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Calling All Hot Rod Fans – E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Send You to the 2013 NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas

Calling All Hot Rod Fans – E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Send You to the 2013 NHRA Toyota Nationals in Las Vegas

Hey hot rod fans – E3 Spark Plugs, the official spark plug of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is revved up to go to the 2013 NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, NV. And we’d like to take you along for the wild ride. That’s right! We’re giving away a dream trip for a hot rod racing fanatic and a friend. Here’s how it works… The promotional contest kicks off Monday, August 26. To enter, log onto Facebook and become a fan of E3 Spark Plugs. Then, click the “Win a Trip!” tab to register and submit a photo of yourself and the person you would take with you on the trip – your spouse or significant other, Mom or Pop, best buddy from college – whomever you wish. Initially, you’re limited to just one entry per person and/or valid email address. But, you can increase your chances of winning if you share the promotion with your Facebook friends and they enter as well. Just be sure to check and follow all the official...

February 6, 2015


Real-Life NeuTron Bike Hits the Streets – And Yes, You Can Have One, Too

Real-Life NeuTron Bike Hits the Streets – And Yes, You Can Have One, Too

The street-legal, Tron-inspired NeuTron Bike starts at $55,000. When the first Tron movie came out back in 1982, the light bike scene caught people’s attention. Kids couldn’t get enough of the graphics and the idea of fast-moving motorcycles creating walls to block each other off. Arcade games were quickly created and became quite popular for a year or so afterward. Then the second Tron movie remake came out and took the light bike idea all the way to a new level. With computer movie graphics having had 30 plus years to get better, the cinema results were amazing, and the new light bikes on screen blew everyone’s minds away again. Now Parker Brothers Concepts has taken life and imitated art. They have created a real time, functional Tron-style motorcycle that works, and it looks like the real thing too. Granted, it doesn’t leave light walls behind the vehicle as one rides it. But the motorcycle itself looks and runs like a real, motorized futuristic bike that a compute...

February 6, 2015


How to Build an Aston Martin Using Parts From a 3D Printer

How to Build an Aston Martin Using Parts From a 3D Printer

A New Zealand man is building a replica 1961 Aston Martin with parts created by a 3D printer. Your first question is probably whether anyone could possibly build an Aston Martin using a 3D printer. The answer is, for the most part, yes. Now you really want to know how this is done so you can build one yourself. To answer the first question fully, you cannot build the entire car with a 3D printer and plastic. The suspension, frame, transmission, engine and many components will need to be a bit more durable. However, you can build the body and interior and have a replica that is significantly less than the $150,000 plus price tag of a factory Aston Martin. To build your car, you obviously need a 3D printer and a lot of plastic. You also need a considerable amount of time and patience. You will be building your Aston Martin four square inches at a time. You will need to be able to create a 3D image of the parts on a computer with precision. You can purchase a 3D drawing to make ...

February 6, 2015


Faulty Brake Issue Forces Recall of 300,000 Chevrolet Cruze Cars

Faulty Brake Issue Forces Recall of 300,000 Chevrolet Cruze Cars

Chevrolet has recalled 300,000 Cruze cars over a braking issue. Occasionally, even the most careful of drivers have to slam on the brakes in order to avoid a serious auto accident. And the next one could be you if you happen to drive a Chevrolet Cruze. E3 Spark Plugs just got word of a recall of nearly 300,000 Chevrolet Cruze cars over and issue with the vehicles’ brakes. General Motors, which owns Chevrolet, recalled Chevy Cruze cars from model years 2011 and 2012, citing multiple reports of a problem with the cars’ brake assist systems. In Cruzes with six-speed automatic transmissions and 1.4-liter turbo engines, there exists a potential for “intermittent loss of brake assist,” GM Spokesman Alan Adler told reporters. As a result, drivers are forced to lay hard on their cars’ brake pedals in order to bring the vehicle to a quick, full stop. Says Adler, “GM is aware of 27 alleged low-speed crashes but no injuries related to brake performance, which could include t...

