E3 Spark Plugs Top Picks: Valentine’s Day Gifts for the Car Buff You Love

Imagine you and your lover behind the wheel of this for Valentine's Day! Photo credit: ben smith / Shutterstock Hey slackers! Got your Valentine’s Day gifts yet? If not, E3 Spark Plugs has a few lovely ideas for the car buff who stole your heart. They range from the practical to the pricey, but they’re all a romantic little something that any auto enthusiast will love. Gearshift bottle stopper: No doubt the wine and champagne will be flowing tonight. So this bottle stopper designed after a 5-speed gearshift will come in handy immediately. Made with stainless steel and a cherry wood knob, it’s available online from the Wine Enthusiast. Seatbelt totes: If the car lover you love is also a lover of all things eco-friendly, he or she will love a selection from...

February 2, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends Chicago Auto Show – the Nation’s Oldest

A scene from the 1903 Chicago Auto Show. The event debuted in 1901 and is the nation's oldest auto show. Heads up, Chicago-area fans. E3 Spark Plugs has its eye on the 2012 Chicago Auto Show running February 10-19. Did you know it’s the nation’s oldest? The inaugural Chicago Auto Show revved up in 1901. General admission to the show was just 50 cents and patrons watched then new “horseless carriages” take spins on a wooden track that surrounded the Coliseum exposition hall’s main floor. The attraction’s main goal apparently was to help dispel public apprehensions and convince locals that motor vehicles were safe and easy to handle. At the helm was Sam Miles, editor of Motor Age magazine and the man who would become known as the father of the modern...

February 2, 2015
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Milhouse Museum to Auction Off Entire Collection – Including Some Amazing Vintage Automotive Treasures

1937 Cadillac Sixteen Custom Phaeton expected to fetch upward of $1 million at the auction of the Milhous collection later this month in Boca Raton. If you’re a true connoisseur of all things vintage automotive, E3 Spark Plugs urges you to mark your calendars for a trip to Boca Raton, FL February 24-25. That’s when RM Auctions and Sotheby’s will sell off upwards of 1,100 lots of amazing and rare antiques including toys, player pianos, jukeboxes, guns, Tiffany lamps and massive chandeliers collected over the past four decades by the Milhous brothers, Robert and Paul. But the real Milhous treasures are the gorgeous vintage cars. In 1959, Paul Milhous made the first fateful purchase of a player piano, followed by dozens of rare and unique musical instruments. During...

February 2, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ Fave Sights at the Washington Auto Show

Toyota's FCV-R Hydro concept car is a lean, mean machine and an example of hydrogen-fueled vehicles set for production in coming years. The Washington Auto Show started January 27 and won’t wrap up until Sunday. But E3 Spark Plugs has already seen enough fun stuff to declare the event a success. Here’s a few of our top sights: Toyota’s FCV-R Hydro concept car: This sleek sedan designed to run on hydrogen has seating for four and impressive luggage space, thanks to the housing of the fuel cell beneath a specially designed body shell. The company aims to launch a fuel cell vehicle by 2015. Vintage ponies: A whole lineup of vintage Ford Mustangs proved a scene stealer for the classic muscle car-loving show-goers. Famous faces: President Barack Obama stopped by for...

February 2, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates Colten Moore, Heath Frisby on Winter X Games Wins

  Heath Frisby wins gold and makes history with the first ever front snowmobile flip at the 2012 Winter X Games. Photo by Mark Kohlman/ESPN. E3 Spark Plugs sends big props to Colten Moore and Heath Frisby for their winning rides at the Winter X Games, which wrapped this weekend in Aspen, Colorado. Moore took the gold in the Snowmobile Freestyle event. And Frisby added a second Snowmobile Best Trick gold medal to his collection of seven Winter X Games medals. Both wins were surprises. Many fans were shocked to see Moore make it into the finals, after a spectacular crash during the first heat of the elimination round. He let go of a double crab in midair and hit the ground, ducking his head and flipping onto his back in the nick of time. Chalk it up to the impressive aerial...

