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Spa this weekend

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
After the mid-year break, the F1 circus starts again, with this weekend’s race at Spa in Belgium.  F1 returns to one of the best tracks on the calendar - Spa…

BMW goes FWD

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
After being a staunch RWD manufacturer, BMW has swapped ends, with the new 2 Series being the first of over 20 vehicles featuring Front Wheel Drive (FWD).  These will include…

Toyota joins the Hydrogen club

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV) has come to the surface, with Toyota saying that their FCV will be on sale during 2015. The Toyota FCV Concept is a pioneer…

The “Goodwood Revival” at the Bira Circuit

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Goodwood Revival began in 1998 and has become a huge event in the UK, with all types of older vehicles on display, with many also competing.  Spectators wear clothes…
1. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull): $31.7 million 2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari): $31.7m 3. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari): $31.7m 4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes): $28.8m 5. Jenson Button (McLaren): $23.1m 6. Nico Rosberg…

World’s Fastest Indian - again!

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
If you haven’t watched the movie “The World’s Fastest Indian”, go and get a copy, available on DVD.  It is the story of the singleness of purpose shown by New…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 22 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 34 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked what car derived its name from the national manufacturer of war weapons?  The answer was FN, from the Belgian Fabrique Nationale d’Armes de Guerre (National Manufacturer…

The most powerful muscle car in the world

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Are you ready for the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat?  A Dodge Challenger with a 6.2 liter V8 producing 527 kW and 881 Nm of torque. Unfortunately Chrysler does not build…
Volvo has certainly turned the corner.  Global sales of 36,438 cars, up 8.3 percent versus July last year, China sales up 47,8 percent and this is Volvo Cars’ thirteenth consecutive…

Lagonda panders to the Pimps at the Pumps

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Aston Martin has decided to resurrect the 100 year-old Lagonda name with a luxury car that will take the pride of place at the top of the luxury car-maker’s order…

Driverless cars getting closer

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Question for the locals: When a driverless car has an accident in Thailand, does the passenger flee the scene? In the UK, the green light has been given for driverless…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 15 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 33 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that a car was built during the war years and was a battery powered device.  It could go for 100 km between recharges, so it was…

No Grand Prix, but plenty of action at the Bira Circuit

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
Having had some back to back Grands Prix, it is almost strange not to be sitting in front of the big screen at Jameson’s on Sunday night; however, there still…

Porsche rated as number 1 in quality for second year

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
The number of problems experienced by new-vehicle owners has increased from the previous year, as automakers continued to be challenged when introducing sophisticated technologies in new vehicles, according to the…

BMW all-electric i3 picks up a gong as well

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
The 2014 World Car Awards were presented at the New York Auto Show and BMW’s all-electric i3 won the World Green Car award and also the World Car Design of…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I asked why the Aero Minx of the 1930’s had taller windscreens as special orders, and who ordered this, and why?  The answer was the Constabulary in the…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 08 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 32 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 August 11 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A…

Nitto 3K race meeting this weekend

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Nitto 3K people are promoting a race weekend, but unfortunately it is not at the local Bira International circuit, but out in Kaeng Krachan, near Cha Am and Hua…

100th anniversary of the birth of Prince Bira

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
A moving joint Buddhist and Brahmin ceremony was held at the Bira International circuit in July to mark the 100th anniversary of Prince Bira’s birth.  The event was carried out…

Jaguar F-Type breaks cover in Pattaya

Friday, 01 August 2014 Issue Vol. XXII No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
There were two Jaguar F-Types on display at the Bira circuit for the 100 year anniversary of Prince Bira.  Same color, but one a cabriolet and the other a coupe.…