February 6, 2015


Seatbelt Issue Forces Recall of 342,000 Toyota Tacoma Trucks

Seatbelt Issue Forces Recall of 342,000 Toyota Tacoma Trucks

342,000 Toyota Tacoma trucks have been recalled over a faulty seat belt issue. If you drive a Toyota Tacoma truck, take note. Torrance, CA-based Toyota Motor North America recently announced a voluntary recall of 342,000 Tacoma Access Cab vehicles made between 2004 and 2011 and sold at Toyota dealerships across the United States. The reason: Faulty seatbelts. Trucks affected in the recall have screws that attach the seat belt pre-tensioner to the seat belt retractor within the seat belt assembly for the driver and front passenger. Over time and after extended periods of repeated and forceful closing of the access door, these screws can become loose. If they loosen completely, the seat belt pre-tensioner and the retractor spring cover could detach from the seat belt retractor, which can affect retractor and pre-tensioner performance. This can make your truck’s seatbelts less effective or even potentially dangerous. Toyota is working to notify all registered owners of recalle...

February 6, 2015


Breaking Bad on Wheels – How One Guy Chooses Perfect Rides for each Character

Breaking Bad on Wheels – How One Guy Chooses Perfect Rides for each Character

The Breaking Bad crew had a tough time locating multiple 20-year-old Fleetwood Bounder motorhomes for the hit show lauded as one of the best TV dramas of all time. It seems everyone is talking about the new season of the AMC original hit series Breaking Bad. The only show that could ever make us root for the local meth dealer (only on TV, of course) premiered the first episode of its final season earlier this month. Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad follows the story of Walter White (played by Bryan Cranston), a sappy high school chemistry teacher-turned-ruthless international drug lord. After being diagnosed with an inoperable lung cancer, White decides he wants to leave his family with more than a public high school teacher’s pension. So, he hooks up with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) to make and sell a highly pure, blue-tinted form of meth – one that proves in such demand that the two soon take out their international competitors....

February 6, 2015


Fascinating Fact or Lowdown Lie: Driving With the Windows Down Saves Gas Over Blasting the AC?

Fascinating Fact or Lowdown Lie: Driving With the Windows Down Saves Gas Over Blasting the AC?

Which do you think saves more gas – rolling your windows down or blasting the AC? You might be surprised! The economy’s still lagging and gas prices are changing more often than Taylor Swift’s romantic status. Chances are your wallet is feeling it. So, if you’re like most drivers, you’re up for anything that will help you save money on fuel costs and still get you from point A to point B safely, if not particularly comfortably. One way to accomplish that is to turn off your gas-guzzling car air conditioner and roll down the windows instead. It’s not like you couldn’t use a little fresh air anyway, right? And that highway breeze will help you save a fistful of cash at the pump. Win-win, right? Too bad it’s bunk. Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a science and technology laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, recently put that long-held theory to the test with a 2009 Ford Explorer and 2009 Toyota Corolla.  Drivers took each vehicle cruising down the Tennessee highways and u...

February 6, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: World Class Automotive Film & Arts Festival Debuts in Monterey, CA

E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: World Class Automotive Film & Arts Festival Debuts in Monterey, CA

There are film festivals focusing on a full range of subjects from extreme sports to zombies to, believe it or not, mustaches. Now, there’s one just for car buffs and gearheads. If you’ll be in Monterey, California next week, E3 Spark Plugs highly recommends hitting the inaugural World Class Automotive Film & Arts Festival. Debuting August 15, the three-day festival features screenings of multiple automotive-themed films and documentaries at the beautiful Golden State Theatre. Films on the marquis include: 32 Hours 7 Minutes – A documentary film chronicling the story of the U.S. Express – once known as the Cannonball Run – and the controversy shrouding the incredible secret behind the record time set on the last such illegal race nearly a quarter century ago. A Gullwing at Twilight: The Bonneville Ride of John Fitch – Legendary racer John Fitch, widely known as the consummate gentleman racer, takes to the Bonneville Salt Flats for one last record attempt in his si...

