Banned NASCAR Driver Shane Hmiel Battle Addiction, Mounts Comeback

Formerly banned NASCAR driver Shane Hmiel returns to the tracks this weekend in Accessible Racing’s Race to the Rock. Photo courtesy of “Shane Hmiel Road to Recovery.” An admitted former drug addict once banned for life by NASCAR in 2006 says he’s driven out his demons and wants back on the track. Shane Hmiel was Rookie of the Year in the NASCAR Goody’s Dash Series in 2001 and seemed on pace for a very successful racing career. But numerous failed drug tests and one memorable obscene gesture to Busch Series competitor Dale Jarrett made him pro racing’s undisputed bad boy. In October 2010, the controversial Hmiel was paralyzed in a near fatal crash during a USAC Silver Crown qualifying race at the Terre Haute Action Track in Indiana. Hmiel’s...

February 4, 2015
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Stolen “Time Capsule??? Corvette Sells for 1989 Sticker Price – Original Down to the Spark Plugs

1989 Corvette convertible with just 67 miles – a deal of a lifetime thanks to one unnerved Irish car thief. Talk about your great garage finds. E3 Spark Plugs would love to come across one of these – a mint condition 1989 Corvette – so mint, in fact that it’s still got the first price tag in the window. And it recently sold a Chevy aficionado with a time capsule dream for the original sticker price. Mike Robertson, a Newport Beach, Calif. advertising executive had long dreamed of buying a brand new car, then promptly storing it away with plans to take it out 20 years later and drive it like it around like it had just come off the lot. “Like time capsuling a car for myself,” Robertson recently told reporters. “It was just a fantasy.” But...

February 4, 2015
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Holy Spark Plugs! Original Batmobile Sold for $4.2 Million

The original Batmobile, used in the 1960s “Batman” TV show, sold at auction for $4.2 million. Were you the lucky bidder? E3 Spark Plugs has just learned that the original Batmobile has a new owner. Other than the bandied-about phrase “some rich guy from Phoenix,” there’s no official word on just who dropped the $4.2 million final purchase price last weekend at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. The 19-foot-long black, bubble-topped car was used in the 1960s Batman TV show and boasted all sorts of futuristic features including lasers, a batphone, the official Bat Ray projector and the ability to lay down smoke screens and oil slicks. The car’s base is a 1955 Lincoln Futura Concept that seller George Barris bought from Ford for a...

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Still Time to Register for the 2013 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest

Hey racers and racing crew! There’s still time to register for the 2013 class of Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest winners. E3 Spark Plugs is looking for up-and-coming racing competitors and pit crew members who want to rev up their careers. And as long as it has an engine, it doesn’t matter what you race. Our inaugural class of Team E3 Racing members head for the finish line piloting everything from high-dollar speed boats to riding lawn mowers. Crew competitors have been racing team owners, pit crew managers and mechanics. We want to hear from career hopefuls who understand not just the track side, but the business and promotions side of professional racing, too. If you’re chosen as a Team E3 Racing winner, you’ll get a publicity boost via the E3 Spark Plugs...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Salutes Late Centenarian who Donated Rolls-Royce Driven for 78 Years

= The late Allen Swift with the 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster now on permanent display at the Lyman & Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History. In 2005, one Allen Swift passed away at the impressive age of 102. But the centenarian left behind something that will keep his memory alive for generations, particularly in his hometown Springfield, Mass. And we here are E3 Spark Plugs are grateful. Not long before his death, Swift was officially recognized as the oldest living person to have owned a car from new. That car was a 1928 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly P1 Roadster given to him by his father to celebrate his graduation. The green-over-green soft-top convertible was young Swift’s pride and joy, and remained so throughout his lifetime. But it didn’t stay locked...

February 4, 2015
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New Corvette Stingray Stuns, Disappoints at North American International Auto Show, E3 Spark Plugs Reports

The new Corvette C7 Sting Ray debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show to mixed reviews. The North American International Auto Show‘s public show is still days away underway and already making headlines, particularly with Chevrolet’s unveiling of the 2014 Corvette – something we here at E3 Spark Plugs have been anxiously awaiting. The debut marks a new era for the Corvette C7 with the model’s first design overhaul in almost a decade. But not everyone is impressed. The big reveal happened at Sunday night’s Press Preview at Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center, a factory-turned-nightclub for the evening. Before pulling back the curtain, company execs announced that the new C7 would carry the Stingray name, a nod to the iconic...

February 4, 2015
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You’ve Never Seen Dashcam Video Like This, E3 Spark Plugs Fans

This view from the hood of Fire Chief John Kenlon’s car just may be from the earliest dashcam footage ever. Dashboard cameras installed in law enforcement and rescue vehicles have become a common feature, helpful in documenting what goes on during police stops and emergency calls. But they’re not as new as you might think, E3 Spark Plugs fans. A researcher’s recent dig through the archives of the Fire Department of New York unearthed a real historical gem – footage of a borough department responding to a fire way back in 1926. Two silent videos (sound on film was possible as early as 1923 and used in film shorts, but too pricey to be commercially viable for another decade or so) give viewers a first-hand look at life in the streets during the Roaring...

February 4, 2015
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Jeff Gordon Stars on CBS’ “I Get That A Lot???

Racer Jeff Gordon appears on CBS’ “I Get That A Lot,” hawking motor oil at an Auto Zone store. Hey racing fans, tune into CBS’ reality spoof show, I Get That A Lot tonight to see NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon thoroughly confuse customers at an Auto Zone store. The four-time Sprint Cup champion does an admirable job of hawking Quaker State Motor Oil to would-be buyers. In one teaser clip, two friends laugh hysterically while an apparently oblivious customer argues against Gordon’s professional recommendation. “He doesn’t even know who it is,” one says, pointing at ads just inches away featuring Gordon’s image and name. The hour-long network special features highly recognizable celebrities working ordinary jobs. Hidden cameras capture...

February 4, 2015
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Mini-Driving French Stuntman Attempts First Ever Back Flip in a Car

French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit may have become the first to successfully land a 360-degree back flip in a car. They’ve become a dime-a-dozen on motorcycles and in monster trucks. But as of yet, no one on record has successfully landed an unassisted, mid-air back flip in a car – at least not on purpose. E3 Spark Plugs just learned that French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit may have changed history, if a recently released video tease is to be believed. And he’s got plans to repeat his much speculated feat next month. On his Facebook page, Chicherit, best known as a four-time free skiing world champion and the 2009 Rally Raid World champ, claims to have completed a 360-degree back flip in a highly modified Mini Countryman on New Year’s Day. “It was 18...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Make Sure Your New Year Celebration is a Safe One

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are among the deadliest on the roadways. After a tumultuous 2012, it’s probably safe to say that everyone in America is looking forward to a fresh start in 2013. Just make sure your New Year’s Eve celebration doesn’t land you or someone you meet on an emergency room gurney or in a jail cell. We here at E3 Spark Plugs want to make sure you’re aware of stats that show you’re more likely to be involved in a drunk driving accident during the November to January holiday season than any other time of year. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that New Year’s Day is the deadliest day of the year for speeding-related fatal crashes, followed by Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor...

February 4, 2015
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