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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: 5 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: 5 Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Car Enthusiasts

What’s on Santa’s list for the car enthusiast you love? E3 Spark Plugs has a few great gift ideas. Hanukkah is here and Christmas is less than three weeks away. And we know you’ve still got lots of holiday gift shopping to do. We’re here to help! Check out E3 Spark Plugs‘ list of the top holiday gift ideas for the car enthusiast you love: Retro Heated Travel Mug: It sports a ’60-esque retro design and connects to your car’s 12V cigarette lighter and can heat drinks to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Perfect for those long morning or late night treks. $29.95 from DrivingComfort.com. Poster pic of your loved one’s beloved ride: Snapfish.com offers some very cool ways to show off a gorgeous ride. Upload a pic and choose from a variety of display options from paper posters to gallery or museum style wrapped canvases. We’re digging the big aluminum wall panels. AAA 77-Piece Warrior Road Kit: Perfect gift for the newly or soon-to-be licensed teen driver you love. They ...

February 9, 2015


A Few Firsts and Lasts for Lamborghini

A Few Firsts and Lasts for Lamborghini

Lamborghini recently unveiled the new $4.6 million Veneno Roadster on the flight deck of an Italian aircraft carrier. It’s been a busy few months for Italian brand Lamborghini. They’ve retired one luxury ride, are readying to announce another and dramatically unveiled a vamped up Veneno aboard an Italian aircraft carrier. We here at E3 Spark Plugs were a little bummed to hear of Lamborghini’s retiring of the Gallardo, the luxury automaker’s best-selling model ever. After 10 years in production and just over 14,000 units created, the last Gallardo, an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in the famous Rosso Mars hue, rolled off the Sant’Agata Bolgonese assembly line last month. Named for a famous breed of fighting bull, the Gallardo was the company’s most produced model to date. In its 50 years, Lamborghini has built upwards of 30,000 cars nearly half of them Gallardos of one sort or another – Gallardo Spyder, Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera, the Gallardo LP 570-4 Spyder P...

February 9, 2015


Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid! 1940 Buick Phaeton from “Casablanca” Sells For $461,000

Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid! 1940 Buick Phaeton from “Casablanca” Sells For $461,000

Humphrey Bogart’s 1940 Buick Phaeton featured in “Casablanca” and “High Sierra” recently sold for $461,000. Were you at the recent Bonham’s auction in New York? If not, “you’ll regret it – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.” Why the dramatics? Because you missed the chance to drive home in Humphrey Bogart’s 1940 Buick Phaeton featured in what is arguably one of the most iconic scenes in film history – the departure scene in World War II-era Casablanca. It’s the one where Bogart’s character, Rick Blaine, says his romantic goodbye to his longtime love Ilsa Lund played by the stunning Ingrid Bergman. “You said I was to do the thinking for both of us. Well, I’ve done a lot of it since then and it all adds up to you getting on that plane with Victor where you belong,” Rick tells a teary-eyed Ilsa in the scene that ends with perhaps Hollywood’s most memorable lines: “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Fa...

February 9, 2015


Nissan BladeGlider Stuns at Tokyo Motor Show – Would you Drive this Wing-Inspired Ride, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

Nissan BladeGlider Stuns at Tokyo Motor Show – Would you Drive this Wing-Inspired Ride, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

The Nissan BladeGlider concept could go into production next year. The Tokyo Motor Show is always good for a head turner or two. And this year’s event did not disappoint. Among the concept rides creating the most buzz this go-round were the Toyota FV2, a street-legal, four-wheeled segway that rides more like a horse or motorcycle; and the Nissan BladeGlider, a triangular contraption inspired by hang gliders and the swept wing, an aircraft wing planform favored for high subsonic and supersonic speeds. The BladeGlider’s triangular form reduces weight and boosts aerodynamic efficiency, promising a lighter, faster and cheaper (at least at the gas pump) ride. It’s the brain child of famed automotive designer Ben Bowlby, who earlier this year rocked a major told-ya-so with his Nissan DeltaWing. Also triangular in shape, but longer and a bit more reminiscent of the Batmobile, the roofless DeltaWing debunked critics by delivering a solid performance in the 24 Hours of Le Mans i...

