Auto Mania

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 26 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that two men met in 1899 and they made plans to form a company and build their own “Moto-cycle”.  Who were they and what was the…

Round the hotels at night - Singapore GP this weekend

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Eff Wun under lights. This Grand Prix is lauded as pure excitement under lights, but for me, and countless enthusiasts, the excitement is not there. Narrow street circuits like Monaco…

Toyota reveals raft of safety features

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
As the motorcar heads towards autonomous operation, the manufacturers also have to integrate safety systems for this next step. Many of these systems are already in existence, but currently too…

New MX-5 (Miata) for 2015

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Mazda MX-5 (Miata in the US) has been a success story for Mazda. Since the first model in 1989, it has become the best selling sports car ever. Having…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday September 19 - September 25, 2014

Friday, 19 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned in the Cold War after WW2 there was one car which was named to glorify a dictator, but when the dictator died, the brand was changed…

Volvo pins its hopes on the XC90 SUV

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Volvo has been having a tough time over the past 15 years. The Volvo Car Corporation was sold to Ford Motor Company for $6.45 billion during 2000, and Ford placed…

“Super-MINI” springs out of Italy

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many years ago, there was a version of the Mini called the Innocenti, with the body designed by Bertone. As they say, history repeats itself and (new) MINI and Touring…

What did we learn from the Italian GP?

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Hamilton is the quicker of the two Mercedes drivers, and Rosberg can be made vulnerable when under pressure. And when I say “quicker”, he was in…

Thailand enters F1 team

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Sorry, but I nicked this photo from the internet, but it was just too good not to give it more media space! Obviously a great example of what can be…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 12 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 37 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned the Hindenburg. It had 16 features which it shared with a race car entered in the 1931 and 1932 Indianapolis 500, and with the Wartsilia 46F…

Italian GP this weekend

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
The GP circus moves to Italy, the home of Ferrari and the Tifosi. Spa was a good race two weeks ago, so let us hope that Monza will give us…

Nitto 3K races this weekend as well

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
The previous Nitto 3K meeting was held at the Kaeng Krachan circuit out near Hua Hin last month. The big winners were the BMW’s of Rogero Carletto and Armin Buschor…

Tripping quietly through the weeds

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
I logged on to one of those YouTube sites with 10 minutes of race car crashes, some of which were just incredibly spectacular. In my many years of motor sport…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 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 September 8 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. A…

How quick is your dream car?

Friday, 05 September 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
Most ‘rev-heads’ have a favorite car, and most of those are performance machines. Mine’s a Dodge Viper. However I was sent a link to a site where the performance of…