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Automania by Dr. Iain Corness
 

Update May 20, 2017

Hairdresser’s car? Really?

Audi V10 convertible.

Hairdressers don’t drive V10’s, especially with wind in the hair drop-tops. Audi has announced that their latest version of its V10-powered second-generation R8 supercar is now available as a convertible.

The R8 Spyder uses the same 5.2 liter aspirated V10 petrol as the coupe, claimed by Audi is 397 kW/540 Nm, producing a zero to 100 km/h in 3.6 seconds (0.1s slower than the coupe), and a top speed of 318 km/h. (Last time I got anywhere near that was driving a Lola T 430 Formula 5000 racing car, and this is now available off the showroom floor for the well-heeled, talent not necessary?!)

The transmission is a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission, with the power going to all four wheels through Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which is capable of sending 100 percent power to either the front or rear wheels, as required.

Fuel economy (if that is important to our well-heeled driver) has improved by 10 percent thanks to the R8’s freewheeling mode, which decouples the engine while coasting and results in a combined fuel economy figure of 11.7 liters per 100 km and emissions of 277 grams of CO2 per km. (and I am yet to find an enthusiast who cares. Tree huggers perhaps.)

Audi claims that 50 percent of the components in this second supercar are based on motor racing technology.

The difficulties involved with raising the rag roof have been overcome, says Audi, the top can be opened or closed in 20 seconds at up to 50 km/h and includes a rear window that can be retracted or extended. The equipment for the roof brings a weight penalty of 50 kg compared to the coupe version.

Inside, drivers are treated to Audi’s virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster which is projected on a 12.3-inch display and has smartphone integration and a performance-oriented view that displays driving dynamics information.

Making phone calls and voice commands with the roof down is made easier with seatbelt-integrated microphones, while the car’s Bang & Olufsen sound system includes two speakers integrated into the electronically adjustable sport seat’ s headrests.

Futuristic LED lights with laser technology are fitted, which can put out white light four times brighter than traditional LED or Xenon lights. (Oncoming traffic may be less impressed!)

Price in Thailand depends upon Customs duty, but in Australia the V10 coupe is $354,900 before on-roads, while the V10 Spyder and the range-topping V10 Plus coupe, which just edges out the Spyder on cost, have a price tag of approx. $389,900.


Interesting cars for sale

Chrysler Airflow.

Toyota “Airflow”.

You are looking at an astonishing 1934 Chrysler Airflow CV, the first aerodynamic car produced in USA and in the world. Because of the special shape of the body it did not sell very well. Chrysler produced about 1,900 cars of this type in 1934. The car is powered by 5, 4 l, 130 hp, in line 8 engine.

This particular car was fully restored eight years ago and is in a mint condition. Everything is working and the car drives very well. It is a winner of more Councours d Elegance in Europe.

Really an ‘art deco’ automobile in the days of art deco.

To view take a trip to Bratislava, Slovakia.

https://www.hemmings.com/classifieds/cars-for-sale/chrysler/airflow/1949243.html?refer=news

Price: $65,000 negotiable.

Interestingly, in 1935 Toyota built its Model A1. More than suspiciously like the Chrysler Airflow. I wonder if Toyoda-San took a Chrysler to Japan.


What did we learn from Spain?

Well despite what you saw, Mercedes didn’t win the Spanish Grand Prix. Ferrari lost it - through poor strategy again. As an aside, we also saw that the new Pirelli tyres last a lot longer than was expected.

Despite being on pole, Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) lost the lead to a fast starting Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) as the field poured into turn 1. We also lost Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) who cannoned into each other after a nudge by Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes).

That left Vettel in front of Hamilton and Bottas, and a long way back the other Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo in 4th. No wheel to wheel dicing, but the middle of the pack were keeping close company.

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren Honda) was next to change the order of the race after crashing into Felipe Massa. This brought out the “virtual” safety car with Mercedes diving into the pits for Hamilton to take on a new set of tyres. “Perhaps we better do the same,” must have been the collective thought in the Ferrari pit, but by the time they had agreement from someone up top (His Holiness perhaps?) and brought Vettel in, the safety car period was over and Vettel lost all his advantage and ended up just in front of Hamilton who was on the quicker rubber as opposed to Vettel on the hards. It was only a matter of time and Hamilton was through. Ferrari should shoot their strategist. The days of tossing coins in the air are over. Strategists shouldn’t be tossers.