February 9, 2015


Corvette Stingray Wins Automobile of the Year Award – Do You Agree, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

Corvette Stingray Wins Automobile of the Year Award – Do You Agree, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is earning accolades from auto journalists, though many purists are still not sure about those boxy tail lights. Automobile Magazine has announced its Automobile of the Year Award winner – the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Also called the C7 (it’s the seventh generation of Corvette designs), the latest ‘Vette is being lauded as Chevy’s comeback kid, reflecting a renewed energy emerging from the company’s 2009 bankruptcy. Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the Stingray is named for the 1957 racing concept car that won the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) National Championship in 1960, and is the first to bear the Stingray name since the 1976 third generation model. The first ever 2014 production model was rumored to have been auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale, and we’re told that it subsequently was bought by NASCAR’s Rick Hendrick for a mind-blowing $1,050,000. Of course, tha...

February 9, 2015


Renting a Car for your Thanksgiving Day Trek to Grandma’s House? E3 Spark Plugs Urges You to Know Your Coverage

Renting a Car for your Thanksgiving Day Trek to Grandma’s House? E3 Spark Plugs Urges You to Know Your Coverage

Should you pay for that supplemental insurance coverage on your rental car? E3 Spark Plugs tells you how to know if it’s worth it. If over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house you go in a rental car this Thanksgiving Day, or anytime during the holiday season, we here at E3 Spark Plugs have a word to the wise for you – find out what’s up with rental car insurance coverage before you sign the dotted line and take that set of keys. No doubt it happens thousands of times a day nationwide – Americans traveling in rental cars decline the auto rental company’s insurance offer, either believing that their credit card or personal insurance policy covers them (with little to no intention on finding out to what extent that hunch is actually correct) or simply wanting to save that extra cash for dining out, seeing the sights or buying that pricey, totally impractical but cool souvenir. After all, what are the odds you’ll actually get into a car crash, right...

February 9, 2015


Plastic Surgeon-Designed Youabian Puma Steals LA Auto Show

Plastic Surgeon-Designed Youabian Puma Steals LA Auto Show

Designed by a plastic surgeon, the Youamian Puma shocked journalists attending the LA Auto Show’s press days event. Hey, E3 Spark Plugs fans – Remember the scene in Forest Gump where Gump happens upon a college football practice session and streaks across the field leaving players in the dust and catching the astonished eye of the team’s top brass? “Can you believe it? I got to go to college, too,” Gump says. Well, we’re betting that somewhere in Los Angeles, Plastic Surgeon Kami Youabian is leaning back with a cigar and a celebratory glass of cognac, thinking aloud, “Can you believe it? I got to go to the LA Auto Show, too.” Oh, yes he did! And like Gump, Youabian and his $1.1 million fully custom Puma earned some serious where-the-heck-did-that-come-from street cred, upstaging even the best of high-dollar carmakers like Jaguar, Porsche and Mercedes at the LA Auto Show’s pre-show press days event. Sculpting faces and bodies by day, Youabian had long dream...

February 9, 2015


Road Tripping for the Holidays? E3 Spark Plugs Offers Money-Saving Tips

Road Tripping for the Holidays? E3 Spark Plugs Offers Money-Saving Tips

Roadtripping it this holiday season? E3 Spark Plugs offers tips to save you gas and money on your way to Grandma’s. Planning to travel this holiday season? No doubt your wallet’s gonna feel it. Though gas prices of late have shown us a little mercy, they’re still far above what they were several years ago. So, E3 Spark Plugs offers a few gas and money-saving tips for your holiday road trip. Plan your route: You know how women are always picking on men for their reluctance or downright refusal to ask directions, lest they lose a few points off their man card? Well the ladies are right. And all that running around looking for the right exit, the right road, the right turn and that landmark Waffle House wastes both fuel and dollars. Instead, plan your trip ahead of time. Websites like roadtrippers.com can help you plan like a pro, offering suggestions for food, hotels, attractions along the way and scenic routes. It also allows you to calculate estimated gas prices and av...

