Man Gets Stolen '68 Camaro Back After Three Decades

Back in 1981, Ohio's Ron Reolfi was a cash-strapped college student who plunked down a hard-earned $600 for a used Chevy Camaro. He and his father would spend the next year tinkering with the now-classic car, including replacing some 90 percent of the chrome. When their work was done, Reolfi got to enjoy his gleaming new ride for all of a few weeks before it got lifted from the parking lot of the grocery store where he worked. Reolfi reported the theft and searched the streets of Canton, Ohio for a few months before finally giving up, resigning himself to the fact that he'd likely never see his ride again. So, you can imagine his surprise when he got a call last October from a detective in Jackson Township asking about a '68 Camaro. "I told him it was stolen and he says they found the...

October 24, 2015
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The Rock Tackles a Ford-Tough New Role

The last time we saw Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson in an auto garage, it was as Luke Hobbs, a Diplomatic Security Service agent, in the crazy successful Fast & Furious film franchise. Now, he's landed another tough-guy role as the leader of an elite team dubbed the "Specialists" - Ford service specialists, that is. Johnson recently signed on as the star of a series of commercials encouraging Ford owners to have their rides serviced at Ford dealerships rather than any run-of-the-mill auto shop. "I couldn't be more excited to be in partnership with Ford as their spokesman for service," Johnson said. "My relationship with Ford began when I was 15 and bought a classic '77 blue Thunderbird as my first car – and I've been a Ford man ever since. Representing their service...

October 24, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: "Steve McQueen - The Man & Le Mans"

Iconic actor Steve McQueen is as well known for his love for all things automotive as he is for his on-screen career. Before his death in 1980, the King of Cool amassed one of the most famous car collections in the world. But he wasn't just a collector. McQueen also was a bona fide racer who could hold his own with the best on the tracks. Now, a new documentary, highly recommended by E3 Spark Plugs, offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of McQueen's life and work during the making of his 1971 classic, Le Mans. Helmed by directors Gabriel Clarke and John McKenna, Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans is made primarily from outtakes and never before seen footage captured during the making of the original cult-classic film. Le Mans starred McQueen as Michael Delaney, an American...

October 24, 2015
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Original Back to the Future DeLorean is Back

    If you're an '80s film buff of any degree, or if you've been on social media for all of 30 seconds today, you know that today is the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown blasted through time and into a cheesy but fun Hollywood version of 2015 in 1989's Back to the Future II. Just as the film predicted hoverboards, flying cars and self-tying shoes have become near realities. But who could have imagined that the iconic film would be the subject of presidential candidates all over something called "Twitter" three decades later? The film franchise definitely has stood the test of time with a whole generation of fans. And to our utter delight here at E3 Spark Plugs, a few of the most die-hard among those fans have spent the past four years working with Universal, producer Bob...

October 21, 2015
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Recalled Window Switch Defect Could Set Your Toyota Ablaze

If you drive a Toyota, take note. E3 Spark Plugs just learned that Toyota has issued a recall of a whopping 6.5 million vehicles worldwide, including some 2.7 million here in North America. Officials say that faulty driver's side window switches can catch fire. The culprit is improperly or insufficiently applied grease on electrical contact modules. If moisture or debris finds its way into these modules, they can short circuit, causing the switch assembly to overheat and melt. A melting switch can produce smoke and that can cause a fire. Thus far, the issue has caused at least one burn injury here in the US and 11 fire-damaged vehicle doors, according to Toyota reports. Models affected in the recall include: 2007 and 2009 Camry and Camry Hybrid 2009-2011 Corolla 2008-2011...

October 21, 2015
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Four Pricey Floyd Mayweather Rides Go Up In Flames

Famed fighter Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is as well known for his automotive bling as he is for his championship titles, as E3 Spark Plugs noted a few months ago. According to one of his few dealers of choice, Josh "Chop" Towbin, who owns Towbin Motorcars in Las Vegas, Mayweather has purchased well more than 100 ultrahigh-end rides from the dealership, including nearly 20 Rolls Royces. But just like the Regular Joe, the guy has a bad day now and then. One of those bad days happened earlier this week when a trailer transporting Mayweather’s Bentley, two Rolls Royce Whips and a highly customized Jeep caught fire, burning all four rides to a (very expensive) crisp. The trailer had left Miami and was headed to Vegas when trouble started just outside of Phoenix, Arizona around 1:30 am on...

October 9, 2015
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Mystery of James Dean’s Long-Missing Porsche Spyder Solved?

It’s one of the most enduringly fascinating classic car mysteries –and it may soon be solved. On Sept. 30, 1955, iconic actor James Dean and a friend were speeding along Route 466 in Cholame, in his sleek, silver 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder when it slammed head-on into a 1950 Ford Tudor coupe driven by 23-year-old college student Donald Turnipseed. The sheer velocity of the impact flipped Dean’s car into the air. It landed back on its wheels in a gully, pinning Dean inside with a broken neck. The young star died during transport to the hospital. Dean’s Porsche, dubbed “Little Bastard,” had been customized by George Barris, famed designer of the Batmobile and the Munster Koach, and by master pinstriper and customizer Dean Jeffries who had a shop...

October 9, 2015
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Distinguished Gentlemen Don their Most Dapper Duds and Ride for a Cause

"I say, good sir - Nice motor bike!" Such might be the best way to best way to compliment a fellow rider if you attended one of the multiple Distinguished Gentlemen’s rides, wherein upward of 30,000 gentlemen and ladies in 400 cities worldwide “don their cravats, press their tweed and sit astride their classic-styled motorcycles to raise funds for prostate cancer research and awareness.” Founded in Sydney, Australia in 2012 and inspired by a photo of Mad Men character Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), the event is projected to raise $3 million this year. Here in the United States alone, nearly 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, claiming the lives of 27,540 American men...

October 9, 2015
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Formula 1, British Military, Aerospace Experts Building 1,000-MPH Rocket Car

It's the stuff of your boyhood dreams. A sleek, supersized, rocket-on-wheels ride designed to hit speeds of 1,000 miles per hour. And it's fast approaching reality. Earlier this week, a team of British engineers unveiled the Bloodhound SSC, touted as the most powerful land vehicle ever made. This massive orange and blue ride that actually looks like a rocken when standing on its back end weighs in at 7.5 tons and meatures more than 44 feet long. It's powered by a Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engine, like those used in the Typhoon fighter jet, as well as a Nammo hybrid rocket engine. And there's a supercharged Jaguar V8 engine aboard to pump the oxidizer required for the rocket to burn. the setup allows for the equivalent of 135,000 bhp of thrust. Wheels are made of a long long, thin cylinder...

September 25, 2015
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Pope Francis Goes Low-Glam With New Popemobile

Pope Francis has won hearts across many faiths in large part to his sincere love for and relatability to the regular guy. After all, Papa Francisco, as he's endearingly known, once worked as a bar bouncer and a floor sweeper, for Pete's sake. He further solidified that persona during his trip to the US when he skipped dinner with our nation's highest-level politicos, instead dining with area homeless. He's proven time and time again that he's not above snapping a selfie with members of his flock. And for automotive enthusiasts, he has repeatedly humbled the papal fleet with his choice of rides decidedly less glam than those of previous popes. The earliest popemobile was actually a gilded throne or "sedan chair" carried on posts by footmen with some serious strength. It first got...

September 25, 2015
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