Samsung Debuts See-Thru Safety Semi Trucks

  It's happened to us all - Stuck behind a slow-going 18-wheeler and itching for the chance to switch lanes, speed up and swoop in front. But on a two-lane road with no room for correction should an oncoming car approach unexpectedly, it's a bit of a gamble. That's why the tech brainiacs at Samsung have developed the "Safety Truck" complete with a "see-thru" rear door. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs are duly impressed. Okay, so it's not truly transparent. But it sure looks that way from the windshield of the ride directly behind it. The truck is equipped with a camera on the front that displays its footage on four large panels at the rear of the truck. This allows drivers following to clearly see the road ahead, including all on-coming traffic. "So far Samsung has been able to...

June 29, 2015
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20 Worst States for Car Crashes

Unless you're at the controls of your gaming system playing Grand Theft Auto, getting into a car crash is never fun. But those living in certain states have it worse than others, according to a recent study by Wallet Hub, an online resource for financial and consumer information. Researchers looked at multiple factors including varying state requirements for minimum personal injury protection, uninsured/underinsured driver and liability insurance coverage, which protects you in the event of a car crash caused by some other knucklehead. Nationwide, upward of 12.6 percent of drivers lack auto insurance, according to statistics from the Insurance Research Council. That figure represents about one in eight drivers speeding up and down America's roadways every day. State considered...

June 19, 2015
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Classic Cars All New Again

Some of the most coveted classic cars are limited in number and hard to come by. But new legislation soon may change that - Sort of. State Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Gene Green (D-TX) recently introduced bipartisan legislation that would clear the way for low-volume carmakers to produce modernized replicas of certain classic rides for sale nationwide. Supported by the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA), the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015 (HR 2675) would allow carmakers to build up to 500 classic car replicas a year, subject to federal regulatory oversight by the National Highway Traffic Safety Association and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The new rides would have to meet current model year emissions standards, often via...

June 19, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Muscle Car City

Summer's here and school is out. If you're looking for fun outing options with the kids and you just so happen to be a classic car enthusiast, E3 Spark Plugs has the perfect solution. Pack up, fill the tank and head to Punta Gorda, Florida for a visit to Rick Treworgy's Muscle Car City. The attraction features a 99,000-square-foot museum chock full of more than 200 vintage muscle cars spanning from the 1950s through the early 1970s, including at least one Corvette of each year from 1954 through 1975 and several of each series up through 2006. There's also a Hot Rod & Speed Shop with an exhaustive assortment of restoration, rebuild and improvement parts from more than 450 manufacturers. And once your ride is sufficiently souped up, make plans to participate in one of Muscle...

June 19, 2015
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That Moment When the Rock Sideswipes Your Ride in the Parking Lot …

Any other day of the year, one would be decidedly peeved to learn that their vehicle had been sideswiped in the parking lot. But when it happened to Audie Bridges of Wakefield, MA, he had a different reaction: "Wow, this is gonna be an awesome story!" Why? Because the knucklehead that rammed Bridges' truck and took out his driver's side rearview mirror turned out to be none other than Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, pro-wrestler-turned-superstar actor famous in part for the Furious 7 film franchise and currently starring in San Andreas. Johnson posted a photo of the encounter on his Instagram profile with the following account. Here's a fun story to start your week off... I'm driving to set in my pick up truck - music blasting - I'm singing away like I'm having a one man party in my...

June 18, 2015
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America's Next Supercar: The 2016 Rezvani Beast

Last year, a relatively unknown automaker made a bold claim. Irvine, CA-based Ferris Rezvani of Rezvani Motors announced that his company would create America's next supercar. Well, let the scoffers eat their words. We here at E3 Spark Plugs are duly impressed not only with the new Rezvani Beast itself, but the fact that, as supercars go, it's relatively affordable. Based on the company's lightweight, track-focused Ariel Atom, the Beast boasts some impressive features, including: A 500-hp Honda Racing K24 DOHC 2.4L Rotrex™ Supercharged and Intercooled engine 6-speed close ratio manual transmission Carbon steel chassis Carbon fiber body Alcon 4 piston competition breaks and Alcon race brake pads Independent forged aluminum suspension with anti-roll bars in the front...

June 18, 2015
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Monster Truck Gets a Bath - Scares the Daylights Out of Locals

The calls came pouring in and within seconds, a cavalry of ambulances, emergency responders and law enforcement officers were dispatched to the scene. No one was quite sure what to expect, but the deafening noise and the billows of smoke and dust that could be seen for miles rising over the tree line suggested a possible plane crash. Um - Not quite. As it turns out, the source of the seemingly scary sight proved a bit of a shockwave - literally. Rather than crash carnage, would-be rescuers found Neal Darnell hosing down his jet-powered monster semi-truck dubbed "Shockwave." Apparently, Darnell, known in air and automotive entertainment circles as the driver/pilot of the world's fastest jet-powered truck, forgot to advise his new neighbors of his enviable job and all the weird perks...

June 16, 2015
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This Month in Automotive History - Alice Huyler Ramsey Becomes First Woman to Drive Cross-Country

Right about this time 106 years ago, 22-year-old Alice Ramsey was setting off on what began as a publicity stunt for carmaker Maxwell-Briscoe, but would become a historic feat for women. After 59 days and 3,800 miles, the Hackensack, NJ housewife and mom would wrap a journey from Hell's Gate in Manhattan, NY to San Francisco, CA in a four-cylinder, 30-horsepower 1909 Maxwell DA, a touring car with two bench seats and a removable pantasote roof. Greeted by the paparazzi of the day, she and her traveling companions would become the first women ever to drive across the United States. At the time, a woman behind the wheel was an infrequent sight, and frowned upon by many of the upper crust of society. But Ramsey and her wily companions - two older sisters-in-law and a 16-year-old female...

June 16, 2015
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20 Swelteringly Hot Summer Road Trip Songs

  Summertime is here and whether you're in terminally sunny South Florida or the northernmost regions of Seattle chances are you're hot. But if you also happen to be a car buff, even the most scorching temperatures won't keep you from piling in and revving up for an epic road trip. To help keep your mind off the miserable heat, your fellow auto enthusiasts here at E3 Spark Plugs offers this list of our top 20 favorite summertime tunes, whether you're blazing down the highway at top speed in your late-model muscle car or tootling along at a leisurely pace in your classic roadster, taking in the scenery - some sultry, some slow, some fast and some just plain fun. In no particular order… Hot in the City, Billy Idol The Heat Is On, Glenn Frey Long Hot Summer Night, The...

June 1, 2015
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Outside Air vs. Inside Air Mode – What's the Difference?

Take a look at your car's air conditioning controls. You're likely to see two options - one for recirculating air already in the car and another for pulling outside air in to your car's cabin. And if you're like most American car owners, you haven't a clue as to the difference between the two or which is best for your ride. Here's the low down from E3 Spark Plugs' automotive experts. Re-circulating air already inside your vehicle's cabin can help quickly cool down your car - far faster than fresh air pulled into the cabin. That quick relief from the summer's sweltering heat makes it the first choice for drivers in the know. But that fast cool-down comes with a health risk if you run your car's AC system on the re-circulate mode for too long. The nature of recirculated air means that...

May 27, 2015
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