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Know How to Read a Vehicle History Report? E3 Spark Plugs Offers Tips

Know How to Read a Vehicle History Report? E3 Spark Plugs Offers Tips

A used car can be a great deal if you know what to look for in a vehicle history report. E3 Spark Plugs offers tips. In the market for a used car or truck? E3 Spark Plugs has a few tips for reading and effectively deciphering a vehicle history report. One clue – it’s not just what’s on the report that’s important. What’s missing may be crucial to your car buying decision. A good, comprehensive vehicle history report combines information from multiple sources, including states DMVs (Division of Motor Vehicles) or RMVs (Registry of Motor Vehicles), fire and police departments, vehicle inspection stations, auto auctions, fleet management and rental agencies, and auto manufacturers. All that info can seem a bit overwhelming. But a few basic tips will help you cut through the ink clutter and make an informed decision. Devil’s in the description. The first order of business is to carefully read through the vehicle’s name, description and VIN number to make sure ever...

February 3, 2015


Where the Boys Are & What They’re Driving – E3 Spark Plugs Talks Great Spring Break Cars

Where the Boys Are & What They’re Driving – E3 Spark Plugs Talks Great Spring Break Cars

"Where the Boys Are" became a massive box office hit and made spring break a mainstream cultural phenomenon. The spring break season is well underway and college students are headed to the beaches in hoards. The kids these days, they think this annual collegiate-sponsored week of academic and social wantonness has always been around. Truth is, it came to be in the late 1950s and its wild popularity was ultimately inspired by a Michigan State University student with a candy apple red convertible. It was the writings of an MSU English professor and novelist, and a subsequent now-classic film that helped launched this American cultural phenomenon into the international mainstream. Glendon Swarthout, PhD was teaching an honors English class in 1958 when he overheard a student – the kid with the red convertible sports car – talking up a planned trip to Fort Lauderdale, Florida over the university’s spring break. Intrigued, Swarthout, a colorful character who fancied himself a...

February 3, 2015


Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Rick Hudson

Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Rick Hudson

Team E3 Racing winner Rick Hudson is busy reading his ride for the upcoming UMP Modified racing season. Rick Hudson knows his way around an engine and can certainly tell you a thing or two about horsepower. By weekday, he’s the Lab Operations Group Leader at Cummins High Horse Power Technical Center in Seymour, Indiana. But come quittin’ time on Friday, he’s likely at the tracks racing his Larry Shaw-built modified cart. A Tier 1 winner in Team E3 Racing, Hudson impressed us here at E3 Spark Plugs with his racing talent, engine know-how and sportsmanship. He has raced go-carts since he was eight years old. Three decades, lots of wins and a few broken bones later, he’s in his eighth season in UMP Modified racing and has landed two fourth-place points positions and two sportsmanship awards. In an effort to develop the best competition cart possible, Hudson took a set of E3 racing spark plugs he had raced with for a full season to the engineers at Cummins, Inc. where he ...

February 3, 2015


Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Jason Jiovani

Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Jason Jiovani

Team E3 Racing's Jason Jiovani has developed a huge following in his home state of Florida. “Hit the gas and get it sideways,” seems to be a professional motto for Largo, Florida’s Jason Jiovani, one of our first Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winners. Jiovani is in his seventh season in the competitive drifting world and has racked up a mantle full of top 10 finishes. This year, he’ll run the StreetWise Drift in the East Regional US Series and he’s eligible to run the PRO class of Formula D this season. He’s also a Brand Ambassador for NOS Energy Drinks along with friend and fellow racing/drifting competitor Rob Fleming, whom he credits with helping to “revive the heartbeat of drifting in Florida.” As of press time, Jiovani drives a 1991 Nissan 240SX with a ~400RWHP GM 5.7 LS1 motor running TrickFlow heads and cam combo. Besides competing on the tracks, he also runs all day-to-day aspects of his race team, J1N Racing. These include funding, transport, marketing, partne...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Digs Nissan’s New Batman-Inspired DeltaWing

