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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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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