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Anybody got a barn?

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
For my money, living in the UK does not have many advantages over living in Thailand - other than perhaps the plethora of barns dotted around the British countryside, barns…

What did we learn from the Hungarian GP?

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that the young Aussie Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) really is the real deal and able to mix it with current and past world champions.  He will be…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what 1916 American small car was given by Thailand’s King Rama VI to his nephew Prince Chula Chakrabongse?  It was a scaled down Cadillac, with which…

Hungarian GP this weekend

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
As a racing venue, Hungary has a long history, with its first GP run in 1906, and regular events in Budapest since 1926.  Built with state backing, and laid out…

What did we learn from the German GP?

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned at the first corner that Felipe Massa (Williams) is still the unlucky driver, being forced out by young Magnussen who confused excitement with (lack of) experience and…

Wireless recharging by Daimler/BMW

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the next steps on the way to perfect electric drive and plug-in hybrid vehicles is wireless battery charging.  Daimler and BMW have now agreed on jointly developing and…

Toyota manage 698 mpg at Nurburgring

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
A standard Toyota Prius Plug-in completed a lap of Nurburgring, amongst the usual daily traffic and returned 698 mpg. On paper, both the speed requirement and the circuit length (12.9…
Jaguar Land Rover is developing an intelligent self-learning car which will recognize the driver, check their schedule, plot a route and adjust the seat - all before they open the…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 25 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was this?  GRP body on a tubular steel chassis.  It had one door, one headlight and one wiper.  It had a chrome handle in…

So now it’s the German GP

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
This Sunday is the German GP, which is being held at Hockenheim, not Nurburgring.  It was opened in 1939, 15 miles from Heidelberg, and was used for German national car…

Selecting your new car - heart or head?

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
A new study shows that our heart rules our head when it comes to buying a car.  While we want to believe we are acting rationally, the report shows much…

Formula Whizzzz

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new FIA Formula E begins this year in Beijing.  The electric race cars have been designed and built by Spark Racing Technology, the SRT 01E has a monocoque chassis…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 18 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was this?  Born in 1970 of mixed parentage (Italian and French) with a top speed of 229 KMH.  It was the Citroen SM, after…

Bernie threatens to quit Monza in 2017

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Bernie Ecclestone does it again - threatening to omit Monza, one of the iconic F1 circuits, from the 2017 calendar. Of course, Bernie, the patron saint of money movers, may…

Salute to the Rolls-Royce Merlin Engines

Friday, 11 July 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
From a Rolls-Royce Handlye Special to a Spitfire and a high-tech speedboat, Salute to Style gathers the many applications of the original Merlin engine, a piece of British history and…