Stolen Pulp Fiction Car Found

Quentin Tarantino’s stolen “Pulp Fiction” car found after nearly 20 years. It’s a favorite among great movie cars with us here at E3 Spark Plugs - the 1964 Chevy Malibu SS driven by John Travolta’s character, Vincent Vega, in the 1994 cinematic blood fest Pulp Fiction. While the image that immediately comes to mind is of Travolta and costar Uma Thurman in the front seat of the cherry red, city lights shining behind them, the classic convertible is most famous what happened to it after the film wrapped. Nearly 20 years ago, the neo-noir crime director’s beloved ride was jacked from a Los Angeles street. Whether the theft happened on the street fronting Tarantino’s home or his then-girlfriend Mira Sorvino’s apartment is up for debate. But...

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Don Demeny

Team E3 Racing winner Don Demeny competes in the Traxxas Torc Off-Road Championship Series. The tiny town of Abrams, Wisconsin is home to just 1,750 residents. But the “titletown” of sorts also boasts several champion off-road racers including Johnny and CJ Greaves, and the newest Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner Don Demeny.  A racer for 28 years, Demeny aims to add his own name to roster of champions hailing from the small paper mill town. Demeny first got hooked on racing as a teenager, watching the engine-revving, dirt-slinging action from the stands of the Crandon International Off-Road Raceway in nearby Crandon, WI. By 16, he was competing himself. Ever since, “Off-road has been our life,” says Demeny of his team, which includes his father, Gene, as crew...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner James Steffenhagen, Jr.

Team E3 Racing winner James Steffenhagen doesn’t believe in luck when it comes to ruling the racetrack – but a little superstition doesn’t hurt. It all started with a mystery Christmas gift. Then 15 years old, James Steffenhagen, Jr. was a bit perplexed when he unwrapped a small package that contained a toggle switch.  But when he realized that the switch was for a car’s ignition system, it all made sense. “It confused me at first,” said Steffenhagen, the newest Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner. “But then Dad explained that it was my turn to get into the car and see what I could do.” Steffenhagen had been enamored with the racing world since he was 10 years old. His Uncle Ed Steffenhagen ran NASCAR modifieds at tracks throughout New...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Tyler Shepard – The “Wheelie Wizzard???

= Tyler Shepard, the Wheelie Wizzard, is the newest Team E3 Racing winner. Most days, Tyler Shepard suits up and plies his relatively tame trade as a medical industry sales rep. But upwards of 20 weekends a year, the latest Team E3 Racing Tier 2 winner dons a much flashier getup than his workday jacket and tie, wowing crowds as the “Wheelie Wizzard.” Shepard was just 14 when he first saw “Wheelie King” Doug Domokos perform at a flattrack race in Celina, Ohio in 1995. The young rider immediately began developing his own daredevil style and within a few years, made his own debut before a crowd. For 13 years now, he’s been performing a family-friendly motorcycle entertainment program showcasing his famous wheelies at major events nationwide. Just about any...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Danny Phillips

Team E3 Racing winner Danny Phillips helped boost lawn mower racing at his hometown’s annual Coalton Days homecoming celebration. Coalton, West Virginian Danny Phillips has been racing lawn mowers for 15 years and has a mantle full of more than 50 first place trophies to show for it. But those trophies are far less important to Phillips than the message his custom-built racing mowers bear. That’s why Phillips is the newest Team E3 Racing Tier 2 winner. “I have dedicated my 2013 team as a tribute to firefighters, first responders and 9/11,” says Philips, noting that one of his mowers has the names of all 343 first responders who lost their lives in the series of four coordinated terrorist attacks launched by the Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda upon the United...

February 5, 2015
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“Rush??? Trailer Released – Story of One of Racing’s Greatest Rivalries to Hit Big Screen in September

= Actors Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl underwent intense driving training to prepare for their roles as two of Formula 1 racing’s greatest rivals in the new Ron Howard film, “Rush.” Photo by Jaap Buitendijk © 2013 Universal Pictures Back in August, E3 Spark Plugs shared a behind-the-scenes video of the making of Rush, a Ron Howard-helmed feature film that tells the story of the rivalry between Formula 1 greats James Hunt and Niki Lauda. With the recent release of the film’s theatrical trailer, we’re more excited than ever for the September premier. Rush stars Australian actor Chris Hemsworth as the handsome and flamboyant playboy Hunt, and Inglorious Basterds star Daniel Brühl as his methodical, brilliant opponent Lauda. As the trailer...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Kevin Harter

Team E3 Racing winner Kevin Harter and his 13-year-old son, kart racer Kaden Harter. Kevin Harter of Brunswick, Ohio has raced karts for as long as he can remember. Now, he’s a dad helping his son and other youth experience the thrill of racing. That’s why he’s the newest Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner. Harter’s racing experience includes competitions and wins in everything from karts to dirt bikes to gymkhana nationwide and in Japan. Today, he owns Championship Racing Performance, the only full service kart shop in the nation that specializes in 2-cycle sprint kart racing products designed specifically for young racers ages 5-12. He managed 2-cycle kart shops since 1988, before opening his own business in 2006. The shop offers new kart sales and service, engine...

February 5, 2015
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Study Shows Children 12 Percent More Distracting Than Cell Phones

Your kids’ back seat dramatics are far more distracting than your cell phone, researchers say. Those crazy kids! One might think that drivers fiddling with their cell phones would be the most distracting thing ever – what with the dialing, the texting, the checking of emails, the downloading of the latest Angry Birds smartphone app and all that. But in a recently released report, Australian researchers instead point the finger of blame at your… precious angels. That’s right. Study results say kids are an even greater distraction to drivers than are cell phones – 12 percent more distracting, to be exact. Turns out, as many a minivan maven probably already knows, those backseat fits of giggles/rage/gotta-go-potties are a major distracted-driving force....

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Bobby Brown

Team E3 Racing winner Bobby Brown owns the Wild Gator Racing team and plans to build a off-road motorsport park and race track in Northeast Florida. It all started with a 1969 4X4 El Camino he began building in 1980 at age 16. A family, a few moves and multiple custom-built trucks later, Bobby Brown is a regular on the mud truck competition circuit’s winner’s podium. He’s also the latest Team E3 Racing winner. Brown began competing in mud racing in the 1980s while also working as a shrimper and scallop fisherman in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and later as a mechanic at a Texaco service station in his hometown Fernandina Beach. In 1998, he won his first competition at the Monster Jam in Jacksonville, repeating in 2001. He continued racing the Monster Jam, plus other events...

February 5, 2015
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Sweet Eleanor Heads to Auction – Will you Bid on the “Gone in 60 Seconds??? Star, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

Eleanor, the modified 1967 Mustang GT500 who starred in “Gone in 60 Seconds,” is up for grabs. She was the one – the ultimate dream ride for actor Nicholas Cage’s Gone in 60 Seconds character, Memphis. Now, she’s headed to the auction block. In the 2000 film starring Cage, Angelina Jolie, Robert Duval and Giovanni Ribisi, Memphis (Cage), a retired master car thief, is unwillingly jolted back into the industry. To save his brother’s life, he and his crew are tasked with stealing 50 cars in one night. Among them is the gorgeous Eleanor – a sleek, silver 1967 Mustang GT500. But were it not for budget constraints, she might have been a much different lady. While one would think that a $90 million budget could get producer Jerry Bruckheimer any...

February 5, 2015
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