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E3 Spark Plugs’ List of Five Must-Have Skills for Every Car Owner

E3 Spark Plugs’ List of Five Must-Have Skills for Every Car Owner

Your car is more than a mode of transport – it’s a financial investment in your life and lifestyle. So take care of it! And by “take care of it,” we don’t necessarily mean you should head to a mechanic for every little thing. Instead, roll up your sleeves, grab your owner’s manual (we just KNOW it’s still in your glove compartment under all those old CDs, napkins and condiment packets) and earn a little DIY street cred. Start with E3 Spark Plugs‘ list of five must-have skills for every car owner: Be her hero. Check E3 Spark Plugs' list of five must-have skills for every auto owner. Change a Flat Tire – Who needs AAA when you’ve got two hands, a jack, a lug wrench and a sparkling clean white shirt? Jump Start a Car - It’ll get you back on the road in no time. Plus, if you’re the one with the running car, it’s a great way to play hero to that cutie in the parking lot giving you the damsel-in-distress look. Change an Air Filter - This usually gets do...

January 28, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Makes Inaugural Class of 50 “Florida Companies to Watch”

  GrowFL, ACG Florida and the Edward Lowe Foundation named E3 Spark Plugs in their inaugural list of 50 “Florida Companies to Watch.” The list recognizes Florida companies that are flourishing despite the nation’s financial downturn and helping to buoy Florida’s economy. ‘Firms like these named ‘Companies to Watch’ continue to be the catalyst that is fueling Florida’s emergence from a turbulent national economy,” said Randy Berridge, president of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. Florida Companies To Watch Program from Florida Technology Journal on Vimeo. Each of the privately held companies employs up to 99 workers and reports between $750,000 to $50 million in annual revenue or capital. Their combined impact is $419 million in total annual revenue and 1,972 full-time equivalent employees. For the five year period 2006-2010, the companies generated a combined $1.4 billion in revenue and hired 1,153 new employees in and outside of Florida. This refle...

January 28, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Announces the 2011 BIGFOOT/Stacey David’s GearZ Sweepstakes

E3 Spark Plugs Announces the 2011 BIGFOOT/Stacey David’s GearZ Sweepstakes

E3 Spark Plugs’ new 2011 sweepstakes is bigger and better than ever before! One lucky winner will be offered an opportunity to ride along with a professional BIGFOOT® driver in the E3 BIGFOOT Monster Truck, and he/she and a guest will have a chance to be VIP’s for the weekend at the 2011 4-Wheel Jamboree in Indianapolis, Indiana September 16th-18th. The sweepstakes will be promoted throughout the year from January 1, 2011 through August 19, 2011 on Stacey David’s GearZ syndicated on Speed channel, at the Monster Nationals Events, and the Lucas Oil/E3 Spark Plug Dyno Challenge events. Not only will the winner be a part of the crew for the racing portion of the show, but also get to meet Bob Chandler, inventor and owner of BIGFOOT, and Stacey David, producer & host of Stacey David’s GearZ and dine with them during lunch. The Grand Prize includes: round-trip airfare to and from Indianapolis, Indiana, two (2) day hotel accommodations, and transportation to & from the airport an...

January 28, 2015


2011 E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals Event Tickets On Sale Now

2011 E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals Event Tickets On Sale Now

Tickets for the 2011 E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals‘ January – April events, presented by Lucas Oil, are on sale now. This year’s lineup includes 14 events at stadiums, arenas and coliseums in nine different states and promises to deliver mud-flinging, jaw-dropping, heart-thumping and awe-inspiring action that the whole family will enjoy. The 2011 E3 Spark Plugs Monster Truck Nationals presented by Lucas Oil hits 13 venues next year. Tickets are on sale now. Each venue will rumble with the nation’s most competitive Monster Trucks, including the ever popular E3 Spark Plugs-sponsored Bigfoot, which celebrated its 35th anniversary with the 2010 season. Originally used as the work truck and occasional promotional piece for Monster Truck Nationals founder Bob Chandler’s 4×4 parts and service company, Bigfoot is the iconic image of monster truck racing. It all started in 1981 when Chandler decided to roll Bigfoot over a couple of junk cars and see how audiences re...

