Speculation Abounds in On-Track Confrontation that Killed Young Racer Kevin Ward, Jr.

Young sprint car racer Kevin Ward, Jr. died Sunday when he was struck by the tail end of a car driven by veteran racer Tony Stewart. It’s the talk of the racing world – and it’s both heartbreaking and controversial. An on-track confrontation leaves a promising young racer dead and a veteran driver facing blame. During a low-stakes race at Canandaigua Motorsports Park in New York Saturday night, the car driven by three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart appeared to have clipped that of fellow racer Kevin Ward, Jr., a 20-year old up-and-coming sprint car racer. Ward’s car hit the wall and spun out, prompting race officials to display a yellow caution flag. Before emergency workers or a safety car could reach the site, a visibly angry Ward, clad in all black,...

February 9, 2015
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Five Ways to Keep Critters Out of Your Car

Squirrel on a fence post – adorable. Squirrel curled up in your car’s engine compartment – not so much. Squirrels, raccoons, mice, even rats arguably are cute to some people. But when they take up residence in the cracks and crevices of your ride, it can get ugly. Critters of all sorts can find their way into your engine compartment, dashboard, tail pipe or undercarriage and quickly get cozy, chewing up wiring, insulation, hoses and upholstery to build their nests. Unfortunately, those comfy critter hideaways can be costly, racking up damages in the thousands of dollars that will come out of your financial nest egg. So, E3 Spark Plugs offers five surefire tips for keeping these non-paying tenants out of your ride. Park it: And we don’t mean in the driveway or...

February 9, 2015
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Jaguar Turns Eye to History with Collection Purchase, Continuation of 50-Year-Old Series

Jaguar will build the remaining six of a planned 18-car production run abandoned 50 years ago. If you’re a fan of classic cars made across the Pond, sorry ’bout your luck. Jaguar just dropped a cool $170 million, beating you to the punch on the world’s largest collection of British classic cars. Consider us here at E3 Spark Plugs envious. Included in the epic score were 130 of the company’s own cars, including a including a XK, SS, C, D and E-types, XJ as well as a few rare Land Rovers. The Jaguar division that bought the collection handles the company’s heritage museum and special projects and plans to use the cars to promote the brand and preserve its history. Speaking of preserving Jaguar history, the company is plugging away at the recently announced...

February 9, 2015
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Hot Wheels Rolls Out Real-Life 526-HP Darth Vader Corvette

Hot Wheels unveiled its Darth Vader car at the San Diego Comic-Con. There is a great disturbance in the force. And by “great,” we mean seriously geek-tastic. Hot Wheels recently rolled out a little something that will make car buffs and sci-fi fans alike positively giddy – real-life 526 Darth Vader Corvette. Welcome to the dark side, E3 Spark Plugs fans. Hot Wheels unveiled this badass ride in a scene that (almost) rivals the one between the fallen Jedi and the eventual Grand Master of the New Jedi Order. You know the one… “Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father. Luke: He told me enough! He told me YOU killed him. Vader: No, I am your father. Luke: NOOOOOOOOOOO!” Ok, so perhaps it’s not quite as dramatic as that...

February 9, 2015
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Gamer, “Ghost??? Compete in a Poignant Race

A shared love of cars and all-things-automotive has a way of bringing people together. Many a father-son duo has bonded via hours of leaning under the hood of a classic ride in need of fixing up. And these days, that common interest also can be shared via an automotive video game. Such was the case for YouTube user 00WARTHERAPY00, a 16-year-old boy who lost his father a decade ago. The two had spent hours playing Rally Sports Challenge together before tragedy struck. For years afterward, the boy simply couldn’t play the games he had enjoyed with his dad, unable to bear the pain of loss. But recently, he decided to dust off the vintage console. And the result is the stuff of a Hallmark Movie. Check out 00WARTHERAPY00′s story in his own words, just as it was posted on...

February 9, 2015
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BMW Set to Restore Elvis Presley’s 1957 507 Roadster

BMW plans to restore the 1957 507 Roadster once owned by Elvis Presley. Nearly four decades after his death, the iconic entertainer known as the King of Rock & Roll remains one of the most lucrative names worldwide. In fact, it’s estimated that Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporate entity that guards the Presley estate, continues to rake in an estimated $700 million per year. So, it was no surprise when BMW jumped at the chance to recover the 1957 BMW 507 Roadster that the King once drove. Now, they’ve got plan to return the beat-up ride to its former Elvis-worthy glory. In 1957, Presley’s Let me Be your Teddy Bear topped charts and the King of Rock & Roll was making women worldwide swoon. Meanwhile, BMW was having a tough time selling its newest ride,...

February 9, 2015
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Teen Ready to Drive? Get Ready to Pay

Joke’s on you, Mom and Dad. Your teen driver will boost your auto insurance premium rates by an average 80 percent. So you’re the parent of a teenager who’s itching to get behind the wheel of the family car. As nerve-wracking as the thought might be, truth be told, you’re ready for a break from all that chauffeuring back and forth to the practices, the games, the recitals, etc. Oh, but there’s a catch. Enjoy the freedom, but get ready to pay for it. E3 Spark Plugs recently spotted a new study commissioned by insuranceQuotes.com shows that once your teen starts driving and gets added to your existing automobile insurance policy, you’re looking at a boost in your insurance premium rates of upwards of 80 percent – more if your kid’s a boy....

February 9, 2015
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Deja Vroom – Three Times You’ve Seen that Hollywood Ride At Least Twice

This Reactor Mach II appeared in three popular 1960s TV shows. Ever find yourself experiencing a moment of automotive deja vu while enjoying a movie? There’s good reason. Producing a blockbuster Hollywood film or hit television show ain’t cheap. So when producers find something – anything – that works, whether it’s props, costumes or sets, it gets recycled. And as we here at E3 Spark Plugs have noticed on more than one occasion, those recycled on-set items often include classic movie rides. Here are three vehicles that have made repeat on-screen appearances in Hollywood productions: 1973 Gran Torino in The Big Lebowski, X-Files and Blue Streak: If you’re a fan of Coen Brothers’ films and a car buff as well, no doubt you noticed the yellow...

February 9, 2015
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One-off 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special Hits the Auction Block

This famed one-off 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special is up for bid in California next month. Ferrari fans, mark your calendars. E3 Spark Plugs has learned of an amazing opportunity at next month’s Gooding & Co’s Pebble Beach Auctions. With the right bid, you can drive home in the famed one-off 1966 Ferrari 330 GTO Navarro Special built by late Italian race car driver and builder Piero Drogo. Also known as the Navarro Special N.A.R.T, this gold-toned ride was commissioned by and named for Italian nightclub owner Norbert Navarro. Apparently wanting a something a bit more brazen than his stock 330 GT, Navarro sketched the forward-looking design and enlisted Drogo’s shop, Carrozzeria Sports Cars, to bring his illustration to life. At the time, the shop that...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plug’s Best Driving Roads: The Tail of the Dragon

Looking for an epic roadtrip destination? We dare you to tangle with the Tail of the Dragon. If your summertime travel plans include hitting the open road for an epic journey, we’ve got a great one for you. Head toward the Tennessee-North Carolina border and look for signs to US Route 129. There, you’ll find an amazing 11-mile stretch of highway dubbed the Tail of the Dragon – a top contender for one of E3 Spark Plugs‘s picks for America’s best driving roads. The word “curvaceous” brings to mind a lovely feminine figure. Well, this figurative dragon is no lady. But she offers up a gorgeous view and a ride you’ll never forget. She runs along miles of forestland shadowed by the Great Smoky Mountains. And she’s known worldwide for...

February 9, 2015
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