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Bangkok to rock with the ROC

Friday, 26 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
News to hand of the Race of Champions (ROC) venue for 2013 to be Bangkok once more.  The Rajamangala Stadium will be used again and the dates will be December…

Honda returns to F1

Friday, 26 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. last week announced that it will base its European racing operation in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, in preparation for participation in the FIA F1 World Championship…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 26 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 30 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I mentioned that inn 1961 a front engined car ran in a Grand Prix.  I asked what was it?  It was the Ferguson FF.

Want a GT3 in your garage?

Friday, 19 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, I don’t know about you, but I certainly would be happy to push the Daihatsu Mira into the street and put a new Porsche in my garage. (It has…

The last M3 coupe

Friday, 19 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
The German manufacturer signaled an end to one of its most iconic models last week when a fitting Fire Orange number rolled off the production line, ending a 26 year…

World Car of the Year

Friday, 19 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
The votes are in and the overall winner was the Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost. This does not surprise me as this engine has been winning awards for the last two…

Should you carry a 300 mm iron bar?

Friday, 19 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
I know of one driver who kept a 300 mm iron bar beside the driver’s seat as a motoring aid. He was a chap I knew in London. A two…

Autotrivia Quiz

Friday, 19 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 29 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I mentioned a road legal, 104 cm high, 66 cm wide and 132 cm long. I asked what was it? It was a funny thing called a Wind…

MotoGP to Thailand?

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
An interesting item from the Automotive Focus Group following the news that the much publicized Bangkok F1 GP appears to be dead in the water.  However, Southeast Asia has a…

Will Telematics Systems open doors for car theft?

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
In the last few years there has been a rise in thefts of late-model cars where criminals have used hand-held tools, such as key programmers and immobilizer overrides, to steal…

Accessories to-go at 7-Eleven

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
With the partnership between the Chinese SAIC MG and 7-Eleven in Thailand, the distributor of MG, what will be in store for us (or will that be “in the store”…

How much is the CEO worth?

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
How much is the CEO worth, or rather, how much is the CEO being paid, particularly compared to the rank and file under the CEO’s vision? One of the poorest…

What did we learn from the German GP?

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) is a lucky b*stard, a certain cameraman in the pits is another lucky one, and Mark Webber (Red Bull) would be one…

Aston Martin sells off 35 percent

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Aston Martin and Investindustrial have finalized a deal that will see a 35 percent stake in the automaker sold to the European private equity group. Investindustrial is paying 150 million…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday July 12 - July 18, 2013

Friday, 12 July 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 28 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I mentioned that Dick Seaman drove for a continental team in 1937-1939.  I asked who was the next Englishman to drive for a continental works team?  And when?…
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