January 28, 2015


Spark Plugs in Tinseltown

This just might be the strangest E3 Spark Plugs blog entry we’ve posted thus far. With everyone here at the E3 headquarters itching to ditch work early for the opening of  Disney’s “Tron” tonight, we got to thinking about all the great motorcycle movies we’ve seen. Then, we got to wondering if any of those films paid tribute to the trusty spark plug. After all, if a motorcycle was a blockbuster movie, the spark plug might be the great script. Turns out, the spark plug doesn’t get much respect from scriptwriters, which we think is a cinematic shame. But we did find a few oddly amusing spark plug script cameos. The earliest spark plug cameo we find in filmdom is in the 1930 Cecil B. DeMille flick “Madame Satan” which, incidentally, was released on DVD this month. The legendary Hollywood director/producer was best known for biblical epics like the 1923 and 1956 versions of The Ten Commandments” and 1952′s melodramatic Oscar winner “The Greatest Show on Earth.”...

January 28, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs’ Holiday Wish List

E3 Spark Plugs’ Holiday Wish List

What do you get the gearhead who has everything? E3 Spark Plugs combed the internet and a few automotive magazines and TV shows to put together a list of the five three things we think the car/truck/motorcycle enthusiast on your holiday shopping list will love. Heck, you just might pick up an extra one of these for yourself, too. We wouldn’t blame you. Cover of "20th Century Classic Cars: 100 Years of Automotive Ads" - a great gift for the car buff. A copy of 20th Century Classic Cars – 100 Years of Automotive Ads: This hard-cover coffee table book features a look back at both the progress of car design and the art of advertising those cars over the past century.  Written and compiled by New York Times Automotive Writer Phil Patton and Taschen America Executive Editor Jim Heimann, the book is a brilliantly illustrated, 480-page timeline of the automobile and highlights technological innovations, major manufacturers and dealers, influential historical events and the influe...

January 28, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs to the Rescue as Gas Prices Rise Again

E3 Spark Plugs to the Rescue as Gas Prices Rise Again

Spark plugs, tire gauges, air filters all are weapons in the fight against rising gas prices. The national average cost for a gallon of unleaded self-serve gasoline was $2.98 as of Tuesday morning, and it already tops $3 in some states including California, New Jersey and Nevada. That’s the highest national average gas price since October 2008. E3 Spark Plugs can help you conserve gas and save money this holiday travel season. As the economy continues to recover, everyone is looking for ways to cut costs and still get their day-to-day running done, especially during the holiday travel season. To that end, E3 Spark Plugs and AAA offer a few tips to help drivers conserve gas, save cash and boost air quality for everyone: Check your tire pressure. Underinflated tires cut your fuel economy by upwards of two percent per pound of pressure below recommended levels. In fact, the increased resistance in underinflated tires on our highways wastes nearly 1.2 billion gallons of fuel ...

January 28, 2015


Proud Jeep Grand Cherokee Driver? Get your E3 Jeep Spark Plugs

Proud Jeep Grand Cherokee Driver? Get your E3 Jeep Spark Plugs

2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee We sell a lot of E3 jeep spark plugs and our Jeep Grand Cherokee-driving customers are among the proudest. Well, those Jeep lovers just nabbed bragging rights. Editors of Decisive Auto magazine and a panel of 15 independent automotive journalists named the new Jeep Grand Cherokee the “2011 Urban Truck of the Year.” The honor is the latest in an already impressive list of accolades for the Jeep’s new premium SUV. Other kudos include: Consumers Digest “Best Buy” Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Award for Off-Road Ability Texas Auto Writers Association “SUV of Texas” Texas Auto Writers Association “Full-size SUV of Texas” Ruedas ESPN “Best SUV” Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick “While faithfully capturing the spirit of its predecessor, the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is new and improved in every way,” said Decisive Auto Editor-in-Chief Lyndon Bell. “The Jeep’s over-the-road dynamics ...

