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Twizy puts lawmakers in a tizzy

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many years ago I bought a Tuk-Tuk and imported it to Australia.  A fun run-about.  And as soon as the three wheels were on the bitumen, that’s when the trouble…

What did we learn from the Austrian GP?

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that it is possible to have a great circuit, with gradients and curves, and allow spectators access and grassy fields in which to camp.  That is the…

Here comes the future of car insurance

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Fraudulent ‘slam-ons’ - road traffic accidents deliberately caused in order to claim for whiplash compensation - increased by 51 percent in 2013, according to claims fraud data from Aviva in…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 27 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 26 By Dr. Iain Corness
Italy got their first one in 1924.  England got its first one in 1958.  What did they get?  Think speed!  It was motorways! So to this week.  When did the…

Austrian GP this weekend

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Austrian Grand Prix returns to the Effwun calendar for the first time since 2003.  The circuit has had a revamp from Red Bull since then and Red Bull Racing…

Excuse me, have you seen an E85 pump round here?

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
The debate over alternate fuels has continued unabated since 2007.  The number of options that are being bandied about just means to me that nobody really knows which way to…

Looking for a 1973 RS Carrera?

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
News came through about a 1973 RS, with matching numbers, that had been stored for the past 24 years.  It was also snapped up for STG 500,000 before it was…

True Visions race meeting at Bira this weekend

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
Another race meeting at the local Bira Circuit this weekend June 21 and 22, with the promoters now calling themselves S1R, having previously been True Visions Bobby Hunter.  All very…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 20 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 25 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned a car that was pushed over a cliff to show how strong it was.  I asked what was this car?  It was the original Citroen Traction…

Google it and HAL drives away without you

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Autonomous cars seem to be the buzz words at present.  Have we the technology to build such cars that can drive by themselves, without hitting anything?  Have we the faith…

Naza’s huge used car lot

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last month I had a trip to Kuala Lumpur, and whilst there it was suggested I visit Naza World’s car showroom.  The great majority are imported from the UK and…

What did we learn from the Canadian GP?

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well we learned, if we didn’t know it already, Ricciardo (who must be sponsored by Colgate) is the ‘real deal’.  Starting from grid 6, Ricciardo in his Red Bull maintained…

Honda slows production

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
The downturn in new car demand has seen Honda drop its production to 60 percent of capacity, and the new USD 530 million plant it had started building this year…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 13 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that an aeronautical engineer invented one of the most common items for bicycles, motorcycles and sports cars.  Exactly what did he invent?  He invented the wire…

Canadian GP this weekend

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Grand Prix circus returns to Canada, a ‘real’ circuit for ‘real’ drivers, with none of the imitation glitz of the Monaco processions.  The Canadian raceway is the Gilles Villeneuve…

Jaguar - the other end of the Indian car saga

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
Jaguar, the brainchild of Sir William Lyons is now owned by India’s Tata Motors, who have announced that they will build the six “missing” E-Type Jaguars that were due to…

Billycart Grand Prix

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
For longer than there had been motor cars, there had been billy carts, some even drawn by billy goats (hence the name).  In the UK and the USA these were…

The Morry Oxford finally lies down and dies

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
Followers of the iconic Morris Oxford from the early 50’s will be saddened to hear that the Hindustan Ambassador Mk III has been laid to rest.  At one stage, it…

History

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
History is important, as without history there could be no today.  Man has always been fascinated by self-propelled vehicles, with the earliest example being the steam tractor built by Nicolas-Joseph…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 06 June 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 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 June 9 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…