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E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates Ryan Villopoto for his Historic Million-Dollar Win

E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates Ryan Villopoto for his Historic Million-Dollar Win

Ryan Villopoto made history winning the inaugural Monster Energy Cup and becoming the first off-road mortorcycle racer to take home a $1 million prize. When Ryan Villopoto crossed the finish line in the inaugural Monster Energy Cup he made history in more ways than one. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider swept all three main events and became the first in off-road motorcycle racing history to take home a $1 million prize. “It’s pretty unreal,” Villopoto said after the historic win. Villopoto started both the first and second main events by taking the holeshot and remained in the lead until crossing the finish line. Suzuki’s Mike Alessi claimed the holeshot in the third and final main event, but Villopoto and Ryan Dungey were hot on his trail. It didn’t take long for Villopoto to take the lead. He passed Alessi in the opening lap. Alessi and Dungey traded positions on lap 2 before both Dungey and Brett Metcalfe passed Alessi. But neither was able to catch up to Villop...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Mourns the Loss of Off Road Racing Champion Rick Huseman

E3 Spark Plugs Mourns the Loss of Off Road Racing Champion Rick Huseman

Off-road racing champion Rick Huseman and brother Jeff were among three people killed in a California plane crash Sunday, Oct. 16. On an already emotionally trying day the professional racing community now mourns two more beloved friends and competitors. It’s been confirmed that off-road racer Rick Huseman and his brother Jeff Huseman were among three people killed in a plane crash while attempting an emergency landing in Barstow, CA. The Beechcraft Bonanza aircraft had been traveling from North Las Vegas to Corona when it crashed about five miles from the Barstow-Doggett airport Sunday afternoon, officials said. The news comes on the heels of a horrific 15-car wreck that claimed the life of IndyCar champion Dan Wheldon, who left behind a wife and two young sons. Huseman also leaves behind wife Michelle and toddler son Ricky. Huseman’s amazing career included a record for the most single season wins in short course history and the prestigious Driver of the Year award from...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Mourns Loss of IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon

E3 Spark Plugs Mourns Loss of IndyCar Champion Dan Wheldon

IndyCar racer Dan Wheldon was killed in a horrific accident at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Sunday. Photo via www.DanWheldon.com and GP Sports Managment. E3 Spark Plugs joins the entire racing community in mourning the loss of Indianapolis 500 champion Dan Wheldon, who was killed Sunday in a violent 15-car crash at the Izod IndyCar World Championships finale at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Wheldon was racing as part of a promotion that would have landed a $5 million prize, to be split with a sweepstakes winner, for a series non-regular who won the race. Starting at the back of the 34-car field, Wheldon had worked his way to up some 10 spots by the 12th lap of the 200-lap race when two cars touched in front of him. That touch set of a disastrous chain reaction that would claim 15 cars. Wheldon was unable to slow down before impact. His car launched over the back of another car, turned in midair and slammed into the catch fence. Rescue workers responded quickly and Wheldon was airl...

February 2, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Has Tips for Decorating Your New Digs

E3 Spark Plugs Has Tips for Decorating Your New Digs

Couch and footstools made from a 1959 Cadillac by Vintage Vending. If you’re a bona fide auto buff with new digs to decorate (or old ones that need some serious makeover mojo) E3 Spark Plugs has a few interior decorating ideas you’ll love. Turns out old cars never die. Many of them get new lives as fabulous furniture pieces. Here are a few of our favorites (check out the gallery below for photos): 1959 Cadillac Car Couch: A company called Vintage Vending created this gorgeous and quite comfy-looking couch from the back quarter of a ’59 Caddy. Normally, cars-turned-couches feature seating inside the trunk space with taillight fins facing forward and are made so that the back of the couch faces the wall. This one was made just the opposite. It features taillight fins on the back of the couch, with the seating facing the opposite direction. So, unlike most, this couch can sit in the middle of a spacious room and look great from either side. GMC Truck Bed: California artist...

