Insane Hot Wheels Track Helps Kids with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy

It’s the mother of all Hot Wheels tracks – and it’s helping a brave little boy fight a scary disease. There’s been a lot of hype about Hot Wheels’ new world record breaks lately. At the XGames Los Angeles in July, champion drivers Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy set new world records by successfully completing a 60-foot-tall Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare. And just recently, Hollywood stunt driver Brent Fletcher landed the longest corkscrew jump ever – 92 feet. And all of it was accomplished atop giant replicas of those familiar bright orange bendy tracks that consumed hours upon hours upon hours of our childhoods back in the day.   All the excitement got us here at E3 Spark Plugs waxing nostalgic about our days playing with our favorite die-cast...

February 4, 2015
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Another Hot Wheels-Inspired Record — Longest Corkscrew Jump

Hollywood stunt driver Brent Fletcher and Hot Wheels recently set a new world record for the longest corkscrew jump. Just a few months ago, E3 Spark Plugs brought you the story of XGames champs Tanner Foust and Greg Tracy setting new world records by successfully completing a 60-foot-tall Hot Wheels Double Loop Dare at the XGames Los Angeles. Now, those famous bright orange tracks have inspired a new world record – this time for the longest corkscrew jump ever recorded. Veteran stunt driver Brent Fletcher, whose work you’ve seen in The Town, Transformers: Dark of the Moon and Fast Five, set the new record. He successfully landed the 92-foot jump in a specially designed, 2,600-pound off-road buggy, launching from an angled ramp hit at precisely 54 miles per hour and...

February 4, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Marcus Method, Jr.

Team E3 Racing member Marcus Method, Jr. has a charitable spirit and a penchant for history. Marcus Method, Jr. is in the midst of this rookie season racing a 1985 Chevy Monte Carlo in the Street Stock Division at Baer Field Speedway in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He’s currently ranked 18th of 38 drivers and has his eye trained on a Rookie of the Year win come season’s end. But no matter where he finishes in the rankings or how many times he crosses the finish line first, he’s racing for something much more important than a checkered flag and a trophy. That’s why he’s the newest member of Team E3 Racing. Competing as Blacksnake Racing, Method is part of the Racing 2 Cure, a 501c3 charity dedicated to “fighting cancer, one lap at a time.” The...

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Esquire Magazine Declares 2013 Cadillac ATS its 2012 Car of the Year

“Esquire” just named the 2013 Cadillac ATS its 2012 Car of the Year. Do you agree? So Esquire Magazine, the grandfather of metrosexual men’s manuals, just released its annual list of the American driver’s top rides. And the 2012 Esquire Car of the Year winner is (drumroll…) the 2013 Cadillac ATS. “It is perhaps the single most important thing Detroit has built in years, and it is one hell of a car to boot,” the magazine says. The car definitely is a risk for the company, which has thus-far faltered a bit with its small car attempts. The 2013 ATS is Cadillac’s first true compact sedan and is designed to go head-to-head with BMW. In fact, it’s been touted as being a sport sedan similar to the BMW 328i. It’s got a lighter...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Terry Panciera

Team E3 Racing winner Terry Panciera (far right) and buddies compete in the New England Lawn Mower Racing Association for trophies, bragging rights and fun. For those who truly love it, racing isn’t just about winning. It’s also about teamwork, camaraderie and simply having a great time. Such is the case for Team E3 Racing winner Terry Panciera of Bristol, Connecticut. Along with close pals Joshua Coleman and Stephen Shean, Panciera founded Powered by the Complex, a racing team that competes in the New England Lawn Mower Racing Association (NELMRA), sanctioned by the U.S. Lawn Mower Racing Association. “We are a combined effort at having fun, while succeeding at mower racing,” Panciera says. The NELMRA is a nonprofit organization that holds lawn mower races...

February 4, 2015
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How to Revive Your Flood-Damaged Car

Well, that sucks. But perhaps all is not lost. Flooded vehicles often can be revived if you know what to do. If torrential downpours this hurricane season have left your vehicle a soaked, soggy mess, you might not be totally out of luck. A flood-damaged ride can be revived if you handle it correctly. E3 Spark Plugs offers a few tips for safely resurrecting your car’s engine and electronics. Whatever you do, don’t try to start a flooded out car no matter its condition. You could cause a short circuit which, at best, will fry your car’s electronics or, at worst, start a fire. Carefully remove your vehicle’s battery, starting with the negative terminal. Then, turn on your headlights to fully drain any power that might remain in your car’s wiring circuit....

February 4, 2015
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Amusement Park Built Just for Ferrari Fanatics

This seemingly otherworldly structure is actually the rooftop of Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, sporting the largest Ferrari logo ever created. There’s Disney for the animation fan, Universal Studios for the cinephile and Sea World for the marine lover. Now, there’s one for the fast car aficionado, too – but you’ll have to travel for it. Opened just under two years ago, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the first and largest of its kind – an amusement park fully devoted to a singular automotive brand. More than 20 Ferrari-inspired rides and attractions tell the story of the iconic luxury brand created by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. A favorite feature is The Racing Legends, a multi-media dark ride with 3D thematic scenery that takes you into the heat of the action as you...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Winner Richard Smith

Team E3 Racing winner Richard Smith serves as the throttleman and competition director for his family’s multi-championship winning Smith Brothers Offshore Racing Team. There’s nothing like the thrill of a high-speed, heart-racing, sometimes-airborne rune across the surface of the water. It’s a feeling Team E3 Racing winner Richard Smith, Throttleman and Competition Director for his family’s multi-championship winning Smith Brothers Offshore Racing Team, knows well. The team currently runs the OPA Amsoil Offshore Powerboat Racing Series, racing a 26-foot Joker Powerboats/CRC 611 powered by a 500 HP Mercruiser Big Block and a set of E3 racing spark plugs. Smith, a Souderton, Pennsylvania resident, has helped the team score numerous victories and championships...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Flick Picks – Two Movies with Odd Car Choices

New movie “Hit and Run” features one of the oddest mix of car chase cars we’ve seen yet. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we love a good movie car chase. Over these past few weekends, Hollywood served up a few of the most unexpected yet. One features two machine-gun wielding heavies crammed into a Smart Car, of all things. Another is simply the non-standard mix of chase cars we’ve ever seen. While it’s chewing up and spitting out the box office competition this weekend, The Expendables 2 is also generating talk for its shoot-’em-up airport scene, featuring Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger battling bad guys from behind the dashboard of a Smart Car. “My shoe is bigger than this car,” quips Schwarzenegger’s character, Trench, after...

February 4, 2015
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Can You Imagine August Without Car AC? E3 Spark Plugs Shares a History Lesson

Can you imagine August without your auto air conditioning? Though it’s beginnings trace back to 1884 it didn’t fully catch on until nearly a century later. The earliest motor vehicles may have revolutionized family and individual travel, but comfort was not exactly a priority. No windows meant cool rides in the summertime if your vehicle was capable of the 15mph top speed, but you’d better bundle up in the wintertime. Then, when automakers started closing up cabs, things got really heated. But as they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And as car ownership increased, so too did the need to keep one’s cool behind the wheel. Initial attempts at keeping closed-cab vehicles cool involved placing vents in car floorboards. But this just sucked more dirt and...

February 4, 2015
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