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Automania by Dr. Iain Corness

November 17, 2018 - November 23, 2018

Are we ready for autonomous motoring?

An Uber autonomous SUV.

Tom Krisher

Detroit (AP) - Nearly eight months after one of its autonomous test vehicles hit and killed an Arizona pedestrian, Uber wants to resume testing on public roads.

The company has filed an application on with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation to test in Pittsburgh, and it has issued a lengthy safety report pledging to put two human backup drivers in each vehicle and take a raft of other precautions to make the vehicles safe.

Company officials acknowledge they have a long way to go to regain public trust after the March 18 crash in Tempe, Arizona, that killed Elaine Herzberg, 49, as she crossed a darkened road outside the lines of a crosswalk.

Police said Uber’s backup driver in the autonomous Volvo SUV was streaming the television show “The Voice” on her phone and looking downward before the crash. The National Transportation Safety Board said the autonomous driving system on the Volvo spotted Herzberg about six seconds before hitting her, but did not stop because the system used to automatically apply brakes in potentially dangerous situations had been disabled. A Volvo emergency braking system also had been turned off.

“Our goal is to really work to regain that trust and to work to help move the entire industry forward,” Noah Zych, Uber’s head of system safety for self-driving cars, said in an interview. “We think the right thing to do is to be open and transparent about the things that we are doing.”

Among the other precautions, San Francisco-based Uber will keep the autonomous vehicle system engaged at all times and activating the Volvo’s automatic emergency braking system as a backup.

In addition, Uber is requiring more technical training and expertise of employees sitting behind the wheel of the vehicles, according to a 70-page safety report the company released Friday.

The report comes after the ride-hailing company shut down autonomous vehicle testing to do an internal review of its safety procedures, as well as an outside review by risk management firm LeClairRyan.

Although the report covered all the main bases, Uber should have gone even further given its self-driving car killed Herzberg, said Bryant Walker Smith, an assistant law professor at the University of South Carolina who has been studying the issues affecting autonomous vehicles. In its most glaring omission, Uber didn’t accept responsibility for Herzberg’s death - the first involving a fully autonomous vehicle, he said.

“Frankly, I’m looking for more from Uber than from other companies, and I suspect that governments may be as well,” Walker Smith said.

Under Pennsylvania’s voluntary autonomous guidelines, the Transportation Department has until Nov. 13 to approve or deny Uber’s application, or to ask further questions.

Pennsylvania law at present doesn’t allow testing of autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers. Google’s Waymo already is carrying passengers in the Phoenix area without human drivers, and General Motors’ Cruise Automation expects to do that next year.

Pittsburgh officials can’t legally prevent testing, but they are in safety talks with Uber and four other entities that have permits to test autonomous vehicles, said Karina Ricks, the city’s director of the Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.

For instance, the city wants to limit self-driving vehicle speeds to 25 miles per hour in urban settings, even if the posted speed is higher.

“Lower rates of speed give more time for the vehicle and the safety driver to react and prevent a crash,” said Ricks, who characterized the talks as fruitful.

Pittsburgh is home to Uber’s autonomous vehicle development center, making it a logical choice for the resumption of robotic car tests.

“We are engaging with the city, with the officials, and are very eager, I think, to ensure that we make a return to the road in self-driving mode in consultation and close partnership with them,” said Miriam Chaum, head of public policy for Uber’s self-driving vehicles.

Later it will discuss bringing its self-driving cars back to Arizona, California and Toronto, Ontario, its other test sites. Arizona suspended the company’s permission to test after the crash.

Pattaya Mail sponsored driver gets help to find his mojo

The wreck being assessed.

The mojo is back again.

Twelve months ago, the Pattaya Mail’s sponsored driver, Dr. Iain Corness, had the biggest race accident he has ever had. Straight into the wall at warp speed, with so much damage to the Escort Mk 1 that Dr. Iain was sure the car was a write off. He did not escape unscathed either, with some fractured bones and a 15 stitch laceration.

Amusing now, but the first person running to assist him as he lay in the dirt beside the wreck was the flag marshal who said “Hey Mister, you OK?” “Does it bloody well look like it,” was Dr. Iain’s response.

Thai panel shops are amazing with their abilities with metal, and the body shop in Bangkok assured him that the Escort could be fixed to better than when it was new. That was no idle boast, but after three months, the car came out of the shop, much better than new, with weak points reinforced.