January 28, 2015


Detroit Pistons Form Spark Plugs Junior Dance Team

Detroit Pistons Form Spark Plugs Junior Dance Team

Ever heard of a dancing spark plug? Perhaps if you’re a Detroit Pistons fan. The NBA team just announced formation of the new Spark Plugs Junior Dance Team, slated to perform at four home games this season and sure to add some real spark to the Pistons’ entertainment lineup. Auditions for the Detroit Pistons' new Spark Plugs Junior Dance Team happen January 4. The Spark Plugs will feature young dancers performing high-energy, hip hop style dances to help pump up the crowds of more than 22,000 fans who fill the Palace stands at each Pistons home game. Likely consisting of 16 members, the Spark Plugs will join an already exciting entertainment lineup that includes the beautiful women of the Automotion Dance Team; the Pistons Drumline; the Flight Crew, a high-flying acrobatic trampoline dunk team; and the Power Plant, a group of the 50 most loyal and animated Pistons fans – not to be confused with the Spare Tires, a dance team of the Piston’s biggest (in the literal sense...

January 28, 2015


E3 Spark Plugs Among EarthGarage.com’s top 10 Green Automotive Gift Picks

E3 Spark Plugs Among EarthGarage.com’s top 10 Green Automotive Gift Picks

E3 Spark Plugs make a great gift for the tree hugger on your Christmas list. In fact, EarthGarage.com has named E3 Spark Plugs among their Top 10 Green Automotive Gift Picks for 2010. A division of New York-based Green Automotive Alliance, LLC, EarthGarage.com is an online resource that offers mainstream consumers tips for making their automobiles greener by using current technology, products and services – all while saving money. E3 Spark Plugs make a great gift for the eco-minded driver on your Christmas list. Says EarthGarage.com: “E3 spark plugs’ advanced Diamond Fire design translates into increased power output, fuel economy and reduced emissions in gasoline engines.” They’re right. Tests show that E3 spark plugs increase combustion pressure in the engine, allowing for faster flame speed and directional flame front improvements that result in a stronger, cleaner burn. And E3 is the only spark plug recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a “...

January 28, 2015


Spark Plug Trouble in Cold Weather

Spark Plug Trouble in Cold Weather

A wintertime dip in temperatures can put a damper on your vehicle’s engine performance, and your spark plugs may play a role. But that role may start with your battery. There are several tricks to pinpoint the cause of a sluggish cold-weather start. The coming cold weather can affect your vehicle's engine and spark plug performance. The first word of advice is this: Don’t let a sluggish start tempt you to run out and buy hotter car or truck spark plugs. The operating temperature of your vehicle doesn’t change with the climate temperature. So it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a tank top or a duffle coat – stick with the manufacturer-recommended spark plug for your vehicle. Cold temperatures render batteries less powerful. Cool weather causes an increase in electrical resistance in most electrical circuits, including your vehicle’s ignition. So if your vehicle was slow to start (or failed to start) it may be because the battery did not provide your spark plugs e...

January 28, 2015


2011 GEICO Powersports AMA EnduroCross Series Presented by E3 Spark Plugs Schedule Announced

The 2010 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by E3 Spark Plugs proved an exhaustingly fun trip this year. KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak dominated the tracks for much of the season, winning all but one round A piece of track debris took out his front brake caliber in Round 5, forcing him to watch Geoff Aaron beat him to the finish line. It was Aaron’s first EnduroCross win. Despite his undeniable on-track rule, Blazusiak admits that winning didn’t come easy this season. “It seems everybody’s gotten better this year, the whole field,” he told reporters just after his Round 4 win. This season also saw a rare female competitor when Oklahoma’s Kerrie Swartz took to the tracks at the Laze E Arena in August, and welcomed veteran racer Kurt Nicoll back to the track in Denver in October. But as they say, there’s no rest for the weary. With the smoke barely cleared from the 2010 season, the 2011 season schedule is already set. Next years’ GEICO Powersports AMA EnduroCross S...

January 28, 2015


Taddy Blazusiak Lands Championship at GEICO AMA EnduroCross Finals Presented by E3 Spark Plugs

Taddy Blazusiak Lands Championship at GEICO AMA EnduroCross Finals Presented by E3 Spark Plugs

The stands were packed this weekend for the final round of the 2010 GEICO AMA EnduroCross presented by E3 Spark Plugs – and the audience was on its feet when KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak crossed the finish line for both the race win and another year as the championship title holder. But it wasn’t easy. Blazusiak barely edged out Monster Kawasaki’s Justin Soule to set the fastest time during the Pioneer hot laps, a feature that puts riders on the track one-by-one for a single lap against the clock. Blazusiak, Soule and Geoff Aaron, respectively, won the first picks for the heat races, then each won their heats for a quick trip to the main event. Taddy Blazusiak (with team manager Antti Kallonen, right) wins the 2010 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series championship presented by E3 Spark Plugs. Image by KTM Racing. On the main event track, Aaron proved particularly aggressive, pushing past Blazusiak to claim the Girardi Wealth Management $750 Holeshot Award. That got Blazusiak fired ...