E3 Spark Plugs Digs Nissan’s New Batman-Inspired DeltaWing

Batmobile-inspired Nissan DeltaWing If you think your eyes are tricking you at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, you’re only half wrong. Yes, that was a Batmobile of sorts that you saw whiz by. But you won’t find the Caped Crusader behind the wheel. Nissan’s new DeltaWing caught E3 Spark Plugs‘ eye on Thursday when it made its public U.S. debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring event at the Sebring International Raceway. With brother Dario, Scots race car driver Marino Franchitti slid behind the wheel of the black, winged #0 and took it for two impressive practice laps. The car had been driven in the U.S. only once before, in a private run in California last week. “We are here to demonstrate that a race car can consume half the fuel, use half the tires and weigh half as much,” said designer Ben Bowlby, head of a consortium of racing firms and suppliers who helped build the DeltaWing. Originally designed as a possible alternative to IndyCars (Indy racing passed on it), ...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Know: Would You Buy a Fold-Up Car?

E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Know: Would You Buy a Fold-Up Car?

The Hiriko EV folds up, taking even less parking space than the Smart For-Two. Mass production is slated to start next year in Spain. Not long ago in the E3 Spark Plugs blog we introduced you to Terrafugia’s Transition Roadable Aircraft, a revolutionary integration of the personal car and light-weight aircraft expected to hit the market later this year. Essentially a flying car, the Transition reminds us of that most iconic of futuristic concept rides – The Jetsons’ family space car/jet. And now, we’ve got another likely Jetsons-inspired ride that’s set for production in Spain next year. Unfortunately, this one doesn’t sprout wings and fly. But what it does is pretty impressive. Remember The Jetson’s opening sequence, where George flies his space ride onto the conveyor belt leading to his office, pushes a button and the ride folds up into a briefcase? Well, the Hiriko EV isn’t quite that futuristic, but it comes pretty darn close. Debuted at the Brussels Auto ...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Loves a Happy Ending – Especially When it Involves a Stolen 1965 Mint-Condition Ride

E3 Spark Plugs Loves a Happy Ending – Especially When it Involves a Stolen 1965 Mint-Condition Ride

Scott Evans' 1965 Mustang Shelby Cobra was stolen while he was in Japan, serving in the Marines. Twenty-five years later, he was back behind the wheel of his automotive first love. We at E3 Spark Plugs are a pretty likeable crew. But if there’s one type of person we just can’t stand it’s a car thief. According to the National Insurance Crime  Bureau’s recently released Hot Wheels Classics report on that American automotive icon, the Ford Mustang, it’s the 2000 model that most attracts a certain scourge of society. The study shows it’s the Mustang model most likely to end up jacked, stripped, VIN-falsified and sold. The classic models get plenty of attention from thieves, too. But now and then, it’s the rightful owners that get the last laugh. Case in point: Scott Evans and his 1965 Shelby GT350. In 1982, Evans was in the Marines serving his country in Japan when he got some sobering news from his father, who had helped him buy the car in 1971. Evans’ prized ri...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Old Hollywood Glam at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Old Hollywood Glam at Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance

Tom Mix's 1937 supercharged Cord 812 convertible roadster, in which he was killed in a 1940 crash, appears at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance this weekend. If you’re in the North Florida area this weekend, E3 Spark Plugs recommends hitting the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance. The 17th annual event starts today and runs through Sunday. On the marquis this year are several gorgeous classics owned by some of Old Hollywood’s most iconic stars. Among the stars of the 2012 event is Natalie Woods’ Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which has been meticulously restored right down to the hose clamps, the period-correct Becker in-dash radio, and Woods’ owner documents in the glove box. The German roadster bears a traditional factory-approved silver-blue color. But it didn’t always look like it does today. “She had it painted pink,” says Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance founder and Chairman Bill Warner of Woods’ unconventional color choice. “Pink with a lipstick red lea...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Digs Photographer Peter Lippmann’s “Paradise Parking”

E3 Spark Plugs Digs Photographer Peter Lippmann’s “Paradise Parking”