The first outing for the repaired car was in September and it drove well, but Dr. Iain found he had a big problem with confidence. Tentative under brakes and timid with traffic, his lap times were 10 second a lap slower than previously.

This produced extreme introspection and self-doubts. Was this to be the end of a motor racing career that had begun in 1965?

The next meeting was the beginning of November and Thomas Raldorf, a multiple championship winner, who normally tutored new drivers, took Thailand’s oldest race driver under his wing, getting Dr. Iain to relearn skills he had blotted out.

The mojo was still there, and with assistance, the lap times came tumbling down, ending up 2.5 seconds quicker than before. Competitive again.

Over the Xmas lay-off Dr. Iain intends putting the immaculate car on displays.

Thailand dragging its feet for a local F1, while Vietnam jumps in

Despite Thailand already having an F1 circuit in Bu­riram, Vietnam has jumped in to claim an F1 spot for 2020 for a circuit not yet built. This is according to the Nikkei Asian Review.

The report states that Ho Chi Minh City will host its first-ever Formula One race in April 2020, bringing the prestigious series to a country where auto racing is a very new sport. However, Hanoi has also thrown its straw hat in the ring according to the report.

Environmental issues and the rising popularity of electric-vehicle races have driven the Paris-based FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) to seek new frontiers such as Vietnam to revitalize the world’s most popular auto racing series.

Malaysia withdrew from the annual series after 2017, citing competition from neighboring Singapore, which remains one of the venues. Malaysia began hosting a race in 1999, while Singapore joined in 2008. Vietnam would be the third Southeast Asian country to host an F1 competition, which could be held annually.

The Hanoi city government will cooperate with Formula One to manage the project, including raising funds, building the road and hosting the race. Yet the city faces obstacles in raising capital for the race infrastructure as it will not be permitted to use the state budget, a traditional source in the state-owned economy. City leaders estimate the initial cost will start from $60 million. The city said the 6 km track and related facilities will be built in the coming months.

Vietnam’s government ordered the city to raise funds from the private sector. The Hanoi city authority said Friday that private enterprises are willing to participate in funding, but did not reveal the names.

Property conglomerate Vingroup is on the list of organizers, along with the Hanoi city authority, the Formula One Group and Grand Prix Vietnam. Vingroup entered the auto industry last year, involved in international and local activities of late.

Experts estimate it will cost more than $1 billion to build a new racing road.

Vietnam’s legalization of sports betting in 2017 has attracted more events such as motor racing. The Vietnamese sports authority hoped to bring the event to the country years ago, but faced barriers related to gambling.

Sources in the auto industry, sports and entertainment said Vietnam was ready to pay roughly $400 million annually for the right to host an F1 race for 10 years. However, Formula One Group in 2017 refused the proposal, saying the country lacked experience in the field.

Last year, U.S. firm Liberty Media took over Formula One for $8 billion, and the new owners have said they are keen on exploring new regions.

Hanoi negotiated a final agreement to host the event in April 2020, a city Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism officer told local media earlier. The event aims to promote Vietnam and attract more tourists.

Hanoi initially planned to build a racing circuit around Hoan Kiem Lake at the center of the city. But city officials have decided to move the project to a site west of Hanoi near My Dinh National Stadium, where the roads are wider.

Agence France-Presse cited F1 race director Charlie Whiting last month, reporting that he visited the site and was confident that it would be ready for the 2020 season. The race would take place on existing roads, but some sections would need to be built.

Autotrivia quiz

Last week I mentioned a car company which began in 1926, has won the Targa Florio, had a world land speed record, won the World Drivers Championship (twice), was lost by the family, bought by a French consortium and then an Italian one. This company is still going. I asked what is its name? It was Maserati, and that was just too easy!

So to this week. Elaine and Bridget are in an unlikely partnership. What was it?

Be the first correct answer to email [email protected] or viacars And in addition, if you are a Pattaya resident, the closest correct answer will win a free voucher for Casa Pascal’s Breakfast BBQ. One local resident wrote back to say he had enjoyed the Casa Pascal BBQ brunch and went so far as to say it is the best breakfast in Thailand. Good luck!

November 10, 2018 - November 16, 2018

Fangio Vs Clark Vs Hamilton Vs Schumacher

So Lewis Hamilton wins his fifth World Drivers’ Championship and the British press goes wild. However, this is not the most outstanding result in the history of the sport. Is Hamilton the best driver ever? The problem in comparisons is the old situation of apples and oranges. Both are fruits, but there the comparison ends.

