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Chinese GP this weekend

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai this weekend, and also in Pattaya the end of the dreaded Songkran festival.  This national ‘sport’ kills around 600 participants each year.  Songkran that…

Nissan Almera

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
A few weeks ago I tested the new Nissan Teana, and was very impressed with the vehicle.  This week, Khun Ju of Pattaya Automobile Co. (on Sukhumvit Road, about 50…

Who sold what at the Bangkok International Motor Show?

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
The figures have been released from the organizers of the motor show, with the top 10 not holding any surprises.  Toyota, as usual, sold more than anyone else, and in…

Super 1 Racing Bira this weekend

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Super 1 Racing group is promoting its second meeting at Bira this weekend.  It seems a mixed bag of categories, but there will be the usual groups of sedans…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 18 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 16 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car had this in the design brief - carry two large peasants wearing clogs and 100 kg of assorted goods to market along unpaved roads…

MG at the Bangkok International Motor Show

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have a soft spot for MG.  I have owned several models (TC’s and TD’s), followed by MGA and MGB.  MGA was the first car I ever raced, and my…

What did we learn from the Bahrain GP?

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned that I bungled the date of the GP last week, writing it was April 21, when it was April 6.  Sorry! We also learned that Formula 1…

Porsche boosts performance of Boxster and Cayman

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
The two most powerful and fastest mid-engine sports models from Porsche have uprated engines and the excellent PASM chassis in the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS.

Mitsubishi PHEV Fuel Miser

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Mitsubishi PHEV (plug in hybrid) claims an official combined fuel consumption figure of just 1.9 L/100 km.  That will make it one of the most frugal vehicles for sale…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII 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 14 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 11 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 15 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car’s chassis was the result of the designer working on the Mosquito fighter bomber in WW II?  It was the wooden chassis Marcos. So to…

Bahrain GP this weekend

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Bahrain Grand Prix will be televised at 10 p.m. Sunday April 6.  We will be lining up in front of the big screen at Jameson’s Irish Pub (Soi AR…

Bangkok International Motor Show (Part 1)

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
It was interesting to look at Rolls-Royce and Bentley.  Displayed close to each other, and both (previously) British brands, but now in the hands of Germany with RR part of…

NSX Prototype at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
The forthcoming ground-breaking NSX supercar, set for launch in 2015, will take center stage at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (27-29 June) when it competes at one of the…

What did we learn from the Malaysian GP?

Friday, 04 April 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 14 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that fuel flow is the most important part of F1, with TV commentators excitedly informing the viewers for example that Raikkonen is using more fuel than Alonso…
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