The Nitto 3K people have scheduled a meeting at Bira this weekend. The Bira circuit is on Highway 36 about three km past the Regent’s School, heading towards Sattahip.
At Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 14, 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT set a new world speed record for two-seat sports cars by reaching a top speed of 435.31 km/h. The run was performed at the Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2 mile Space Shuttle landing runway. Brian Smith, director of Miller Motorsport, experienced race driver and a former Michelin tire test engineer, drove the Venom GT to its record speed.
Thailand might be the second largest market for pick-ups, but the world’s adoption of this style of vehicle comes from Australia, where they are known as “Utes”, a colloquial term for the original designation of “coupe utility”.
The Pattaya car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park. The next meeting is on Monday March 10 at Jameson’s at 7 p.m. A totally informal meeting of like-minded souls to discuss their pet motoring (and motorcycling) loves and hates (plus lies and outright exaggerations). Come along and meet the guys who have a common interest in cars and bikes, and enjoy the Jameson’s specials, washed down with a few beers. A couple of the members were scrutineers at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, so they may have some scuttlebutt about the F1 scene. Always a fun night. Be prepared to laugh a lot at some of the antics of the members (when they were younger)! The Car Club nights are always on the second Monday of the month (not every second Monday)!
So to last week’s quiz. I asked what police car had six cylinders and 80 horsepower, and twin SU carbs? It was the Wolseley 6/80, as used by the British Police. Remember the radiator mascot that lit up at night?
So to this week. What car company employed a land speed record holder to capture 106 world speed records, then painted 50 of the cars red, white and blue to celebrate the achievement. The company also produced a pink version for a national glamor girl. I want the company and the model of the car.
There has always been discussion about the advantages of early detection, as far as cancer is concerned. Unfortunately there are still people who say that if you get it, you’ve got it, and you’ve had it. I am not one of those. It isn’t over until the fat lady sings, as they say.
Car buyers in the U.S. are more likely to be persuaded by traditional marketing, rather than blogs, forums and social media, which are often seen as less reliable and ‘infiltrated’ by brands.
Silverstone Auctions returned to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, for the third year running to host its biggest ever Race Retro auction.
More than 100 classic cars and motorcycles went under the hammer in the two day sale in February, joining a selection of fine automobilia as well as a luxury lifestyle collection, offered at the historic motorsport show for the first time.
Road safety charity the IAM is offering weekly motoring tips from Britain’s top advanced driver, Peter Rodger. This week, he is advising on combating fatigue. This is particularly apt in Thailand where in the last week we have had two bus crashes, with fatigue fingered as a possible cause.
The IAM’s suggestions are:
- Plan your journey to include a stop at least once every two hours.
- Where possible, share the driving with another driver.
- Make sure you drink enough fluids.
- Don’t plan to travel late at night if you can avoid it. The overnight hours are particularly hard if you are tired.
- Don’t ignore warning signs of fatigue. If you feel drowsy, stop at the next pull-in area, get out of the car and walk around.
- In extreme cases, have a caffeine drink and sleep for 20 minutes while it takes effect. You can only do this once in a journey; it won’t have the same effect if you do it again.
IAM chief examiner Peter Rodger said, “Motorways are the safest roads - but they are monotonous. If you’re embarking on a long journey, get a good rest and use this advice to help make sure you’re alert throughout.”
Very wise advice!
According to the FIA, the new Formula E features a pool of top international names that all officially endorse the new FIA Formula E Championship and have expressed a willingness to race in the future. There are now 24 (see full list below). In addition, the Formula E Drivers’ Club will allow each member to experience the new fully-electric Spark-Renault SRT_01E Formula E car.