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The future’s an SUV?

Friday, 14 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Americans for decades have been fans of sport utility vehicles.  According to the world-wide statistics, SUV sales are on the way up everywhere. Ford Motor Co. is one automaker looking…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday June 14 - June 20, 2013

Friday, 14 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 24 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I stated that on the 19th of August 1959 a felony was committed by a motorist.  He was fined GBP 3.  What had he done and how was…

Canadian GP this weekend

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
The Grand Prix circus returns to Canada, a ‘real’ circuit for ‘real’ drivers, with none of the imitation glitz of the Monaco processions.  The Canadian raceway is the Gilles Villeneuve…
The Wärtsilä RT-flex96C is a two-stroke turbocharged low-speed diesel engine designed by the Finnish manufacturer Wärtsilä.  It is currently considered the largest reciprocating engine in the world, designed for large…

Thailand Super Series commences

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
Thai motor racing takes a step forwards.  And it wasn’t just a little step; it was a big step.  Thailand Super Series is the realization of the dream of Minister…
Unique Hybrid Hydrogen technology was proved at the Nürburgring 24 Hours race.  An Aston Martin Rapide S race car, featuring a Hybrid Hydrogen system developed by Alset Global became the…

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 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 June 10 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m.  A totally…

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday June 7 - June 13, 2013

Friday, 07 June 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 23 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I asked which famous rally driver rallied four different “works” cars that were available to him at the same time?  It was Hannu Mikkola in 1968.  He had…

What did we learn from the Monaco GP?

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
What did we learn from the Monaco Grand Prix?  Lots, actually, but very little positive.  The circuit round the houses of Monaco is an anachronism.  Fine for 1923 with Bugatti…

Eleanor sold in the US for 1 million USD

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
A 1967 Ford Mustang used in the 2000 film Gone in 60 Seconds has sold for a staggering US$1 million.  This Mustang was one with a movie history, being the…

News from the Automotive Focus Group

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Tata has decided to postpone the development of the new facility in Thailand.  Previously, Tata had announced it will enter the passenger car market in Thailand during the third quarter,…

Honda returning to F1

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Honda has announced its decision to participate in the FIA Formula One World Championship from the 2015 season under a joint project with McLaren, the UK-based F1 corporation.

Thai Automotive Sales Statistics April 2013

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Vehicle output in April stood at 170,438 units, up 17 percent on April 2012, but down 33 percent on March (this was due to fewer working days in the month).

Slick and small - the way to haul?

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
The world is heading towards small efficient four cylinder engines, such as Ford’s eco-boost range.  The body most wanted is now small SUV’s such as Ford’s Kluga, for example.

Autotrivia Quiz - Friday May 31 - June 6, 2013

Friday, 31 May 2013 Issue Vol. XXI No. 22 By Dr. Iain Corness
Last week, I asked which record breaking drivers towed a portable petrol bowser, so they could refuel on the run?  It was the Hon Mrs Victor Bruce and her husband…
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