Mad Motocross Skills Featured in Point Break Remake

There's been much debate over this year's remake of the 1991 film Point Break. But even among those questioning the move, there's been nothing but praise for the amazing stunts performed not by run-of-the-mill Hollywood stunt drivers but actual, legit extreme athletes. Among them are pro snowboarder Xavier De Le Rue, freeclimber Chris Sharma and legendary surfer Laird Hamilton. But our favorite here at E3 Spark Plugs just might be motocross racer Steve Haughelstine. He was one of two bikers featured in scenes shot in Swingarm City, Utah, considered the "holy grail of American motocross riding." In the scene featured in the video below, he and another rider dropped onto a rock spine that, to anyone's knowledge, had never been traversed on wheels before. "These guys are not just...

January 6, 2016
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Bold Colors Shaking Up the Automotive Scene

According to Forbes magazine, and backed up with a quick glance around any American mall or grocery store parking lot, white is the most popular color for automobiles in the US. In fact, Forbes lists the top 10 colors, in order of popularity, as follows: White Black Silver Gray Red Blue Brown/Beige Yellow/Gold Green Everything Else But leave it to the millennial market to shake things up a bit in a brightly hued way. Head to your nearest dealership selling most any brand of new rides and you'll likely see at least one ride that's a bit of a color shock. Examples are Subaru's new BRZ two-door sports car and STi sports sedan in Hyper Blue with matching interior features including stitching on the seats, console, door panels, shift knob and steering wheel. The trend started with...

January 6, 2016
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Are Your Spark Plugs Talking to You?

If inanimate object6s could talk there would be no end to the stories they tell. But while they may not be audible, the spark plugs in your ride actually are quite capable tale-tellers. You just have to know how to read them - preferably before your car, truck, SUV or motorcycle's engine suffers damage. To that end, the automotive experts at E3 Spark Plugs offer a few clues: Safe hues: Take a look at the tips of your spark plugs. If they're somewhere between white and grayish-tan, it's an indication that your engine is in good shape. If you see a pink hue, don't be alarmed. It's simply a sign of deposits from additives in unleaded fuel burned off during combustion. The color of trouble: If your spark plug tips are a charcoal color and smell of gasoline, you've got potential...

January 6, 2016
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Engine Stalling Risk Forces Recall of For Escape, Focus Models

There's nothing quite as unnerving as experiencing a sudden stall-out while zooming down the highway. But that's just what may happen if you drive a 2013 Ford Escape SUV or a 2013-2014 Ford Focus ST hatchback. The company is recalling 9,017 of these rides registered to US owners over a stalling risk. "Insufficient compression in the engine wiring harness splices to the Manifold Absolute Pressure (MAP) sensor may provide incorrect signals to the powertrain control module," officials with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wrote in a recall summary. "The incorrect signals could cause the vehicle to hesitate or the engine to stall, increasing the risk of a crash." The recently announced recall actually is an expansion of a previous recall that first went out last year....

January 6, 2016
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Five Top Holiday Gifts for the Car Buff in 2015

Hey slackers - We're six days away from Christmas. Is your holiday shopping done yet? If there's a car buff on your gift buying list, we here at E3 Spark Plugs have a few fool-proof ideas for you. Samsung Gear VR: It looks a bit like those vintage View-Masters you loved as a kid, with a seriously cool, uber-modern makeover. It's actually a virtual reality viewer that allows you to watch select TV shows and films like never before. Imagine feeling as if you're standing right in the middle of your favorite Fast & Furious scenes. Yeah - the Samsung Gear VR is just that good and is fully Netflix and Hulu enabled. Recaro Sport Office Chair: One can't always be in the driver's seat of one's favorite classic ride. Oh, but with this specialty office chair, one can certainly feel...

December 19, 2015
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The Force is Strong With These Star Wars-Themed Rides

Film buffs and sci-fi nerds worldwide have been in a constant state of baited-breath anticipation over the past few months, gearing up for the December 18 opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. To celebrate, Dodge unleashed a trio of themed rides that have been patrolling the streets of Los Angeles in the weak leading up to the much-awaited opening. In a promotional partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, Dodge created three head-turning rides designed after Star Wars characters: The First Order Stormtrooper-themed white Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, plus Kylo Ren-inspired black Dodge Viper ACR. Throughout the week, fans could track the cars in real time on Twitter via #Dodge and #TheForceAwakens. Did you spot one while out and about in LA? Post your...

December 19, 2015
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Driving Safely Through El Niño

Despite the name (which means "the little boy" in Spanish) El Niño is a force to be reckoned with. And the 2015 season is just around the corner. In weather terms El Niño is a warming of the surface water of the eastern and central Pacific Ocean that occurs every 4 to 12 years and wonks up global weather patterns. Weather pundits say the 2015 season will be a breeze for East Coasters - fewer and weaker hurricanes. But it may prove a rough one for those on the Pacific Coast - far wetter and more dangerous than usual. The last time El Niño behaved the way it's predicted to this year was 19 years ago, when the weather phenomenon brought over 20 inches of snow and rain in some areas in California. West Coasters dealt with flooding and mudslides. Nationwide, there are...

December 19, 2015
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Which Cars do Americans Keep the Longest?

How long have you had your ride? Well, if it's been a decade or more, chances are you're the proud owner of a Honda or Toyota model, according to a new study by iSeeCars.com. The study looked primarily at CarFax vehicle history data about more than 395,000 used cars from model year 2005 to the present. And the findings proved a bit surprising, though perhaps not to the certain vehicle owners. Turns out that of the fifteen car models that people keep the longest, 14 of them are either Toyotas or Hondas. Topping the list is the Honda CR-V. A full 28.6 percent of original owners kept them for 10 years or more. Next up is the Toyota Prius, with 28.5 percent of owners keeping the popular hybrid for a decade or longer. The only ride that wasn't a Honda or Toyota is the Subaru Forester,...

December 19, 2015
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Five Top States for Speed Traps

Remember the story we brought you a while back about the tiny town of Waldo - a notorious speed trap? The town's entire police department was disbanded after five fed up officers fessed up to the city council that their boss had long imposed a "strict ticket quota" on staff. Turns out Waldo isn't the only town known for putting the kibosh on drivers with lead feet. According to the National Motorists Association, serving up speeding tickets has proven a bit of a racket. The group collects information on stretches of road that combine unusually low speed limits with heavy traffic enforcement. They say it's often far less about safety than it is about filling the municipal coffers. In fact, they run a website that details known or suspected speed traps and recently release their latest...

December 19, 2015
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Volkswagen Recalls 92,000 Cars over Bum Camshaft

If you drive a late model Volkswagen, listen up. The company suits just announced a recall of 92,000 2015 and 2016 VW Beetle, Jetta, Passat and Golf models registered to owners throughout the US. The move comes after multiple reports of a faulty camshaft issue that can KO your power brake system and sap your engine power. Turns out the rear camshaft lobe that can actually shear off, causing a vacuum loss in the brake booster and taking out your power brake system. This means your ride will take longer and go further before coming to a complete stop, boosting your risk of rear-ending the vehicle ahead of you. It also can shift your engine into reduced power mode. Though the response is designed to prevent further damage to your ride's mechanics, that won't do much good when you get...

December 4, 2015
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