Teacher Spends Half a Century Building A-to-Z Classic Car Collection

John Moir’s 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster by Fleetwood goes up for auction this week. By the time one hits high school, one had better have a firm handle on the alphabet. Perhaps it was in that spirit that longtime New Hampshire high school teacher John Moir assembled his impressively abecedarian classic car collection. It all started decades ago with Moir’s very first car purchase. It was a 1950 AC 2-Litre Sports Tourer by Buckland, which today is valued at upward of $200,000. Over the years, Moir sought out and purchased more select classic cars with names that began with letter of the alphabet. Wrapping his collection is a 1910 Zebra Type A Runabout, valued at around $30,000. Moir stored his storied collection in what anyone south of the Mason-Dixon would call a car...

February 9, 2015
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What to Do If You’re the Victim of a Staged Car Crash Scam

If you’re in a car crash and the other driver shows zero signs of pain until the moment police show up, you might have a scammer on your hands. Make sure you know all the red flags. Each year, the insurance industry takes a $30 billion hit from fraud. And staged car accidents is one of the fastest growing types of insurance fraud, research shows. E3 Spark Plugs wants to make sure you know how to fight back if you believe you’ve been the victim of a staged crash scam. At the accident site, the first thing you want to do is grab the trusty notepad and pen that you keep in your glove compartment and write down the license plate number of the other car. Count the number of passengers in the other involved vehicle and write down their names, phone numbers and driver’s...

February 9, 2015
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Top Four Staged Car Crash Scams

Does something about that car crash seem not quite legit? Know the top four staged car crash scams. Getting in to an accident that wonks up your prized ride is bad enough. But finding out that the car crash was staged no doubt will leave you fuming. And the only thing that might make you even more incensed is realizing that bit of info too late – after the scammers have walked away with a fat check courtesy of your insurer. Orchestrated by surprisingly sophisticated criminal networks, staged car crashes are on the rise nationwide, bilking auto insurance companies out of billions of dollars and jacking up insurance premium rates for all of us. Prosecutors recently busted a New York crime ring that nearly succeeded in scoring $400 million in bogus insurance claims....

February 9, 2015
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Speeding Ticket Debacle Shuts Down Tiny Florida Town’s Police Department

The tiny Florida town of Waldo recently saw its police department disbanded over allegations of speeding ticket quotas. Here in Northeast Florida where E3 Spark Plugs is based, there’s a tiny town a few counties over called Waldo. And when we say tiny, we mean seriously tiny. The town’s total landmass measures just 2.17 square miles and its population is a not-so-whopping 1,015 according to the latest census. Despite its diminutive size, this crazy little town has managed a national reputation as a notorious speed trap. And now, it’s made national news for its dubious practices. If you’ve ever visited the area and asked for directions or recommendations, you’ve likely heard it – “Don’t speed through Waldo.” And if you didn’t...

February 9, 2015
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Gasoline and Vehicles Have Evolved Since 1927

A lot has changed with both vehicles and fuel over the past century. Photo credit: Jan Klaver/ Creative commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons Buy a small car with a manual transmission, only fill it with premium gas, and only go to the filling station early in the morning when it is cooler outside, and keep your car in neutral at stop lights or in traffic – do all these things and you improve your MPG by exactly nothing – 0 percent. That’s right; the above run on sentence has nothing but myths about improving gas mileage. The number of myths circulating among car owners is legion. Let’s dismember them for good, E3 Spark Plugs fans… Small cars are more fuel-efficient: Not so, according to FuelEconomy.gov. Advances in diesel...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: New Documentary “Pump??? Examines America’s Oil Dependence

“Pump” is an eye-opening new documentary that examines America’s dependence on foreign oil. For years now, there’s been much talk about America’s dependence on oil, particularly oil that’s imported from other countries. Now, a new documentary examines the history of Big Oil, the daily and far-reaching impacts of our ever-increasing oil consumption, and potential solutions. “PUMP is an inspiring, eye-opening documentary that tells the story of America’s addiction to oil, from its corporate conspiracy beginnings to its current monopoly today, and explains clearly and simply how we can end it – and finally win choice at the pump,” say the film’s promoters. Consider these statistics from the Sierra Club: The US uses...

February 9, 2015
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Biketoberfest and Four Awesome Rides Just a Month Away

The 2014 Biketoberfest take place October 16-19 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Hey, motorcycle buffs – Daytona Beach, Florida’s 22nd annual Biketoberfest is just a month away. This year’s event revs up Thursday, October 16 and runs through Sunday, the 19th and is expected to draw upward of 100,000 bikers and bike enthusiasts. Hundreds of vendors will haw the latest in motorcycles, parts and accessories, plus there will be food, libation and entertainment aplenty. A major draw for bikers is Biketoberfest’s rundown of four planned group rides: The three-hour Old City Rendezvous from Daytona to St. Augustine. Sights along the way include Tomoka State Park and River Basin, Flagler Beach and its famed fishing pier, Marineland and the Matanzas Inlet, site of the...

February 9, 2015
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Thousands of Motorcycles Roar into Washington DC in Honor of Sept. 11 Victims

Thousands of bikers roared into Washington DC Thursday in honor of Sept. 11 victims, survivors and first responders. In honor of the victims, survivors and first responders of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, thousands of motorcycles from around the country rolled into the nation’s capital on Thursday as part of the second annual 2 Million Bikers to DC ride. Bikers gathered in several suburban spots early that morning, then rolled into the District from multiple directions, creating a roar heard for miles. Later that afternoon, participants held a free-to-all rally in remembrance of those lost and support of America’s first responders, rescuers and military. Among the participants who spoke with area media were Tom Secor, a Vietnam veteran who...

February 9, 2015
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Seven Tips to Prepare Your Ride for Winter

  While some states are still enjoying summer-like weather, others to the north already are feeling a chill in the air. Here in sunny Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida where E3 Spark Plugs is based, we’re basking in 87-degree temperatures at the time of this writing. Meanwhile, the lead story on Weather.com is the record-early snowfall that has already hit Rapid City, South Dakota; Boulder, Colorado; and North Platte, Nebraska. Sorry ’bout your luck, guys. Wherever you live, it’s important to know that your ride is ready for the chill. To that end, E3 Spark Plugs offers these tips for preparing your vehicle for the fall and winter seasons: Check your charge. Cold weather can be hard on your car batteries. Have your vehicle’s battery and charging system checked...

February 9, 2015
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Popular Arctic Cat ATVs, Yamaha Snowmobile Recalled

Arctic Cat has recalled about 5,600 ATVs over a fire hazard. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we love a good thrill – the kind you get careening over hard-to-reach, off-road turf on a badass ATV, or throwing snow at 100 mph. But if you happen to be the proud owner of a few popular models of Arctic Cat ATVs or Yamaha Snowmobiles, you may be in for a bigger thrill than you want. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission has recalled the Arctic Cat Wildcat Trail and Wildcat Trail XT Side by Side ATVs as well as the Yamaha 2014 SR10R (SRViper), SR10RXS (SRViper RTX SE), SR10L (SRViper LTX), SR10LS (SRViper LTX SE) and SR10XS (SRViper XTX) snowmobiles and 2015 SR10LS (SRViper LTX SE) snowmobiles because of potential fire hazards. Arctic Cat officials warn that oil can leak from...

February 9, 2015
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