And so the race continued. Mercedes came down to one car when Bottas blew his engine, but it was an old one, we were informed. Note to self – do not buy a secondhand Mercedes race engine.

Hamilton leading Vettel, and in a high speed train. They were not banging wheels. It was not exciting.

The only other car on the same lap as the leaders was Ricciardo who finished 75 seconds adrift. The telecast did show him twice I believe but I must have had my eyes closed for the second one. No excitement there.

The middle of the pack had Force India, Toro Rosso, Renault, Haas and Sauber mixing it up, but they were lapped by Hamilton and Vettel, followed by Alonso in the other woefully slow McLaren Honda. Continuing to “race” with these cars is not a good advert for neither McLaren nor Honda. It is an embarrassment. Buy a secondhand Renault and use the Honda engines as boat anchors or oyster farms.

Monaco next and historically this will be another crashfest and follow the leader, but I continue to hope.

Mention must be made of a wonderfully human gesture by the Ferrari team. Caught on TV was a small boy, dressed in Ferrari gear crying his eyes out as Kimi Raikkonen was forced out of the race at the first corner. Someone in Ferrari saw this and managed to bring the lad to the pits and into the garage to meet his hero Kimi. The tears became smiles. Molto bene, Ferrari!

Result

1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.56.497

2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 3.4

3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 75.8

4 Sergio Perez Force India 1 lap

5 Esteban Ocon Force India 1 lap

6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1 lap

7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1 lap

8 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1 lap

9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1 lap

10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1 lap

11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber  2 laps

12 Felipe Massa Williams 2 laps

13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 2 lap

14 Lance Stroll Williams 2 laps

15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 2 laps

16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 2 laps

Did not finish

Valtteri Bottas Mercedes engine

Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren crash

Max Verstappen Red Bull suspension

Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari broken steering


Anyone for a Citroen?

Citroen DS21 for sale.

Years ahead of its time, the Citroen DS series has been a highly regarded classic, if somewhat fragile. I have owned two in my life (a slow learner perhaps?) and eventually some of the quirks got me down. A classic example is in the event of a total brake loss, a warning light comes on in the dash saying “Stop! Brake failure!” The manual doesn’t tell you how.

However, they are still amazing motorcars and a good example is for sale in Bangkok. Well known enthusiast Pierre Jammes is selling his DS 21 daily driver.

“I sell my 1972 DS21. Very good condition, used regularly in Bangkok and for trips upcountry. Air-con, sound system, new Michelin tyres, new water pump, cooling system overhauled etc. 800 K THB. Full maintenance and repair logbook available; e-mail me at [email protected]


Car 54 where are you?

With all the emphasis on self-driving (autonomous) cars, have we forgotten about V2V? This was research into accident prevention by having cars that can “talk” to each other as an “active” safety measure.

Vehicular accidents represent an enormous drain on the GPD of any country, let alone the unnecessary loss of life. It is always difficult to place a figure on this, but the association of Australian and New Zealand road safety and traffic authorities, Austroads, estimates that a one percent reduction in road crashes would save $180 million per annum, while a one percent reduction in road congestion would save $94 million. One shudders to imagine what the figures for Thailand would be, with the horrendous road toll and endless traffic congestion.

Much has been done over the past 30 years in the field of “passive safety” with seat belts, airbags, lights that look round corners, ABS brakes, ESC (electronic stability control) and motor cars with increased strength in the cabin. However, these passive innovations are still limited.

Europe, in particular, is now looking at an “active” safety direction, called V2V (vehicle to vehicle), where in simple terms vehicles will be able to “talk” to other vehicles and take avoidance measures, without relying on the notoriously unreliable human intervention factor.

As the vehicles become safer, the role of human error in crashes is becoming more evident – particularly things like side impacts, which mostly occur below the speed limit and are almost always the result of driver error.

It is claimed that V2V is very inexpensive – at its heart it is a GPS receiver with no fancy radar. Because it is cheap, it can be used on all cars, and even cyclists can carry transponders.”