From Peter Lippman's "Paradise Parking" photograhic series Every classic car buff loves a great barn find story. Tales of rummaging through cobweb-entangled masses of long-forgotten stuff, then catching a glint of sunlight shining on a dust-covered heap in the far back corner enthrall. Especially when pulling away the cover brings one face-to-face with a rare automotive gem – and even better when that gem is proven to have real restoration potential. But not all abandoned rides are lucky enough to be hidden away in a decaying barn, garage or back-yard shed. Some are simply left outside, offered up to the elements like metal and glass table scraps. They’re often found in back yards of boarded-up homes or simply parked and left in fields or forests where a relentlessly hungry Mother Nature devours them little by little. Enter renowned photographer Peter Lippmann and the result is a series of eerily beautiful images that conjure up simultaneous feelings of awe and loss. Some ...

February 2, 2015


Congratulations to our Team E3 Spark Plugs’ February Winners!

Congratulations to our Team E3 Spark Plugs’ February Winners!

Talk about a tough field of racers! After reviewing dozens of great entries, our judges have finally chosen February’s Team E3 Spark Plugs winners. Congratulations and thank you to everyone who entered! TIER 1 WINNERS (Win $500 cash, 25 E3 Spark Plugs and Official E3 Race Day Gear/Decals): Shane Corson: Corson won his first race at the local MX track in Blackwood, NJ at age nine and hasn’t looked back. His racing career started with a bang – He won the 90cc 4 stroke class each of his first three seasons. He later moved to the 300cc class and, last year, ran his first 450cc class event. In two national races, the 16-year-old was the youngest driver by at least four years. Andrew Pollard: Pollard of Senoia, GA began racing legends cars at age 12 in 1999. The very next season, he racked up 10 wins and finished second in year-end points. His career has continued that fast track and today, he’s the reigning champion in four different series and the 2011 Georgia Racing Hal...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Wonders: Shouldn’t Cars Get Oscars, Too?

E3 Spark Plugs Wonders: Shouldn’t Cars Get Oscars, Too?

Scene inside Automania Studios, a longtime provider of picture cars and sets for the film and television industry Okay, maybe that headline is taking our love for all-things-automotive a bit far. But do you ever wonder how filmmakers find all those great rides featured in period films like The Help, The Artist or Midnight in Paris, or gearhead-targeted films like Drive? E3 Spark Plugs introduces you to Automania Studios – one of the busiest providers of “picture cars” to the film and television industry. Based in Oakland, California, Automania Studios has served the film industry since 1982. On the lot is a filmmaker’s dream collection of period cars, trucks and commercial vehicles from multiple eras. These include police cars, hearses, farm trucks, muscle cars, station wagons, a late 1960s catering truck, a boom truck, an antique farm tractor, old dump trucks, an 18,000-pound forklift and dozens of gorgeous tail finned classics. From beaters to beauties, if you’re a...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Recommends:”Racing Dreams,” Award-Winning Documentary

E3 Spark Plugs Recommends:”Racing Dreams,” Award-Winning Documentary

11-year-old Annabeth Barnes (with father, Darren Barnes, a retired pro racecar driver) struggles to balance being a future pro racer and a regular kid in "Racing Dreams." It’s been described as Talladega Nights meets Catcher in the Rye. And it’s E3 Spark Plug’s latest must-see film pick. Racing Dreams is a highly acclaimed documentary co-executive produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson chronicling the efforts of three tweens as they pave the way to their NASCAR dreams. This coming-of-age story follows Annabeth Barnes (11), Josh Hobson (12) and Brandon Warren (13) as they compete for the World Karting Association’s National Series championship – widely regarded as the Little League of professional racing. These kids are still several years away from being old enough to get their learner’s licenses. But they’re regularly booking it at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour on the go-cart tracks. Barnes of Hiddenite, North Carolina is the daughter of retired pro race...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Asks – Is New Off-Roading Event the Toughest Yet?

E3 Spark Plugs Asks – Is New Off-Roading Event the Toughest Yet?

