July 14, 2018 - July 20, 2018
Automakers, manufacturers oppose Trump call for auto tariffs
Tuesday, June 12, 2018, photo, trucks cross the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor,
Ontario into Detroit. In nearly a quarter-century since NAFTA was approved, a
complex chain of automotive parts makers has sprung up on both sides of the
U.S.-Canada border. About 7,400 trucks cross the bridge between Detroit and
Windsor every day, many laden with auto parts. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Washington (AP) - Automakers,
manufacturers and classic-car enthusiasts are coming out against President
Donald Trump's plan to consider taxing imported cars, trucks and auto parts.
General Motors warned in a filing Friday
with the U.S. Commerce Department that the threat of auto tariffs "risks
undermining GM's competitiveness against foreign auto producers" by driving up
the cost of imported components and raises the risk that GM will face
retaliation in other countries.
The National Association of Manufacturers
said in its filing that that the tariff plan would "put the U.S. manufacturing
sector at a global disadvantage, undermining growth and job creation throughout
the United States."
And Toyota Motor North America said the
tariffs "would have a negative impact on all manufacturers, increasing the cost
of imported vehicles as well as domestically produced vehicles that rely on
imported parts" - such as the company's Kentucky-built Camry.
Friday was the deadline for public comments
on Trump's call for a Commerce investigation into whether auto imports pose
enough of a threat to U.S. national security to justify tariffs. The president
has cited national security concerns as the reason for slapping tariffs on
imported steel and aluminum, drawing retaliatory tariffs from the European
Union, Mexico, Canada, Turkey and India.
Car collector Guy Mace of Springfield,
Missouri, was one of many classic-car enthusiasts who wrote in to call for used
cars and parts to be excluded from any tariff. "Antique and classic cars (have)
nothing to do with national security," Mace wrote. "A wide ranging industry is
involved the collection of antique and classic cars, and literally thousands of
car enthusiasts, auction houses and repair/restoration shops derive their
livelihood from this industry."
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the
department had received 2,500 comments and expected more by Friday's deadline.
"The purpose of the comment period and of the public hearing scheduled for July
19th and 20th is to make sure that all stakeholders' views are heard, both pro
and con," Ross said in statement. "That will enable us to make our best informed
recommendation to the President."
Silverstone turned on an epic F1 race (with a little help from the Stewards room)
driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany, right, steers his car followed by Mercedes
driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain during the British Formula One Grand Prix at
the Silverstone racetrack, Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 8, 2018. (AP
With Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) the hometown
favorite, being bumped from first to last at the third corner, the collective
groan from 340 thousand British spectators was audible. Much Finnish epithets
were also heard, amplified by the stewards awarding Kimi Raikkonen a 10 second
stop-go penalty for giving Hamilton a helping hand into the shrubbery.
Driver of the day was Hamilton, though
Raikkonen’s drive to overcome his penalty was also a sterling effort ending up
three seconds behind the Brit.
Some close racing at the top end and bodes
well for the next race in Germany on July 22.
The race was half way through the 2018
calendar and already there is jostling for seats with some current drivers just
not making the grade. First among these is Grosjean (Haas) – is there any driver
left that he hasn’t managed to hit, but on the plus side he can say “sorry” in
several languages? Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso) does not deserve an F1 seat, as
does Brendan Hartley (in the other Toro Rosso). The Williams pair of Stroll and
Sirotkin are a joke (well-heeled jokes) and are a laughing stock. Vandoorne who
has been outqualified every meeting by Alonso is another who should look for
alternative employment next year, they are short taxi drivers in Brussels I am
told. Ericsson (Sauber) is being consistently shown up by the talented novice
Leclerc, who only lost out on a top 10 finish after his crew sent him out on
Objectively, half the field does not
deserve to be there. The teams should start looking at the talented F2 drivers.
1 S Vettel Ferrari
2 L Hamilton Mercedes
3 K Raikkonen Ferrari
4 V Bottas Mercedes
5 D Ricciardo Red Bull
6 N Hulkenberg Renault
7 E Ocon Force India
8 F Alonso McLaren
9 K Magnussen Haas
10 S Perez Force India
M Verstappen Red Bull - 46 laps
R Grosjean Haas Accident - 37 laps
C Sainz Renault Accident - 37 laps
M Ericsson Sauber Accident - 31 laps
C Leclerc Sauber – loose wheel 18 laps
B Hartley Toro Rosso - Accident
Yet another “Super Car”
The written world is running out of
superlatives as the motor industry continues to produce limited run
stratospheric cars. The latest is the McLaren 600 LT. Based on the 570S, the
600LT is the fastest and most powerful model in the history of the entry-level
Sports Series range.