January 30, 2015


What’s that Noise? E3 Spark Plugs Helps You ID Common Clicks, Pops & Screeches

What’s that Noise? E3 Spark Plugs Helps You ID Common Clicks, Pops & Screeches

Oh, no - What's that noise?! E3 Spark Plugs can help you decipher the message your car is sending via those pops, screetches and clunks. You know that sinking-in-your-stomach feeling when you first hear that weird clinking, popping or screeching sound emanating from somewhere in your vehicle while cruising down the highway? Yeah – we hate that feeling too. Some of those noises simply serve as maintenance reminders. Others are signs something is seriously wrong. Don’t cover your ears in denial. Find out what your car is trying to tell you fast, before the damage and the costs rack up. E3 Spark Plugs shares a few tips on deciphering just what that weird noise might be: Squealing brakes: This may just mean there is dirt on the brake rotors, drums pads or shoes. But it also can be a red flag that some component of your brakes is worn or defective. Scraping rear brakes: Your brake shoes may be worn. Clunking brakes: Could be as simple as the disc brake caliper being improp...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Recommends the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex

E3 Spark Plugs Recommends the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex

The Model T Ford is considered the most important car of the 20th century. Visit its birthplace at the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex. Photo by Rudolph Stricker, Wikipedia Commons. Looking for a great family-friendly fall fling? E3 Spark Plugs recommends a visit to the Model T Automotive Heritage Complex in Detroit, Michigan. It’s the birthplace of the Model T Ford and its 2001 season comes to a close November 20. The Piquette Avenue plant is a major national historic landmark and is the place where the Ford Motor Co. firmly established itself as the nation’s largest manufacturer of cars. The impetus for record-setting production was the Model T, considered the most important car of the 20th century and the first widely affordable family car. Said founder Henry Ford of the Model T: “I will build a car for the great multitude. It will be large enough for the family, but small enough for the individual to run and care for. It will be constructed of the best materials...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs’ Favorite Music Video Cars

E3 Spark Plugs’ Favorite Music Video Cars

"The Eliminator," ZZ Top's iconic 1933 Ford is one of E3 Spark Plug's favorite music video cars. So we stopped in on a recent ZZ Top concert and lo and behold, what did we see but a pair of giant spark plugs floating in the air above the trio? It’s an interesting choice of set design, but we here at E3 Spark Plugs dig it – mostly because it reminded us of the group’s iconic 1933 Ford hot rod. “The Eliminator” starred in three of ZZ Top’s music videos including one of our all-time favorites, “Gimme All Your Lovin.” So, we decided to dedicate this blog to great music video cars. Considered one of the greatest Brit anthems of all time, The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” got lots of traction in both Europe and the U.S. with a video featuring a fabulous 1959 Cadillac. Speaking of cheesy, Radio 1′s 2006 “Get David Hasselhoff to No. 1″ campaign … well, do we really need to complete that sentence? Just watch the video, if only for the famous 19...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs’ Top Fuel Saving Technology Picks

E3 Spark Plugs’ Top Fuel Saving Technology Picks

New gasoline saving technologies are expected to show up in many new makes and models over the next few years. Combine them with E3 car or truck spark plugs and you'll see your fuel costs slashed. Automakers these days are bending over backwards to develop car and trucks that more efficiently use gasoline. E3 Spark Plugs shares a few favorites: Direct injection systems: They’re a step up from the port fuel injection systems that replaced carburetors. Port injection systems spray gasoline into the intake manifold where it mixes with air and gets sucked down into the cylinders. Direct injection instead places an injector on each cylinder, spraying the gas directly into the cylinder (thus the name). They’re pricier and some say noisier than conventional engines, but the gasoline/air mixture burns more completely and the engine runs much more efficiently. The 2011 Nissan Juke and 2012 Audi A6 already have them, but most automakers will roll out models with direct injection sys...

