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F1 opens the score

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
The F1 Circus will be in full swing by this time next week, with the Malaysian GP on March 30. Here is the 2014 Calendar, so pencil in the dates:…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 21 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 12 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what car was built in the UK and was sold with different engines, including 940 cc, 1098 cc, 1298 cc, 1558 cc and…

What was new from Geneva?

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Maserati had the star of the Geneva motor show.  A 2+2 sports coupe concept car, but has all the hallmarks of becoming a production car within two years.

Lost your car in the car park?

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
It is quite easy to lose your car in the supermarket, multi-level car parks.  What is even worse is being left a car in the airport car parking station -…

The F1 series starts this weekend, Sunday 16

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
Melbourne, Australia, is the host of the first F1 race for 2014.  With new engines, new KERS and more, the lead up to this event has been traumatic for many…

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia – 2014 Season

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is looking ahead to its 12th season as the leading category in regional sports car competition.  The contenders in the international field from 10 countries…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 14 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 11 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what car company employed a land speed record holder to capture 106 world speed records, then painted 50 of the cars red, white…

Racing at Bira this weekend

Friday, 07 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Nitto 3K people have scheduled a meeting at Bira this weekend.  The Bira circuit is on Highway 36 about three km past the Regent’s School, heading towards Sattahip.

Cancel the Veyron, get a Hennessy Venom GT

Friday, 07 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
At Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 14, 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT set a new world speed record for two-seat sports cars by reaching a top speed of 435.31 km/h.…

The Pick-up turns 80

Friday, 07 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
Thailand might be the second largest market for pick-ups, but the world’s adoption of this style of vehicle comes from Australia, where they are known as “Utes”, a colloquial term…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 07 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 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 March 10 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 07 March 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 10 By Dr. Iain Corness
So to last week’s quiz.  I asked what police car had six cylinders and 80 horsepower, and twin SU carbs?  It was the Wolseley 6/80, as used by the British…

The art of marketing

Friday, 28 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Car buyers in the U.S. are more likely to be persuaded by traditional marketing, rather than blogs, forums and social media, which are often seen as less reliable and ‘infiltrated’…

Looking for a retro classic?

Friday, 28 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Silverstone Auctions returned to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, for the third year running to host its biggest ever Race Retro auction. More than 100 classic cars and motorcycles went under the…

Combating fatigue at the wheel

Friday, 28 February 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 9 By Dr. Iain Corness
Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger.  This week, he is advising on combating fatigue.  This is particularly apt in…
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