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Electric car maker nanoFlowcell will unveil a pioneering electric car concept. Following on from the Quant e-Sportlimousine concept from last year’s Geneva motor show, nanoFlowcell’s new Quant F is just…

Germany to lose its F1 GP?

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8
With the future of the German GP as yet undecided, Nico Rosberg has admitted he fears for the future of his home grand prix. Sharing the grand prix between Germany’s…

If Germany goes under, never mind, Qatar is ready

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
Qatar is set to become the latest country to host a Formula 1 race with the country’s motorsport chief saying they are about to sign a deal. The Gulf state…

The difference between a restoration and a recreation

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
A restoration starts with an original car and rebuilds it to ‘as new’ or even better, but a recreation starts with nothing and builds what is really a copy of…

Autotrivia

Friday, 20 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 8 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car claimed 100 mph in its name, but could only do 95? This was really too easy. It was the SS 100 (which later became…

Vicar in insurance row over Jesus stickers

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
An unbelievable item crossed my desk from Wales in the UK. A vicar found herself in hot water with her car insurer, after placing stickers with religious messages on her…

Cars are still developing

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
We have become used to the way the exterior of cars has changed. Even headlights are now any shape, dictated by the whims of the stylist. But those stylists are…

How I got the World Champion F1 engineer on my team - Free!

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
We are all used to the highly drilled F1 teams we see on TV these days. In comes the F1 racecar, leaving three point something seconds later after changing four…

Now THIS should make the insurance company cringe!

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
A group of seniors were sitting around talking about all their ailments at Costa Coffee. “My arms have gotten so weak I can hardly lift this cup of coffee,” said…

Autotrivia

Friday, 13 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 7 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned a post-war car, with a liberated straight 6 engine, half-brother to an aeroplane and the grille was a steal. What was it? It was the Bristol…

Has Warren Buffett got it right?

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Warren Buffett has been pushing BYD’s wheelbarrow for some years and now the BYD Tang plug-in hybrid SUV uses China’s iron-phosphate batteries, with Buffett’s blessing.

F1 testing calendar

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
The F1 Circus gets underway in earnest in March, but leading up to then there are several days of testing allowed. 01 Feb - Circuito Permanente de Jerez 02 Feb…

German GP in doubt

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Bernie Ecclestone says financial woes for the Nurburging and a lack of a deal with Hockenheim could put an end to this year’s German GP. Although the Nurburging was down…

Things are going to get better

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Frost & Sullivan is expecting total vehicle sales in Thailand to increase 9.8 percent year-on-year to reach 950,000 units due to the recovery of domestic demand. Vivek Vaidya, Vice President,…

LEDs shine the way to new styling

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Light-emitting diodes, LEDs, are revolutionizing the styling of automotive lighting. The technology, once found only on luxury cars, is becoming standard on many headlamps and taillights of mainstream vehicles to…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 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 February 9 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…

Autotrivia

Friday, 06 February 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 6 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I wrote about a car which was very French. Manufactured in the early 1950’s. Killed by the French government taxing big cars. I asked what car was it,…

John Raymond Weinthal Obituary

Friday, 30 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 5 By Anthony Howard
John Weinthal, head of press and PR at the SMMT - Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders - 1968-1984; Motoring Editor at Large the Pattaya Mail and the Chiang Mai…

Alfa Romeo brings out a stunner in the 4C

Friday, 30 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
Alfa Romeo will be releasing the new 4C this year. If you were quick enough, a special Launch Edition - limited to 1300 worldwide - will be available, featuring a…

Autotrivia

Friday, 30 January 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 5 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I wrote about a car preserved in the Turin Automobile museum, which was built for the Monaco GP of 1935. It had an eight cylinder radial two stroke…