Three Persistent Tire Myths Deflated

Trust your TPMS? Convinced your tire’s gonna explode? E3 Spark Plugs deflates a few tire myths. Tires just might be the most important safety and handling feature on your vehicle. But they’re also the subject of a few persistent myths that can reduce their effectiveness. E3 Spark Plugs shares the top three tire myths and the real-info that debunks them: Myth: “I don’t have to worry about checking my tire pressure because my tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) does it for me.” Real Deal: Actually, TPMSs are kind of like your slacker roommate who doesn’t get around to telling you the microwave oven’s busted until after you open your frozen lasagna dinner box. They’re not required to issue that warning ping until your tire pressure is...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Jeremy Higgins

Jeremy Higgins got hooked on dirt bike racing at age three when his dad surprised him with a PW50 dirt bike. Nineteen-year-old Jeremy Higgins has been slinging dirt since age three when his father surprised him with a PW50 bike. “From the beginning, I was attracted to it,” Higgins recently told reporters. “I had the training wheels off my PW50 before they came off my bicycle. After a year or two of riding around the yard with my dad, he took me to my first race. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked.” Today, he’s owning the competitive flat track racing scene and, as part of the Project K Racing team, has been instrumental in developing KTM’s flat track machines. The Bergen, NY native turned pro in 2008 and earned his national number as an Expert...

February 4, 2015
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Pre-Production Revs Up on Need for Speed Movie

= Actor Taylor Kitsch reportedly is in talks for the lead role of the new “Need for Speed” film based on the game franchise and set for release early 2014. Have you heard the news? Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks has partnered with Electronic Arts to produce a film based on the Need for Speed video game franchise. We here at E3 Spark Plugs have already marked our calendars for the February 7, 2014 release. The franchise’s original game, The Need for Speed, hit gaming store shelves in 1994, giving gamers a glimpse of life behind the street racing wheel. EA teamed up with Road & Track magazine to create amazingly realistic  features based on precise vehicle data. For instance, sound was developed to accurately mimic sounds made by particular...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Darryl Barrett

Team E3 Racing winner Darryl Barrett has been involved in racing since age four. With three decades in competitive racing, Stanley, NY’s Darryl Barrett proved a natural for Team E3 Racing. He’s a member of Gorham, New York’s Asylum Motorsports Group and has been involved in every facet of racing since the age of four. He’s been a driver, crewmember, crew chief, engineer and owner and has worked with several successful racing teams over the course of his career. For the last 30 years, Barrett’s racing career has run the full gamut from microds to karts to micro sprints to street stocks to modifieds. Over the years, he’s racked up more than 250 wins including 17 track championships and two national titles. He races in the Grand-Am and the Sports Car...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: “Wagonmasters???

Studebaker Lark Wagoneer Back in the day, you probably sunk down below window level, praying that your super cool friends wouldn’t see your mom was dropping you off at school / the ballpark / the skating rink / the mall in the family station wagon. Lame! But fast forward a decade or two and the power of nostalgia kicks in, transforming the station wagon of your childhood from a thing of shame to a thing of beauty.   Okay, so maybe “beauty” is a stretch for some models. But over the decades, station wagon enthusiasts continue to sing the praises of this uniquely American vehicle that started out not as a family ride, but a track-bound workhorse. And now, there’s a documentary to help spread the love. Produced by students of the Documentary Film Program at...

February 4, 2015
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Coolest Concept Travel Trailers We’d Like to See on the Road

Robert Williams ForFreedom Caravan Concept Travel Trailer Summertime means road trip time. And for many, those cross-country road trips aren’t spent in a series of hotel rooms. They’re spent in RVs and travel trailers – wheeled homes-away-from-home. Just like car makers, manufacturers of RVs and travel trailers release concept designs of units that may or may not ever make it to market. In any case, they’re always fun to see. E3 Spark Plugs scoured the Internet and found a few of those concepts we’d love to take on the road. 252 Degree Radius Travel Trailer: This one is just what the name says. The somewhat triangular shaped trailer opens up to a 252-degree radius, revealing double-walled, open-air rooms in bright colors. Only trouble is, we’re...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Jacob “Camokid??? Putman

Jacob "Camokid" Putman is Team E3 Racing's youngest winner. Team E3 Racing’s littlest winner yet clearly has a big future ahead of him in professional racing. Jacob “Camokid” Putman of Centreville, VA is a two-year veteran in kid kart racing – and he’s only six. Putman first hit the competitive tracks running the Kid Kart race at Old Dominion Speedway in Manassas, Virginia at the tender age of four. His performance in that very first race proved a told-ya-so moment for Putman, putting to rest any skepticism about the boy’s commitment to and talent for racing. Track officials were so impressed that they encouraged Putman’s parents to immediately move him up to Kid Kart 2, affording their son the opportunity for a tougher challenge and better...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Know: Which Batmobile is Your Favorite?

"The Dark Knight Rises" hits theatres Friday and features the most modern, military-inspired Batmobile yet. Fresh off the heels of Comic-Con International and anticipating Friday’s theatrical release of The Dark Knight Rises, superhero geeks worldwide are in a state of euphoria. And if we’re honest, so are we here at E3 Spark Plugs. Not only is Batman one of the most enduringly popular superheroes since his character originated in a 1939 comic book, his various rides have been the most enviable out there. Some of the most imaginative Batmobiles never made it off the pages of a DC Comics comic book. But a few actually came to life on the sets of various TV shows and feature films. The first full size, fully operational Batmobile debuted with the Batman television series in...

February 4, 2015
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Seinfeld Shows Off Classics in “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee???

Comedians Jerry Seinfeld and Michael Richards yuk it up on the new web series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee." The man famous for his 1990s show about nothing is back with a web-based show about a very specific something. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is pretty much what the new Crackle.com program’s title sounds like. With each weekly episode, Jerry Seinfeld of Seinfeld fame and a fellow comedian drive around town in one of Seinfeld’s classic cars and yuk it up while on their way to a different NY coffee house. It’s a little known fact outside of classic car collecting circles that Seinfeld owns one of the world’s largest Porsche collections, including a Can-Am Spyder racing car he snagged for $4.4 million at a Florida auction. Each week a different...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Daniel Alvarez

Team E3 Racing Winner Daniel "The Hammer" Alvarez At 19 years old, Daniel Alvarez is undoubtedly ahead of the game. Known as “The Hammer,” he’s already landed an AAS degree in Automotive Technology from Piedmont Technical College and finished a year of veteran racer Tony Blanchard’s Race 101 program, where he studied on a full scholarship – despite having raced competitively for seven years. Many young racers with a seven years of on-track experience might think they’ve already got it all figured out. Not so, says Alvarez. He’s one of the few up-and-comers who understand that building a professional racing career depends as much on what happens off the track as on the track. A racer can be a top-notch talent, but without a solid business and...

February 4, 2015
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