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 place for Raikkonen (“Lotus”) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari) back in form to take third.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 14:58

Distracted Driving legislation looming

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 distract a driver, who needs full attention at all times.

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 case scenario the NHTSA claimed that a hose fitting can fail and cause rapid coolant leaks without warning.  The coolant can cover the road and cause drivers to lose control of their cars.

The NHTSA says it has 10 complaints of coolant leaks.  One driver said a leak caused a 911 to lose rear tire traction, sending the car into a spin and off the road. The driver wrote in a complaint to NHTSA that it was fortunate that the car didn’t hit anything, and that the coolant spill didn’t affect other drivers.

Investigators will determine if the problem has caused any injuries and if it is bad enough to cause a recall.

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 was developed as a rear-mount tank engine for use in M4A4 Medium tank.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 11:40

Rothschild family visits Mantra

Baron Edmond de Rothschild was represented in Pattaya’s Mantra restaurant at a wine dinner featuring some of the many and varied wines to come under the “Compagnie Vinicole Baron Edmond de Rothschild” label.

Thursday, 16 May 2013 09:41

A Timely Killer

It really is a no-brainer.  Early diagnosis improves the prognosis.  A news item a couple of years ago claimed that if you lived in Taiwan you had a better chance of cancer survival, than if you lived in the UK.  This was put down to the fact that your cancer diagnosis was done more quickly in Taiwan than it was in the UK.

Thursday, 09 May 2013 15:26

Spanish GP this weekend

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 Spaniard fulfills all their dreams, even if Massa was dragging the chain two weeks ago.”  Seems nothing has changed since then.

Thursday, 09 May 2013 15:23

A compact SUV for Mercedes-Benz?

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 the Range Rover Evoque, BMW X3 and Audi Q3.

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.  Bad weather?  Leave your Atom in the garage.

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