However, as an all-around object detection system which cannot fail, V2Vmust make vehicles aware of other vehicles close by and be immune to false alarms, fog and rain (so you can rule out my local internet provider).

We still have a long way to go!


Autotrivia Quiz

Last week I mentioned that the famous novelist Hemingway, and the famous engineer Vittorio Jano had something in common. I asked what was it. They both committed suicide. Both brilliant in their own way, but unable to live “ordinary” lives in the “ordinary” word.

So to this week. Which driver of an Alfa Romeo came second and first in the same race? Clue 44 seconds between first and second.

For the Automania free beer this week, be the first correct answer to email [email protected] or [email protected] Good luck!


Update May 13, 2017

Spanish GP this weekend

F1 in Spain.

The Spanish GP is on this weekend, and the questions on everyone’s lips are can Ferrari keep taking the game to Mercedes, and will Bottas continue to beat Hamilton?

Spain has a long history in GP racing, and the 5 km Circuit Catalunya was opened in 1991. A temporary chicane was built at ‘Nissan’ (a very shallow curve) in 1994, but for 1995, ‘Nissan’ was straightened reducing the length of a lap to 5 km.

In previous years we had Kvyat as the ‘destroyer’ but it may be that Grosjean is back to his very physical ways.

Of course we have Alonso, Spain’s poster boy, trying to get his Honda engine to last one race (or even start one race).

We will know the answers to all these questions by Sunday night.

Much speculation as to whether this will be Vettel’s year for the Drivers Championship, but there is a long way to go yet.

I will be watching the F1 in front of the huge screen in Jameson’s Irish Pub (Soi AR, next to Nova Park). The race will start at 7 p.m. but we get there early and have some dinner from the Jameson’s specials menu. Why not join me for dinner and a beer before the race?


What do you do when your car rolls over?

Rocked and Rolled.

Watch motor racing on the box and you will be presented with roll-overs, followed by drivers, in most cases, stepping out of the wreck. In my motor racing career I have had two roll-overs and two fires. And I’m still very much alive to tell the tales.

The last roll-over was at the Kaeng Krachan circuit about 60 km from Hua Hin. First lap and the tyres were a little cold, but as we came to the tight corner before the run down the straight and I changed into second gear, the gearbox decided it wasn’t going to play only giving me neutrals, and I understeered into the barrier. I could see a broken headlight coming up and was in a state of alert.

However, the barrier was made of tyres and I bounced off it and then began a series of barrel rolls down the straight. By this stage I was merely a passenger, there was nothing I could do to alter the outcome.

Now the biggest danger in roll-overs is parts of your body fly out the window. Arms generally, and heads next. Remembering this, I put both hands on the top of my helmet and brought the forearms together to stop anything going into the front of the helmet. All you do after that is wait for the noise to stop and look for the easiest way out. Even after the noise stops, you have to listen for other cars that might hit you.

The five point harness has a quick release button, which I immediately hit, and the belts came loose, but forgetting that I wasn’t the right way up! Picking myself up from the inside of the roof I could see that the easiest way out was through the space where the windscreen once resided. By this time the flag marshals were there and helped drag me through the windscreen aperture.

The rescue crew rolled the car onto its wheels and it was taken away on the back of a flatbed truck.

Catching up with the very battered race car, I saw that every panel was damaged, one wheel was torn off, and it was a very sorry sight. I began to wonder where I could find a new body shell for a 40 year old Escort, when a little Thai chap came over and said “I can fix that.” A price was agreed then and there with a handshake.

Thai panel beaters are famous for their skills with the hammer and dolly and this chap turned out to be an excellent tradesman. But not so good a time estimator. Two weeks became eight, but you could not tell that this car had been looking like scrap value. Very little filler was used and it was all square again. It required one new panel, but all the rest were worked on. That car is still running today.

The fire in 1992 was probably more exciting, and was a time where my life really was in danger.

It was a Saturday afternoon Qualifying and I was running an Isuzu Gemini. Coming down the back straight I was given a tap in the rear quarter and the car speared across the track towards the steel barrier on my right. “I’ll do a headlight here,” I thought to myself. The words had no sooner formulated in my brain when there was an almighty bang and when I focused my eyes I was facing up the track, not down. The next thing I noticed were waves of orange licking across my windscreen and it was also getting very hot.