McLaren has boosted power for the 3.8 liter
twin-turbo V8 by 22 kW/20 Nm to 441 kW/620 Nm, thanks to an uprated cooling
system and reduced back pressure in the exhaust system, which is shorter than
that in the McLaren Senna.
As the name would suggest, the 600LT’s body
length has been increased by 74 mm, and features an extended front splitter,
lengthened rear diffuser and a fixed rear wing.
Much attention has been given to weight
saving and the 600LT checks in at 1247 kg dry, 96 kg lighter than the 570 S
Coupe, with 23 percent of parts changed for the 600LT.
Weight saving is achieved with new
carbon-fiber bodywork and the special exhaust system, which exits on top of the
600LT’s rear, in front of the fixed wing spoiler. Options from McLaren Special
Operations (MSO) such as vented carbon-fiber front fenders and a carbon-fiber
roof to further reduce weight.
To enhance on-road performance, the 600 LT
gains the aluminium double-wishbone suspension and lightweight brakes borrowed
from the 720S, sharper throttle, brake and steering response, firmer engine and
exhaust mounts and Pirelli P-Zero Trofeo R rubber.
The weight-saving measures continue inside
with a minimalist cabin featuring carbon-fiber racing seats borrowed from the P1
hybrid supercar, and extensive Alcantara trim throughout. Those looking to
further reduce weight can option super-light carbon-fiber seats taken from the
McLaren has described the production of the
600 LT as “strictly limited”, so Thailand allocation will be very slim. Local
pricing is yet to be determined, but a price tag somewhere between the 570S
Coupe ($395,000 before on-road costs) and the 720S ($515,080) is likely.
Production of the 600 LT will begin in
October and last for 12 months, meaning the new model will likely be released in
The LT badge began in 1997 with the McLaren
F1 GTR Longtail, a GT racecar based on the F1 GTR that was over 100 kg lighter
compared to the original, and finished the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours GT1 class in
first and second place.
The nameplate was revived at the 2015
Geneva motor show with the 675 LT, based on the 650 S Super Series model which
was followed by a drop-top Spider version due to the demand of the coupe.
As such, the creation of a 600 LT Spider is
not out of the question.
Last week I asked, would you be happy
to drive a forward-firing M1895 Colt-Browning machine gun with armored
shield between the front wheel and steering tiller, operated by the front
passenger? What was this car? It was the Davidson-Duryea Gun Carriage of
1898. Major Davidson converted a passenger Duryea into the armored car. The
conversion was devised by inventor Major (later Colonel) R.P. Davidson, of
the Illinois National Guard, then commandant of the Northwestern Military
and Naval Academy, Highland Park, Illinois.
So to this week. What was different
about the power train of a car called Gregory?
For a free beer at the next car Club
meeting (August 13) at Jamesons Irish Pub, be the first correct answer to
[email protected] or
[email protected] . And in addition, if you are a Pattaya resident, the
closest correct answer will win a free voucher for Casa Pascal’s Breakfast
BBQ. Good luck!
July 7, 2018 - July 13, 2018
British GP this weekend
Silverstone Grand Prix circa 1950.
Three Grands Prix on
the trot with the third being the British GP to be held at Silverstone, the
site of the first F1 GP in 1950.
Silverstone is built on
the site of a World War II Royal Air Force bomber station, RAF Silverstone,
which opened in 1943. The airfield’s three runways, in classic WWII triangle
format, lie within the outline of the present track.
Silverstone was first
used for motorsport by an ad hoc group of friends who set up an impromptu
race in September 1947. One of their members, Maurice Geoghegan, lived in
nearby Silverstone village and was aware that the airfield was deserted. He
and eleven other drivers raced over a two-mile circuit, during the course of
which Geoghegan himself ran over a sheep that had wandered onto the
airfield. The sheep was killed and the car written off, and in the aftermath
of this event the informal race became known as the Mutton Grand Prix.
