E3 Spark Plugs Digs NASCAR’s Troops to the Track Program

America’s military service members, veterans and families get the VIP treatment with NASCAR’s Troops to the Tracks program. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we have the utmost respect and love for our nation’s military servicemen and service women. And, of course, we love fast cars. So, we’re big fans of NASCAR’s Troops to the Track program (T2T). In partnership with the Armed Forces Foundation, this year-round recreational group therapy program honors America’s military service members, veterans and families at NASCAR races nationwide. Since its inception six years ago, the program has treated thousands of wounded service members, veterans and families to customized VIP experiences at the races. We’re talking garage tours, driver meet-and-greets and...

February 10, 2015
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Furious 7 Full Length Trailer Released

  “This right here takes crazy to a whole ‘nother level,” says Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson) in Furious 7, the final installment in the wildly successful, muscle car-crazed film franchise. And judging by the recently released full-length trailer, we here at E3 Spark Plugs agree. Set for theatrical release April 3, Furious 7 stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Dwayne Johnson, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and – playing Ian Shaw, the angry villain obsessively bent on revenge – Jason Statham. It centers on Shaw’s bloodlust for revenge against Dominic Toretto (Diesel) and his crew for the death of his brother, Owen, a former British Special Forces soldier-turned-mercenary killed by Toretto at the end of Fast and Furious 6. Furious 7 also stars...

February 10, 2015
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Massive Car Collection Action to Benefit Worthy Cause

This 1962 Rolls Royce Mulliner Drophead Coupe is among the more than 230 classics in the Rogers Collection to be auctioned off in Las Vegas. An entire museum full of rare classic cars will go on the auction block later this month, and students throughout the Silver State will benefit. Assembled by the late Jim Rogers, media mogul, former chancellor of the Nevada System of High Education and lover of all things automotive, the collection includes more than 230 rare classic and antique cars that make up the Rogers’ Classic Car Museum in Las Vegas. Rogers’ collection grew over a lifetime as he worked to build something that “represented the American working man’s climb to success,” his widow Beverly Rogers told reporters. “He didn’t just buy the...

February 10, 2015
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Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept – Perfect for the Indecisive

The Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept fuses the look of a car with the functionality of a pickup truck. Sometimes, you need a good pickup truck – When your best bud finally decides he’s ready to unload his vintage foosball machine and it’s yours if you can pick it up today; when your wife does a Goodwill purge and wants to get all her so-last-year looks out the door on her way to shop for an updated wardrobe; when you lose a bet and have to help your old roommate move. But if, outside of those moments of necessity, a pickup just isn’t your style, you just might be in luck soon. Introducing the Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept – a great potential buy for the guy not quite ready to commit to a pickup, but wanting the versatility of one...

February 10, 2015
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Washington Auto Show Revs Up

The Toyota FV2 concept is among the futuristic rides on display at the Washington Auto Show this week. The 2015 Washington Auto Show revved up at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC this weekend with a futuristic and family-friendly bent. Sadie Robertson of A&E’s Duck Dynasty and Dancing with the Stars signed autographs as fans flooded in on Friday. She’s the first of a full roster of celebs and special guests making appearances. Others include WWE’s Randy Orton, Washington Capitals player Brooks Laich and NFL legends Charley Taylor, Dave Butz and Mark Moseley. But of course, the real attention goes to the hundreds of sleek new rides on display throughout the 703,000-square-foot convention center. Among them are some very cool concepts...

February 10, 2015
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Got a Vintage Longroof in Your Garage? ACCA Museum Wants to See It

Got a vintage station wagon parked in your garage? The AACA Museum wants to borrow it. Before the minivan took over the roadways like a rabid soccer mom hell-bent on world domination, there was another iconic American automotive workhorse – the beloved station wagon. Now, the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, PA is honoring the memory of your mama’s faux wood-paneled grocery getter with a special exhibition. A Family Affair: Station Wagons opens May 23 and runs through October 12. It’s designed to showcase both familiar and lesser known examples of station wagons and the impact they had on family life. Thus far, the museum has just over a dozen confirmed rides ranging from a 1958 Edsel Villager to a Ford Pinto Rallye, but it needs help filling...

February 10, 2015
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Fabulous 1950 Futurliner Fetches $4 Million

This 1950 Harley Earl-designed GM Futurliner recently drew $4 million to benefit the Armed Forces Foundation. Back in its day, the GM Futurliner was aptly named. Debuting in 1939 and styled during the 1940s by iconic automotive designer Harley Earl, this then-futuristic, wheeled behemoth proved an integral part of the company’s Parade of Progress traveling exhibition, created to promote innovative vehicles and technologies. Fast forward more than half a century and the Futurliner is still turning heads. One of just nine Harley Earl-designed Futurliners known to exist today (and one of just three still running), a gorgeous 1950 model drew a $4 million gavel drop this past weekend at the 2015 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event. Measuring an intense 33 feet long, eight feet wide and...

February 10, 2015
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Crazy Lucky Guy Survives Being Pinned Between Two Semis

A shot of the world’s luckiest guy, Kaleb Whitby, still in the wreckage of his pickup truck pinned between two semis. If one could bottle luck, slap a label on it and sell it in stores, we’d line up to buy it if it came from one Kaleb Whitby. This 27-year-old farmer from Kennewick, Washington likely already fancied himself a pretty fortunate guy, on account of having a hot wife, a cute toddler and another on the way. But early Saturday morning, he got a dose of good fortune that stunned rescuers and is making international headlines. “Thank God I’m still alive,” Whitby told reporters on the scene of the massive pileup that involved more than 20 vehicles and some 100 people on the Beaver State’s I-84. “Now, I’ve got to go figure out...

February 10, 2015
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Top Five New Automotive Technologies Ahead

Head Up Display technology has come a long way and may soon become standard features in new vehicles. If there’s one constant in the automotive world, it’s constant change. The technologies we have today once were only dreamt of. And those that seem impossible today may well be commonplace tomorrow. Following is a rundown of the top five new automotive technologies coming down the pike, as selected by the gearheads and technophiles here at E3 Spark Plugs. Autonomous vehicles: Go ahead, sip that latte, snap that selfie and Tweet that LOL while heading to work. Mercedes-Benz, Audi and General Motors all have partially autonomous cars hitting the sales lots this year or next. And a new study suggests that by 2035, one in 10 cars sold in the US will be fully...

February 10, 2015
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E3 Releases Project CARS Racing Sim Trailer

A scene from the new Project CARS video game, due for release in March. If you’re already itching to experience the new Project CARS racing simulator, you’re in luck – Sort of. While it won’t hit your video game consoles until March, you can get a glimpse of what’s to come via the just-released trailer. Among the sleek, sexy speedsters featured are a range of F1s, Hot Hatches, Hypercars and what looks to be a hydrogen-fueled Aston Martin Rapide S. Project CARS (which stands for Community Assisted Racing Simulator) was developed by Britain’s Slightly Mad Studios and is slated for release on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on March 17 in the US, March 20 in Europe. Wii U and SteamOS/Linux versions are expected later in the year. Rather...

February 10, 2015
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