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
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
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
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,
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
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!
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Sergio Perez Force India
5 Esteban Ocon Force India
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1
8 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber 1
9 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1
10 Romain Grosjean Haas 1
11 Marcus Ericsson Sauber
12 Felipe Massa Williams 2
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 2
14 Lance Stroll Williams 2
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren
16 Jolyon Palmer Renault 2
Did not finish
Valtteri Bottas Mercedes
Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren
Max Verstappen Red Bull
Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
Anyone for a Citroen?
Citroen DS21 for
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
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
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
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
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
We still have a long way to go!
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
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!
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
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?
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
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
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
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!
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
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,
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
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?
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
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
Do not forget that these are the best drivers in the
world, piloting the most advanced cars in the world (and incidentally the most
The next GP is in Spain on 14 May. F1 has to do
1 V Bottas Mercedes 2 S Vettel Ferrari 1:28.09.360 -
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
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
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
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
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)!
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