February 9, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates “Wildman” Adrian Cenni on Landing the First Ever Barrel Roll in a Truck

E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates “Wildman” Adrian Cenni on Landing the First Ever Barrel Roll in a Truck

Racer Adrian Cenni pulled off the first known 360-degree barrel roll in a truck at the 2013 SCORE International Baja 1000. Fans and competitors know him as the “Wildman” – and with good reason. This past Thursday, driver Adrian Cenni made racing history by pulling off the first known 360-degree barrel roll performed in a truck before a live audience in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. It happened Thursday at the SCORE International Baja 1000 and we here at E3 Spark Plugs are duly impressed. Cenni told reporters that he’s been planning for the stunt for several years, noting lots and lots of trial and error before perfecting his approach. Racer Adrian Cenni “The whole idea was, you got to get the truck weightless just for that fraction of a second and then you can start the rotation,” he told members of the media. “So it’s actually one jump into a second jump. And that’s the key; it’s not just one jump, it’s two jumps. It’s two jumps that are goi...

February 9, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs’ Where Are They Now – Bonnie & Clyde’s 1934 Ford Deluxe

E3 Spark Plugs’ Where Are They Now – Bonnie & Clyde’s 1934 Ford Deluxe

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s stolen 1934 Ford Deluxe on display at Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Primm, Nevada. We recently filled you in on the whereabouts of the 1961 Lincoln Continental that carried President John F. Kennedy to his death in Dallas 50 years ago next week. After serving four more presidents and undergoing a massive transformation that ushered in a new era of presidential limousines, the car now is permanently parked at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. But talk of what is arguably one of the most historically significant vehicles in America’s history got us here at E3 Spark Plugs wondering whatever happened to a few other famous rides that carried Hollywood celebrities, notorious criminals and world leaders. After a few Google searches, we’ve found a few of the most memorable and will bring them to you in a Where Are They Now series. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow in one of the Joplin photos that made them famous. First up – Bonnie a...

February 9, 2015


JFK Lincoln Continental Not What it Once Was

JFK Lincoln Continental Not What it Once Was

The 1961 Lincoln Continental that carried President John F. Kennedy to his death proved the last and the first of two eras of presidential limousines. With the 50th anniversary of the assignation President John F. Kennedy in Dallas approaching, many Americans still are left wondering. Did the Warren Commission get it right? Or were there really two shooters on the grassy knoll that November day in 1963? Many also want to know what happened to the 1961 Lincoln Continental that President Kennedy and wife Jacqueline were riding in, waving to the crowds lining the street, when an assassin’s bullet brought America’s Camelot era to an abrupt ending. Part of that question is easy to answer – it’s currently on exhibit at southeast Michigan’s Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, often surrounded by bouquets of flowers left by ever adoring visitors. But many of those visitors experience a momentary shock when paying their respects. On the day of Kennedy’s death, the car was a con...

February 9, 2015


Honor America’s Military Veterans by Donating your Old Ride

Honor America’s Military Veterans by Donating your Old Ride

Help America’s military veterans by donating your old car to the Purple Heart Cars program. Today, E3 Spark Plugs joins all of America in honoring those who have sacrificed their time, efforts and lives to defending our country in the military. Veteran’s Day has its roots in Armistice Day, created in November 1919 to honor those who served in World War I, then known as “The Great War.” The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. But fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice (a temporary ceasefire) between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. So, November 22, 1918 is widely considered the end of “the war to end all wars.” Said then-President Woodrow Wilson in 1919, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory,...