The next year the Royal
Automobile Club took a lease on the airfield and set out a more formal
racing circuit. Their first two races were held on the runways themselves,
with long straights separated by tight hairpin corners, the track demarcated
by hay bales. However, for the 1949 International Trophy meeting, it was
decided to switch to the perimeter track. This arrangement was used for the
1950 and 1951 Grands Prix. In 1952 the start line was moved from the Farm
Straight to the straight linking Woodcote and Copse corners, and this layout
remained largely unaltered for the following 38 years. For the 1975 meeting
a chicane was introduced to try to tame speeds through the mighty Woodcote
Corner and Bridge Corner was subtly rerouted in 1987.
The track underwent a
major redesign between the 1990 and 1991 races, transforming the ultra-fast
track (where in its last years every corner was taken in no lower than
fourth or fifth gear, depending on the transmission of the car, except for
the Bridge chicane, which was usually taken in second gear) into a more
technical track. The reshaped track’s first F1 race was perhaps the most
memorable of recent years, with Nigel Mansell coming home first in front of
his home crowd. On his victory lap back to the pits Mansell even found time
to pick up stranded rival Ayrton Senna and give him a lift on his side-pod
after Senna’s McLaren had run out of fuel on the final lap of the race.
Following the deaths of
Senna and fellow Grand Prix driver Roland Ratzenberger at Imola in 1994,
many Grand Prix circuits were modified in order to reduce speed and increase
driver safety. As a consequence of this the entry from Hangar Straight into
Stowe Corner was modified in 1995 so as to make its entry less dangerous. In
addition, the flat-out Abbey kink was modified to a chicane in just 19 days
before the 1994 GP. Parts of the circuit, such as the starting grid, are 17
meters wide, complying with the latest safety guidelines.
The GP starts on Sunday
at 8.10 p.m. Thai time. I watch in front of the big screen at Jameson’s
Irish Pub. Come and join me.
Swedish Chinese gets a Green card
Volvo has announced that the Swedish
automaker, which is owned by Geely in China, will build its S60 luxury
mid-sized sedan in Charleston, South Carolina, where it will be built
exclusively for global consumption. It will be built at a new $1.5 billion
factory due to open later this year, becoming the first Volvo car to be
built in the United States.
With diesel now becoming a four letter
word, Volvo has dropped the diesel from the engines available leaving both
ICE and plug-in hybrids.
The powertrain line-up is expected to
start with the 183 kW front-wheel-drive turbo-petrol T5 that reputedly can
take the S60 from zero to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and delivers fuel
consumption of between 7.2 and 8.1 liters per 100 km.
A supercharged version of the 2.0-liter
engine, producing 228 kW of power, motivates the mid-range T6 via all four
A plug-in hybrid electric vehicle
(PHEV) version of the T6 Twin Engine combines the four-cylinder petrol
engine with a 65 kW electric motor for a total of 253 kW.
The top-of-the-range T8 Twin Engine
offers 298 kW of power from its petrol-electric AWD powertrain for a 0-100
km/h time of 4.9s.
Built on Volvo’s modular Scalable
Product Architecture (SPA) that also underpins the V60 and other new-gen
Volvo models, S60 has the same dimensions as the V60 – 4761 mm long, 2040 mm
wide and 1431 mm high – which makes it longer, wider and lower than the
current model that is now eight years old.
As expected with a Volvo car, the S60
has high levels of safety, including autonomous braking that now includes
automatic braking to mitigate head-on collisions.
The S60 gets the latest version of the
company’s semi-autonomous Pilot Assist system that, like Tesla’s Autopilot,
provides a modicum of steering, throttle and braking assistance on
well-marked roads at up to 130 km/h. Other safety technologies include rear
cross-traffic alert with automatic braking.
The infotainment system with its
tablet-style screen gets Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and 4G connectivity.
Volvo took the opportunity of the S60
launch to show off its nearly completed South Carolina factory that will not
only build the S60 for the world but, from 2021, the next-generation XC90
The factory joins other plants in
Europe and China in Volvo’s growing network of production facilities funded
largely by its Chinese parent Geely which bought Volvo from Ford in 2010.
What did we learn from the Austrian GP?
A lot to learn from the Austrian Grand
Prix. Main items included both Mercedes cars not finishing through mechanical
maladies and no longer bullet proof, Renault engines going pop in a Renault,
Daniel Ricciardo’s birthday cake had his candles blown out and Romaine Grosjean
not only finished but well into the points while Kimi outscored Vettel both in
Qualifying and the race.
This was the most interesting race so far
this year, but with six non-finishers the teams are working flat out to correct
the problems. With only one week between the French GP and the Austrian and the
British GP this weekend there is very little time to fix anything.