February 6, 2015


It’s Crazy Hot Outside, So E3 Spark Plugs Begs – Don’t Leave Your Pets in Your Cars!

It’s Crazy Hot Outside, So E3 Spark Plugs Begs – Don’t Leave Your Pets in Your Cars!

Uncool in more ways than one. Leaving your pet locked in a car, even with the windows down or the AC on, places them in danger of a potentially fatal heat stroke. Many of us here at E3 Spark Plugs, based in sunny Florida’s Ponte Vedra Beach, are pet owners. And as Floridians, we know a thing or two about scorching summertime car interiors. So, not much gets us hot under the collar like seeing a pet locked in a car with its owners nowhere in sight. No doubt you’ve come across one of these scenes. A dog sits in a car in a mall or grocery store parking lot, panting and pawing at the window with a distressed look in his eyes. You look around, sure that the owner is nearby, just grabbing a latte from the coffee shop, returning a shopping cart to the cart stall or otherwise hurrying through an errand and heading back to his car any moment. So, you wait. And wait. And wait some more, considering whether you should call police or, better yet, bust out a window. Serves somebody rig...

February 6, 2015


Real Life Griswolds Recreate Iconic Family Truckster

Real Life Griswolds Recreate Iconic Family Truckster

Replica of the Waqon Queen Family Truckster faithfully recreated by a real-life Griswold family. National Lampoon’s Vacation captured the hearts of millions of Americans in 1983 and has become an iconic reminder of anyone’s ill-fated family trips. The series of movies starring Chevy Chase made the idea of road travel with family infamous by following the Griswolds’ cross-country expedition from Chicago to Los Angeles in their infamous “Family Truckster”. Now that the movie has been seen by multiple generations, the name Griswold has become an institution associated with vacation planning disasters. So imagine how a real life Steve Griswold must feel today having grown up with a movie that immediately dictates how people perceive him and his family? Well Steve Griswold decided that instead of being teased as a relative of the fictitious Clark Griswold, he would actually own the theme (and the joke) by recreating the highly recognizable Wagon Queen Family Truckster. Ye...

February 6, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Celebrates Shark Week by Remembering Corvette’s Mako Shark Concept Car

E3 Spark Plugs Celebrates Shark Week by Remembering Corvette’s Mako Shark Concept Car

1961 Mako Shark I All the excitement surrounding Discovery Channel’s highly anticipated annual Shark Week got us here at E3 Spark Plugs reminiscing. Back in 1961, General Motors created a sleek, sharp concept car inspired by and named for the Mako Skark. In the deep of the ocean the Mako Shark appears in two forms – the common shortfin and the rare longfin. They can grow to 15 feet long, weigh up to 1,750 pounds, dart through the waters at speeds of up to 38 miles per hour and leap 24 feet in the air. But on asphalt, GM’s celebrated concept car is just as impressive. Designed by GM Vice President of Design Bill Mitchell and co-designer Larry Shinoda, the 1961 XP-755 Mako Shark I was created as a follow up to Corvette’s Stingray and, legend has it, inspired by sharks that Mitchell had caught while vacationing in the Bahamas. It’s said that Mitchell ordered his team to paint the car to match the distinctive blue-gray surface blending into white underside of the shark....

February 6, 2015


Mercedes-Benz to Integrate Google Glasses with its In-Car Infotainment Systems

Mercedes-Benz to Integrate Google Glasses with its In-Car Infotainment Systems

Mercedes-Benz goes futuristic with Google Glass integration. The era of the Heads-Up Display (HUD) is upon us. That is, the display of information directly in front of the driver – on the car’s windshield. A number of cars already have this function and it is due to become a far more important feature in the very near future. Mercedes-Benz North America is pushing hard to develop a working relationship with Google, to incorporate the concept of Google Glass into its cars’ information and entertainment features. Google Glass is the trade name for Google’s wearable projection eyeglass technology currently under the later stages of development. The glasses give the wearer the ability to view read-outs of information projected onto the eyeglass lenses so that the image is transparent enough to see through, affording full visibility of the information as well as the real world beyond. That’s tricky enough, but when you incorporate this technology into the driving of your...

