Three Great Holiday Gift Ideas for the Car Lover You Love

Shopping for a car buff this holiday season? E3 Spark Plugs offers a few ideas. We’re speeding up to Hanukkah and Christmas. Are you ready? If you haven’t yet found that perfect gift for the auto buff you love, we’ve got three ideas that are sure to rev up a car lover’s holiday. Automatic Smart Driving Assist: This one is perfect if you’ve got a teen driver in the house, or if your significant other simply drives like a bonehead. The small device plugs into the data port on your car’s onboard computer and wirelessly syncs to a smartphone. Once connected, the system serves up all sorts of data, from what’s got your check engine light glowing, to where you parked to just how much a lead-foot driver your teen is. You get real-time audio...

February 10, 2015
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Billionaire Sues after Wrong Spark Plug Destroys Classic Lamborghini Miura

A mechanic installing the wrong spark plugs is being blamed for destroying a UK billionaire’s 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV, like this one. This one’s gonna hurt. A UK billionaire is suing the car dealer he trusted with tuning up his $1.4 million 1971 Lamborghini Miura SV. Property developer Jon Hunt is suing H.R. Owen, a luxury car dealer, for $1.1 million after the dealer’s mechanics allegedly installed the wrong spark plugs, causing the car to burst into flames while cruising a London street last year. Hunt’s son had picked up the car and got less than a mile down the street when the car started smoking, then lit up like New Year’s Eve. The burned out shell now is worth a paltry $300,000. And, what makes this story all the more gut wrenching is that only...

February 10, 2015
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Top Five Auto Shows in the US

A scene from the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, the nation’s largest. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we’d rather be at an auto show than just about anywhere else in the world – except for behind the wheel of a fast car, of course. If you’re an enthusiast, too – whether of sleek new looks, futuristic concepts or vintage rides – we’ve listed the five biggest auto shows in the United States. Chicago Auto Show: Debuting in1901, it’s the nation’s largest and longest running auto show occupying 1.2 million square feet of the McCormick Place complex. North American International Auto Show: Often referred to by its original name, the Detroit Auto Show, this one has run since 1907, except for a 10-year stretch during World War II, when the manufacture...

February 10, 2015
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Where are the Best and Worst Drivers in America?

Allstate just released its annual list of the cities with the best and worst drivers. Fort Collins, Colorado – you’ve earned your bragging rights. Worcester and Boston, Massachusetts – not so much. Allstate recently released its annual America’s Best Drivers Report, identifying the cities where you’re most and least likely to get in a fender-bender or cuss out a stranger in the next car on your way to work. Here’s how the rankings stand for 2014: Best Drivers in America Fort Collins, CO Brownsville, TX Boise, ID Kansas City, KS Huntsville, AL Montgomery, AL Visalia, CA Laredo, TX Madison, WI Olathe, KS Worst Drivers in America Worcester, MA Boston, MA Washington, DC Springfield, MA Providence, RI Baltimore, MD Glendale, CA Alexandria,...

February 10, 2015
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Iconic Hess Toy Trucks Celebrate 50 Years

Hess is celebrating 50 years of its iconic toy trucks with a new 3-piece set and a commemorative book. It’s been a favorite Christmas gift for kids for decades. Now, New York-based Hess Corp. is celebrating 50 years of its iconic toy truck collection with a trio of cool mini rides – a heavy-duty flatbed truck that does double duty as a transporter and a launch pad for its companion space cruiser and scout. Founded in 1919, Hess introduced its toy trucks, helicopters, police cars, airplanes, space shuttles and rescue vehicles in 1964, making it one of the longest running toy brands on the US market. A new model is released each year and sold online and at Hess gas stations nationwide. Older models in good shape are considered collectibles and can sell for hundreds of...

February 10, 2015
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Top Collection of American Muscle Carts to Hit Auction Block

25 gems from the Wellborn Muscle Car Museum will go up for auction in Florida in January. Brothers Tim and Paul Wellborn have never been much for foreign rides. Oh, no. It’s the muscle cars made right here in the USA that they love the most. For Tim Wellborn, it all started the day his dad rolled up in a 1971 Dodge Hemi Charger. “I’d sit in that thing and dream as a little kid,” he told reporters recently. “I turned 16 and wouldn’t you know, the keys just disappeared to that car. That’s probably why I’m still alive. No 16-year-old kid should have the keys to a Hemi. But ever since then I’ve been a muscle car guy.” In the decades since Dad’s epic roll up the driveway, the Wellborn brothers have amassed one of the...

February 10, 2015
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New York International Motorcycle Show Rumbles into the Big Apple Next Week

The last major bike event of the year, the New York International Motorcycle Show, rumbles into the Jacob Javitz Center Dec. 12-14, offering a first look at hundreds of the newest street bikes, dirt bikes, cruisers, scooters, side-by-sides and ATVs. But if you can’t make it, no worries. The 2015 season of motorcycle shows and rallies begins next month. E3 Spark Plugs brings you our list of our favorite events for 2015. Easy Riders Bike Show Tour in Long Beach, California, January 10 Easy Riders Bike Show Tour in Sacramento, California, January 17-18 Easy Riders Bike Show tour in Charlotte, North Carolina, January 24 Colorado Motorcycle Expo in Denver, January 31-February 1 Timonium Motorcycle Show in Timonium, Maryland, February 6 Easy Riders Bike Show Tour in Nashville,...

February 10, 2015
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“Transparent??? Car Promises Greater Safety

New optical technology can help make a vehicle virtually transparent, potentially reducing the risk of accidents. Statistics show that nearly 840,000 car accidents are caused by drivers failing to see other vehicles or pedestrians in their blind spots. Now, Japanese researchers have developed a system that affords drivers a 360-degree view of the world around them, virtually eliminating dangerous blind spots. But if you’ve got visions of a road-worthy version of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet, you’re a little off base. A project of the Graduate School of Media Design at Keio University, the “transparent” Toyota Prius isn’t a see-thru ride, but instead employs a projection system that makes the car’s backseat and side panels appear completely...

February 10, 2015
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Five Car Models Bowing Out with Final Editions in 2015

The Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS is on its coming to an end, and the amazing final edition already is sold out. They say nothing lasts forever. Such is the case for five different car models set to get the final edition sendoff in 2015. If you’re one of those who loves the get-’em-before-they’re-gone challenge, here are the five rides you need to look out for over the next year: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution: This high performance sports car originally intended only for the Japanese market will drive off into the sunset after a special action model offering in 2015. The decision comes after a slow year of selling only about 200 a month nationwide, officials say. Volkswagen Eos: This slope-backed steel droptop is heavy on great design , but also a bit too heavy on price for...

February 10, 2015
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Why Black Friday is a Great Time to Buy a New Car

Black Friday is a great car shopping day, too. When the turkey’s gobbled up, the football game is over and you’ve got your nap out, it might be time to think about a new ride. While guerrilla shoppers nationwide are duking it out in the electronics shops and toy aisles, more levelheaded buyers are negotiating deals on the car lots. Turns out, Black Friday just might be the best day of the year to purchase a new vehicle. Based on a combination of sales data for the last 10 years and current market conditions, researchers estimate that dealers across the country will offer discounts of more than 20 percent this Friday. There are several reasons for the steep price drops. First, Black Friday falls very near the end of the month, when dealers are on a major push to meet their...

February 10, 2015
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