Dr. Iain Corness

Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:18

Electricity and the motor car

I was always taught that physics was an exact science.  What goes up must come down, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, similar magnetic poles repel, pressure is equally distributed in a closed vessel, the speed of light is absolute, e=mc2 and all that kind of stuff.  Well, it’s not.  If you ever want to disprove physics as a science, then buy a car.  They do not obey physical laws.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:17

What did we learn from the Abu Dhabi GP?

Well we learned that previous year’s Grand Prix at the Abu Dhabi circuit and called “Yawn Marina” turned into “Yes Marina!” with an action-packed Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.  More scrapping than any other GP this year, though to be honest, some of it was fairly amateur from what is supposed to be the pinnacle of motor sport’s drivers.

Honda Aircraft Company announced that it has commenced production of the much anticipated HondaJet, the world’s most advanced light jet aircraft.  During a press conference at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida, the company also highlighted key testing milestones that have been successfully accomplished, enabling the HondaJet to move closer to certification and delivery.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 13:14

Natter Nosh and Noggin

The car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park.  The next meeting is on Monday November 12 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)!

Last week I asked what is the significance of the Savoy Hotel to the taxi manufacturing industry in the UK?  The answer was simply that any London Black Cab had to be able to drive around the roundabout in the Savoy’s forecourt, which required a less than 25 foot turning circle.  Practical people, the Poms ;-))

So to this week.  What did the original Fiat 500 have in common with the 1961 Lincoln Continental?  Clue: It’s only a quiz, so don’t contemplate suicide over this.

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Thursday, 08 November 2012 08:46

Yorkies expands

The name “Yorkies” became an institution in Pattaya with Norman and Eileen Denning the hard-working proprietors.  This year, they moved to Chaiyapruek 1 (five doors down from the new Coco’s Bistro) and expanded the butchery.

Thursday, 08 November 2012 08:10

Problem twinkles

There are many euphemisms for urinating (to use the ‘correct’ term).  It is amazing just how many words are used by the average Anglo-Saxon family to describe one of nature’s most basic and instinctual acts.  From pee-pee, to passing water, to Number Ones, to doing a “wet” - the list is endless.  When asking a young child about bladder habits I always speak to the parents first saying, “What do you call it in your house?”  One I really do love is having a twinkle!

Thursday, 01 November 2012 17:00

Abu Dhabi Grand Prix this weekend

The Abu Dhabi Yas Marina grand prix circuit hosts the third last GP of 2012 this weekend, with only the new US GP and Brazil to come.  Abu Dhabi is the most oil-rich in the region and ‘home’ to some well-heeled ‘visitors’ from Thailand.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:58

1,600 km/h on land!

Australian Rosco McGlashan has set himself the target of doing more than 1600 km/h in a rocket-powered car called Aussie Invader 5R.  The rocket is capable of producing 62,000 pounds of thrust and the “car” sits on solid aluminium wheels, each weighing 100 kilograms.

Thursday, 01 November 2012 16:56

What did we learn from the Indian GP?

Well, we learned that Vettel and his Red Bull are the class act of 2012, but we also saw that Alonso (Ferrari) has the greatest ‘tiger’, his driving on the first couple of laps, where he passed both McLarens of Hamilton and Button was superb.  Alonso does not wait for the race to settle into a rhythm, but is on it 110 percent from the minute the lights go out.  Whilst Vettel has now won four straight victories, I was more impressed with Alonso’s drive.

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