Engineering Students Set Out to Reinvent the Wheel – E3 Spark Plugs Wants Your Thoughts

Spherical drive system motorcycle prototype created by three San Jose State University engineering students with mad creative skills. What say you, E3 Spark Plugs fans – Would you drive one? You’ve heard the saying, “no need to reinvent the wheel.” But that’s just what a group of engineering students at San Jose University in California are doing. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs are wondering if this might be the next big thing in automotive design – theoretically, anyway. Inspired by the self-balancing technology used in developing the Segway personal transport and a Tokyo-built balancing robot (and perhaps that Audi RSQ concept from I, Robot), three mechanical engineering students set out to apply the same principles to a motorcycle device. Max...

February 4, 2015
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Motorcycle Cannonball Run Rumbles Through Time – E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates Finishers

The 2012 Motorcycle Cannonball Endurance Run, a coast-to-coast ride featuring only pre-1930 motorcycles. Photo by J. Geary Morton. For 16 consecutive days, 101 die-hard bikers took to America’s highways for a scenic coast-to-coast vintage motorcycle ride. Riders completing the 2012 Cannonball Motorcycle Endurance Run rolled 3,900 miles from the home of the newly opened Motorcyclpedia museum in Newburgh, New York to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco – all on motorcycles made before 1930. Along the way, riders cruised through a dozen national parks and forests, the Great Lakes of Michigan, the Mississippi River, the Black Hills of South Dakota, Mount Rushmore, the Devil’s Tower in Wyoming, Yellowstone National Park, the Rocky Mountains, the High Desert in...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Shares Eight Everyday Culprits Ruining Your Vehicle’s Paint Job

Perhaps he meant well, but this prankster just made things worse for your car’s paint job, E3 Spark Plugs says. Back in 2008 a (presumably) fictional character in a Carrie Underwood song got back at her philandering ex: “I dug my key into the side of his pretty little souped-up four-wheel drive.” Unfortunately, angry exes aren’t the only danger to your prized ride. E3 Spark Plugs lists eight everyday culprits and tips for making sure they don’t ruin your paint job. Tree sap: You wouldn’t sling a bottle of Elmer’s white all over your car, would you? Well, letting it get hit with tree sap is about the same thing. After all, ancient peoples used the gooey stuff as an adhesive. If your car gets dripped upon, don’t simply try to wipe it off...

February 4, 2015
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World’s longest Subaru parade attempt honors Late Rally Driver Matthew Noble Marker

365 Subaru drivers lined up for a parade honoring fallen RallyCar driver Matthew Noble Marker and attempting to break a Guinness Book world record. Family, friends and fans of Matthew Noble Marker lined up for a chance at a new world record honoring the late rally driver, killed in an on-track crash last year in Washington. Organizers say a grand total of 365 Subaru vehicles drove in a two-mile parade in Elk Rapids, Michigan in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest parade of Subarus. Marker was known as one of the most daring drivers in town, tearing through the northern Michigan backwoods every chance he got. Once be became of age, he decided to turn his passion into his living and began racing competitively, founding what would become the SubaRoots Racing...

February 4, 2015
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Feisty Centenarian Dishes on Life Behind the Wheel of her 82-year-old Packard

102-year-old Margaret Dunning and her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster. Driving since eight years old, Dunning still changes the oil and spark plugs herself. Most classic car collectors are significantly younger than the wheeled beauties in their garages. So, we here at E3 Spark Plugs give serious props to Plymouth, Michigan’s Margaret Dunning – a feisty but friendly centenarian who loves tooling around town in her mint condition 1930 Packard 740 Roadster. At 102 years old, Dunning has been driving longer than most of us have been alive. She first got behind the wheel at age eight and landed her driver’s license at 12, which means she’s been legally on the road for 90 years. “I love the old cars,” she says. “I love the smell of gasoline. It runs in...

February 4, 2015
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Insane Hot Wheels Track Helps Kids with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy

It’s the mother of all Hot Wheels tracks – and it’s helping a brave little boy fight a scary disease. There’s been a lot of hype about Hot Wheels’ new world record breaks lately. At the XGames Los Angeles in July, champion drivers Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy set new world records by successfully completing a 60-foot-tall Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare. And just recently, Hollywood stunt driver Brent Fletcher landed the longest corkscrew jump ever – 92 feet. And all of it was accomplished atop giant replicas of those familiar bright orange bendy tracks that consumed hours upon hours upon hours of our childhoods back in the day.   All the excitement got us here at E3 Spark Plugs waxing nostalgic about our days playing with our favorite die-cast...

February 4, 2015
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Another Hot Wheels-Inspired Record — Longest Corkscrew Jump

Hollywood stunt driver Brent Fletcher and Hot Wheels recently set a new world record for the longest corkscrew jump. Just a few months ago, E3 Spark Plugs brought you the story of XGames champs Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy setting new world records by successfully completing a 60-foot-tall Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the XGames Los Angeles. Now, those famous bright orange tracks have inspired a new world record – this time for the longest corkscrew jump ever recorded. Veteran stunt driver Brent Fletcher, whose work you’ve seen in The Town, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Fast Five, set the new record. He successfully landed the 92-foot jump in a specially designed, 2,600-pound off-road buggy, launching from an angled ramp hit at precisely 54 miles per hour and...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Marcus Method, Jr.

Team E3 Racing member Marcus Method, Jr. has a charitable spirit and a penchant for history. Marcus Method, Jr. is in the midst of this rookie season racing a 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo in the Street Stock Division at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He’s currently ranked 18th of 38 drivers and has his eye trained on a Rookie of the Year win come season’s end. But no matter where he finishes in the rankings or how many times he crosses the finish line first, he’s racing for something much more important than a checkered flag and a trophy. That’s why he’s the newest member of Team E3 Racing. Competing as Blacksnake Racing, Method is part of the Racing 2 Cure, a 501c3 charity dedicated to “fighting cancer, one lap at a time.” The...

February 4, 2015
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Esquire Magazine Declares 2013 Cadillac ATS its 2012 Car of the Year

“Esquire” just named the 2013 Cadillac ATS its 2012 Car of the Year. Do you agree? So Esquire Magazine, the grandfather of metrosexual men’s manuals, just released its annual list of the American driver’s top rides. And the 2012 Esquire Car of the Year winner is (drumroll…) the 2013 Cadillac ATS. “It is perhaps the single most important thing Detroit has built in years, and it is one hell of a car to boot,” the magazine says. The car definitely is a risk for the company, which has thus-far faltered a bit with its small car attempts. The 2013 ATS is Cadillac’s first true compact sedan and is designed to go head-to-head with BMW. In fact, it’s been touted as being a sport sedan similar to the BMW 328i. It’s got a lighter...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Terry Panciera

Team E3 Racing winner Terry Panciera (far right) and buddies compete in the New England Lawn Mower Racing Association for trophies, bragging rights and fun. For those who truly love it, racing isn’t just about winning. It’s also about teamwork, camaraderie and simply having a great time. Such is the case for Team E3 Racing winner Terry Panciera of Bristol, Connecticut. Along with close pals Joshua Coleman and Stephen Shean, Panciera founded Powered by the Complex, a racing team that competes in the New England Lawn Mower Racing Association (NELMRA), sanctioned by the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association. “We are a combined effort at having fun, while succeeding at mower racing,” Panciera says. The NELMRA is a nonprofit organization that holds lawn mower races...

February 4, 2015
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