Auto Mania

How many cars built here?

Friday, 17 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
The production figures for automobiles per country have been released.  These are for 2012, as last year’s production figures are yet to be published.  You will see that as a…

Top City Cars

Friday, 17 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
What makes a “city car”?  Is it something small?  Is it something that saves the planet’s oil?  Is it something that does not pollute the atmosphere and equally does not…

Buying a secondhand car?

Friday, 17 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
Purchasing a secondhand anything is always a problem, and buying a secondhand car is even more so.  Is the seller telling you a bunch of lies, or are they 100…

Smaller horses use less fodder

Friday, 17 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
The death knell has been sounding for the big American V8.  Now too thirsty to be allowed to live in the (so-called) dwindling oil environment, both Ford and General Motors…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday January 17 - January 23, 2014

Friday, 17 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 3 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was this?  Built 1924, 1100 cc dohc engine developing 130 bhp at 6,000 RPM, top speed recorded at Brooklands being 128 MPH.  There were…

Range Rover Sport conquers desert ranges

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
As a publicity exercise, Range Rover ventured into the Saudi Arabian desert to demonstrate the versatility of the new Range Rover Sport.  For a vehicle most often seen outside school…

Is the writing on the wall?

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
According to the Automotive Focus Group (AFG) blog, Toyota is to shift some of its Thai output base to Indonesia. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) has started producing its all-new…

Two wheels, 500 cc and no brakes!

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have all had many ambitions in our lives.  Me?  I wanted to be a speedway rider! I can blame my father for this (which is why we have fathers…

FIA backs double points for the final race

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
Despite loud condemnation of the new regulation that will see the drivers earn double points at the season finale in Abu Dhabi, FIA boss Jean Todt has downplayed the significance…

Is Honda Thailand’s best seller?

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
The final figures are not out, but it would appear that Honda has outsold arch-rival Toyota in 2013 for passenger cars.  However, there is a snag - just what is…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 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 January 13 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…

Nitto 3K calendar for Bira 2014

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
The dates for the Nitto 3K series have been released, so diaries open and pencils sharpened. March 9 May 25 August 3 September 7 November 9 December 21 The dates…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday January 10 - January 16, 2014

Friday, 10 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what is the connection between King Neptune and automotive spark plugs?  That was really easy.  King Neptune carries a trident, the trident is the symbol of…

Build your own vintage car?

Friday, 03 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
A few years ago I met a very interesting chap with a Bugatti Type 35.  He said, “Of the 258 Type 35’s ever built, only 602 are still in existence.”…

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

Friday, 03 January 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 1 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is the motorsport version of the new 911 GT3 (Type 991).  It is powered by a 3.8 liter, six cylinder boxer engine which generates 460…
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