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Spa this weekend

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
F1 resumes with Spa this weekend.  After the mid-year four week holiday, F1 returns to one of the best tracks on the calendar - Spa Francorchamps in Belgium, a circuit…

Asia Cross Country Rally at Bira

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Federal Tyres, Flex stores in Japan, and several Thai officials and drivers were at the Bira circuit for one of the special stages of the rally which went from…

Spa Francorchamps in the library

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
I was very fortunate in being given a book on Spa Francorchamps 1948-1960, with a wealth of detail from the early days before Bernie and the F1 phenomenon.  The circuit…

ASEAN can kill the Vietnam auto industry

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The forthcoming ASEAN Free Trade Area (AFTA) which will abolish auto import taxes in 2018, could see the death of the auto industry in Vietnam, and a significant boost for…

Buriram circuit signs with Japanese

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The mover and shaker of Buriram, Newin Chidchob, has announced that his new track will be on the calendar for next year’s Japan Super GT championship. The new track, to…

Farting cows! Please give generously

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you have ever wondered about the paperwork required to do anything in Thailand, think about the Brits with their new Greenhouse Gases emissions regulations. These new regulations require UK…

Autotrivia - Friday August 23 - August 29, 2013

Friday, 23 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked how many body styles did Rolls-Royce make pre-war?  Bit of a trick question, but Rolls-Royce made no bodies at all.  The factory delivered the vehicles as…

Thailand Super Series at Bira this weekend

Friday, 16 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Super Series cars will be at the Bira circuit this weekend, with a line-up never before seen in Thailand.  Lamborghinis, Ferrari, Porsches, V8 Holden, Toyota 86 and more high…

Chauffeur sacked!

Friday, 16 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
The new Rolls-Royce Wraith coupe is being promoted as a driver’s car, making an army of Rolls-Royce chauffeurs redundant.

Electrifying discounts

Friday, 16 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many conflicting headlines in the business pages of the newspapers these days.  On one side are the traditionalists and on the other the ‘new wave’.  The traditionalists are stating that…

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.
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