Auto Theft Rates Highest in California, Washington, Texas

With this month's release of the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the top 10 most stolen rides in 2014, there's a lot of talk about just how to avoid becoming a car theft victim statistic. One idea: If you live in California, Washington or Texas, consider a move. NICB statistics show that cities in these three states fill the list of the top 10 metropolitan areas with the highest auto theft rates last year. San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, California Bakersfield, California Stockton-Lodi, California Odessa, Texas Modesto, California Spokane-Spokane Valley, Washington Vallejo-Fairfield, California Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington Fresno, California San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, California What gives? Experts say that port and border cities are notorous hotbeds for...

September 11, 2015
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Hot Wheels: Honda Accord, Civic Named Most Stolen Rides of 2014

Drive a Honda? You might want to look into a few theft-deterrent options. That's because the Honda Accord and Honda Civic took the top two spots on the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the most stolent rides in 2014. The nearest contenders weren't even close. The news comes as no surprise to insurance pros and law enforcement. The same two cars topped the annual list last year as well. Experts point to the fact that both models are known for reliability, which means many older models remain on the roadways - and those older rides lack modern security features that come standard in more recently manufactured vehicles. Plus, their enduring popularity makes them less noticeable when the BOLOs go out. Here's the NICB's list of the 10 models most likely to disappear from America's...

September 11, 2015
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Eight Great Tips to Avoid Having your Ride Swiped

Statistics from the FBI show that upward of 700,000 vehicles are lifted each year, with metropolitan areas in California, Washington and Texas having the highest auto theft rates. And if you own a Honda Accord or Civic, you're at particular risk. These popular rides known for their reliabilty top the National Insurance Crime Bureau's list of the most stolen vehicles in 2014.To avoid contributing to such statistics, E3 Spark Plugs offers these eight great tips for avoiding having your ride disappear from the parking lot or driveway: Drive a manual: An ever growing percentage of Americans don't know how or simply don't want to drive a manual. And if they can't drive it, they can't steal it. Take your steering wheel with you: Quick release steering wheel kits are increasingly...

September 11, 2015
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IndyCars Cross Golden Gate Bridge in Homage to Justin Wilson

The racing world is reeling from the untimely death of one of its most beloved. British open-wheel racer Justin Wilson passed away August 23rd after a horrfic on-track crash at the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway. The 37-year-old was struck in the head by the carbon-fiber nosecone of race leader Sage Karem when Karem's Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet hit the Tricky Triangle's outside wall, sending debris flying up and down the track as it essentially disintegrated. Footage shows that Wilson appeared to lose control and spear left into the track's inside wall. He was immediately airlifted to an Allentown, PA hospital, where he never emerged from a coma.In homage to Wilson, a husband and father of two daughters from Sheffield, England, fellow racers gathered on Thursday to parade five...

August 29, 2015
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US Roadways Most Frequented by Drunk Drivers

Statistics show that drunk driving kills one person every 52 mintues throughout the United States. You might think that these accidents are more frequent in larger party cities like Los Angeles, New York or Miami. But you'd be wrong. Turns out that drunk driving crashes are far more likely to happen along the long stretches of open road that connect small towns in rural western areas, where drivers often are tempted to drive faster and less carefully for longer distances. A new study commissioned by the National Highway Traffic Safety Adminsistration took a look at road fatalities stats associated with drunk driving all across the country. The data turned up a total of 94,550 drunk driving deaths between 2004 and 2013, and identified the roadways where these accidents happened most....

August 29, 2015
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New Design Could Revolutionize Motorcycle Helmets

In 2013 pro motocross racer Zack Bell experienced one of the most harrowing crashes the industry and its fans would see all year. It happened at the Dallas Supercross event where Bell was making his 250SX debut. He was leading his heat race and launching off a triple when it all went wrong and he found himself soaring through the air sans-bike, then landing hard on the dirt-covered concrete track. Those in the stands were sure Bell's career and possibly his life were over. So, you can imagine the shock when he got up and walked away.In most any other case, Bell likely would have suffered a major head injury. But on that day, he just happened to be wearing a 6D Advanced Imact Defense helmet designed by someone who knows all too well the daily dangers that competitive bike racers...

August 29, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: "Havana Motor Club" Documentary

With Old Glory again flying over the American Embassy building for the first time in over half a century, there's renewed interest in all things Cuba. And for vintage car enthusiasts, that means the eventual possibility of a firsthand look at the one thing the Pearl of the Antilles is best known or - Classic American rides. Meanwhile, for speed-loving children of the Revolution, those storied American-made machines are much more than simple modes of transportation. They represent freedom, thrill and the competitive spirit, as beautifully illustrated in the new documentary, Havana Motor Club. Says the film's website: "Punctuated by a lively Cuban soundtrack, Havana Motor Club captures a nation at a crossroads. Changing international relationships and economic reforms have offered...

August 29, 2015
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Shelby American Rolls Out Limited-Edition 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe

If you're a vintage car buff, no doubt you've pined for the ever-elusive chance to drive or even own a classic Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe, perhaps the most iconic of American sports coupes. We here at E3 Spark Plugs certainly have. Well, now's our chance - sort of. Shelby American recently debuted the two versions of its 50th Anniversary Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe at the Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival. The exclusive event, held at Monterey Airport's Jet Center, is the official kickoff of the annual Monterey Car Week and features the crème de la crème of automotive and aircraft. The original Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes were built specifically to take on Ferrari and its 250 GTO in the GT class on the track. Their shape was developed by Shelby's Pete Brock for a...

August 26, 2015
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Consumer Reports Releases its Annual Automotive Report Cards

Which car brand is America's best? Consumer Reports recently rolled out its Annual Automotive Report Cards, listing its top picks based on a 78-point overall score that combines road-test and predicted reliability scores. One surprise this year is Detroit-based Buick, which makes a strong showing in a list that typically is dominated by Japanese brands. In fact, Buick this year has the highest percentage of tested models being Consumer Reports-recommended at 83 percent. Subaru follows closely with 80 percent and by Lexus and Kia, both at 78 percent. "For years, domestic automakers built lower-priced and lower-quality alternatives to imports, but those days are behind us," Jake Fisher, Consumer Reports director of automotive testing, told reporters. "Today, many domestic models...

August 25, 2015
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Miami vice Ferrari Testarossa Set for Sale at Monterey

If you were a child of the MTV generation, no doubt you popped the collar on your pastel colored blazer, rocked a mullet and dreamed of cruising down the street and picking up girls in your Ferrari Testarossa - just like the guys on Miami Vice. Now, if you've got the cash, that dream can become a reality come this weekend's Mecum auction at Monterey Car Week on California's coast. In the hit show, Det. James "Sonny" Crockett (played by Don Johnson) and his partner Det. Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) were undercover narcotics investigators posing as high-level drug dealers in sexy, violent, cocaine-soaked Miami, Florida. After the dramatic and untimely destruction of his Daytona Spyder, and a fair amount of complaining to boss, Lieutenant Martin Castillo (Edward James Olmos),...

August 10, 2015
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