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Performance cars?

Friday, 16 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
I started driving in the 1950’s, and I have to admit that it was my father’s car, and he didn’t know about the mischief I would get up to when…

Autotrivia

Friday, 16 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what is the connection between the singer Sam Cook and the pre-war Frazer Nash sports cars?  And no, he didn’t own one as far as I…

An ode to older drivers

Friday, 16 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
I’ve sure gotten old! I’ve had two bypass surgeries, a hip replacement, New knees, fought prostate cancer and diabetes I’m half blind, Can’t hear anything quieter than a jet engine,…

Lotus blossoming again?

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
The future for Lotus now looks secure again after its new Malaysian owners released their three year investment program. Former CEO Dany Bahar had proposed ambitious plans to introduce five…

Indian GP dropped from the 2014 calendar

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Indian Grand Prix has been cancelled for next year but is expected to return in 2015.

New NSX breaks cover

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda has uncovered a prototype version of its forthcoming second-generation NSX supercar ahead of its official debut at an IndyCar Series event in the US.

Books and the UK

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
On every trip to the UK I have managed to find some incredible book bargains, some in the new bookshops, and others in the second hand places.  For example I…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 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 August 12 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
A main stream manufacturer built an 800cc engined car which was very popular, but failed the US emission control standards and was dropped by the manufacturer in 1970, after only…

MINI to be assembled here

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Hot news in the BMW camp is that their MINI Countryman is to be assembled here from CKD kits from the Graz plant.  This will result in a cheaper MINI,…

The top 10 car nations, and we’re not in it

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
These are the nations with the most new cars and trucks sold in 2012: 1. China, 17.4 million 2. U.S., 14.5 million 3. Japan, 5.2 million 4. Brazil, 3.6 million…

Autotrivia

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that in 1961 a front engined car ran in a Grand Prix.  I asked what was it?  It was the Ferguson FF, which…

Cover me patrolman

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Ford Motor Co. has a new surveillance system for police cars that automatically sounds a chime, locks the doors and puts up the windows if it detects someone approaching the…

What did we learn from the Hungarian GP?

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we did learn (if we didn’t know before) that Hamilton (Mercedes) is a first class driver, and has a good tactical head on his shoulders.  He drove a faultless…

Bentley to build a Stupendously Useless Vehicle (SUV)

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Bentley over the past few years has built some delectable motor cars, with superb styling, powerful sports tourers in the grand manner.  That is what the name Bentley conjures up.…
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