January 28, 2015


GEICO AMA EX Presented by E3 Spark Plugs Opens Pro Pits & Practice Session

GEICO AMA EX Presented by E3 Spark Plugs Opens Pro Pits & Practice Session

The GEICO AMA EnduroCross presented by E3 Spark Plugs is giving racing fans a chance to meet the superstars of EX before they hit the tracks for the 2010 series championship rounds. Pro pits open at noon on Saturday, Nov. 20th. Riders will greet fans and sign autographs before booting up for the 3 p.m. pro practice and Hot Lap qualifying session. It’s all free to the public until the finals round begins later that evening at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena, with tickets starting at $37. Among the riders looking forward to meeting fans are current GEICO EnduroCross series points leader, KTM’s Taddy Blazusiak; defending series champion, Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Ricky Dietrich; and 10-time AMA National Trial champion, KTM’s Geoff Aaron, who landed his first EnduroCross win in round five. Reps from the American Motorcyclist Association will pay a visit to the EX finals Saturday evening. In town for the annual AMA Legends & Champions Weekend, they’ll hand out four coveted AMA No...

January 28, 2015


Matt Bowling Wins $10,000 Prize at Lucas Oil Go-Kart Shootout Co-Sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs

Matt Bowling Wins $10,000 Prize at Lucas Oil Go-Kart Shootout Co-Sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs

  The 4th Annual Lucas Oil Go-Kart  Shootout presented by Earl Pearson, Jr. and co-sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs awarded another first-time winner with the big prize in the Lucas Oil Pro Class last weekend. Ridgeway, VA’s Matt Bowling beat a strong field of 62 entries to win the 50-lap feature event and take home the $10,000 purse. In all, event producers doled out more than $40,000 in prize money, including a $100 award to E3 Spark Plugs Fast Time Award Pro-Class winner Hunter Curtis. Earl Pearson, Jr. and Matt Bowling, winner of the Lucas Oil Go-Kart Shootout Pro Class event. This year’s event  drew 430 entries in 26 classes competing over two days. Competing go-kart racers from across the country revved up at the Possum Kingdom Speedway in Belton, South Carolina. Thanks to a sponsorship agreement with ApplianceZone.com, the event was broadcast live on www.itstv.tv, including interviews with several drivers. The Lucas Oil Go-Kart Shootout is one of the biggest paying...

January 28, 2015


GEICO EnduroCross Finals Presented by E3 Spark Plugs Welcomes AMA Hall of Famers to Vegas

GEICO EnduroCross Finals Presented by E3 Spark Plugs Welcomes AMA Hall of Famers to Vegas

Motorcycle fans headed to Las Vegas’ Orleans Arena for the Nov. 20 finals round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross presented by E3 Spark Plugs are in for a double treat. Motorcycle Hall of Famer Bob "Hurricane" Hanna will be honored at the Amercian Motorcyclist Association's Legends & Champions Weekend ceremonies. “Your ticket … might have you seated next to a former AMA off-road, road racing or motocross champion,” said Mike Karsting, VP of Events for Source Interlink Media. That’s because the American Motorcyclist Association’s Legends & Champions Weekend is slated for the same time in the same city. Top billing is the 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame induction Ceremony at the Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa in Las Vegas. This year’s inductees are: Eyvind Boyesen, Don Castro, Larry Coleman, Clark Collins, David Emde, John and Rita Gregory, Bruce Ogilvie and Mitch Payton. And existing Hall of Famer Bob “Hurricane” Hannah will be honored as one of America’s greatest...

