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Abu Dhabi GP this weekend

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Abu Dhabi Yas Marina grand prix circuit hosts the GP this weekend. Abu Dhabi is the most oil-rich in the region and the 5.55 kilometer Yas Marina Circuit has…

New Volvo V60 off-roader

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
A boost to ride-height and some tougher touches will give owners of the diesel-only V60 Cross Country the confidence to go further, says Volvo. Volvo has added a second trail-focused…

A two-wheeled nutter?

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Have you heard of Francois Gissy? No? Well, he has just done 333 km/h on a rocket propelled push bike. The bike, designed by Gissy’s friend, Arnold Neracher, reached its…

Automotive Focus Group spreads the latest news

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
South Korean steel maker POSCO has started construction on an automotive steel sheet plant in Thailand which is expected to be completed by 2016. The plant will be producing galvanized…

NCAP suggests India puts safety last, not first

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Indian made Datsun Go has failed its NCAP testing, making it more of a No-Go than anything else. The global independent New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) organization has turned…

Forget Retro cars - it’s Retro bikes

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Royal Enfield’s revamped Continental GT still has the old-school charm, with some new-school tech. Try the Royal Enfield Continental GT - a real head-turner with its authentic café racer looks…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 21 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 47 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that the AC Ace did not start its production life as an AC, but as something else, which was purchased by AC and its Bristol engine…

Zero to 100 clicks in 2.5 seconds - and it’s a motorcycle

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
According to Kawasaki, they have just unveiled a motorcycle that is so fast even daredevils are wondering if it is too powerful. With a design inspired by Formula One motor…
Well, we learned that Rosberg has the mental strength to resist Hamilton and that the two Mercedes drivers are streets in front of the opposition. And when I write “streets…

Mazda MX-5 one make series

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Mazda has announced that the upcoming fourth-generation MX-5 will form the basis of a new global race series starting in North America, Europe and Asia in 2016. The track-prepped MX-5…

Toyota steamrollers the others

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Toyota Motor Corporation, the world’s largest auto manufacturer, is looking at a record full year profit. How much? $17.5 billion. This represented a 3.3 percent increase. Total sales for 2014…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 14 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 46 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what was the significance of XOO 349 F? Hint: Ford. It was the registration number of the championship winning Ford Escort Mk1 driven by Australian Frank…

Brazil GP this weekend

Friday, 07 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Autodromo Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo Brazil plays host to the F1 circus in this their last race for the season. However, with the Constructors championship already sealed, and…

Mazda BT 50 gets great rap in Oz

Friday, 07 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
An extended road test was done by one of the car magazines in Australia of the Thai-built Mazda BT 50. It was one of the most glowing reports I have…

Rare 1957 Mercedes-Benz 220 SL

Friday, 07 November 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 45 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Motorclassica Concours d’Elegance held in Melbourne had an ultra-rare Mercedes-Benz 220 SL roadster prototype from 1957, one of just four experimental W127 cars built and this one was the…
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