Now to look at current drivers and compare with previous winners Schumacher, Clark and Fangio, you have a similar statistical problem. In the fifties, there were around nine meetings a year, and in the nineties there were around 15 races a year, so it is easier for Hamilton and friends to rack up high scores now with 20 races each year.

To try to equalize all the differences, the statistician must look at percentages and we get some interesting results.

Highest percentage of wins in a season:

Percentage Wins

1. Alberto Ascari 1952     75.00%

2. Michael Schumacher 2004        72.22%

3. Jim Clark 1963              70.00%

4. Sebastian Vettel 2013 68.42%

5. Juan Manuel Fangio 1954         66.67%

6. Michael Schumacher 2002        64.71%

7. Sebastian Vettel 2011 57.89%

8. UK Lewis Hamilton 2014           57.89%

Percentage pole positions:

Percentage poles

1. Juan Manuel Fangio    55.77%

2. Jim Clark         45.21%

3. Alberto Ascari               42.42%

4. Ayrton Senna 40.12%

5. Lewis Hamilton             35.68%

6. Sebastian Vettel           25.23%

Percentage podium finishes:


1. Juan Manuel Fangio    67.31%

2. Nino Farina     58.82%

3. Lewis Hamilton             58.15%

By looking at percentages we get something closer to being representative of the relative performances of the drivers from 1950 until now. Names that consistently crop up are Fangio, Clark, Schumacher, while Hamilton is not up there with the ‘greats’.

The work load today is also nothing compared to the 1960’s as well. Here is Jim Clark’s schedule for the first half year in 1965.

January: South African GP, three Tasman series wins in NZ.

February: Warwick Farm Tasman series win, Sandown Tasman series (came 2nd but champion overall).

March: Lakeside Australia GP (wins by two laps), Brands Hatch, British Sports Car championship, Sebring 3 Hour (US), wins by two laps.

April: Syracuse GP wins by 42 seconds, Snetterton F2 and Touring cars, Goodwood three wins, Pau F2, Oulton Park.

May: Wins Indy.

June: Mosport (USA) Touring cars and F2, Crystal Palace, Spa (wins by 44 seconds), New York sponsor’s function, Clermont Ferrand (France).

That is just 6 months and he competed in eight countries and 20 major categories (winning F1 championship, winning F2 championship, Touring cars, winning Indy and sports cars). Today’s cosseted lot would have to lie down and rest.

Is this the fastest growing marque in Thailand?

MG 14/28.

I am seeing MG’s everywhere, and the bright yellow ones require sunglasses! However, the history of MG goes back 90 years, with these new MG’s not even built in the UK, but are assembled here in Thailand by a Chinese consortium with CP in Thailand.

The CP Group is famous for its 7-elevens, with seemingly now one on every corner. However, CP is also known as being the Thai partner of the Chinese SAIC, lately the manufacturer of MG.

The name MG is also famous for sporting chariots they have been building since 1924. These cars had the ‘bull nose’ front and were derived from more humble Morris models, with the concepts and modifications coming from the new general manager Cecil Kimber.

The name MG did come from Morris Garages, owned by William Morris, who later became Lord Nuffield. A few modified Morris cars were built from 1922 and these were called MG’s, but the Kimber inspired MG’s, as a separate marque, did not appear till 1924. These cars then were known as MG 14/28 Sports.

The early 14/28’s were rather primitive, but as the MG brand grew stronger, then the cars veered away from being Morris specials. They were lowered, the steering column lowered as well. The steering box was taken from being attached to the engine block and repositioned to the chassis rail.

You use a hand crank at the base of the grille to start the light and punchy 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine. Once fired into life, it chugs away noisily, and only delivers 25 bhp – similar to a modern 250cc motorcycle. Performance is sluggish by today’s standards, with 0-100 kph taking 20 seconds and a top speed of around 120 kph. But remember, MG 14/28 Sports, rely on skinny tyres and weak drum brakes, though they had brakes on four wheels, which was not commonplace in 1924.

Since those days, MG has been a consistent winner, until the financial problems that occurred with Leyland.

The company struggled with bankruptcy until SAIC took control, and with CP in Thailand a willing partner, MG has raised its head again.

B-Quik rounds out the year in style

B-Quik team celebrates.

B-Quik Racing signed off Thailand Super Series 2018 in real style with a superb weekend in Buriram that netted two championship titles, race wins and podiums. Henk Kiks’ team achieved all its objectives for the weekend.

