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Thailand Super Series this weekend too

Friday, 04 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
If the ultimate in supercars is your idea of motorsport then Bira is the place for you this weekend.  Expect to see Ferraris, Porsches, Lamborghinis, a V8 Holden Supercar, an…

How I ended up in a Mk 1 Escort (again)

Friday, 04 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
In around 1975 I was approached by a young chap asking if I could help him build a racing lightweight Lotus T/C Ford Escort Mk 1.  Having built Australia’s fastest…

Pattaya private school celebrates Diesel’s anniversary

Friday, 04 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
No, not Vin Diesel, but the 100 years anniversary of the death of Rudolf Diesel, the inventor of the diesel engine. Diesel, who died on 29 September 1913 after falling…

What was your first car?

Friday, 04 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
My first ‘real car’ which was mine and mine only, was a 1949 Austin A40 and was 10 years old when I took ownership.  It was not a good buy,…

Autotrivia - Friday October 4 - October 10, 2013

Friday, 04 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that Rolls-Royce changed the color of the R-R insignia and I asked “why”.  It was not because of the death of Henry Royce, but Royce himself…

Pro Racing Series at Bira this weekend

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Pro Racing Series meeting is being held at our local Bira Circuit (Highway 36) this weekend.  This group promotes the vast majority of competitors after the raw amateurs and…

Tuk-Tuks to lose their characteristic exhaust note?

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Australian company Star 8 has developed a solar-powered electric Tuk-Tuk which they have called the SolarTuk. Star 8 managing director Jacob Maimon came up with the idea of an electric…

Definitely not Van Ordinaire

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
News coming through that SAIC (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation) and CP (Thailand’s Charoen Pokphand owners of 7-Eleven) will be bringing another new vehicle to the Thai marketplace next year.  This…

Where are we in the global road toll statistics?

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, you will be glad to know we are not the “hub” of road deaths, we are only second worst.  The WHO has released its findings and has shown that…

What did we learn from the Singapore Grand Prix?

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that nothing can stop Sebastian Vettel from winning his fourth world championship.  He could pull out two seconds a lap from the chasing field with consummate ease,…

Ford moves closer to the autonomous car

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new Ford Kuga, a ‘world car’ in every sense, is notable for its huge bag of electronic assists for the driver.  Here are a few of them. Lane Guidance:…

Autotrivia - Friday September 27 - October 3, 2013

Friday, 27 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 39 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that a fuel additive company sponsored a trial in which several outhouses were blown up with gelignite.  Who did it?  It was the RedX trial in…

Singapore GP this weekend

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Eff Wun under lights.  This Grand Prix is lauded as pure excitement under lights, but for me, and countless enthusiasts, the excitement is not there.  Narrow street circuits like Monaco…

Dana expands with another gear making plant

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Automotive Focus Group reports that Tier One automotive parts producer Dana Holding Corporation plans to build a new gear making plant in Thailand, to open next year and produce…

Driver-redundant Benz

Friday, 20 September 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 38 By Dr. Iain Corness
Daimler-Benz reported that its S500 Independent Drive has retraced the route of the first long distance auto journey made in 1885 by the wife of car pioneer Karl Benz with…
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