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What did we learn from the Spanish Grand Prix?

Friday, 17 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Well, we learned that Spaniards are passionate about bull fights, tennis, soccer and winning, and home hero Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) certainly gave the crowd something to cheer for.  Another second…

Distracted Driving legislation looming

Friday, 17 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
The US Department of Transport has released a series of voluntary guidelines it hopes car-makers will adhere to so that social media integration, such as Facebook and Twitter, will not…
Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz has hit out at Pirelli’s 2013 compounds claiming that they are ruining the racing.
The probe, announced Tuesday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), affects about 10,000 models with the GT1 engine from the 2001 through 2007 model years. In the worst…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday May 17 - May 23, 2013

Friday, 17 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 20 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that a 30 cylinder engine was built during WW2.  What was it used for?  It was a tank engine.  Created in 1941, the A57 Multibank engine…

Spanish GP this weekend

Friday, 10 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Two years ago I wrote, “The Alonso fans will be out in full voice, hoping that this will be the GP at which Ferrari comes on even stronger, and the…

A compact SUV for Mercedes-Benz?

Friday, 10 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Shanghai Auto Show saw M-B reveal the GLA compact SUV concept.  The Mercedes-Benz GLA concept becomes the third A series model and the first baby SUV to take on…

F1 performance in a road car? The top 5 contenders

Friday, 10 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
I am sure most of you have heard of the Ariel Atom, a strange vehicle looking like it is made from bent water pipes, and no creature comforts at all.…

The Bangkok Grand Prix

Friday, 10 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Despite all my initial misgivings (right through to incredulity and disbelief), it certainly does look as if the Thai Grand Prix will go ahead.  The Sports Authority of Thailand is…

“Classic” cars

Friday, 10 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Many years ago, I was asked if there were any “classic” cars in Pattaya, and whether the owners would be interested in tailored “classic car” insurance.  I replied that the…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 10 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 19 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 May 13 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday May 10 - May 16, 2013

Friday, 10 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 19 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week I mentioned that the Cosworth-Ford DFV engines were designed to be a stressed member of the chassis, but were not the first.  I asked which car was the…

Nitto 3K series at Bira this weekend

Friday, 03 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
The very popular Nitto 3K Series has a meeting at the local Bira circuit this weekend.  Saturday is mainly Qualifying and Sunday mainly races. These meetings attract large numbers of…

Insurance claims in the UK

Friday, 03 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
The insurance industry is bemoaning the fact that drivers have a poor grasp of Highway Code leading to accidents.  Road users putting on make-up, changing CDs and arguing with their…

50 years of the Ford Mustang

Friday, 03 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 18 By Dr. Iain Corness
To celebrate the 50 years of Mustang, Ford Motor Co. kicked off its celebration with a special ceremony commemorating the 1 millionth Mustang produced at the Flat Rock Assembly Plant,…
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