2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance to Honor Hans-Joachim Stuck

The 2016 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance is officially underway and this year, top honors go to Formula One racer Hans-Joachim Stuck. Born in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a mountain resort town in Bavaria, southern Germany, Stuck is son of the legendary racer Hans Stuck, best known for his multiple Gran Prix successes during the 1930s – the Silver Arrows era. The younger Stuck learned to drive on the famed Nürburgring and ran his first race in 1969 at the Nordschleife. “Getting to the grid was extremely exciting,” Stuck said of that first race. “All of a sudden, my wishes to become a racer came true. I just wanted to start the race and give everybody hell!” Stuck won his first 24-hour race the next year at age 19 and many more victories...

March 12, 2016
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GM Issues a Recall over Airbags – And for Once, Takata Ain’t to Blame

Detroit’s General Motors just issued a recall and stop sale on nearly 1,800 2016 Chevrolet Colorado, Malibu and GMC Canyon vehicles. The issue involves a faulty airbag, but for once, beleaguered Japanese auto parts maker Takata is not to blame. The latest recall involves a missing part – namely a component required for the second-stage, high-output deployment of GM’s airbags. Turns out the part wasn’t loaded during the making of the airbag’s inflator in affected rides. Trouble is, this missing component means that the airbag won’t deploy as quickly as it should in a high-speed crash. This recall is fully unrelated to the Takata airbag issue which, thus far has resulted in multiple recalls affecting upward of 24 million rides made by 14 different...

March 12, 2016
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2016 Amelia Island Concours Celebrates 50 Years of Lamborghini Miura

If you’re a Lamborghini aficionado, no doubt you’re a fan of the Miura, widely considered by automotive historians as the instigator of the high performance, two-seater, mid-engine sports cars trend. When it first rolled off the line in 1966, it was the fastest production road car available, pumping out 350 hp from a V12 engine. And next month, it’ll be properly celebrated at the 2016 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance. Produced between 1966 and 1973, the Miura is named after a family of fighting bulls - in traditional Lamborghini fashion. It entered the marketplace at a then-pricey $20,000. To put that figure in perspective, a new Miura would set you back $146,244.44 in today’s dollars. “The Miura rewrote the rules,” said Bill Warner,...

February 28, 2016
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Morgan Freeman Gets a New Voice Gig – As Your GPS Navigator

Road tripping to somewhere unfamiliar typically involves using a GPS to help you successfully navigate new territory and reach your destination on time and unfrazzled. More often than not, the voice doling out lefts and rights and exits and U-turns is that of an odd, computer-generated, monotone, mystery character who, in any other situation, would likely put you to sleep. That’s why the occasional celebrity or character voice offering is a must for frequent travelers. And who better to guide you through town than the dulcet-toned entertainer Morgan Freeman? After all, when it comes to drive-time directions the guy who played God just might be the next best thing to hearing from the Almighty himself. As a marketing tie-in for his upcoming film, London Has Fallen (sequel to...

February 28, 2016
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Full BBC Top Gear Team Announced

If you’ve been anxiously awaiting the reboot of BBC’s Top Gear after former oft-politically incorrect host Jeremy Clarkson’s much-publicized “fracas” with a producer got him canned and the remainder of the 2015 season cancelled, E3 Spark Plugs has good news for you. The show returns to TV sets across the pond, and here in the US for those with access to international programming, in May with an all-new team of hosts and drivers. In late January, producers announced that actor Matt LeBlanc of Friends fame (he played the sexy but not-too-bright Italian Joey Tribbiani on the NBC show that ran for 10 seasons) will join the cast alongside longtime British broadcast personality Chris Evans. Now, we’ve got news of the remainder of the new...

February 25, 2016
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Your Wimpy ATV’s Got NOTHIN’ On this Badass Russian Ride

We here at E3 Spark Plugs have no idea who Alexei Gargashyan. But we’re pretty sure we’d like to spend a day with him conquering the globe in his badass wheeled creation. Dubbed the SHERP, this just might be the first all-terrain vehicle that truly lives up to the description. On land, it tops out at 28 miles per hour. So, it while it might not get you to work on time and certainly won’t win you any races, the SHERP will get you literally anywhere else you want to go on a day off and lend some serious bragging rights. Its enormous wheels can handle anything the earth throws at it, including deep snow and ice. And, its tire treads are designed to propel it trough water, too. This mini truck/tank can easily plow over rocks, fallen trees and concrete...

February 25, 2016
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Five Rides Least Likely to Cost You Big at the Repair Shop

In our last blog, E3 Spark Plugs brought you results of a J.D. Power & Associates study that revealed Porsche, Buick, Lexus, Toyota and GMC rides to be the most dependable on America’s roadways, as revealed by surveys of 33,560 owners of 2013 model-year vehicles. But another new study by CarMD, an Irvine, CA-based automotive software solutions provider, shows four other makers also boast highly dependable machines. In its 2015 CarMD Vehicle Health Index, the company looked at some 192 million vehicles built between 1996 and 2015. Of top consideration were the brands most likely to have the kind of issues that kick on the dreaded check engine light, requiring repairs between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015, and the average cost to repair those problems....

February 25, 2016
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Lexus, Porsche, Buick Deemed Most Dependable

If you drive a Lexus, a Porsche or a Buick, congratulations are in order. According to a recent study by J.D. Power & Associates, an American-based global marketing information services firm, these three top the list of the most dependable rides on the nation’s roadways. Now it its 27th year, the study looked at data culled from 33,560 owners of 2013 model-year vehicles about any issues they’ve had with their rides over the past 12 months. Top complaints had to do with glitchy entertainment systems; inaccurate or difficult to use navigation systems; voice recognition systems that misinterpret commands; and phones that won’t sync up with a car’s system. All of these features are critical for the Millennials. “If consumers can’t rely on their...

February 25, 2016
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Porsche Not Sold on Self-Driving Cars

In the automotive world, it may seem that all the talk is about self-driving cars and their predicted eventual takeover of the world’s roadways. But one luxury carmaker is proving an old school holdout. “An iPhone belongs in your pocket, not on the road,” said Porsche CEO Oliver Blume recently, referencing news that computer giant Apple, Inc. is developing an autonomous car and seeking secure locations in the San Francisco Bay area for testing. The Silicon Valley company joins Mercedes, BMW, Tesla and Google in furthering the trend, expected to take hold on the roadways in a major way by 2020. But don’t expect to see Porsche jumping on the bandwagon anytime soon. Why not? “One wants to drive a Porsche by oneself,” Blume recently told a German...

February 11, 2016
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Nearly 40 Debuts Planned for Chicago Auto Show

As one of the first automotive shows of the year and the nation’s oldest, the Chicago Auto Show regularly lands a huge number of world debuts. This year, automakers chose this historic Windy City event, celebrating its 115th anniversary, to host the unveiling of nearly 40 of their newest models.   Here’s a list of the production rides the world will see for the first time at the Chicago Auto Show: 2016 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio 2017 Audi A4 2017 Bentley Bentayga 2017 Buick Envision 2017 Buick LaCrosse 2016 Cadillac CT6 2017 Cadillac XT5 2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV 2016 Chrysler 200S Alloy 2016 Chrysler 300S Alloy Edition 2017 Chrysler Pacifica 2017 Fiat 124 Spider 2017 Ford Escape 2017 Ford Fusion 2017 Ford Raptor 2017 Genesis G90 2017 GMC Acadia 2017 Honda...

February 11, 2016
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