January 28, 2015


Colton Haaker Successfully Defends E3 Spark Plugs EnduroCross Pro Junior Championship Title

Colton Haaker Successfully Defends E3 Spark Plugs EnduroCross Pro Junior Championship Title

With the 2010 GEICO AMA EnduroCross presented by E3 Spark Plugs finals still a week away, 21-year-old Colton Haaker (Lucas Oil/Kawasaki) has clinched his second consecutive win for the E3 Spark Plugs EnduroCross Pro Junior Championship title. It’s a sweet victory after a tough season. Haaker racked up 65 points thus far in the series and currently holds 8th place in the overall pro class standings. That’s well shy of where he’d like to be, but given his young age and substantially less seat time than veteran competitors in the EnduroCross field, it ain’t bad. Colton Haaker is the 2010 E3 Spark Plugs EnduroCross Pro Junior Champion. “Hey, it’s cool to still be young and doing as well as I’ve been doing in EnduroCross,” Haaker said. “This year has for sure been harder and things haven’t gone as well as they have in the past.” Haaker left the nest just over a year ago, leaving his family home for his own Murietta, CA digs, and feels that much of his trouble...

January 28, 2015


Rick Huseman Cinches Pro 4 Unlimited Championship in Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs

Rick Huseman Cinches Pro 4 Unlimited Championship in Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs

Round 14 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series presented by GEICO Powersports and sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs offered up plenty of action from crushing rolls to dizzying spinouts to a bit of a fire show in the Pro 4 Unlimited. As dust and smoke flew, fans cheered as Adrian Cenni landed his first win since Round 10. But Rick Huseman’s fans cheered just as loud. His third-place finish in the #36 Traxxas/Monster Energy Toyota scored him more than enough points to secure his first Lucas Oil Off-Road championship. A shot from Round 14 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series presented by GEICO Powersports and sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs. The Pro 4 Unlimited revved up with Jerry Daugherty in the #23 Magnaflow/Racin’ Dirty Chevrolet and Kyle LeDuc in the #99 Rockstar/Makita Ford in front. By the end of lap one, Daugherty still held the lead, but soon gave it up when he rolled into the hot pits with an unknown issue. Next, Mike Johnson provided a bit of a fire show when his truck...

January 28, 2015


Rocket Rob Buydos to Announce GEICO AMA EnduroCross Presented by E3 Spark Plugs

Rocket Rob Buydos to Announce GEICO AMA EnduroCross Presented by E3 Spark Plugs

Ready to get pumped up? If you’re planning to attend the championship rounds of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Presented by E3 Spark Plugs, you’re in luck. It was just announced that longtime AMA MX Nationals announcer and ThorMX’s Thor TV host Rocket Rob Buydos has joined EnduroCross’ announcing team for the finals event November 20 at the Las Vegas Orleans Arena. Longtime AMA MX Nationals announcer and Thor TV host "Rocket" Rob Buydos will announce the final rounds of the 2010 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Presented by E3 Spark Plugs. Image courtesy of EnduroCross. A solid rider in his own right, Buydos is known for his high-energy announcing that gets fans in a frenzy and for his rapport with the racers on the tracks. “I mean come on – Vegas is fantastic alone,” said Buydos in his typical fired-up persona. “Add to that sick talent, world class obstacles, true drama and the certain carnage THAT IS EnduroCross – and I love it!” There’s no doubting Buydos’ passion...

January 28, 2015


Round 13 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series Co-Sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs a Wish Fulfilled

Round 13 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series presented by Geico Powersports and co-sponsored by E3 Spark Plugs was a thrill-a-minute for fans, racers and one very special kid. In the midst of all the hard-fought competition on the tracks, 15-year-old Baydon Yundt enjoyed the experience of a lifetime thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grants the wishes of kids with life-threatening medical conditions. Yundt’s wish was to meet X-Games champ and Metal Mulisha founder Brian Deegan. Not only did he get to meet Deegan, who raced in the Pro Lite Unlimited, but Deegan agreed to give Yount a ride-along on Friday. And it was Yundt who waved the green flag in both of the weekend’s Pro Lite Unlimited Races while his family enjoyed the view from the Lucas Oil VIP area and went back home to Monkton, Ontario, Canada with a bountiful booty of Metal Mulisha gear. E3 Spark Plugs gives props to Deegan and best wishes to Yundt and his family. The full day of ...

January 28, 2015


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