January 30, 2015


Blazusiak Takes Denver Endurocross, Robert Leads E3 Spark Plugs EnduroX Jr. Championship

Blazusiak Takes Denver Endurocross, Robert Leads E3 Spark Plugs EnduroX Jr. Championship

Taddy Blazusiak takes the Denver EnduroCross. Photo by Drew Ruiz. E3 Spark Plugs racing fans were treated to a hotly contested race with the Denver round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross presented by Lucas Oil. Taddy Blazusiak scored the win, but Geoff Aaron and Mike Brown made him earn it. Blazusiak started the day fast and furious, setting the top time at during the Hot Laps, followed closely by Aaron and Colton Haaker. He led the first part of the main event at the final start, but not for long Aaron and Brown both got aggressive right out of the chute and quickly relegated Blazusiak to third place. But Blazusiak blasted past both of them on one of the difficult rock sections. Brown thought he got his chance at the win when Blazusiak crashed in the Matrix, a tough section of closely spaced logs. Brown led for more than full lap before crashing in the Matrix himself. Blazusiak shot past him to the finish line and Aaron followed closely for second place. Brown quickly got back o...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates Lucas Oil on its Purchase of MAVTV

E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates Lucas Oil on its Purchase of MAVTV

E3 Spark Plugs congratulates Lucas Oil & MAVTV! E3 Spark Plugs sends out a huge “congrats” to Lucas Oil Products on its purchase of the MAVTV cable network. Our longtime racing partner Lucas Oil already had been one of the network’s key shareholders and strategic partners since its original 2008 investment. But the company now owns full control of MAV TV and promises another major financial infusion. Founded in 2002 and launched in 2004, MAVTV is billed as “TV created by men for men.” Developed by four former Showtime Networks executives, the network provides original content from a uniquely mail perspective: “Car crashes, fist fights, hair-raising sprints to the finish and breathtakingly beautiful women-all in fantastic HD detail,” its website says. “What more can a man ask for?” “For MAVTV, we’re focusing on three main areas including significant programming buys from major studios, exclusive new programming and an aggressive marketing campaign to impr...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Duel in the Desert

E3 Spark Plugs Duel in the Desert

E3 team driver Rick Huseman in hot pursuit of the #99 of Kyle Leduc. Leduc claimed back-to-back wins at the "E3 Duel in the Desert" last weekend in Surprise, AZ. Photo courtesy of Lucas Oil. Over the weekend things got HOT at the E3 Spark Plugs Duel in the Desert for the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, AZ. In other corners of the world, people often say it’s “Africa Hot” but, under the searing heat for the LOORRS Rounds 11 and 12, it was “Arizona Hot”. As temperatures soared to triple digits, the action on track was getting even hotter as drivers in all classes were battling for precious points with only four races remaining in the 2011 series.   Located just to the northwest of downtown Phoenix, Speedworld has always been known for its fast but punishing layout. A tough course that typically takes a toll on both man and machine. This year’s event was no exception. After posting back-to-back wins in the last two rounds a...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs® Delivers First Class Event for 2011 BIGFOOT®/Stacey David’s GearZ® Sweepstakes Winner

E3 Spark Plugs® Delivers First Class Event for 2011 BIGFOOT®/Stacey David’s GearZ® Sweepstakes Winner

Mr. Ken Brady of Port Angeles, WA, along with his daughter Virginia were treated to the event of a lifetime after Ken won the E3 Spark Plugs BIGFOOT/Stacey David’s GearZ sweepstakes.  They were flown in to Indianapolis, Indiana, all expenses paid to attend the 4-Wheel Jamboree Nationals September 16-18 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.  Picked up on Friday, September 16th at the airport by Steve Joiner, E3’s VP of Sales & Marketing, they were delivered to their four-star hotel in downtown Indianapolis, then treated to dinner at Harry & Izzy’s, sister restaurant to the famous St. Elmo’s. The following day, they were able to become part of the BIGFOOT pit crew, and enjoy a private lunch with Bob Chandler, inventor of BIGFOOT and Stacey David, producer and host of Stacey David’s GearZ.  Throughout the day, they were able to watch the Monster Truck Thunder Drags, the Tough Trucks® Challenge, Burn Out Competition, Mud Drag Racing and more all from the pits. After the show,...

January 30, 2015


World’s Oldest Running Car – Yours for $2.5 Million!

