Auto Mania

Rolls-Royce unveils its “city slicker”

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Rolls-Royce must be getting desperate for the Names Department to come up with “Phantom Metropolitan” as the name for the 2015 models. The last time “Metropolitan” was used was on…

Two wheels, 500 cc and no brakes!

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have all had many ambitions in our lives. How many of us wanted to be firemen and ride in a big red fire truck, when we were small children?…

What did we learn from the Russian GP?

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned that the new track at Sochi is very smooth, is kind on tyres, and is a typical Tilke track which does not encourage passing. It was compared…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday October 17 - October 23, 2014

Friday, 17 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what did the original FIAT 500 have in common with the 1961 Lincoln Continental? This was simple - they both had ‘suicide’ doors. So to this…

New Russian GP this weekend (Pycckaya Fopmyla 1)

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
The newest F1 race on the 2014 calendar is the inaugural GP on the Sochi Autodrom (hence my impeccable Russian at the start of this article). A 5.853 km lap…

Honda goes +R

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
Revealed at the Paris Motor Show was the Honda Civic Type R, saying that this new car will usher in a new performance era for the brand. The 2016 Civic…

Thailand’s Buriram gets F1 license

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
In an amazing turnaround, the new circuit at Buriram (now called the Chang International Circuit) has been awarded a top grade by the FIA. I have seen the license certificate…

Cars and bikes - which is faster?

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
The recent comparison between cars and bikes around a circuit involved the latest Subaru WRX STI which had been driven around the famous Isle Of Man (IOM) course of almost…

What did we learn from the Japanese GP?

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that motor racing is still dangerous with Bianchi’s accident, and when it rains in Japan it really does rain. Niki Lauda expressed the general feeling in the…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 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 October 13 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. A…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 10 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car do these public figures have in common? Jay Leno, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, Weird Al Jankovic and Princess Margaret. They all had a Nash…

Japan GP this weekend

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the greatest tracks used in Formula One today, Japan’s Suzuka circuit is a massive test of car and driver ability. Built by Honda as a test facility in…

New M3 another winner for BMW - other than exhaust sound

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
According to those testers who have driven the latest model M3, the straight six twin turbo model does not have the evocative sound of its predecessors - the naturally aspirated…

Local AAT to supply Australia with new Mazda2

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
The fourth-generation Mazda2 went into mass production at the Auto Alliance Thailand (AAT) plant, which is jointly operated with Ford, at Rayong, with all of the initial output destined for…

A “tiring” situation in F1?

Friday, 03 October 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
There is a strong sentiment amongst the F1 spectators that, “It’s all artificial and nothing to do with driver skill.” That was in an email from a regular F1 viewer.…
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