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Al Capone assists the US President

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the regular readers sent me this item, which I found very interesting: Hours after Pearl Harbor was bombed on December 7, 1941, the Secret Service found themselves in…

ROC on again this December

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Danish Tom Kristensen, the nine time Le Mans 24 Hour race winner has signed up for the 2013 Race of Champions (ROC) to be held at Bangkok’s Rajamangala Stadium on…

Motor Racing is Dangerous

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Throughout the world, your pit pass for a race meeting will have printed on it “Motor Racing is Dangerous.”  This is a legal requirement in many countries, as otherwise the…

What did we learn from Suzuka?

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
As a spectacle it was one of the better GP’s, assisted by a great track.  We also learned that “The Finger” (Sebastian Vettel) can drive a very calculated race and…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday October 18 - October 24, 2013

Friday, 18 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 42 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that Grand Prix engines have been twin overhead cam and four valves per cylinder for 101 years.  I asked who was first?  It was the Grand…

Japan GP this weekend

Friday, 11 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
One of the greatest tracks used in Formula One today, Japan’s Suzuka circuit is a massive test of car and driver ability.  Built by Honda as a test facility in…

Korea KO’s some drivers’ aspirations

Friday, 11 October 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 41 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you can find any bookmaker anywhere who will give you odds on “The Finger” Vettel (Red Bull) winning the 2013 driver’s championship, take it.  Once again total domination by…

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,…
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