The rear vision mirror started to melt and looked like a Salvador Dali painting and if I needed to think carefully it was now. Freeing myself of the safety harness I went to open the door to find it was distorted and jammed shut. It was difficult not to panic at that point. I was trapped inside a burning car and even though I was in a fireproof race suit, you only get 40 seconds, and it was time I escaped.

Turning sideways in the seat I kicked the door open and went to get out, but there were flames as far as I could see. I was sitting in a sea of petrol which had caught alight.

By this stage, having worked out it was now or never, I rolled myself into a ball and jumped out, rolling through the flames until I was clear.

I had blisters on my back, no eyelashes, nor eyebrows and fairly heavily shaken.

We then pieced together what had happened. As I hit the fence, another car came down the back straight and lost control at 180 km/h, spearing into the back of my car, going into the boot, bursting the fuel tank, then through the rear firewall and into the cabin where I was seated. The hot exhaust ignited the fuel and there I was BBQ Doctor!

The chap who started the whole thing off came and apologized, saying that he thought he had killed me. He also made the offer of using his car on the Sunday. I took it, like getting back up on the horse and have been doing so ever since.


Some interesting cars in history

 

Duesenberg Model J.

Performance vehicles seem to be all the rage these days. Even R-R is touting their performance. All the other performance cars are outdoing each other with zero to 100 km/h around three seconds, which quite frankly is far too quick for the average well-heeled driver.

The power struggle started many years ago with Duesenberg being the first car company to build a straight 8 engine, and the Model J had a DOHC 4V engine producing 265 HP resulting in 94 mph in 2nd gear and 120 mph in top.

The supercharged SJ version had 320 HP, with 105 in 2nd gear and 135 + mph in top and zero to 60 mph in 8 seconds, not bad for 1933 and a 2.5 ton car. Brakes were hydraulic, and this behemoth would have needed them!

This particular car which is coming up for auction is chassis number 2421 and was previously owned by Harrah’s, The Blackhawk Collection and The Imperial Palace Collection, and has been documented by numerous Duesenberg historians, including Fred Roe, Don Butler, Dean Batchelor, Don Howell, Dennis Adler and others. It has been featured in numerous books on the marque, and has been displayed at the Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance, most recently in 2007 (finished in red and owned by Yasuhiko Akimoto). It has crossed the auction block on a few other occasions as well, selling for $1.8 million in 1989 and crossing the stage last year in Monterey, where it bid to $3.6 million but failed to meet the reserve price.

Refinished in the original light tan by the consignor sometime after 2007, the car is one of 14 Duesenbergs bodied by Bohman & Schwartz, and one of six convertible coupes built upon the 153.5 inch long-wheelbase chassis. As previously referenced, it’s also the only LWB convertible coupe body built by Bohman & Schwartz, meaning that the stately disappearing-top will likely be a standout at any concourse entered. Its last appearance at Pebble Beach was unjudged, leaving the door open for the car’s next owner to compete at the highest level of the show hobby. Mecum is predicting a selling price between $3.5 million and $4.0 million when the Duesy crosses the stage in Indiana next month.

And if any of my readers has ever owned a Duesy, they will regret ever selling it! I have regretted selling many of my cars, which all turned out to be collectors items – after I had sold them.

MG TC’s, of which I had a few, were only old bangers when I had them, 1275 Mini Clubman GT’s, Mk VII M Jaguars, MG A’s and MG B’s likewise. I have let a fortune trickle through my hands. Unfortunately, not even in my wildest dreams will my Daihatsu Mira turn into a collector’s item.


Autotrivia Quiz

Last week I mentioned that in Madrid, 150,000 people queued up to see a new car. I asked what was this car of such a groundbreaking nature? It was Henry Ford’s 1927 Model A.

So to this week. The famous novelist Hemingway, and the famous engineer Vittorio Jano had something in common. What was it?

For the Automania free beer this week, be the first correct answer to email [email protected] or [email protected] Good luck!


Update May 6, 2017

Latest Honda Civic Type R sets Nürburgring record

Honda Civic Type R at Nürburgring.

Honda's upcoming Civic Type R hot hatch is now the quickest front-wheel drive round the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife with a lap time of 7:43.80 just over five seconds faster than the previous Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport S.

