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Formula 1 Provisional Calendar 2014, pencil it in

Friday, 11 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
16 March Grand Prix of Australia 30 March Grand Prix of Malaysia 06 April Grand Prix of Bahrain 20 April Grand Prix of China 27 April Grand Prix of Korea…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 11 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 41 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 October 14 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday October 11 - October 17, 2013

Friday, 11 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked which horseless carriage added a horse’s head to stop it frightening horses?  It was in 1899 with the Horsey Horseless, a “brainfart” writes Time, that came…

Korean GP this weekend

Friday, 04 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 40 By Dr. Iain Corness
The fourth annual Korean Grand Prix is on this weekend.  Following a very successful first three Grands Prix, there is quite an air of optimism this year.  There was much…

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:…
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