First Porsche Found a Century After it Disappeared

This one just might be the barn find to end all barn finds and we here at E3 Spark Plugs are giddy about its rediscovery. Gone without a trace for 112 years, the first Porsche ever built recently was found in a warehouse in Austria, where it had remained untouched since 1902. Dubbed the Egger-Lohner electric vehicle, C.2 Phaeton, the car was designed and built by a then-23-year-old Ferdinand Porsche in 1898. This historic ride has “P1” engraved on the surface of all key components. It stands for “Porsche No. 1” and is proof positive that the car is legit – a smart move by young Ferdinand himself to assure he’d be credited for his work. The P1 originally was created for Jacob Lohner, a car making company owned by Ludwig Lohner. Upon meeting...

May 21, 2016
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Snapchat’s Speed Filer a Danger on the Roadways

We all know that fiddling with your mobile phone while behind the wheel of a vehicle is a boneheaded move. Texting, updating your social media and snapping selfies while driving has become a dangerous and deadly phenomenon. Now, a popular app has, inadvertently, we’re guessing, kicked up the risk factor. The culprit is Snapchat’s new speed filter, which records and posts how fast a phone is moving and awards virtual trophies for the highest speeds among friends and followers. So, if you’re in your car, headed down the highway at triple-digit speeds, all your friends know it. And the thrill of competition, however ridiculous, is just too tempting for some to resist, creating a devastating mix of speed and social media. Case in point: 18-year-old Christal McGee, who...

May 21, 2016
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Forza Motorsport 6 Unveils New Pack of Hot Wheels Cars

If you’re a gamer and an automotive buff, Forza Motorsport 6 just unveiled something you’ll love. Each month, maker Turn 10 Studios releases a new car pack for the game and this time, it’s a badass revisit to your childhood years. Two of the newest driveable rides in the racing game are based on actual Hot Wheels models. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs are duly impressed. First up is the 2011 Hot Wheels Bone Shaker sporting a giant skull in place of the grille, flames on the side and no roof and ow powered by a small-block Chevy V8. It’s the brainchild of Larry “Mr. Hot Wheels” Wood and proved so popular that it inspired a real-world version. The second is a 2005 ford Mustang with a wild, Japanese-styled paint scheme. Developed to celebrate...

May 21, 2016
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Nissan Recalls 3.53 Million Rides Over Faulty Airbag Sensor

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt know about the massive Takata airbag recall, prompted by a faulty chemical mix that causes affected airbags to rupture violently and unexpectedly even in minor crashes. But Takata airbags aren’t the only ones with issues, as evidenced by Nissan’s recent recall of 3.53 million vehicles around the world, including 3.2 million registered here in the US. The issue is a faulty sensor in passenger-side airbags that can malfunction in one of two equally troublesome ways. In roughly 622,000 Nissan Sentra models built between 2013 and 2016 airbags may deploy in crashes when they shouldn't, such as when a child is in the seat. In the rest of the recalled cars, the front seat passenger Occupant Classification System may...

May 21, 2016
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California Car Chase Gets Groovy

Maybe she just wanted a Scooby Snack. Real-world villain Sharon Kay Turman recently violated her probation, prompting Redding, California police to begin a search. They soon spotted her cruising the streets in her 1994 Chrysler minivan sporting a paint job that just happens to be a copy of the iconic Mystery Machine from the Scooby Doo cartoons. In a scene that otherwise could only play out on TV, Turman sped away when police approached. With the cops in hot pursuit, she careened through town, running a red light and slamming into four other vehicles in an intersection. Redding’s finest were forced to break off their chase when Turman hit Highway 273, heading south at speeds of more than 100 miles per hour. The California Highway Patrol followed her via helicopter for miles and...

May 21, 2016
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Swiss Rider Urs “Grizzly??? Pedraita On Track to Break Record for Around-the-World Motorcycle Ride

On March 11, Swiss endurance rider Urs “Grizzly” Pedraita set out from the Daytona Beach International Speedway, flanked by hundreds of fellow riders revving up their Victory motorcycles after a single Daytona 200 road course lap. With an escort out of town, Grizzly hit the road for the first leg of a six-continent ride. He aims to set a new world record by completing his planned course in less than 100 days on the Victory Motorcycles Cross Country Tour. From Daytona Beach., he traveled 3,971 miles in six days and 14 hours to Panama City, Panama, then headed south for another 6,269 miles, nine days and 23 hours to reach Ushuaia, Argentina, at the tip of South America. From there, it was another 2,088 miles to Santiago, Chile, where he loaded his bike onto a plane and...

May 9, 2016
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Florida, Texas & California Lead the Nation in Fatal Motorcycle Accidents

If you’re a motorcycle aficionado, you likely know that May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. It’s a nationwide initiative of the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) designed to help make motorcycle riding safer for both bikers and those sharing America’s roadways with them. Statistics show that in 2014 motorcycle accidents resulted in 4,586 deaths and more than 92,000 injuries. And according to research by the NHTSA’s National Center for Statistics and Analysis, three states are particularly dangerous for motorcyclists. Check out the 10 states with the highest numbers of motorcycle crash fatalities in 2012: Florida 456 Texas 428 California 415 Pennsylvania 200 North Carolina 190 New York 160 Ohio 146 Illinois 141 South...

May 9, 2016
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Takata Airbag Recall Surges – Again

It’s already the largest safety recall in automotive history by a long shot, and it just got even bigger – Nearly double, in fact. Federal regulators have hit Japanese auto parts manufacturer with an order to recall another 40 million faulty airbags, boosting the total number of recalled units from 28.8 million rides made by 14 manufacturers to upward of 70 million and affecting virtually every major automaker. Estimates are that ultimately, nearly a quarter of all vehicles on America’s roadways will be subject to the recall. When it’s all said and done, the recall is designed to take every Takata ammonium nitrate-based propellant driver and passenger frontal air bag inflator without a chemical drying agent off the roadways. It’s that volatile chemical...

May 8, 2016
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs This 1960s Porsche Documentary

We here at E3 Spark Plugs love all things classic when it comes to cars. So, got some serious auto-geek on when we spotted this vintage documentary about the making of an early Porsche 356 on YouTube. The 40-minute film is titled Made by Hand – an apt title as Porsche’s earliest rides were, in fact, made by hand.  It’s not clear just when the documentary was made, but the clothing and hair styles, and an appearance by the 356B, built between 1960 and 1963, suggests it likely was late 1950s or early 1960s. The film follows the production of the 356 from sheet metal to finished product, including panel assembly, painting, engine machining, gearbox assembly, final wheel alignment and road testing. Perhaps the most fascinating factor about film is the insane...

May 1, 2016
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Dale Earnhardt Would be 65 Today

April 29th marks what would have been late NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt’s 65th birthday. The wildly successful driver was killed just two months shy of his 50th birthday in a last-lap crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. "It's crazy to think about what he would have been like at 65-years-old," son Dale Earnhardt, Jr. told reporters recently. "You kind of have an idea that he wouldn't have changed a whole lot had he lived a little bit longer. But at 65, and what would he have been like at 80? All those things would have been hard to imagine.” The senior Earnhardt’s aggressive driving style earned him the nickname, “The Intimidator” and helped land him nearly 100 NASCAR wins, plus induction into multiple halls of fame, including the inaugural class of the NASCAR...

May 1, 2016
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