Tributes to Late Paul Walker Abound - Diesel Confirms News of "F8"

In less than two weeks, Furious 7, the last in the wildly successful The Fast and The Furious film franchise, has revved up box office revenues topping $800 million globally since its April 2 opening. While we here at E3 Spark Plugs think the film itself is pretty amazing, we're particularly impressed with the film's video tribute to late actor Paul Walker. And, we're psyched about plans for the series' continuation. Killed in a November 2013 car crash, Walker appeared in the series as Brian O'Conner, a former FBI agent-turned-criminal and professional street racer. The character is married to Mia (Jordana Brewster), sister of best friend Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel), and the two have a young son, Jack. After Walker's death, which occurred during production of Furious 7,...

April 13, 2015
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Talking Shop with "Furious 7" Picture Car Coordinator Dennis McCarthy

In anticipation of Furious 7 hitting movie theaters nationwide next week, we here at E3 Spark Plugs thought we'd introduce you to a guy who has, hands down, the coolest job in America. Meet Dennis McCarthy, Picture Car Coordinator for what is arguably one of the most successful film franchises in history. He's got the enviable task of selecting and building cars not only for the Fast and Furious franchise, but for an array of great car-centric movies including Death Race, Batman Begins and Total Recall. In a recent interview with BoldRide, McCarthy spilled about the 300+ cars he provided for the film, dramatic crashes, parachute jumps and working with the late Paul Walker. A few highlights: On deciding which character gets which ride: "It’s really a character thing. My end...

March 27, 2015
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Extreme Barbie Jeep Races - Redneck Fun at its Best

It's the most fun a car buff and adrenaline junkie can get out of 15 pounds of pink plastic. Introducing Extreme Barbie Jeep Racing, a low-rent off-road racing event that'll have you in stitches - literally and figuratively. It's a simple concept, really. Take a power-wheels vehicle, break off the drive gear, find yourself a steep hill and hang on tight. That's right. Since around 2010, competitors who typically are grown men, many of them with wives, mortgages and otherwise respectable vocations, have been hurtling down rocky hills, gullies and mountainsides in little girls' wheeled toys on purpose. It's a rugged man's contest to see who can make it to the bottom of a down-hill course the fastest without completely wiping out. It appears that Extreme Barbie Jeep Racing, which...

March 27, 2015
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Honda Unveils BULLDOG Motorcycle Concept

Honda today unveiled its new leisure motorcycle, the BULLDOG, at the Osaka Motorcycle Show 2015. Designed for the non-typical motorcycle rider, this 400cc city machine places an emphasis on storage, simplicity, and all-around riding capability. The BULLDOG’s 15-inch wide-tires and low center-of-gravity ensure a solid footing, even for the vertically-challenged rider. And its liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC inline 2-cylinder 400cc engine with a 6-speed transmission is powerful, yet easy to handle, making it a versatile ride that can handily traverse a range of terrain, from urban to rural areas. There are racks above the headlamps and behind the seat, and there's more storage on either side of the highly styled fuel tank. The BULLDOG has quickly garnered international coverage...

March 27, 2015
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New Documentary Tells Story of BMW Touring Car

If you're a BMW enthusiast or a touring car racing fan, get ready for a visual adrenaline rush via a new documentary film. Adrenalin: The BMW Touring Car Story will explore the historical, intrinsic link between touring car racing and BMW sports production vehicles and detail all the reasons why stars of the sport prefer it over other types of cars and races. The film is being produced by filmmakers Tim and Nick Hahne, already known in the racing community for producing producing 24 Hours: One Team, One Target, which detailed BMW’s stake in the 2011 Nürburgring 24 hour race. And if the name sounds familiar, you're likely a fan of their famous uncle, Hubert Hahne, legendary touring car and Formula One racer. Adrenalin, will feature lots of vintage racing footage and...

March 26, 2015
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Toyota Pays Tribute to Clarkson with Classic Video Montage

Lately, you either love him or hate him. Jeremy Clarkson, the oft-foul-mouthed former TV host can certainly be polarizing. After nearly four decades co-hosting the BBC's Top Gear series, Clarkson recently was fired after reports that he threw a punch at show producer Oisin Tymon in a March 10 fracas that effectively nixed the remainder of the show's 22nd season. But for their part, Japan's Toyota Motor Co. is sad to see the mouthy chap go. In an entertaining farewell, the company produced a video featuring clips from multiple episodes featuring Clarkson routinely destroying the automaker's vehicles, slamming them into trees, careening into gullies, dropping them out of the air, etc. Meanwhile, Clarkson is playing nice, himself, asking fans and media to back off his former...

March 26, 2015
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NASCAR Stars' Classic Cars on Display in Charlotte

If you're a NASCAR fan, you no doubt have memorized the cars that each of your favorite drivers drive on the racetrack. But do you know rides fill their garages? Thousands of racing and classic car enthusiasts will find out next month during the AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The event, slated for April 9-12 in the CMS's Nationwide Showcase Pavilion, will feature the off-track rides owned by a dozen NASCAR stars including Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kyle and Kurt Busch, Clint Bowyer, Joey Logano, David Ragan and Ben Kennedy. Among the highlights: Gordon's 1952 Oldsmobile Super 88; Kyle Busch’s 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Coupe; Kurt Busch’s 1932 Ford Roadster; Bowyer’s 1979 Peterbilt 389 pickup truck; Ragan’s 1938 Ford UPS package...

March 26, 2015
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Volkswagen Recruits Three Bronx Grandmothers to Promote its TDI Engines

Take a peek inside most any auto repair garage and somewhere, you're likely to see a poster of a busty babe modeling in an ad for everything from spark plugs to tires to hemi engines. But in promoting its new TDI engines, Volkswagen has taken a decidedly different route. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs are charmed. A trio of grandmothers from the Bronx dubbed "Three Golden Sisters" first appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2013, but shot to fame when their videoed commentary the Kim Kardashian sex tape went viral. Ever since, 83-year-old Mary Bartnicki, Josie Cavaluzzi and Teresa Dahlquist, both 73, have been doling out hilarious, sharp-tongued advice and giving their opinions on pop culture to millions of fans. In a brilliant marketing move, Volkswagen has recruited the trio...

March 23, 2015
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Mystery Plumber Leaves Behind Amazing Collection of Vintage Cars

Tasked with doling out the estates of late California residents, the Orange County District Attorneys' office typically isn't in the business of producing car shows. But that may change shortly, thanks to one mysterious Gerald Willits. The 76-year-old Buena Park plumber passed away last August without an original will or any legally recognized next of kin. Now, the DA's office must figure out just what to do with the 69 vintage cars that Willits left behind. The collection is being described as "a combination of Hoarders and Antiques Roadshow" and includes Ford Model Ts and Model As, Volkswagen Buses and Beetles and dozens of other models spanning a century. Unfortunately, they're not in the best of condition. Stored outside for decades, many were discovered covered in leaves and...

March 22, 2015
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Good News, Bad News in Impaired Driving Studies

Researchers with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration just wrapped two separate studies on impaired driving and the results are mixed. While drunk driving rates have declined in the United States, drugged driving is on the rise. First, there's the NHTSA's Roadside Survey of Alcohol and Drug Use by Drivers, conducted every five years since 1973. The latest found that the number of drivers caught with alcohol in their system has dropped by 30 percent since 2007, and by 80 percent since the time of the initial study. That's the good news. Now the bad - That same survey revealed a huge increase in the number of drivers caught using marijuana or other illegal drugs while behind the wheel. Nighttime weekend drivers are the biggest offenders. The number of these drivers...

March 22, 2015
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