Four Pricey Floyd Mayweather Rides Go Up In Flames

Famed fighter Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is as well known for his automotive bling as he is for his championship titles, as E3 Spark Plugs noted a few months ago. According to one of his few dealers of choice, Josh "Chop" Towbin, who owns Towbin Motorcars in Las Vegas, Mayweather has purchased well more than 100 ultrahigh-end rides from the dealership, including nearly 20 Rolls Royces. But just like the Regular Joe, the guy has a bad day now and then. One of those bad days happened earlier this week when a trailer transporting Mayweather’s Bentley, two Rolls Royce Whips and a highly customized Jeep caught fire, burning all four rides to a (very expensive) crisp. The trailer had left Miami and was headed to Vegas when trouble started just outside of Phoenix, Arizona around 1:30 am on...

October 9, 2015
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Mystery of James Dean’s Long-Missing Porsche Spyder Solved?

It’s one of the most enduringly fascinating classic car mysteries –and it may soon be solved. On Sept. 30, 1955, iconic actor James Dean and a friend were speeding along Route 466 in Cholame, in his sleek, silver 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder when it slammed head-on into a 1950 Ford Tudor coupe driven by 23-year-old college student Donald Turnipseed. The sheer velocity of the impact flipped Dean’s car into the air. It landed back on its wheels in a gully, pinning Dean inside with a broken neck. The young star died during transport to the hospital. Dean’s Porsche, dubbed “Little Bastard,” had been customized by George Barris, famed designer of the Batmobile and the Munster Koach, and by master pinstriper and customizer Dean Jeffries who had a shop...

October 9, 2015
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Distinguished Gentlemen Don their Most Dapper Duds and Ride for a Cause

"I say, good sir - Nice motor bike!" Such might be the best way to best way to compliment a fellow rider if you attended one of the multiple Distinguished Gentlemen’s rides, wherein upward of 30,000 gentlemen and ladies in 400 cities worldwide “don their cravats, press their tweed and sit astride their classic-styled motorcycles to raise funds for prostate cancer research and awareness.” Founded in Sydney, Australia in 2012 and inspired by a photo of Mad Men character Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), the event is projected to raise $3 million this year. Here in the United States alone, nearly 220,800 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed each year. The disease is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the US, claiming the lives of 27,540 American men...

October 9, 2015
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Formula 1, British Military, Aerospace Experts Building 1,000-MPH Rocket Car

It's the stuff of your boyhood dreams. A sleek, supersized, rocket-on-wheels ride designed to hit speeds of 1,000 miles per hour. And it's fast approaching reality. Earlier this week, a team of British engineers unveiled the Bloodhound SSC, touted as the most powerful land vehicle ever made. This massive orange and blue ride that actually looks like a rocken when standing on its back end weighs in at 7.5 tons and meatures more than 44 feet long. It's powered by a Rolls Royce EJ200 jet engine, like those used in the Typhoon fighter jet, as well as a Nammo hybrid rocket engine. And there's a supercharged Jaguar V8 engine aboard to pump the oxidizer required for the rocket to burn. the setup allows for the equivalent of 135,000 bhp of thrust. Wheels are made of a long long, thin cylinder...

September 25, 2015
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Pope Francis Goes Low-Glam With New Popemobile

Pope Francis has won hearts across many faiths in large part to his sincere love for and relatability to the regular guy. After all, Papa Francisco, as he's endearingly known, once worked as a bar bouncer and a floor sweeper, for Pete's sake. He further solidified that persona during his trip to the US when he skipped dinner with our nation's highest-level politicos, instead dining with area homeless. He's proven time and time again that he's not above snapping a selfie with members of his flock. And for automotive enthusiasts, he has repeatedly humbled the papal fleet with his choice of rides decidedly less glam than those of previous popes. The earliest popemobile was actually a gilded throne or "sedan chair" carried on posts by footmen with some serious strength. It first got...

September 25, 2015
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Holy Copyright Fight! Batmobile Replica Maker Shut Down

Just in case you were looking forward to plunking down a cool $90,000 to drive your very own Batmobile replica, too bad. A federal judge in San Francisco recently shot down Gotham Garage owner Mark Towle's highly successful business making street-legal replicas of the Batmobile as it appeared in the 1966 Batman television series and the 1989 Batman movie starring Michael Keaton as the Caped Crusader. Ninth Circuit Judge Sandra Ikuta ruled that the car has enough distinct character traits to be deemed eligible for copyright protection. "As Batman so sagely told Robin, 'In our well-ordered society, protection of private property is essential,'" Judge Ikuta wrote.Towle's attorney Larry Zerner argued the law holds that automobile designs are not subject to copyright. "My client just sells...

September 24, 2015
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Worst Excuses Actually Used to Dodge Speeding Tickets

Let's face it - A lot of us have a need for speed, but nobody likes getting nabbed with a speeding ticket. So, we can come up with some real doozies of excuses to dodge a high-dollar citation. PoliceOne.com, an online resource for law enforcement professionals, asked officers nationwide to tell about the best, worst and craziest lines they've received from lead-footed drivers. Here are 10 of our favorites here at E3 Spark Plugs. "I wasn't speeding, I just got a haircut and it makes me look fast." "I'm a Wicka. You know, a witch. Are you giving me a ticket? I'll put a spell on you." "Oh, I thought the sign I 95 meant the speed limit. Glad you didn't catch me over on SR 210 earlier." "Duh, I know I was going fast, I was trying to get the snow off my windshield so I could see where I'm...

September 24, 2015
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Here's How NOT to Dodge Speeding Ticket

File this one in the "dumbest criminals" folder, E3 Spark Plugs fans. Florida man Julius Lupowitz recently got nabbed for his lead food in West Melbourne. But what he did to dodge the $200 speeding ticket coming his way only ended up getting him in far worse legal trouble. When the officer writing Lupowitz's ticket turned around, the delusional driver got the not-so-bright idea to dial 911 with a bogus claim. "There's definitely someone going to get shot," he reportedly told 911 operators. "Please, please. Wingate and Hollywood. Please. There's a man with a gun. I see him looking at me but I don't think he sees I'm on a cell phone. I swear I'm so scared I might get killed myself. Please."Apparently, Lupowitz mistakenly thought that the officer would have no choice but to speed...

September 24, 2015
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Diesel Scandal Prompts Massive Volkswagen Recall - Is Your Ride Affected?

All the talk in the automotive world lately is the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal. The company recently admitted it falsified output of carbon emissions from diesel cars by programming engine management software in some diesel models to turn on emission controls only during testing. Once affected vehicles passed testing and returned to the roadways, they would rup up to 40 times more emissions than revealed at the test site, according to officials with the US Environmental Protection Agency. That's one dirty move. In the aftermath of the confession, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn stepped down and the company issued a recall of some 11 million vehicles in the US alone, with upward of $7.2 billion set aside to cover related costs. Affected models are: Jetta (Manufacturing...

September 23, 2015
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Newest Batmobile Unveiled

The movie starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams won't be released until next March. But film car buffs and fans of super hero flicks are getting an epic preview of the newest Batmobile to be featured in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The massive muscle movie ride recently was unveiled at the Warner Brothers Studio tour in Hollywood, California. Executives say the next-generation Batmobile combines elements of the sleek, streamlined design of classic Batmobiles and the high-suspension, military build sported in the more recent Tumbler from the Dark Knight Trilogy. Created by production designer Patrick Tatopoulos, the new Batmobile measures nearly 20 feet long and 12 feet wide and we here at E3 Spark Plugs think it's one of the coolest yet. Want to see the new...

September 23, 2015
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