Half of Teen Crash Deaths Involved Older Cars, Research Shows

Is Junior on your last nerve, bugging you for a sleek new ride rather than the decade-old hand-me-down you drove when he was in kindergarten? We feel you, Mom and Pop. But this time, Junior might just have a valid point, according to results of a new study released by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Turns out that nearly half of drivers ages 15 to 17 killed in auto accidents between 2008 and 2012 drove cars that were at least 11 years old. Researchers analyzed data from the government’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System, informally known as FARS. That data shows, compared to middle-aged drivers killed in car accidents during the same time span, teens overwhelmingly drove older, smaller cars. It also revealed that 82 percent of teens killed in wrecks drove...

February 10, 2015
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Three Ways Your Ride Can Help You Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Is having more fun or spending time with your family or friends on your list of New Year’s resolutions? Well, then get in your car and go! Now that 2014 is quickly coming to a close, people worldwide are thinking about their plans, goals and hopes for 2015. One dismal bit of info from the statistical brainiacs swears that a meager eight percent of Americans actually succeed in keeping their New Year’s resolutions. We here at E3 Spark Plugs are calling that particular stat bogus. In fact, we’re convinced that all you need to help you keep a few top resolutions is your trusty ride. Here’s how… Get more exercise: This one is pretty much a given on any New Year’s resolutions list. But gyms are pricey and one can only circle the local park so many...

February 10, 2015
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Is Cuba the Next Mother Lode for American Classic Car Collectors?

Classic American cars fill Cuba’s streets. But are they collector-worthy? Mention Cuba and any automotive-minded American immediately envisions streets lined with classic US-made cars in every color. Now that President Obama is moving to relax (if not ultimately end) our nation’s 54-year-old trade embargo against the Pearl of the Antilles, many collectors are wondering if Cuba may be the next mother lode of accessible classic rides. Perhaps – and perhaps not, experts say. Throughout the early 20th century, after gaining its independence from the US in 1902 and until the Communist revolution in 1959, Cuba thrived. A mid-century economic boom filled its streets with Detroit steel. But that stopped in 1960 with the US commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed...

February 10, 2015
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Hell Hath No Fury Like a New Hellcat Wrecked an Hour After Leaving the Lot

This is how a Colorado man’s new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat looked when he bought it… A few months ago, E3 Spark Plugs gave you a glimpse of the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, a boss of a muscle car outfitted with a screaming 707 horsepower 6.2-liter Hemi engine boasting 650 lb.-ft. of torque and a National Hot Rod Association-certified quarter-mile elapsed track test time of 10.8-second time at 126 mph. This track-scorching ride that hit America’s auto sales lots just over a month ago and runs upward of $80,000 is aptly named. Dictionary.com defines a hellcat as “a bad-tempered, spiteful, woman.” And as the saying goes, “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.” …And this is how it looked an hour later. We’re...

February 10, 2015
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Jerry Lee Lewis’ ’59 Harley Rumbles Off to Auction – Could Fetch $1 million

Great Balls of Fire! Rock & Roll wild man Jerry Lee Lewis’ 1959 Harley-Davidson motorcycle is expected to fetch upward of $1 million at auction next month in Kissimmee, FL. There’s potentially a Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On next month at the Mecum auction house‘s Kissimmee, Florida event Jan. 16-25 in Osceola Heritage Park. Long considered Rock & Roll’s “first great wild man,” Lewis will auction off the 1959 Harley-Davidson motorcycle he’s owned for nearly six decades. The bike is one of two that Harley reportedly gifted to “The Killer,” as Lewis is dubbed, and “The King,” Elvis Presley. Lewis reportedly told Mecum Marketing Director Sam Murtaugh that he got the first of the two bikes and often...

February 10, 2015
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Epic Barn Find Reveals 60 Classic Cars Hidden Away for Decades

A late French trucking magnate’s collection of 60 classic cars recently was discovered in what’s being deemed one of the greatest barn finds ever. This could be the barn find to end all barn finds. Throughout the 1950s, ’60 and ’70s, French trucking magnate Roger Baillon amassed an impressive collection of high-end rides with the intention of creating a museum. Unfortunately, a 1978 bankruptcy nixed those plans, so Baillon locked the barn doors and called it a day. Fast-forward nearly four decades later, when the late Baillon’s western France estate now is in the hands of his grandchildren. Apparently, none of said grandchildren are car buffs. It wasn’t until a family friend mentioned rumors of a hidden trove of classic cars to someone working with...

February 10, 2015
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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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