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Goodwood Festival of Speed

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the vision shown by Lord March, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has become a major event in the world of motoring. Anyone who is anyone in the history of…

Honda’s Road Racer

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda also has a new affordable performance car coming to the market, a hot hatch, the Civic Type R. Due to be released the start of 2017, the new Type…

Electrifying Aston Martin

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
An all-electric Aston Martin with more than 1000 Newton meters of torque and a 0-100 km/h time in the three-second range is the next target for Aston Martin.

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 17 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that the Gordon Buehrig designed Cord 810 and 812 were incredible cars for their day. However, Cord himself eventually went bankrupt. I asked why? It was…

The ‘Bentley Boys’ resurrected

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
In the late 20’s and early 1930’s Bentleys were driven by some well heeled gentleman with lots of dash and cash, called the Bentley Boys. One notable example was Sir…

What did we learn from the British GP?

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned from Silverstone that Britain’s favorite rapper (I mean that’s why you wear your hat on back to front, sunglasses, earrings and gold chains) can get the start…

Buying a secondhand car from oil can Harry

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
My Car Check in the UK has been doing a sterling job of advising purchasers what to look out for. Second hand car buyers need to look out for a…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 10 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what limousine had air suspension which raised it off the ground when the engine was started. Clue: Think ‘massive’. And it was massive. It was the…

British GP this weekend

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
The British Grand Prix will be held this weekend at the ancestral home of F1, with the first ever F1 GP held there in 1950 (and won by Dr Farina…

Quality? Try a Kia

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
Kia has climbed to second spot in the quality rankings, just behind luxury brand Porsche. The quality of cars and trucks made by European, Korean and US companies has improved…

BMW wins Engine of the Year award

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ford Motor Company has won the International Engine of the Year award for the last three years from Engine Technology International with its 1.0 liter EcoBoost engine, but this year,…

Physics be damned

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was taught that everything on this earth could be explained by using simple physics. I was given tommy twaddle. A couple of weeks ago we looked at Lucas fuel…

The first SUV I have ever wanted

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
MB GLE.

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 03 July 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 27 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned the Ford GT 40. I noted that the GT 40 show car of 2002 was legal, but GT 40s built subsequently would have been illegal. I…

Ford to challenge Le Mans again?

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Le Mans has just been run and won by Porsche, taking the glory away from Audi. However, in 2016, Ford has indicated they will enter the new Ford GT in…

Thai-built Chinese van for RHD countries

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) and the Thai CP group is gearing up to build the LDV G 10 van range. The vehicle will be built in Thailand for RHD…

PSA Peugeot Citroen ditches suspension hydraulics

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
After 60 years, Citroën’s legendary hydraulic suspension with the magic green spheres that were first seen on the iconic DS in 1955 is being phased out. The final model to…

What did we learn from the Austrian GP?

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned that Formula 1 is getting to the stage of being Farce 1. How can teams continue with rules that can give one team 45 grid positions of…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 26 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car was based on an ugly duckling production sedan, built by Jensen and finished by BMC? It was the Austin Healey 100 BN1 based on…

Austrian GP this weekend (at a sensible hour)

Friday, 19 June 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Austrian Grand Prix returns to Austria and the Red Bull Ring. The circuit has had a revamp from Red Bull and Red Bull Racing will naturally be hoping they…
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