February 6, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs’ August Flick Pick – “Getaway”

E3 Spark Plugs’ August Flick Pick – “Getaway”

Hitting the big screen for Labor Day, “Getaway” stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. But it’s the Shelby Cobra Super Snake that steals every scene. Getaway is one of the must see car flicks for muscle car enthusiasts. It is an epiphany of many car-chase movies of the past. Though missing some the pure cool of a cult classic like Bullet, this movie is loaded with some serious action. The plot revolves around Brent Magna, a stock car driver who is trying to locate his kidnapped wife. In the process, Magna steals the star of the show, a Shelby Mustang GT 500 Super Snake, to give chase to the kidnapper. Ironically, and you knew there would be “irony”, the car belongs to a seasoned carjacker played by Selena Gomez.  Funny how Karma always comes back to bite you. In the style of a serial-killer horror movie, the kidnapper is more interested in the game of being chased, tracked, and trailed. He watches, plans, and sets traps to heighten the thrill of the chase. Expect subtl...

February 6, 2015


Why Fuel Choices Today Can Make a Big Difference

Why Fuel Choices Today Can Make a Big Difference

Gasoline, diesel or hybrid – Which is the best way to go? E3 Spark Plugs spells out your options. Trying to figure out the difference between fuels can seem like an exercise in math and chemistry for many, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, understanding why fuels work differently can actually help in buying a new car, depending on what one wants from a vehicle. Clearly, standard vehicles are served just fine with regular gasoline, but when it comes to hauling and towing, diesel might be the better choice. Here’s how the different fuel options can work for you. Gasoline There’s a reason why gasoline is the fuel of choice in sports cars and vehicles designed for speed — it produces reliable horsepower. That said, gasoline isn’t the best producer of engine torque. In fact, a lot of gasoline can be chewed up quickly by a combustion engine spinning revolutions to produce the desired power. Further, gasoline isn’t cheap. Depending on where oil prices are at a given ...

February 6, 2015


Teen Driving to School This Year? Tips for Choosing the Safest Rides

Teen Driving to School This Year? Tips for Choosing the Safest Rides

Teen getting behind the wheel this school year? E3 Spark Plugs helps you choose a safe ride that (hopefully) won’t embarrass your ultra-cool brood. Buying a car for a teenager always starts with good intentions. Safety, reliability, and ease of use make the initial list. Unfortunately in today’s marketplace cost rears its ugly head, and a teen’s first car frequently ends up being a used compact that could fold up like a tin can on the first real impact with another car. It’s not what any loving parent wants for his or her child. That said, trying to find the right balance when choosing a safe first ride can be a challenge. So what really makes a safe car but still allows the sticker price to come in at an affordable level? While the idea of having your teen drive a tank may satisfy the safety factor, knowing he or she is driving a big bore V8 makes most parents go pale in the face. And for good reason — horsepower can quickly get an inexperienced driver in way over t...

February 6, 2015


The Lyft Car – A Different, Fun Kind of Taxi

The Lyft Car – A Different, Fun Kind of Taxi

Why take a boring ol’ taxi ride when you can take a mustachioed, Disco-themed sing-along experience to your destination instead? At first mention, “Lyft car” might give a person an impression of some sort of cargo hauler. In reality, it’s a growing type of big city taxi service minus the yellow, impersonal cab feel and plus the kooky and weird ride. Lyft car rides for short destinations are available today in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Boston and are scheduled through Facebook from user to driver. What the passenger/customer gets when the car arrives depends on what sort of theme the driver has decided to go with in his Lyft car. For example, one Lyft car could incorporate an entire disco theme, including fog machine and disco lights in the back seat as well karaoke to sing along to while cruising through town. Disregard the pink mustache on the front grille of the car on the outside. It’s for passersby to take notice. While the disco version, dubbed Dis...