The race began with Hamilton getting past
Bottas at the first corner while Raikkonen (Ferrari) also squeezed in front of
Bottas relegating him to third. By the third lap Kimi was wildly driving on and
off the track trying to get past Hamilton, but to no avail.
Behind the leaders, there was much action
and passing (at long last) but Renault’s Hulkenberg’s engine let go in a big
way, followed by Bottas being forced to stop with gear selection hydraulics
A Virtual Safety Car period produced almost
every car dashing into the pits as the tyres were not lasting in the heat. Red
Bull and Ferrari even double stacking their cars, but Mercedes did not, as their
strategist felt Hamilton could safely continue. Unfortunately for Mercedes he
was wrong, leaving a petulant Hamilton complaining loudly, not that it mattered
for his car sputtered to a stop when the fuel pump failed on lap 62.
The next big mover to fail to continue to
proceed was Birthday Boy Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) with another Renault engine
failure. This left Verstappen (Red Bull) in front of the two Ferraris, who by
clever driving managed to keep his blistered rear tyres intact and run to the
finish and top step of the podium, clear of Kimi and Vettel.
Grosjean (Haas) finished in 4th with
his team mate Magnussen behind him. The two FIndias (Ocon and Perez) were next
with Alonso, once again, dragging the hopeless McLaren into an 8th.
The Sauber renaissance continues with Leclerc and Ericsson last two in the
By this stage, the teams are looking to who
should fill the 2019 seats. It would seem that Raikkonen and Grosjean could miss
the guillotine after all, but Hartley is a doubtful starter for next year.
1 M Verstappen Red Bull
2 K Raikkonen Ferrari
3 S Vettel Ferrari
4 R Grosjean Haas - 70 laps
5 K Magnussen Haas - 70 laps
6 E Ocon Force India - 70 laps
7 S Perez Force India - 70 laps
8 F Alonso McLaren - 70 laps
9 C Leclerc Sauber - 70 laps
10 M Ericsson Sauber - 70 laps
11 P Gasly Toro Rosso - 70 laps
12 C Sainz Renault - 70 laps
13 L Stroll Williams - 69 laps
14 S Sirotkin Williams - 69 laps
Did not finish:
S Vandoorne McLaren Gearbox - 65 laps
L Hamilton Mercedes Fuel pressure - 62 laps
B Hartley Toro Rosso suspension - 54 laps
D Ricciardo Red Bull Engine - 53 laps
V Bottas Mercedes Hydraulics - 13 laps
N Hulkenberg Renault Engine - 11 laps
Is Liberty on the right track?
Will the thought of
another US track enthuse the viewing public? I doubt it very much as the new
owners of F1 Liberty Media look upon F1 in a different way, compared to what
we were used to. When F1’s commercial boss Sean Bratches was asked about the
likelihood of there being another race in the US in Miami, he replied, “I
don’t know if there’s a city on the planet that aligns with our brand more
than Miami. We’re both about celebrity, about glamour, about fashion, we’re
about art, we’re about digital, technology. We both have great sporting
histories, so we think it’s a good brand alignment.”
Formula 1 is not about celebrity,
glamor, fashion and art. Sorry Mr Bratches, F1 is about mano a mano
competition, driver skill, cheating death and doing maneuvers in cars that
leaves ‘ordinary’ drivers aghast.
Liberty may indeed get Miami off the
ground, but Silverstone has said they are pulling out after the 2019 GP.
Let’s see what Liberty can do with 68 years of F1 history.
Natter Nosh and Noggin
The Pattaya car club meets at Jameson’s
Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park. The next meeting is on Monday July 9 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.
Always a fun night. The Car Club nights are only on the second Monday of the
month (not every second Monday)!
Last week I asked, why was there very little traffic on the
roads on Sunday in Switzerland in 1923? That was an easy one – the Swiss
government banned all traffic on the roads on Sundays, other than doctors and
So to this week. With all the conflict in the world today,
soon you will need an armored car to drive to work. Would you be happy to drive
a forward-firing M1895 Colt-Browning machine gun with armored shield between the
front wheel and steering tiller, operated by the front passenger? What was this
For a free beer at the next car Club meeting (July 9 at
Jamesons Irish Pub), be the first correct answer to email
[email protected] or [email protected] And in addition, if you are a
Pattaya resident, the closest correct answer will win a free voucher for Casa
Pascal’s Breakfast BBQ. Good luck!
