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New Ford GT to be built in Canada

Friday, 27 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
The born-again Ford supercar, to be built in small numbers in Canada; could be headed for Le Mans. The Blue Oval’s new-generation Ford GT will be built in smaller numbers…

Volvo tries on a new face

Friday, 27 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Volvo has had the global launch of the new XC90 SUV - a model the company describes as its most important since the debut of the original version 13 years…

Scrappage - is this the way to go?

Friday, 27 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many years ago, to buy a new vehicle in Singapore, you had to hand in another vehicle for scrap. This was done to keep the motor car population at sensible…

Autotrivia

Friday, 27 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was going to be called “Goat Poo” in Italian? (They did change the name which was Caprino, before mass production!) It was then released…

Hacking - here and there

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
There was a bit on the radio news the other day, where some bright spark in Pattaya was able to open locked car doors. He was making a killing at…
Electric car maker nanoFlowcell will unveil a pioneering electric car concept. Following on from the Quant e-Sportlimousine concept from last year’s Geneva motor show, nanoFlowcell’s new Quant F is just…

Germany to lose its F1 GP?

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8
With the future of the German GP as yet undecided, Nico Rosberg has admitted he fears for the future of his home grand prix. Sharing the grand prix between Germany’s…

If Germany goes under, never mind, Qatar is ready

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
Qatar is set to become the latest country to host a Formula 1 race with the country’s motorsport chief saying they are about to sign a deal. The Gulf state…

The difference between a restoration and a recreation

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
A restoration starts with an original car and rebuilds it to ‘as new’ or even better, but a recreation starts with nothing and builds what is really a copy of…

Autotrivia

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car claimed 100 mph in its name, but could only do 95? This was really too easy. It was the SS 100 (which later became…

Vicar in insurance row over Jesus stickers

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
An unbelievable item crossed my desk from Wales in the UK. A vicar found herself in hot water with her car insurer, after placing stickers with religious messages on her…

Cars are still developing

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have become used to the way the exterior of cars has changed. Even headlights are now any shape, dictated by the whims of the stylist. But those stylists are…

How I got the World Champion F1 engineer on my team - Free!

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
We are all used to the highly drilled F1 teams we see on TV these days. In comes the F1 racecar, leaving three point something seconds later after changing four…

Now THIS should make the insurance company cringe!

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
A group of seniors were sitting around talking about all their ailments at Costa Coffee. “My arms have gotten so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said…

Autotrivia

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned a post-war car, with a liberated straight 6 engine, half-brother to an aeroplane and the grille was a steal. What was it? It was the Bristol…
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