February 9, 2015


Part Motorcycle, Part Horse, All Crazy but Kind of Cool – Toyota’s FV2 Concept Set to Steal the Show in Tokyo

Part Motorcycle, Part Horse, All Crazy but Kind of Cool – Toyota’s FV2 Concept Set to Steal the Show in Tokyo

Toyota’s FV2 concept rides like a high-tech horse. The annual Tokyo Motor Show, slated for November 21-December 1, is known for showcasing some of the most innovative and downright oddest concept vehicles. And this year, Toyota’s FV2 concept is sure to turn heads, E3 Spark Plugs’ techs predict. Essentially, it’s designed as a street-legal, four-wheeled segway – and potentially an answer to a troubling trend for automakers. In Japan and elsewhere, consumers are increasingly disinterested in driving, in large part because tight economies and job shortages are mean people are giving up their vehicles, opting for public transportation instead, or choosing more affordable rides. If the FV2 makes to production, it may just be a viable option for cash-strapped drivers – if they don’t mind feeling a bit like they’re riding a horse up and down busy city streets. Standing still, the FV2 looks a bit like motorcycle with outriggers. Raise the canopy and you’ll find a st...

February 9, 2015


Progress on Flying Cars Inches us Ever Closer to a Jetsons-Like World

Progress on Flying Cars Inches us Ever Closer to a Jetsons-Like World

This could be the next-gen ride to work! Oh, how we envied George Jetson and his ability to whip back and forth to work through the air rather than sit for hours a day in ground-bound traffic jams like us real-world schmucks. Well, thanks to a handful of persistent visionaries working to create the world’s first widely marketable flying car, we may be closer to a Jetsons-like daily scenario than ever. California-based Moller International says it has developed “the first and only feasible, personally affordable, personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle the world has ever seen.” And it looks like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agrees. Proprietor Paul Moller says the FAA has cleared his company to test the Moller Sky Car without a tether on June 10 of next year. Testing has been conducted before, both with live pilots and via remote control. But thus far, all of those tests have required the Sky Car, which lifts upward like a helicopter, to be tethe...

February 9, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Salutes Raymond Loewy on His (Would-Have-Been) 120th Birthday

E3 Spark Plugs Salutes Raymond Loewy on His (Would-Have-Been) 120th Birthday

Concept sketch for Raymond Loewy’s 1963 Studebaker Avanti. See that crazy cool image of what looks to be a retro-mod bullet train on today’s Google search page? That’s just one of the amazing designs of legendary man-before-his-time industrial designer Raymond Loewy. E3 Spark Plugs joins Google in celebrating what would have been this incredible visionary’s 120th birthday. Industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Born to a Jewish family in Paris in 1893, Loewy showed innate engineering skill, design flair and entrepreneurial savvy early on. At just 15 years old, he designed a rubber-band powered model airplane dubbed the Ayrel, patented it, formed a company and rented space to produce and distribute it in high quantities. He went on to study engineering and served a stint in the French army in WWI before moving to the United States in 1919. Loewy’s design career spanned seven decades and multiple industries, churning out streamlined, sexy designs of everything from p...

February 9, 2015


Cannon-Equipped Police Cars Aimed at Stopping High Speed Chases

Cannon-Equipped Police Cars Aimed at Stopping High Speed Chases

New technology is making high-speed police chases unnecessary – allowing justice to be served while saving hundreds of innocent lives. It’s the stuff of James Bond flicks, except that it’s very, very real. Police officers in multiple states are employing a new cutting-edge technology that involves outfitting law enforcement cruisers with high-powered cannons that shoot small tracking devices at the cars of fleeing suspects with the press of a button. The goal is to curb the number of risky high-speed chases that happen on America’s streets and highways every day -and to save hundreds of lives each year. As soon as a tracer is successfully shot and attached to a fleeing vehicle, the chase is over – or so the suspect thinks. “After they think the officer has disengaged, they back down to normal speeds to blend in with traffic so they don’t get noticed again” Iowa State Patrol Trooper Tim Sieleman recently told reporters. Little does the suspect know that he’s...

February 9, 2015


Which Was the Best Spooky Family Car – The Munster’s Koach or the Addams Family’s Packard V-12?

Which Was the Best Spooky Family Car – The Munster’s Koach or the Addams Family’s Packard V-12?

