Auto Mania

The Landy’s swansong

Friday, 28 August 2015 Current Issue By Dr. Iain Corness
Production of the Land Rover Defender will end in October after almost 70 years of continuous construction, with more than 2 million vehicles produced over the years.

What did we learn from the Spa Grand Prix?

Friday, 28 August 2015 Current Issue By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned by the Saturday that Lewis Hamilton was in a class by himself, and we also learned that the FIA are a bunch of numbskulls. After Qualifying, with…

USD 9-12 million for a Jaguar?

Friday, 28 August 2015 Current Issue By Dr. Iain Corness
It would have to be a very special Jaguar to command that kind of money, and Sotheby’s are confident this Lightweight C-Type will bring in that kind of money. In…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 28 August 2015 Current Issue By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what notable feature did the original Fiat 500 have in common with the 1961 Lincoln Continental? An easy one this week. They both had ‘suicide’ doors…
Friday August 21 - August 27, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 34)

Spa this weekend

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
After the mid-year break, the F1 circus starts again, with this weekend’s race at Spa in Belgium. F1 returns to one of the best tracks on the calendar – Spa…

Sometimes Thailand isn’t the best place (sigh)

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
I have been very lucky to receive several issues of “The Automobile” magazine from an enthusiast here. The publisher is Douglas Blain, a man who owns a Pegaso Z102. He…

It’s been a great month for nostalgia!

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
After making contact with a chap in Australia who is rebuilding the Mk1 Ford Escort I built in 1980, the MG owners would be interested in the MGB I built…

Rosso Corsa no longer Ferrari number 1

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ferrari racing cars have traditionally been painted bright red in a shade known as Rosso Corsa, often referred to as “Ferrari Red”. However, the trend now is for silver and…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 21 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what cars is this? It could do 200 mph and had an eight cylinder in-line engine of 5,660 cc which developed 646 BHP at 5,800 RPM,…
Friday August 14 - August 20, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 33)

Bad cars that I should have forgotten

Friday, 14 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
A friend of mine sent me an item about the 10 best cars in the past 50 years, and obviously there would be many different ideas from the enthusiasts. Unfortunately,…

Disqualified for a safety pin!

Friday, 14 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Racing cars are subjected to scrutineering. This covers two main areas. The first is Complying with the rules for the category the car is entered in and the second is…

Where do you take your Koenigsegg Agera for service?

Friday, 14 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
One Pattaya owner of a supercar found that there was no dedicated service center for his supercar. So what did he do? He built a center and stocked it and…

VW passes Toyota

Friday, 14 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Volkswagen has become the world’s top-selling automotive company at the halfway mark of this year. VW has achieved this milestone counting the sales in the VW group which includes Volkswagen…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 14 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that a maker of aeroplanes decided to go into production of cars after WW II. The body was made of alloy, with thicker panels on the…
Friday August 7 - August 13, 2015 (Vol. XXIII No. 32)

New circuit for Pattaya?

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
As reported in the daily press, Sonthaya Kunplome (elder brother of Pattaya Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and previously a member of parliament) has plans to invest 1.2 billion baht to build…

Is aerodynamics something new?

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
Simple answer is “No”, but then again, so little of modern car design is “new”. A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the Lohner-Porsche – a hybrid dating back to…

Ferrari’s best looking car yet?

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ferrari has always been known for its beautiful cars and this new 488 GTB convertible is being called, by some, as the best looking Ferrari ever. Undoubtedly it is a…

Hypermiling - a forgotten sport?

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
A dictionary entry for Hypermiling states that it is the act of driving using techniques that maximize fuel economy. Those who practice these techniques are referred to as “hypermilers.”

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 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 August 10 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. The…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 07 August 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what is significant in the automotive world about the number 0251? That was to see how many true MG enthusiasts were out there. 0251 was the…
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