And now this is where it all gets a bit silly. Honda completed the lap in a pre-production vehicle, but says the lap time is indicative of the finished Civic Type R as it was "achieved during the final phase of the model's testing regime" on a dry track with perfect conditions.

Like the production version, the car employs a turbocharged 2.0 liter VTEC four-cylinder engine producing 235 kW of power and 400 Nm of torque, and was run using undisclosed road regal, track-focused tyres.

However, changes to the record-holding car include a floating roll cage which "did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame" with the weight disadvantage offset by the removal of the multimedia system and rear seats.

Almost seven seconds faster around the same track than the previous-generation Civic Type R – which utilizes the same (K20C1) engine rated at 228 kW and held the record in 2014 – Honda has fitted the new car with lower gear ratios for improved acceleration, a new aerodynamic package to reduce lift and drag, a stiffer body frame to improve torsional rigidity (by 38 percent), and shaved 16 kg from overall weight. Hardly a standard showroom floor model.

Honda has also installed a new multi-link rear suspension which, according the Japanese brand, "enhances stability under braking and reduces the total roll movement of the car, enabling later braking into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap."

Honda Civic Type R lead chassis engineer Ryuichi Kijima also cited the wider track and tyres and longer wheelbase as reasons to the Civic Type R's quicker pace.

"The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tyres, a longer wheelbase, new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimized aerodynamics that improves stability," he said.

"For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150km/h. Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10km/h higher due to the new Type R's excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R achieve a much quicker lap time."

The lap record makes the new Civic Type R faster than the BMW M4 (7:52), Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano (7:47), Pagani Zonda S (7:44) and almost as quick as the Porsche Cayman GT4 (7:42).

This should all be taken “cum grano salis” as the car is not standard and we do not know what other factors were experienced in setting times, and were the drivers of the same ability?

All that you can get as the take-away message is that the new Honda is fast. End of story. Ignore the hype.


What did we learn from the Russian GP?

Well, we learned that we did not get a repeat of the previous Grands Prix excitement. The Russian GP was described by one commentator as “less than stellar”. I would be more direct – it was boring. No, it was very boring.

We, who watch, were very hopeful that with the two red cars at the front and Bottas (Mercedes) in 3rd and team mate Hamilton on only 4th after Qualifying we would have a real race on our hands. We didn’t.

The race was over as soon as it started with Bottas getting a much better start than the two Ferrari’s of Vettel and Raikkonen and powered his way to the front, a position he did not relinquish all afternoon. While Vettel did close up right at the end, he was never really in contention.

Oh, action? There was some on the first lap at turns 1 and 2 with Grosjean (Haas) and Palmer (Renault) coming together, Stroll (Williams) spinning and Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren) and Kevin Magnussen (Haas) receiving five second penalties for track limit infringements (fancy term for ‘ran off the track’) avoiding the melee. The real situation was described by the man of few words, Raikkonen who said, “The race was decided at the start and I had a pretty bad one. I thought I was losing a lot, but I managed to get the position back and stay there. My car was good all the way through the race, but after that, not a lot happened.” Right on, Kimi!

One team which showed it was consistent was McLaren, unable to get two cars to the grid, two races in succession. Listen to Alonso, “It's tough, it's frustrating - every weekend is the same. My power unit didn't have the usual power during the formation lap, so my engineer told me to change some settings on the steering wheel. Unfortunately, that didn't work and towards the end of the lap the engine shut down. My race was over before it started.”

His team mate Vandoorne echoed, “Fernando not being able to start shows that there's still a lot of work to do on the reliability side - that's two races in a row where two McLarens haven't started. That's a shame, but at least we got to the finish.” What an ambition from one of the world’s previously most successful race teams. Shaking hands with themselves for finishing!

And another previously successful team, called Red Bull? Ricciardo manage five laps before his right rear brake caught fire! Team mate Verstappen ran around all day looking for someone to play with, and couldn’t find any.

Looking very dispassionately at the 2017 grid you have to say that Stroll’s money (Williams) isn’t enough, Palmer (Renault) is out of his depth and Grosjean (Haas) is back to his speedway old banger race car style.

