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Fun and pain in Al Ain

Fun and pain in Al Ain

Ever since I was little, I’ve always harboured dreams of being a racing driver. F1 would be great. Le Mans cars would be fine. Even touring cars would be fun.…

Happy birthday Audi!

Happy birthday Audi!

It’s hard to explain just how much motorsport means to Audi. But during a trip to Ingolstadt for Audi’s 100th birthday celebrations, it really struck me just how much motorsport is infused into Audi’s DNA.…

Wiedeking pays the price for ambition

Wiedeking pays the price for ambition

Germany's best-paid executive and Porsche CEO for 16 years finally lost a battle in his own boardroom. This is the man that turned a financially weak Porsche into a darling of the automotive world.…

2009 AutoMiddleEast.com

2009 AutoMiddleEast.com

Its been about a month since we launched the beta version of the 2009MY AutoMiddleEast.com, and what a roller-coaster ride its been. I and Phill have tackled numerous teething issues over the past couple of weeks.…

A message to PR people

A message to PR people

Here’s a reality check to public relations people – people we don’t know, standing in a line, shaking hands or sitting at a desk, do not a good picture make. If we don’t really care, then we’re fairly sure that our readers will care even less.…

Driving holidays

Driving holidays

The Ferrari Owner’s Club UAE had a very nice break from the regional heat recently – they shipped 16 of their supercars to Europe for an 11-day drive through the Swiss Alps to Ferrari’s home town of Maranello.…

Farewell Speedcar

Farewell Speedcar

It’s a great shame to see the Speedcar Series collapse. I went to several races over the last year or so, and all were highly entertaining – proper, old-fashioned door-scraping racing, with plenty of dents to bash out of the incredibly non-complex cars by the end of the day.…

And there was recession….

And there was recession….

The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai has added a whopping Dhs7.31 million to its kitty by selling number plates, yet again - 63rd time. The number plate G 99999 topped the list by selling for 700,000 dirham. …

Have we reached the bottom yet?

Have we reached the bottom yet?

After fantabulous three years of double digit sales growth, car sales in the middle east tanked towards the end 2008/beginning 2009. Dubai, a key growth driver, stalled overnight. All were caught off guard.…

Detroit Destroyed. What next?

Detroit Destroyed. What next?

The state of US automotive industry has become somewhat a soap opera, with new twists in the story each day. Detroit, once an invincible fort of the Americas now stands shattered.…