World’s Oldest Running Car – Yours for $2.5 Million!

1884 "La Marquise" De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos. Photo by RM. The World’s oldest running car, a French 1884 De Dion Bouton et Trepardoux Dos-a-Dos (say THAT five time fast!) is set to cross the auction block at RM’s October 7 auction at Hershey Lodge in Hershey, PA. The expected going price: $2 million to $2.5 million. Dubbed “La Marquise” after the original owner’s mother, this historic ride has no gas pedal or foot brakes and you’ll swap spark plugs for steam power. But you’ll get bragging rights that no one else in your local vintage car club can claim. It all began when young Count de Dion, a celebrated dualist and ladies’ man, happened by a toy store looking for toys to give as prizes at an upcoming ball. He was so intrigued by the quality of workmanship of a model steam engine that he hired away the two toymakers who had built it and challenged them to build a full-sized engine that could power a carriage. Legend has it that the Count also was a...

January 30, 2015


What Racecar Drivers Drive Off-Track – E3 Spark Plugs’ Favorites

What Racecar Drivers Drive Off-Track – E3 Spark Plugs’ Favorites

Indy Car racer Danica Patrick's Lamborghini Gallardo - with no cup holders. Photo by Klaus Nahr. Ever wonder what your favorite racecar driver drives off track? Personal automobiles of the world’s top drivers range from the extravagant to the surprisingly sensible to the just plain strange. E3 Spark Plugs shares a few favorites: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is a bonafide Chevy Camaro guy. The third generation racer built a racing Camaro with his late father in 1967 and boasts a special edition Dale Earnhardt, Sr. “Intimidator SS”  Camaro. He also owns a ’67 model (pictured) with an SBC engine with a 5-speed transition and a ’72 with a GM LS2 engine and 6-speed transmission. Danica Patrick famously landed a speeding ticket and an order to attend driving school while driving her Mercedes ML 63 AMG 57mph in a 40 zone. “I tried to pull the race car driver card… I said, ‘I’m a race car driver. I’m not going to hurt anyone out here. I know what I’m doing,’” the In...

January 30, 2015


7 Easy Auto Maintenance DIYs for Fall

7 Easy Auto Maintenance DIYs for Fall

Is your ride ready for the fall and winter seasons? E3 Spark Plugs has seven easy DIY auto maintenance tips. Temps are dropping and the sun’s going down earlier. The onset of the fall season means it’s time to ready your ride for the coming winter. E3 Spark Plugs recommends these six easy auto maintenance tips for the DIY mechanic. Change your windshield wiper blades: You’ll use yours more often in the fall and winter time, so it’s best to start the season with a fresh set. Don’t forget that back blade if you drive a hatchback, station wagon or SUV with a rear window wiper. Check your spare tire: Spare tires often are an out-of-sight, out-of-mind item but when you need yours, it’s critical that it’s in good shape. Tire pressure typically drops one PSI (pound per square inch) for every 10 degree drop in temperature, so check yours weekly as winter sets in. If the spare tire for your pickup truck or SUV is housed beneath your vehicle, try lowering, then raising ...

January 30, 2015


CBS Sports Spectacular Features E3 Spark Plugs Driver

CBS Sports Spectacular Features E3 Spark Plugs Driver

Over the weekend, E3 spark plugs driver Rick Huseman dominated Rounds 9 & 10 of the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series at the famed Glen Helen Raceway short track in San Bernardino, CA. With long-time E3 driver, Kevin Probst, retiring from the series in 2010, E3 teamed this season with Monster Energy to sponsor the #36 Toyota of Huseman. The 14-year veteran of off-road racing responded with four straight wins to grab an early lead in the 2011 points series. Rick had dominated the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series Pro-4 Championship with 10 wins in 15 rounds of racing. After a poor performance in Rounds 7 & 8, the E3 Spark Plugs /Monster Engery team again proved that they have the truck to beat in the LOORRS’ Pro-4 Championship. Huseman, who began off road racing in the southern California desert with his brothers Danny and Kevin, posted a double win at Glen Helen event. In Saturday’s main event, Houseman finished 2.4 seconds ahead of long-time rival Carl Renezeder in the #...