The core objective of the weekend was to secure the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in Super Car GTM. B-Quik arrived at Chang International Circuit holding a slender lead in both championships but with four other drivers also in the reckoning for the Drivers’ crown while in the Teams’ rankings they would be going head-to-head for glory with the factory Toyotas.

B-Quik entered Will Bamber in the #11 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup to both support Drivers’ points leader Alif Hamdan and to grab extra Teams’ points but it quickly started to go south in Race 1 as Alif suffered an engine problem and had to nurse the #72 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup to the finish in P4.

Will Bamber, meanwhile, had maybe over read the job sheet, he certainly “supported” the team to the max – by winning the race! That was his first win in Super Car and his first in the signature black and yellow colors.

P1 for Will and P4 for Alif gave B-Quik a double podium finish and the Teams’ trophy for the race – but much more importantly – B-Quik had secured the Teams’ championship with a race to spare.

Gloomy Blog from the Petrol Head Club in the UK

This last week we have heard that Jaguar LandRover is shutting down for 2 weeks as they have 25,000 cars sitting there that they need to shift. We now have the Ford engine plant in Wales shutting down for a week because demand has dropped. Everyone blames it on Brexit but we believe that it is more of the uncertainty about what is going to happen in the future.

There are so many conflicting experts who believe that we can only buy EVs from a certain date. This is where the confusion lies as we have dates ranging from 2040 down to 2025.

As there is no clear message coming from government, large numbers of people are sitting on their hands waiting to see precisely what is going to be decided. Until a clear message comes out, the car industry and the classic car market will remain in the doldrums. It is just bad news all round and no one in authority appears to know or care.

Brazil (nuts) this weekend

The second last Grand Prix of the year comes from Brazil. The championship is done and dusted, with Lewis Hamilton anointed and Vettel consigned to ‘also ran’. The organizers (Liberty Media) are trying to beat up some interest with items such as “Nothing to lose, it’s gloves off” items.

The gloves are well and truly off down the grid with Hartley and Ericsson tossed overboard and Raikkonen demoted to Sauber, and Ricciardo choosing Renault after having had a string of DNF’s in his Red Bull, attributed to the Renault engine.

The Grand Prix is telecast here at 10 minutes past 11. Too late for me, I’m afraid, so I’ll stay at home in bed.

Natter Nosh and Noggin

The monthly meeting of the Pattaya Car Club will be on November 12 (the second Monday of the month) and at a new location. Fletcher’s Folly is on Siam Country Club Road, 300 meters from the Mitkamol intersection (AKA Chicken Intersection) and across the road from the Maxxis tyre shop. A totally lighthearted approach to motoring, old and new, with exaggerations, through to outright lies and fun. Gather 7 p.m.

Autotrivia quiz

Last week I mentioned that Ford in the UK gave special cars to their reps on the road and I asked, what were they? A really difficult one, as the “Ford” was not the Dearborn “Ford” but a supplier of automotive bits and pieces, not related to the Dearborn Ford at all. The reps were given Dellows, by the way.

So to this week. This car company began in 1926, has won the Targa Florio, had a world land speed record, won the World Drivers’ Championship (twice), was lost by the family, bought by a French consortium and then an Italian one. This company is still going. What is its name?

Be the first correct answer to email [email protected] or viacars And in addition, if you are a Pattaya resident, the closest correct answer will win a free voucher for Casa Pascal’s Breakfast BBQ. One local resident wrote back to say he had enjoyed the Casa Pascal BBQ brunch and went so far as to say it is the best breakfast in Thailand. Good luck!

November 3, 2018 - November 9, 2018

Club racing at Bira this weekend

The Escort revived.

The Bira Circuit on Highway 36 will be hosting a club race meeting this weekend (4th and 5th November).

We will be racing the Pattaya Mail / Casa Pascal sponsored Retro Escort Mk 1. This is the car which 12 months ago had a fearsome accident head first into the wall. The damage was so bad that I was sure it would require a new shell. However, the skills of Thai panel shops are amazing. Mard body shop in Bangkok pulled the twisted wreck straight, reinforced weak points in the original chassis/body design and returned the car to me saying it was now better than it had been when it left the factory in 1973. There is not one part of the body shell that does not look original.

Other categories racing include Daihatsu Mira (generally about 30 of them), pick-ups, sedan cars of all types and sizes, and other run what you brung categories.

Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside US

Joe Mc Donald, AP Business Writer

Beijing (AP) - Electric auto brand Tesla Inc. said it signed an agreement to secure land in Shanghai for its first factory outside the United States, pushing ahead with development despite mounting U.S.-Chinese trade tensions.

Tesla, based on Palo Alto, California, announced plans for the Shanghai factory in July after the Chinese government said it would end restrictions on full foreign ownership of electric vehicle makers to speed up industry development.

Those plans have gone ahead despite tariff hikes by Washington and Beijing on billions of dollars of each other’s goods in a dispute over Chinese technology policy. U.S. imports targeted by Beijing’s penalties include electric cars.

China is the biggest global electric vehicle market and Tesla’s second-largest after the United States.

Tesla joins global automakers including General Motors Co., Volkswagen AG and Nissan Motor Corp. that are pouring billions of dollars into manufacturing electric vehicles in China.

Local production would eliminate risks from tariffs and other import controls. It would help Tesla develop parts suppliers to support after service and make its vehicles more appealing to mainstream Chinese buyers.

Tesla said it signed a “land transfer agreement” on a 210-acre (84-hectare) site in the Lingang district in southeastern Shanghai.

That is “an important milestone for what will be our next advanced, sustainably developed, manufacturing site,” Tesla’s vice president of worldwide sales, Robin Ren, said in a statement.

Shanghai is a center of China’s auto industry and home to state-owned Shanghai Automotive Industries Corp., the main local manufacturer for GM and VW.

Tesla said earlier that production in Shanghai would begin two to three years after construction of the factory begins and eventually increase to 500,000 vehicles annually.

Tesla has yet to give a price tag but the Shanghai government said it would be the biggest foreign investment there to date. The company said in its second-quarter investor letter that construction is expected to begin within the next few quarters, with significant investment coming next year. Much of the cost will be funded with “local debt” the letter said.

Tesla’s $5 billion Nevada battery factory was financed with help from a $1.6 billion investment by battery maker Panasonic Corp.

Analysts expect Tesla to report a loss of about $200 million for the three months ending September 30 following the previous quarter’s $742.7 million loss. Its CEO Elon Musk said in a Sept. 30 letter to U.S. securities regulators that the company is “very close to achieving profitability.”

Tesla’s estimated sales in China of under 15,000 vehicles in 2017 gave it a market share of less than 3 percent.

The company faces competition from Chinese brands including BYD Auto and BAIC Group that already sell tens of thousands of hybrid and pure-electric sedans and SUVs annually.

Until now, foreign automakers that wanted to manufacture in China were required to work through state-owned partners. Foreign brands balked at bringing electric vehicle technology into China to avoid having to share it with potential future competitors.

The first of the new electric models being developed by global automakers to hit the market, Nissan’s Sylphy Zero Emission, began rolling off a production line in southern China in August.

Lower-priced electric models from GM, Volkswagen and other global brands are due to hit the market starting this year, well before Tesla is up and running in Shanghai.

Auto Writer Tom Krisher contributed to this report from Mountain View, California.

(Forget the big numbers, the significant figure is the three percent market share in China. Tesla has a long way to go yet.)

What is it like to race a really fast car?

Lola T 430.

In a motor racing career which began in 1965, and is still going (just), I have had the opportunity to drive some of the fastest cars, both road and race. And some not so fast also!

The slowest race car I ever had was a stock standard Isuzu Gemini (sold in Australia as a Holden Gemini, and in Thailand badged as an Opel or Isuzu, I believe). This car would get breathless at 160 kph, but when raced against a complete field of 30 other breathless Gemini’s was in its own way, quite a buzz. Imagine racing down the straight and knocking the rear vision mirrors out of alignment on the Gemini next to you, as you went through the kink at the end of the straight, at 160 kph. Or traveling so close to the tail of the car in front, while going down the straight that you could bang open his boot lid! And put a small dent on the front of the bonnet of your own car.

I also raced many other cars, but the ones that stay most in the memory were those that always wanted to travel sideways, at a great rate of speed, and much faster than 160 kph. One of these memorable motor cars was a yellow Porsche Carrera.

This car did not belong to me, but was owned by the president of the Porsche Club in Queensland, Australia. As I had raced his previous Carrera with some success, he asked me to drive this new one as well. For various reasons (and there’s always lots of reasons, or excuses, in motor sport) the car was not finished until Qualifying was almost finished. I had no chance to try it previously. The first time it turned a wheel in anger was for a position on the grid, and there was less than 10 minutes left in which to qualify.