June 30, 2018 - July 6, 2018
Austrian Grand Prix this weekend
The Austrian Grand Prix
returns to Austria and the Red Bull Ring. The circuit has had a revamp from Red
Bull and Red Bull Racing will naturally be hoping they can get a win on home
soil after gaining top step in Monaco.
The “Ring” has seen many
configurations of the track, mainly to slow the cars down, as speeds of up to
256 km/h for a lap average have been recorded previously. That’s “average” not
outright top speed which is well over 300 km/h.
The current history is
interesting. Grandstands and pit buildings were demolished in 2004, rendering
the track unusable for any motorsport category. Then in late 2004 and early
2005, there were intense discussions concerning whether the owner of the
circuit, Red Bull, would find another use for the site, or return motor sports
to the venue. There was a circuit extension proposal using part of the old
Österreichring; however, Red Bull boss Dietrich Mateschitz publicly announced
that he had no intention of wasting money on a race circuit.
Despite what he had avowed
before, late in 2008, Red Bull began their €70m reconstruction of the track.
With the reconstruction,
the Red Bull Ring has hosted the DTM Series, F2 and also the FIA Historic
Formula One Championship.
In July 2013, Red Bull
announced that the Austrian Grand Prix will return as a round of the Formula One
World Championship in 2014. This was confirmed on 4 December 2013 when the 2014
Formula One schedule was released and included the Austrian Grand Prix which was
held on 22 June 2014.
The telecast of this year’s
race begins at 8.10 p.m. Thai time and we will be watching in front of the big
screen at Jameson’s Irish Pub (Soi AR) and we get there around 7 p.m. for
something to eat and a convivial drink or two before the race starts. Come in a
koala suit and barrack for another win for Ricciardo and I’ll get Kim Fletcher
to buy you a beer or a eucalyptus leaf or something.
Ford: going to go by train
waiting for a train?
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Detroit (AP) -
Bill Ford looks past the tons of paint, plaster and steel needed to remake
Detroit’s blighted Michigan Central train station and sees more than just an
iconic building in desperate need of a makeover.
The executive chairman of
Ford Motor Co. and great-grandson of founder Henry Ford envisions the future of
the carmaker’s foray into self-driving vehicles.
Ford Motor Co. is embarking
on a 4-year renovation of the 105-year-old depot and 17-story office tower just
west of downtown. The massive project is expected to increase the automaker’s
footprint in the city where the company was founded, provide space for electric
and autonomous vehicle testing and research, and spur investment in the
Ford will be reclaiming a
derelict 20th century landmark, but it also will be using some iconic Motor City
real estate to embark on a 21st century venture.
“This had to make business
sense for us,” Bill Ford told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We couldn’t
just do this as a philanthropic endeavor. It really will become a statement for
us and a great recruiting tool for the kind of talent we’re going to need to win
in the autonomous vehicle war.”
The company has said it
aims to have a self-driving vehicle on the market by 2021.
The building’s sale was
announced last week. The company will announce details of the renovation and its
Bill Ford declined to say
how much it cost to buy the 500,000-square-foot (46,450-square-meter) building
from Manuel “Matty” Moroun or how much the carmaker expects to spend fixing it
up. An unrelated 2004 plan to convert the train station into Detroit’s police
headquarters was expected to cost more than $100 million.
The money for Ford’s
project is coming from a pool set aside in 2016 to update the automaker’s
headquarters in nearby Dearborn, though the company will also seek tax breaks
and other incentives.
“We had to make sure that
this actually could fit into our existing budget, and thankfully it did,” Bill
The train station opened in
1913 and for decades was the hub of rail transportation into and out of Detroit.
Travelers and visitors marveled at its robust columns that stretched to an
ornately tiled ceiling. But passenger rail travel waned as road and air travel
got easier, and the last train left Michigan Central in 1988.
Scrappers stripped the
vacant building of its metal and the thousands of broken windows allowed the
elements to damage the walls, floors and ceilings, depressing the property’s
Along the way, Detroit slid
toward fiscal collapse. The population has dropped by more than one million
people since the 1950s. Tens of thousands of homes were left abandoned even
before the city tumbled into and out of bankruptcy several years ago.
The aging, hulking and
empty Michigan Central exemplified Detroit’s plight.
