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The Bathurst 1000

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Bathurst 1000 is the most popular race of the year in Australia.  To the top of Mt. Panorama and down again a distance of around 6.2 km.  By 1966…

Nissan remembers Datsun

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By By Warunya Thongrod
Datsun Thailand organized the 4th Datsun Festival attended by over 500 Datsun cars and owners. Spectators from everywhere arrived to gawk at cars, some as old as 61 years old.…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday December 20 - December 26, 2013

Friday, 20 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 51 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what do these cars have in common?  The Mini, the Aston Martin DB5, the Ford Mustang, the DeLorean and the Alfa Spyder, and it is nothing…

Road mortality to be lowered 50 percent

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Ministry of Transport has set a target to lower traffic-related mortality rate by 50 percent in the next seven years. According to Deputy Permanent Secretary Theerapong Rodprasert, about 14,000…

Turkey time!

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
What with Thanksgiving Day and Xmas, the turkeys have all headed for the hills.  However, one of the American motor mags surveyed their writers as to their opinion on the…

Mustang breaks out of the corral

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
When a new car is about to be released, the manufacturers send pre-release details to motoring magazines with what is called an ‘embargo’.  That means publication must be held until…

Trollhattan out from the doldrums?

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
SAAB has released its first new car since it went bankrupt in 2011 putting 6,000 workers on to the unemployment lines. It was bought out of Bankruptcy in 2012 by…

Is Technology heading in the right direction?

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
Have you ever stopped to consider as to where technology is taking us?  Or is it not taking us anywhere, but is merely following global trends?  Is public opinion the…

More driver-less cars

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
The latest manufacturer to embrace cars with no drivers is Volvo, who is promoting the concept with a catch phrase “Drive Me”.  This is set up as a joint venture…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday December 13 - December 19, 2013

Friday, 13 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 50 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what is the connection between the Bugatti Atlantic and the Lunar Roving Vehicle?  And I mean construction, not the fact that men rode in them.  The…

Racing at Bira this weekend

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Nitto 3K people have scheduled a meeting at Bira this weekend.  As always with this promoter there will be many classes competing, including the Retro Cars, in which my…

Some very interesting history

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
A regular reader, Kevin Maguire contacted me with the following: Seeing the picture of the lovely little Jowett Jupiter in this week’s Autotrivia quiz made me think a little. You…

Hydrogen Fuel Cell Kia coming

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
Kia’s first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle will begin production in 2015, starting with a small run of around 1,000 units, in line with the present lack of refueling infrastructure,…

Killed by the anti-social media

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
‘Gadget overload’ is making driving riskier, says new research from Zurich Insurance.  Motor manufacturers may have made cars safer, but more than four out of five UK motorists say distractions…

New 441 kW Nismo GT-R on the way

Friday, 06 December 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 49 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Nismo version of Nissan’s GT-R supercar with 441 kW and 652 Nm is coming with a revised 3.8 liter twin-turbo V6 (up from 404 kW/628 Nm). The Nismo GT-R’s…
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