On the first lap, it felt a little “nervous” and twitchy, but time was running out. On the first full bore run down the straight, on the second lap, it clocked over 210 kph as I entered the braking area. The first quick firm stab on the middle pedal brought about an instant sideways movement, followed by another sideways moment in the other direction. I was driving a pendulum! I was hauling on the steering wheel from lock to lock, trying to catch the swinging rear end of the Porsche, while still trying to get the speed down. Fortunately I had it under control before running out of road, and returned to the pits, muttering dire threats and suggesting the mechanic’s parents were not married!

Wheel alignment measurement at the garage that evening revealed that the rear suspension was going into a “toe-out” situation as the nose dipped under braking, raising the rear. Possibly the most unstable situation you can ever produce in a rear engined Porsche - and at 200 kph going sideways in a Porsche is certainly exciting!

But if you think that is exciting, try 300 kph! One of the other race cars I have driven was a Team VDS Lola T 430. One of the fearsome Formula 5000, five liter rear engined V8 single seater race cars. These were the F1 cars of around 25 years ago, and 300 kph was easily attainable down the straight. The owner of this vehicle described driving it as trying to throw a 2 kg hammer - but handle first. All the weight was in the tail.

This was another race car that wanted to see how quick your reactions were at 300 kph, as you could not let the tail move out of line too far, or otherwise it would change ends so fast you didn’t even have time to say “Oh sh*t!”

With cars like those, there is no time to relax at any stage during the lap, as you are constantly aware of the fact that there is an inherent instability. If you don’t remember, you crash!

Tyre compounds and suspension design have improved since those days, but are two of the reasons that F1 is not as exciting to watch as it used to be – or for that matter as exciting to drive as they used to be.

Hamilton confident young Schumacher will make it to F1

Mick Schumacher.

Jim Vertuno, AP Sports Writer

Austin, Texas (AP) - Lewis Hamilton said he is confident Mick Schumacher, the son of former seven-time champion Michael Schumacher, will make it to Formula One.

Mick Schumacher won the European Formula 3 championship last weekend, the first title for the 19-year-old. His father, Michael, is the most successful driver in F1 history who suffered a near-fatal brain injury while skiing in 2013 after retiring.

Hamilton said he doesn’t think the Schumacher name will be a burden on the youngster’s rising career.

“There will 100 percent be a Schumacher back in F1, partly because of the name but secondly because he’s doing a good job,” Hamilton said at the U.S. Grand Prix.

Mick Schumacher won eight of the last 15 races in F3 this season and said this week he will announce his future race plans soon.

“He obviously has a lot of talent like his dad had, just like Keke and Nico (Rosberg),” Hamilton said. “I think he could be great for the sport.”

Mick Schumacher has not yet been picked up by an F1 team’s junior program. A natural progression would be to race in Formula 2 next season. Current Williams driver Lance Stroll made the jump from F3 to Formula One last season.

Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso said fans should be careful not to burden the younger Schumacher with expectations.

“I never met him, I only see the results from the outside,” Alonso said. “It would be good for the sport to have the Schumacher name on F1, but let’s see what the future brings and not put extra pressure on him that I’m sure he already has. Let time decide.”

Autotrivia Quiz

Last week I asked, which woman driver steered a Ford Escort Mk 1 at the famous Bathurst race sponsored by a women’s magazine, and how many times a month was the magazine published? The answer was Gloria Taylor or Carole Corness. Woman’s Day comes out weekly, while Women’s Weekly comes out monthly!

So to this week. Ford in the UK gave what special cars to their reps on the road?

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. One local resident wrote back to say he had enjoyed the Casa Pascal BBQ brunch and went so far as to say it is the best breakfast in Thailand. Good luck!

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Are we ready for autonomous motoring?

Pattaya Mail sponsored driver gets help to find his mojo

Thailand dragging its feet for a local F1, while Vietnam jumps in

Autotrivia quiz

Fangio Vs Clark Vs Hamilton Vs Schumacher

Is this the fastest growing marque in Thailand?

B-Quik rounds out the year in style

Gloomy Blog from the Petrol Head Club in the UK

Brazil (nuts) this weekend

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Autotrivia quiz

Club racing at Bira this weekend

Tesla secures land in Shanghai for first factory outside US

What is it like to race a really fast car?

Hamilton confident young Schumacher will make it to F1

Autotrivia Quiz