“It always really bothered
me whenever you’d see a national story about the decay of Detroit” photos of the
train station often were used, Bill Ford said while sitting in the depot’s
cavernous passenger waiting room.
“Then I started to think:
‘What if we could buy it, rehab it and not just make it a beautiful building -
which we’re going to do - but make it something more?’” he said. “Make it really
part of the reinvention of transportation for the future.”
The rehabbed office tower
will have room for about 5,000 workers, at least half of whom will be Ford’s.
Restaurants, coffee shops, taverns and retail will fill the depot.
“My vision is this becomes
a gathering spot for people who want to meet family or friends and grab a cup of
coffee or quick lunch or dinner and then go off and do something else in
Detroit,” Ford added. “I want them to feel that this is going to be a really
wonderful spot to be in, and that they will get excited about coming here.”
What did we learn from the French Grand prix?
Bring on the clowns (AKA
Eff Wun’s crop of overpaid prima donnas). How many times do I write, “You don’t
win the race at the first corner, you only lose the race at the first corner.”
So here we have a four
times world champion in Sebastian Vettel saying, “My start was too good and then
I ended up with nowhere to go,” he told reporters trying to explain how and why
he hit Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) at the first corner. “Too good?” He received a
five second penalty from the stewards for being too good.
While all the mayhem was
happening behind him, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) just drove away from the rest
and was never challenged, having collected pole position in Qualifying. This was
a career 75th pole
for Hamilton and he is undoubtedly the best driver in the current F1 field.
Second placed Max
Verstappen (Red Bull) was lucky at the first corner, taking to the outfield and
rejoining in second, a place he was never to lose. After the race, Verstappen
showed his immaturity saying he was “angry” with the press as he feels they do
not treat Sebastian Vettel in the same way as him following the German’s
collision at the French Grand Prix.
Verstappen had started his
season with six consecutive race weekends with an on-track incident. “I hope
when we get to Austria that the journalists ask him if he will change his
approach because that is what I heard for so many races,” Verstappen told Sky
Sports F1. He continued his tantrum saying, “Mistakes happen and they happen to
the best of us. But it makes me angry because they won’t be as bad on him as
they were on me.”
In a race of changing
fortunes for the Ferrari number 2 driver, the loquacious Kimi Raikkonen lucked
his way to the final step on the podium. With his seat likely to be whipped out
from under him at the end of the year, Kimi should enjoy what is left of the
Daniel Ricciardo (Red
Bull), running in third place for most of the race, and catching his team mate,
had a front wing failure, dropping him back to 4th.
Bad boy Vettel finished in
one minute behind Ricciardo.
“I don’t know if it was a
failure or we hit some debris but that broke, so then already with the soft
tyre, we were struggling when we left the pits and then I think a few laps later
the team said the right part broke, so both parts identically seemed to break.”
Questions will be asked back at the Milton Keynes factory.
Hot property Charles
Leclerc was the last of the point scorers in 10th in
the Sauber, once again showing a maturity greater than his age. Ferrari is the
team where he should go.
Romain Grosjean, the Haas
driver who is remembered more for his crash history, finished 11th and
after half the year is yet to score a point in the championship table, but
scoring well in the ‘chumpionships’. There will be a seat vacant at Haas very
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Max Verstappen Red Bull
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
6 Kevin Magnussen Haas
7 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
8 Carlos Sainz Renault
9 Nico Hulkenberg Renault
10 Charles Leclerc Sauber
11 Romain Grosjean Haas
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
14 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso
15 Sergey Sirotkin Williams
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren
Did not finish
Stroll Williams tyre failure
Perez Force India engine
Gasly Toro Rosso crash
Ocon Force India crash
Last week I asked, who
remembers the Leyland P76? A large car made in Australia and released at the
wrong time. A 4.4 liter V8 engine was not popular as the country was going
through a petrol crisis. Strikes by suppliers meant a backlog and eventually
Leyland killed their own child. So, last week I asked, where did the hub caps
come from on the first P76 used in promotional photography?
The answer was Toyota because Leyland
didn’t have the hub caps, but by masking one leg of the T, it looked like an L
So to this week. In 1923 why was there very
little traffic on the roads on Sunday in Switzerland?
For a free beer at the next car Club
meeting (July 9 at Jamesons Irish Pub), be the first correct answer to email
[email protected] or
[email protected] . And in addition, if you are a Pattaya resident, the
closest correct answer will win a free voucher for Casa Pascal’s Breakfast BBQ.