The Munster Koach Munster’s Koach: Designed and built by the legendary George Barris (famous for creating the first Batmobile), the Koach was hand-crafted from three Model T bodies and measured a kind of ridiculous 18 feet long. Of course, the six-door touring roadster had to be that long to accommodate Grandpa’s rolling laboratory and Eddie’s hansom cap ruble seat. Painted in gleaming Gloss Black Pearl, the Koach appropriately sported a blood-red velvet interior and ornate rolled steel scrollwork that took 500 hours to form. It sported ten chrome-plated Stromburg carburetors, a set of Bobby Bar racing headers and a dropped-axle front end with split radius rods and T springs. And it was powered by a 289 Ford Cobra engine from a 1966 Mustang GT. It also featured some enviable extras, including a few that foreshadowed the automotive future – a Muntz stereo tape recorder, Sony TV and two antique French telephones. Built in just 21 days for $18,000, the Munster Koach could ...

February 9, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Salutes 100 Years of History at the Circuit of America’s Vintage Racing National Championship

E3 Spark Plugs Salutes 100 Years of History at the Circuit of America’s Vintage Racing National Championship

The inaugural US Vintage Racing National Championship featured some 500 vintage race cars from locales worldwide. Were you in Austin, Texas this past weekend? If so, perhaps you were lucky enough to witness an historic event – the inaugural United States Vintage Racing National Championship at the Circuit of the Americas. The three-day event featured upwards of 500 vintage race cars from throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe competing in 12 classes over three days. Among the vintage beauties raced was a 1974 Jorgensen Eagle that had been piloted by James Hunt, the Formula One great whose fiery relationship with friend and rival Niki Lauda is the subject of director Ron Howard’s new film, Rush; three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser; and 1898 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Vern Schuppan. Also on the competitive track was the Maserati 250F had been by two racing legends, Sir Stirling Moss and Juan Manual Fangio. The event was held in cooperation with the Sportsca...

February 9, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Roman Polanski, Frank Simon’s 1971 Monaco Grand Prix Set for US Release

E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Roman Polanski, Frank Simon’s 1971 Monaco Grand Prix Set for US Release

Filmmaker Roman Polanski’s 1971 documentary on Formula One racer Jackie Stewart’s 1971 bid for the Monaco Grand Prix will be re-released in November. Submarine Deluxe, a New York-based film distribution company, just announced it secured rights to Weekend of a Champion, the 1971 documentary film produced by filmmakers Frank Simon and Roman Polanski. The film, which follows world champion driver Jackie Stewart in his chase for the Monaco Grand Prix win, will be released in the Big Apple on November 22 and hit Netflix after a nationwide theatrical run. The news comes more than four decades after the 1972 premiere of the original Polanski-directed version at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival. In making the documentary, Polanski spent a weekend with Stewart, enjoying unprecedented access to the racing great both on and off the track. The result is a rare and extraordinary glimpse into Stewart’s life at the height of his career. Stewart, a British former Formula One racing driver...

February 9, 2015


Toyota Recalls 870,000 Vehicles, Blames… Spiders?

Toyota Recalls 870,000 Vehicles, Blames… Spiders?

We’re cool with spiders. Until the creepy little critters crawl inside our cars’ condensers and force an 870,000-vehicle recall. Well here’s a story you’ll find helpful and perhaps a little creepy. Toyota is recalling 87,000 vehicles because of spontaneously inflating airbags. And they’re blaming… spiders. Yep. Those 8-legged, screech-inducing little bastards have finally gone too far. Arachnids who likely will swear they were just minding their own business, looking for a high, dry place to catch a nap , have been known to spin webs inside cars’ condensers. While that’s all well and good for the spider, it’s a dirty deal for your otherwise perfectly nice ride. That’s because the webs can block your car air conditioner drainage tubes, blocking the area where AC condensation is supposed to go. Since it’s gotta go somewhere, that condensation instead drips into the airbag control module, which causes a short circuit, which can cause your airbag to deploy fo...

February 9, 2015


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