King of the Motos must might be the toughest off-road motorcycle challenge yet. Photo by Dirt Rider Magazine. Here at E3 Spark plugs, we’ve seen a lot of crazy off-roading excursions and competitions. But this one really got our engines racing. Last week, 21 brave, or just plain naïve riders suited up for the inaugural King of the Motos motorcycle race. When the mud stopped flying, the rocks stopped rolling and the dust settled, only six were left standing. The grueling 65-mile race took three hours to complete and sent competitors across sand-filled washes, through largely impassible boulder fields and over massive hills throughout the Johnson Valley OHV (off-highway vehicle) terrain in Lucerne Valley, California. It’s a new addition to the Griffin King of the Hammers and it mercilessly pits the nation’s top motocross racers against rugged earth usually reserved for custom-built four-wheeled crawlers. The inaugural King of Motos featured an invitation-only class of ri...

February 2, 2015


Want to keep your ride safe from thieves? E3 Spark Plugs and the NICB offer a few tips

Want to keep your ride safe from thieves? E3 Spark Plugs and the NICB offer a few tips

Each year, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) releases statistics on the most popular makes and model of cars among car thieves. Of course, even if your ride isn’t on the most-at-risk list, it still may be a target for thieves. E3 Spark Plugs and the NICB offer a few tips on keeping your car in your driveway and out of a thief’s garage or chop shop: Don’t rev and run: You’d think this one would be a no-brainer. You’d be wrong. Statistics show that half of all stolen cars are easily lifted because they’re left unlocked and/or running while you make a quick run to the ATM or to the mailbox. Cold mornings present a huge opportunity for thieves, too. How many times this past winter did you start your car so it could warm up while you ran back inside to grab a cup of coffee and remind the kids to grab their homework? Hide yo’ keys, hide yo’ stuff: Okay, we won’t tell you to hide the wife ala Antoine Dodson. But we can’t emphasize enough the need to hide ...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Lauds New NICB Annual Study Focusing on Hot Mustangs

E3 Spark Plugs Lauds New NICB Annual Study Focusing on Hot Mustangs

Proud owner of a Ford Mustang? You'll want to see the NICB's recently released Hot Wheels Classics report. And by hot, we don’t mean sleek and sexy. We mean stolen. Swiped. Jacked. Gone in 60 seconds, and not in the good way. For over 25 years, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has published its annual Hot Wheels report, pinpointing America’s 10 most stolen vehicles of each year – something we here at E3 Spark Plugs watch for each January. But 2012 marks the first year that it’s published a Hot Wheels Classics report focusing on a particular make and model. What better choice for a debut than the Ford Mustang, arguably America’s most iconic muscle car? Researchers made some surprising conclusions. While conventional thinking would place newer and pricier Mustangs atop a most-stolen list, the data suggests that thieves prefer older, less flashy models. Namely, it was the 2000 Pony that topped hijacker’s target lists over the past decade. Figures show that 7...

February 2, 2015


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

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 Harvey’s, maker of the Original Seatbeltbag. Purses, backpacks, laptop carriers, wallets, dopp kits, makeup cases, etc. are made from real recycled seatbelt material in shiny, vibrant hues. Available online and in ...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Recommends Chicago Auto Show – the Nation’s Oldest

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 auto show. The show ran once annually except during the 1930s and 1940s. Throughout the ’30s, it was held twice a year with shows staged during the spring and fall – an indirect request of President Franklin D. Roos...

February 2, 2015


Milhouse Museum to Auction Off Entire Collection – Including Some Amazing Vintage Automotive Treasures

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 the early 1970s, brother Robert caught the collecting bug when he purchased a 1934 V12 Packard 1101 Convertible Victoria that had been commissioned by Marie Dressler, the formidable actress known for her role as...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs’ Fave Sights at the Washington Auto Show

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 chats with a few of the top automaker executives and an inside look at a few choice vehicles. J.R. Martinez, the former soldier who famously survived a landmine explosion while serving in Iraq and came home to...

February 2, 2015


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

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 awareness he’s developed via exhaustive training over a foam pit and a decade of riding ATV quads. Moore shored up his win with some serious FMX-styled tricks including a cordova backflip and a superflip...

February 2, 2015


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