February 2, 2015
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Do YOU Have What it Takes to Make Team E3 Racing?

Got what it takes to join Team E3 Racing? Zoom over to the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook fan page and find out. If you’re an up-and-coming motorsports racer, why not put the power of E3 in your ride and on your back? Starting February 1, here’s your chance to be part of Team E3 Racing! Over the next three months (Feb-April), we will award four WINNERS from each tier listed below a Race Sponsorship and load them up with Official Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Prizes! Tier 1: 12 Fans win $500 cash, 25 E3 Spark Plugs and Official E3 Race Day Gear/Decals Tier 2: 12 Fans win one (1) Set of up to 8 Plugs and Official E3 Race Day Gear/Decals Tier 3: 12 Fans win Official E3 Race Day Gear and Decals In addition to being officially sponsored by E3 Spark plugs, being a part of Team E3...

February 2, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ Top Tips for Buying a Classic Car

Got your heart set on buying a classic car? E3 Spark Plugs offers tips for finding, buying and maintaining the perfect classic. It’s the dream of many a gearhead – to own a beautifully restored classic car. If that’s on your list of goals to accomplish this year, you’d better start doing some homework now. There is much to consider when making such an investment (and a classic car purchase really should be seen as an investment). So, E3 Spark Plugs offers its top tips to make sure your classic car dream doesn’t turn into a financial and mechanical nightmare. First, decide what car you want and how you’ll be using it. Do you want to tool around town daily in that ’66 Mustang or maintain its pristine showroom condition for entry into classic...

February 2, 2015
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Caught an Episode of “Vinsetta Garage??? Yet? E3 Spark Plugs Digs New Velocity Show

AutoWeek's new TV show "Vinsetta Garage" pays tribute to Detroit's iconic auto repair shop of the same name. Catch it on Discovery's Velocity Network. Detroit locals last year mourned the closing of Vinsetta Garage, which serviced automobiles on the Motor City’s historic Woodward Avenue for an impressive 91 years. That’s quite a run. So, in a fitting tribute to the beloved shop, AutoWeek chose Vinsetta Garage as the name of its new show that debuted on Discovery’s Velocity channel. And thus far, E3 Spark Plugs is digging it. As fate would have it, the storied auto repair shop is getting a whole new life as a restaurant owned by AutoWeek publisher KC Crain. As of this writing, the recently remodeled site is scheduled to reopen as an auto-themed eatery by springtime...

February 2, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends “My First Car??? – Classic Coming-of-Age Stories of Famous Drivers

Legendary automotive designer Dean Jeffries gets a little distracted while repainting his first car, a 1947 Mercury convertible. Photo from the Dean Jeffries Collection for Matt Stone's new book, "My First Car." Everybody remembers their first. Their first car, that is. In fact, not much conjures up sweet nostalgia like retelling a story of the set of wheels that marked the beginning of freedom. That’s why we here at E3 Spark Plugs so enjoyed reading Matt Stone’s My First Car, a 224-page hardbound book packed with 124 photos and stories that’ll make you laugh, cry and reminisce. There’s probably no other rite of passage that teenagers look forward to more than holding the keys to their first car. In My First Car, Stone retells the automotive initiations of...

February 2, 2015
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World’s Five (Okay, Six with a Tie) Priciest Cars

E3 Spark Plugs loves a beautiful car, whether it’s an old jalopy with serious restoration potential or a gleaming new sports coupe just off the assembly line. That’s a good thing, because we’re much more likely to score the former than one of these. Behold the world’s current most expensive cars. 1. Bugatti Veyron Super Sports, $2,400,000: Not only is it by far the priciest, it’s also the fastest road car in production. It boasts a 267.856 mph top speed, though it’s electronically limited to a paltry 257.91 mph, what with the tires possibly disintegrating and all. The car debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours de ‘Elegance in August 2010 and Bugatti says they’ll only make 30 of them. So, you’d better call in your credit card number...

February 2, 2015
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