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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’66 Volvo to Hit 3 Million Miles in 2013

Irving Gordon's 1966 Volvo is expected to hit 3 million miles in 2013. Photo by Associated Press. In April, E3 Spark Plugs brought you the story of Rachel Veitch and her “chariot,” a 1964 Mercury Comet Caliente that had just hit 576,000 miles. With all due respect to Ms. Veitch, we’ve just come across another vintage wonder whose mileage makes her chariot’s look like chump change. Irving Gordon’s 1966 Volvo P1800S has held the Guinness World Records mark for high mileage vehicle since 2002. A decade later, it’s still going strong with just 34,000 miles to go before hitting 3 million miles – something Gordon expects will happen next year. Gordon, a retired school teacher from Long Island, has driven his little red two-door sportster everywhere...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Brandon Williams

Team E3 Racing Winner Brandon Williams races dirt track and runs DirtXtra, an online magazine. Dirt track racer Brandon Williams experienced a notable rookie year, landing 11th in the Kankakee County Speedway points for the 2010 season and 23rd in the I-MOD Association series that same year. So, fans were a little surprised to see him take the full 2011 season off. Turns out he had good reason: The birth of his gorgeous young son. But with the 2012 season underway, Williams is gunning for big wins in the dirt late model division, aiming specifically for a UMP (United Midwestern Promoters) National Championship. And E3 Spark Plugs aims to help him accomplish that goal with a Team E3 Racing membership. By weekday, Williams of Kouts, Indiana is a crane operator for U.S. Steel. But come...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Mourns the Loss of Legendary Designer Sergio Pininfarina

Sergio Pininfarnia, 1926-2012 E3 Spark Plugs sends condolences to the family of Sergio Pininfarina, honorary chairman of the Pininfarina Group, who passed away last night at his home in Turin, Italy. Pininfarina’s family company, founded by his father, Gian Battista “Pinin” Farina, in the 1930s designed nearly every Ferrari since the 1950s and its name is synonymous with some of the world’s most glamorous cars. As chairman of the company until 2006, Sergio Pininfarina personally developed automotive designs for top companies including Alfa Romeo, Bentley, Volvo, Ferrari and Maserati. His designs ranged from the edgy to the elegantly simple and include the 2002 Ferrari Enzo, the 1984 Ferrari Testarossa, the 1986 Fiat 124 Spider, the 1996 Peugeot 406 Coupe and...

February 4, 2015
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Hot Wheelers Set New World Record

XGames champs Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy made history this weekend by successfully completing the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare. Did you catch it this weekend? XGames champs Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy set new world records by successfully completing a 60-foot-tall Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare this weekend at the XGames Los Angeles. The LA cityscape changed a bit this weekend with a real-life replica of the famous bright orange bendy tracks that have lined the play rooms of every American boy since 1968. The double loop structure stood the height of a six-story building and was designed and constructed with the help of physicists who carefully calculated the optimum speed needed for Foust and Tanner’s cars to complete the look without losing to gravity and ending up in a top-down...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winners Dee and Cody Erdmann

Racer Cody Erdmann with Miss Slinger Super Speeday. For Dee Erdmann and son Cody, professional racing is a family affair. Dee entered Cody, 16, in the Team E3 Racing competition and when we read the young racer’s bio, we knew he was a natural. The Erdmann family of Mayville, Wisconsin loves racing and has spent years doing “anything involving going fast and turning left” before forming CHE Racing. Young Cody spent his formative years in the garage, watching his dad build racecars. It soon became apparent that the toddler was paying close attention when, at age two, he picked up a fallen lug nut and put it back on the car perfectly. As any gearhead knows, it’s easy to put a lug nut on wrong. That moment would prove a positive omen for Cody’s life. The boy...

February 4, 2015
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Hot Wheels Gets Real

Hot Wheels hits real life with the Double Loop Dare at the 2012 X-Games Los Angeles June 30. Remember when you were a kid spending hours launching your little die-cast metal Hot Wheels cars down that loopy, winding bright orange plastic track and wishing it were all real? Well, for two guys with more nerve than we’ve got, that childhood fantasy is finally coming true this Saturday, June 30 at the X-Games Los Angeles. Towering over Downtown LA this weekend will be the Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare with 60-foot-tall loops – roughly the height of a six story building. And two X-Games champs will brave the force of 7 Gs, taking those loops at 60 miles per hour. Team Hot Wheels Yellow Driver Tanner Foust is a three-time X-Games Gold medalist and two-time Formula Drift champ who,...

February 4, 2015
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Ferrari Drives $2.3 Million in Aid for Earthquake Victims

This Ferrari 599xx auctioned for $1.8 million, benefitting victims of devastating earthquakes in northern Italy. When devastating earthquakes rocked northern Italy last month, Ferrari quickly revved up its philanthropic engines. The iconic carmaker launched an online auction that in just 14 days raised $2.3 million to help victims. Among the items auctioned – a 599XX track car that went for a cool $1.8 million. The first quake hit May 20 with a 6.0 magnitude tremor that killed seven people, left 6,000 homeless and destroyed dozens of historic buildings. A second, 5.8 magnitude quake struck on May 29, killing another 17 people, injuring hundreds and raising the number of homeless to 14,000 people in Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region. The top seller, of course, was that...

February 4, 2015
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That Fab Candy Apple Red Paint Job? Yeah – Birds Love it Too, New Study Shows

Know what's attracted to shiny red sports cars? Beautiful women. Oh, and bird poop, according to a new study. Bad news for your little red sports car. Turns out that gorgeous Candy Apple Red paint job makes your ride a big ol’ bird poop target. In a study commissioned by Halfords, an online retailer of bike and auto tech accessories, red cars attract more bird droppings than any other color. Researchers in the U.K. found that red vehicles made up a full 18 percent of the cars marked by birds. Blue cars were the next unluckiest at 14 percent. And being green may be easy after all. A mere one percent of green cars got hit – A statement from our feathered friends (or foes, if you drive red) on the eco-movement, perhaps? Here’s how the most popular car colors...

February 4, 2015
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