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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.

New NSX breaks cover

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda has uncovered a prototype version of its forthcoming second-generation NSX supercar ahead of its official debut at an IndyCar Series event in the US.

Books and the UK

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
On every trip to the UK I have managed to find some incredible book bargains, some in the new bookshops, and others in the second hand places.  For example I…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
The car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park.  The next meeting is on Monday August 12 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia

Friday, 09 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 32 By Dr. Iain Corness
A main stream manufacturer built an 800cc engined car which was very popular, but failed the US emission control standards and was dropped by the manufacturer in 1970, after only…

MINI to be assembled here

Friday, 02 August 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 31 By Dr. Iain Corness
Hot news in the BMW camp is that their MINI Countryman is to be assembled here from CKD kits from the Graz plant.  This will result in a cheaper MINI,…