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
The other Sunday, my 10 year old son asked for the car keys to get his homework out of the boot. With admonishments not to lock the keys in the…

Force 1 puts 555 kW into the marketplace

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
A new supercar was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Called the Force 1, it shares the 555 kW/928 Nm 8.4 liter V10 of the Dodge…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked about the hearse, based on a Jaguar E-Type chassis that was driven by a young movie star. What was the name of the star, what year…
Friday January 22 - January 28, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 4)

John Surtees MBE, OBE and now CBE

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
John Surtees received a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) honors, but no knighthood. As an all-rounder, John Surtees is difficult to beat. From 1956 through 1966,…

Maria Teresa De Filippis

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
The first lady F1 driver was Maria Teresa De Filippis, who died in January at the age of 89. De Filippis, who was born in Naples, began racing after her…

Stand aside for the FF Zero 1

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
Another electric car designed to out-do Tesla. FF Zero 1 has 1,000-horsepower and includes the ability to exceed 320 kph and accelerate from zero to 100 kays in less than…

What is the Haas F1 team?

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
The team is the first American constructor to submit an entry since the failed US F1 project in 2010 and will be the first American team to compete since the…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 22 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 4 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked about the model, manufacturer and the date of this car. This was the Mercedes-Benz Land Speed Record car, which was actually loaded on ship to go…
Friday January 15 - January 21, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 3)

New Focus shows the others its RS

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new RS Ford 4 cylinder has 345 horsepower with all-wheel drive and returns times 0 to 100 km/h in just over 4 seconds. While Henry Ford is supposedly the…

The greatest driver of all time?

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
Who was/is the greatest driver of all time? Lots of candidates, with Juan Fangio one of my favorites, in addition to Rudolf Caracciola and Tazio Nuvolari. Comparing drivers across many…

Running without air

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the topics in Facebook recently has been an airless wheel, which many think is a new development. Sorry to say that it is not. About 10 years ago…

Old Movies

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
Here is a URL with several older motoring movies which was sent to me by Paul Schoenkopf up in Chiang Mai. Thank you Paul. http://www.tvraaca.org/oldmovies.htm#movie Some of them are quite…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked about wooden wheels, which were used on Henry’s Model T Fords. However, I asked which car company was still offering wooden wheels as factory equipment in…
Friday January 8 - January 14, 2016 (Vol. XXIV No. 2)

Think yourself lucky you’re not in Oz

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was given the following information from a friend in Australia, and you will be interested in what the Australian States consider as law-breaking, and the size of the fines,…

The end of the “Lotus” farce

Friday, 08 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
Renault has officially confirmed its “controlling shareholding of Lotus F1 Team Limited”. In a statement issued on Monday, several hours after an insolvency petition that would have put the Enstone…
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