January 30, 2015


Registry for Historic Cars? E3 Spark Plugs Wants Your Opinion.

Registry for Historic Cars? E3 Spark Plugs Wants Your Opinion.

A move to form a national registry for historic vehicles is getting mixed responses from the classic car collecting community. E3 Spark Plugs recently learned that a group of classic history buffs is shooting for a national registry for historic cars – much like the federal government’s registries for historic homes, buildings, boats, airplanes, railways. While it seems a great idea on the surface, many classic car collectors are crying foul. The Historic Vehicle Association, founded in 2009 by Hagerty Insurance on behalf of its vintage car clients, says such a move will provide federal protection for vehicles in the same way that such legislation ensures the preservation of historic homes and buildings. But many auto enthusiasts question how cars will be selected for the registry. “Is a split-window 1963 Corvette discovered in a barn more worthy of protection than a mint-condition 1977 Caprice? After all, both have historic value,” says Autoweek writer Mark Rechtin i...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs’ Picks: 5 Coolest Sights at the Frankfurt Motor Show

E3 Spark Plugs’ Picks: 5 Coolest Sights at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Yo-Concept by the little know Russian auto maker Yo-Auto. Photo by Jonathon Ramsey / AOL. Recession? What recession? Clearly, nobody told the auto makers showing at this year’s International Motor  Show (aka the Frankfurt Motor Show) that much of the world low on coin these days. While we won’t be driving any of these vehicles home, E3 Spark Plugs truly enjoyed taking a look at the amazing cars and concepts on the showroom floors today. A trove of driver- and passenger-friendly technology, a ton of glam and a little bit of wacky caught our eye. Y-Concept True to its curious name, little-known Russian firm Yo-Auto (ë-Avto) unveiled an equally curious Yo-Concept. Not destined for production, the Yo-concept is a vamped up example of the styling the company is using to develop future vehicles. It features an extended-range setup similar to the gas-electric plug-in system that powers the Chevy Volt. But we were most interested in its novel curved doors that slide up and disap...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Phil Hill – The Life of a Legend

E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Phil Hill – The Life of a Legend

If you're in the LA area, E3 Spark Plugs recommends Petersen Automotive Museum's "Phil Hill: The Life of a Legend" exhibit. If ever there was a great reason for a road trip to the West Coast, this is it! Petersen Automotive Museum on Los Angeles’ famous Wilshire Boulevard recently opened what promises to be a destination exhibit – Phil Hill: The Life of a Legend. Created with the help of the late Hill’s son Derek, the exhibit gives auto buffs a revealing look into the life and work of one of motorsports’ most respected icons. Artifacts include the vehicles he raced, helmets he wore and dozens of photographs chronicling Hill’s staggering career success. Hill’s racing career spanned from 1953-1967 and involved racing for multiple legendary teams including Ferrari, Ford, Aston Martin, Shelby and Chaparral. In what is considered the deadliest-ever era of motorsports, Hill never broke a bone or shed a drop of blood. He was the first American to win a postwar Grand prix...

January 30, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Get a Rave Review

E3 Spark Plugs Get a Rave Review

The makers of E3 Spark Plugs love to hear from customers. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we love to hear from customers who have used our car spark plugs, truck spark plugs and motorcycle spark plugs and loved them – or hated them. We recently came across this post in a highly read car care blog by an author who had switched out his standard AC Delco spark plugs with a set of E3s an noticed a big change in his Chevy Caprice. Here’s what he had to say: “So I ended up ordering a set of E3 plugs for my 350 from Advance Auto Parts and installed them this weekend. Let’s just say that I noticed a difference. I’m not talking night and day, but I still had some work to do. “Now that my motor is finally broken in I decided to re-tune it, adjusting the mixture and idle speed, and filling the tank with some real fuel instead of the cheap crap I was running. I put in 93 octane with an octane booster which bumped it up to 105 according to the chart on the bottle. Then, there was a d...

January 30, 2015


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