Auto Mania

Nitto 3K Series at Bira this weekend

Friday, 06 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you can’t fit a visit to Monza for the Italian GP into your schedule this weekend, then go to the Bira circuit for all the local action.  Cars, Trucks,…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 06 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
The car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park.  The next meeting is on Monday September 9 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia - Friday September 6 - September 12, 2013

Friday, 06 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 36 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which SUV came out with a quad cam, 5.2 liter V12 with six Weber carburetors?  An easy one - it was the Lamborghini LM002.  There’s probably…

Fancy a small SUV with a three pointed star?

Friday, 30 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
After displaying a “teaser” at the Shanghai motor show in April, Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the production version of its new compact SUV, known as the GLA.

The history of Round the Houses

Friday, 30 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Round the houses racing is not a new development, though there has been a resurgence in the last few years.  For me, circuits around the houses offer little opportunity for…

What did we learn from the Spa GP?

Friday, 30 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that it doesn’t always rain for the race, though the showers in Qualifying certainly sparked up the attempts at pole.  Five different pole sitters in the last…

Gateway to Myanmar Oct - Nov 2013

Friday, 30 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Here is the latest trip for the 4WD enthusiasts, running from Singapore - Malaysia - Thailand - Bangkok - Maesot - Myawaddy - Kaithyio - Naypyidaw - Inle Lake -…

Autotrivia - Friday August 30 - September 5, 2013

Friday, 30 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 35 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which car required you to lift the engine cover to get to the fuel filler?  Clue - What do you call a young bull?  It was…

Spa this weekend

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
F1 resumes with Spa this weekend.  After the mid-year four week holiday, F1 returns to one of the best tracks on the calendar - Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, a circuit…

Asia Cross Country Rally at Bira

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Federal Tyres, Flex stores in Japan, and several Thai officials and drivers were at the Bira circuit for one of the special stages of the rally which went from…

Spa Francorchamps in the library

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was very fortunate in being given a book on Spa Francorchamps 1948-1960, with a wealth of detail from the early days before Bernie and the F1 phenomenon.  The circuit…

ASEAN can kill the Vietnam auto industry

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The forthcoming ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) which will abolish auto import taxes in 2018, could see the death of the auto industry in Vietnam, and a significant boost for…

Buriram circuit signs with Japanese

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The mover and shaker of Buriram, Newin Chidchob, has announced that his new track will be on the calendar for next year’s Japan Super GT championship. The new track, to…

Farting cows! Please give generously

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you have ever wondered about the paperwork required to do anything in Thailand, think about the Brits with their new Greenhouse Gases emissions regulations. These new regulations require UK…

Autotrivia - Friday August 23 - August 29, 2013

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked how many body styles did Rolls-Royce make pre-war?  Bit of a trick question, but Rolls-Royce made no bodies at all.  The factory delivered the vehicles as…
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