Auto Mania

Jensen returns from the dead (again)!

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Jensen, the rather exclusive British brand was founded in 1934, but has had a checkered history since then, popping in and out of the Receiver’s Offices many times since then.

Nitto 3K racing at Bira this weekend

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Nitto 3K promoters have one of their meetings at Bira this weekend.  The categories range from 2 liter modified sedans, through pick-ups, Retro cars and even Daihatsu Miras.  This…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 23 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 21 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which auto founder gave automaking away to run supermarkets?  It was William Crapo Durant, the founder of General Motors who went into the supermarket business in…

Race Factory XOD Challenge at Bira this weekend

Friday, 16 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
The promoting group that used to be known as OMP has morphed into something called the Race Factory XOD Challenge and are promoting their race meeting this weekend at Bira…

Renault wakes up as to what people want

Friday, 16 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many manufacturers forget about what the car buying public wants and make motor cars that the public doesn’t want. This eventually means that the manufacturer has to provide all sorts…

Will we get the Qoros here?

Friday, 16 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
New Chinese car brand Qoros made a successful Beijing International Motor Show debut with its second production model called the Qoros 3 Hatch, which drove off with a number of…

What did we learn from the Spanish GP?

Friday, 16 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Hamilton and Rosberg in their Mercedes are still streets ahead of the rest.  From the start they pulled away at one second a lap and were…
In 2014, we are focusing even more strongly on innovative technologies and customer satisfaction. Through innovation, we continue to develop our brands and drive progress forward in our industry. That…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 16 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which manufacturer built the “Rolls Royce of motorcycles” also built a superior car? It was George Brough of Brough Superior. So to this week. Which auto…

Spanish GP this weekend

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Spain has a long history in GP racing, and the Catalunya circuit (aka Montmelo) was built just 20 km from Barcelona.  It was actually the fourth circuit in, or near,…

Jazzing around

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the more successful teams based in Pattaya is Thomas Raldorf’s CEA Projects team.  He has for sale one complete Honda Jazz race car, set up for the Jazz…

Spindle grille - or the Emperor’s new clothes?

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
The styling of Lexus’ front has been radically altered and is called by Lexus, the “spindle grille”.  According to the Lexus Press Release, “creating a strong identity is all part…

The Nanny State in the desert

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
The cinema advertisement for the new BMW 2 Series falls foul of the code of conduct according to the Australian Advertising Standards Bureau (ASB). The advert footage shown in cinemas…

Here is the Future - right now!

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Motoring has already taken some incredible leaps forward in the last 50 years; for example, who would have predicted that computers would dominate the automotive technology.  Traction control, skid control…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 09 May 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 19 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 May 12 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…
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