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July 14, 2018 - July 20, 2018

Automakers, manufacturers oppose Trump call for auto tariffs

In this 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)

Paul Wiseman

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)


Ferrari 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 Photo/Luca Bruno)

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 three wheels.

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 Senna.

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 2019.

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.

Autotrivia Quiz

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 [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 S60.

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 wheels.

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 large SUV.

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 problems.

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 points.

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)!

Autotrivia Quiz

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 vets.

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 car?

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

Koala bear.

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

Bill Ford waiting for a train?
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Corey Williams

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 surrounding neighborhood.

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 plans Tuesday.

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 Ford said.

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 value.

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 season.

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 5th, 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 shortly.


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

Autotrivia Quiz

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 for Leyland.

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. Good luck!

HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Automakers, manufacturers oppose Trump call for auto tariffs

Silverstone turned on an epic F1 race (with a little help from the Stewards room)

Yet another “Super Car”

Autotrivia Quiz

British GP this weekend

Swedish Chinese gets a Green card

What did we learn from the Austrian GP?

Is Liberty on the right track?

Natter Nosh and Noggin

Autotrivia Quiz

Austrian Grand Prix this weekend

Ford: going to go by train

What did we learn from the French Grand prix?

Autotrivia Quiz



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