February 6, 2015


Preview of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Preview of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

A scene from the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 2013 event happens in August. For over 60 years, the Concours d’Elegance has been thrilling automotive enthusiasts with beauty, power and technology. And one of the most anticipated Concours events is happening next month. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebration starts its engines August 14, 2013 for both a memorable experience and a great cause. With more than $16 million already raised for charity, attending the event allows you to help worthwhile causes while you enjoy the ultimate vintage car lover’s experience. This one is definitely worthy of a road trip. Festivities begin on Wednesday, August 14 with participant arrivals and exhibits. The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, sponsored by Rolex, will be held on Thursday, August 15. Line up begins at Collins Field at 7 a.m. The tour starts at 8 a.m. and will travel parts of the original 17-Mile Drive. At noon, the cars will arrive at Carmel-by-the-Sea and...

February 6, 2015


Could Hackers Take Over Your Car?

Could Hackers Take Over Your Car?

Could terrorists take over your car? Government-hired hackers show it’s possible. Imagine driving down the highway when suddenly, your speedometer surges, your brakes fail and your steering wheel seemingly takes on a mind of its own. While it sounds like the stuff of a sci-fi thriller, government officials say it’s all too real a possibility. With funding from the Pentagon and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, two noted hackers are showing the feds just how easy it might be for terrorists, organized crime figures or super savvy pranksters to take control of your automobile. Experimenting on a 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Escape, the hackers showed that while they cannot fully control the vehicles remotely, they can take control of multiple operational features. For instance, they were able to get the car’s speedometer to read 199 mph while the car was sitting still; disable the brakes; can contr...

February 6, 2015


Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari, 007’s Submersible Lotus, Bungling Fargo Henchmen’s Oldsmobile Up for Grabs

Ferris Bueller’s Ferrari, 007’s Submersible Lotus, Bungling Fargo Henchmen’s Oldsmobile Up for Grabs

Ferris Bueller’s replica 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder hit the auction block next month. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we love a great movie car auction or contest. If you’d like to get behind the wheel of a cinematic ride, we’ve got three chances coming up. Perhaps the most iconic of the three s the replica 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder trashed in the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. In the John Hughes-directed blockbuster, Matthew Broderick’s beloved character “borrows” his buddy’s dad’s vintage car to skip school and cruise around Chicago, taking his ever-suspicious Dean of Students Ed Rooney and frustrated sister, Jeannie for a ride of another kind. A “Save Ferris” donation campaign kicks off at school, driven by his expertly faked illness, as Bueller whirls through town, impersonating the Sausage King of Chicago, taking in a game at Wrigley Field, performing in a parade and hitting numerous Chi-Town landmarks. Meanwhile, two garage atten...

February 6, 2015


July, August Top Month for Car Thefts – E3 Spark Plugs Offers Eight Great Tips for Rebounding

July, August Top Month for Car Thefts – E3 Spark Plugs Offers Eight Great Tips for Rebounding

Empty parking spot where you’re sure you left your ride? E3 Spark Plugs offers tips on what to do if your car is stolen. July and August are top months for taking the fam on a summer vacation, lounging at the beach and getting your car jacked. That’s right – According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau more cars are stolen in July and August than any other month of the year. Common sense moves can help protect your car from thieves in the first place – Park in a well-lit area, hide your valuables, keep your spare key with you, avoid leaving your car running and immobilize it if it will be parked for an extended period of time. But what happens when your car does disappear? E3 Spark Plugs offers a few tips: Make sure your car really is gone. Multi-level parking garages and large mall parking lots tend to cause parking amnesia in hurried or wearied drivers. Are you SURE you parked outside Sears – Or was it JC Penney? Consider whether your ride might have been t...

February 6, 2015


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