Do not forget that these are the best drivers in the world, piloting the most advanced cars in the world (and incidentally the most expensive).

The next GP is in Spain on 14 May. F1 has to do better.

Results:

1 V Bottas Mercedes 2 S Vettel Ferrari 1:28.09.360 - 0.617

3 K Raikkonen Ferrari

4 L Hamilton Mercedes

5 M Verstappen Red Bull

6 S Perez Force India

7 E Ocon Force India

8 N Hulkenberg Renault

9 F Massa Williams - 51 laps

10 C Sainz Toro Rosso - 51 laps

11 L Stroll Williams - 51 laps

12 D Kvyat Toro Rosso - 51 laps

13 K Magnussen Haas - 51 laps

14 S Vandoorne McLaren - 51 laps

15 M Ericsson Sauber - 51 laps

16 P Wehrlein Sauber - 50 laps

Retirements

R D Ricciardo Red Bull Brakes - 5 laps

R R Grosjean Haas Accident - 0 laps

R J Palmer Renault Accident - 0 laps

R F Alonso McLaren MGU-H - 0 laps


New Suzuki Swift due here later this year

New Suziki Swift.

Suzuki will have an all-new Swift which will be powered by a turbocharged one liter three-cylinder unit when the new model is released later this year.

Other choices are a 4 cylinder DOHC petrol engine with 1.2 liter developing maximum 91 horsepower, 118 Nm torque and a hybrid system (SHVS) 1.2 liter gasoline engine with electric motor combined 102 hp.

The weight is about 100 kg less, so the little Suzuki will have better performance than before. 1.2 liter variants register a tare weight of just 855 kg for the manual and 905 kg for the CVT, while the 1.0 liter weighs in at 925kg.

If the official European combined cycle figures are anything to go by, the new engines will provide superior fuel economy, with Suzuki claiming the 1.2-litre manual variant sips just 3.6 liters per 100 km, while the 1.0 liter triple is rated at 3.8 L/100 km. 

In Europe, the new Swift will be offered with a four-wheel-drive option, but its Japanese market Swifts will be offered with safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, automatic headlights, adaptive cruise control, 360 degree surround view cameras, lane departure warning and a reversing camera.

However ‘standard’ Swifts will only have air-conditioning, power windows and mirrors, central locking, a suite of airbags and anti-lock.


More electric cars from China

Volvo next in line to build its first fully electric car in China and plans to export it to global markets from 2019.

Volvo has been part of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group since 2010, after they purchased Volvo from Ford Motor Company.

Volvo displayed vehicles at the Shanghai auto show last week to confirm the production location for the all-new model that will form a key part of its ambitious electrification strategy announced 12 months ago.

Under the plan, Volvo intends to have sold a cumulative one million electrified cars worldwide by 2025.

With the weight of numbers in China, and the original designs now coming forth, this is a realistic prediction.


Natter Nosh and Noggin

The Pattaya car club meets at Jameson’s Irish Pub on Soi AR next to Nova Park on the second Monday of that month. The next meeting is on Monday May 8 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). Many did go to the Classic Car Show, some exhibiting and others just enjoying the atmosphere. 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. Be prepared to laugh a lot at some of the antics of the members (when they were younger)! Remember that the Car Club nights are on the second Monday of the month only (not every second Monday)!


Autotrivia Quiz

Last week I asked what cars were built in a disused locomotive factory, with no road access? It was the BMW Isetta built in Brighton in the UK. This was a close cooperation between BMW in Germany and the assembly works in the UK, who entered a team of three in the 1954 Mille Miglia, all three finishing and winning the Economy class!

So to this week. In Madrid, 150,000 people queued up to see a new car. What was this car of such a groundbreaking nature?

For the Automania free beer this week, be the first correct answer to email [email protected] or [email protected] Good luck!


HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Hairdresser’s car? Really?

Interesting cars for sale

What did we learn from Spain?

Anyone for a Citroen?

Car 54 where are you?

Autotrivia Quiz


Spanish GP this weekend

What do you do when your car rolls over?

Some interesting cars in history

Autotrivia Quiz


Latest Honda Civic Type R sets Nürburgring record

What did we learn from the Russian GP?

New Suzuki Swift due here later this year

More electric cars from China

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Autotrivia Quiz

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