E3 Spark Plugs Wishes You a Safe and Happy Halloween – On and Off the Roads

Halloween is meant for spooky fun. But impaired drivers and excited trick-or-treaters make it one of the most dangerous nights on the highways and residential streets. Across the country, children, teens and adults will be out on the highways and residential roadways celebrating Halloween. It’s a fun, fantastical time of year. But it can quickly turn into a real-life horror story for drivers and trick-or-treaters. The statistics are scary. Upwards of 60 percent of highway fatalities involve drunk drivers on Halloween night. And four times as many children between five and 14 are killed while walking on Halloween night compared to an average evening, according to the Centers for Disease Control. E3 Spark Plugs offers a few Halloween safety tips: Designate a driver: If...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ Haunted Car Flick Picks for Halloween 2012

Love creepy, campy horror movies with gags, gore and great rides? “Monster Man” is one of E3 Spark Plugs picks for frightfully fun Halloween flicks. Halloween brings out the crazy costumes and harrowing horror films. But it’s not just houses that are haunted. Some of the best creepy, campy and downright funny fright flicks feature cars hell-bent on devilish destruction. Here are a few of E3 Spark Plugs‘ top scary car flick picks for this Halloween season, starring a classic hearse, a monster-driven monster truck, an 80s-tastic streetcar and a shape shifter than can take on just about any automotive form. Super Hybrid, 2011: When a mysterious, sleek black car is brought into the Chicago police impound garage after a deadly late-night accident, the on-call...

February 4, 2015
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Motorcyclist Gets Back the One that Got Away – His ’58 Harley Davidson

Ed Church got back the one that got away – the 1958 Harley Davidson motorcycle he reluctantly sold three decades ago. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we love a great reunion story. But for Ed Church and his beloved 1958 Harley Davidson motorcycle, it’s the reunion that almost wasn’t. Church bought his Harley, which he described as “the most beautiful think I ever saw,” back in the late 1960s when he was a high school sophomore in Montana. This was back in the day when the choices were limited to Harleys and Indians and “the whole rite of passage as a young man was trying to start one,” Church says. He proudly rode his Harley for 13 years before change arrived in a tiny, pink package. The birth of his daughter forced the sale of his beloved bike...

February 4, 2015
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What Might Have Been – Ford’s Experimental “Wrist-Twist???

In 1964, Ford tested an experimental “Wrist-Twist” steering system that just might have replaced the steering wheel. E3 Spark Plugs loves finding vintage car tidbits, and this one is a doozy. In 1965, Ford tested a concept car that just might have fundamentally changed driving forever.  Designed by a former missile engineer, the experimental Mercury Park Lane replaced the boring ol’ steering wheel with two five-inch metallic rings mounted on a two-pronged stick. Dubbed the Wrist-Twist Steering Control, the system promised improved steering, better visibility and comfort features like armrests for each of the rings, making sitting in the driver’s seat feel a lot more like sitting in “your favorite easy chair.” In a promotional video promoting...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs Florida, Georgia Fan-Mobiles Showing up for “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party???

Here in Northeast Florida where E3 Spark Plugs is headquartered, blood runs red and black, orange and blue. Locals are gearing up for the annual Florida-Georgia game this weekend. Ok, formally, it’s the 2012 Georgia vs. Florida Football Classic this year. The name flip-flops according to which team won the last game. It’s a pigskin rivalry that’s continued for over a century and one of the few that has its own Wikipedia page. The game between the University of Florida Gators and the University of Georgia Bulldogs has been played nearly every year since 1915, though the rivalry can be traced back to 1904 between UGA and one of UF’s predecessor institutions. And since 1933, it’s been held in Jacksonville every year but two, making it one of the few...

February 4, 2015
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Look for E3 Spark Plugs at 2012 SEMA Show

Have you bought your tickets yet? Better hurry! Ticket sales for the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas Oct. 30-Nov. 2 are going gangbusters and E3 Spark Plugs will be there. The trade association formally known as the Specialty Equipment Market Association is made up of dozens of automotive manufacturers, distributors, retailers, publishing companies, restorers, street-rod builders, re-stylers, clubs, teams, etc. And its annual show is the one that those in the specialty and vintage automotive industries look forward to. Last year, more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers attended the show, perusing displays featuring upwards of 1,500 newly introduced parts, tools and components and taking in educational seminars and product demonstrations. This year, E3 Spark Plugs will be among...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends New Exhibit, “Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR???

What remains of Michael McDowell’s dramatic 2008 crash is on display at the new “Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR” exhibit. Perhaps even more memorable than the amazing NASCAR wins are the fiery crashes that cause a driver’s teammates and fans to gasp like they’ve taken a collective punch to the gut. If you’re an avid stockcar racing follower, surely a wreck or two has just come to mind. Wonder whatever happened to the wreckage of a few of those cars? Well, you can find out with a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum. Opened on October 12 and running through mid-February, the new Wrecks! Dramatic Crashes of NASCAR exhibit features what’s left of the vehicles involved in some of the most spectacular crashes in the history of stock-car...

February 4, 2015
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Smart Dummies Make Driving Safer

Crash test dummies are getting smarter and increasingly high-tech. In geek-speak, they’re called anthropomorphic test devices (ATDs). We here at E3 Spark Plugs call them by their more common name – crash test dummies. Only trouble is, they’re not dummies at all. In fact, today’s ATDs are smarter and more lifelike than ever. On August 31, 1869, Ireland’s Mary Ward gained the unfortunate distinction of becoming the world’s first recorded victim of a motor vehicle accident when she fell beneath the wheels of an experimental steam car built by her cousins. Three decades later, Henry Bliss would step off a New York trolley and get fatally hit by a passing electric-powered taxi cab, becoming the first recorded U.S. victim of a car accident. Since then,...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs Fred Stoke’s 10,000-Strong Vintage Oil Can Collection

Fred Stoke’s 10,000-strong oil can collection is the world’s largest. A while back, we brought you the story of Joe Cook and his amazing vintage spark plug collection. Now, meet Fred Stoke, whose automotive curiosity is all about the oil can. Stoke’s Santa Rosa, California ranch is where vintage car buffs wish they could retire. It’s a detailed recreation of a small American town complete with a bell steeple church, fire barn, restored 1920s service station and a faux general store that serve as a charming backdrop for the many antique and vintage car shows held there throughout the year. But the top attraction just might be his massive vintage oil can collection housed in the general store. At 10,000-strong, it’s quite possibly the largest one-quart oil...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Jeff Byer

Team E3 Racing winner Jeff Byer worked three jobs to buy his first race car at ate 17. When Jeff Byer saw his first stockcar race at eight years old, he knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up. And while he did lots of practice hot laps around the tracks at Jacksonville, Florida’s 103rd Street Sports Complex in a go-kart his father bought him, it would be nearly a decade before he raced his first event. “It wasn’t until I was 17 and after saving enough money by working three jobs that I was able to buy a stock car and the necessary equipment to start racing,” he explains, noting his family’s financial strains and his concern about getting a late start. “Growing up I was a Jeff Gordon fan because he started out as the underdog. It took him...

February 4, 2015
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