Winnebago Gets its Groovy Back

Can you dig it? Winnebago gets its groovy back with two far out new models. Baby Boomers and Boomer kids – including many of us here at E3 Spark Plugs – almost invariably have fond memories of weekends on the road, at the lake and in the campgrounds, stylin’ in the family Winnebago. But after a decade-long downturn in sales, by 2009 it appeared that the iconic motorhome maker might be a goner. Now, in a Tony Manero-esque comeback, the Winnebago is back on the scene in a big way. In 2009, the Forest City, Iowa-based company named for the area’s massive lake, which was named for a Native American tribe, saw its sales tank to a paltry $211 million – less than a fifth of its 2004 sales. Some 20 players in the RV industry went under or got sold to...

February 9, 2015
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New Corvette Feature Helps Thwart Valets’ Joyride Attempts

2015 Chevrolet Corvettes owners will have the option to add a valet mode, designed to thwart joyride attempts and keep your valuables safe. (AP Photo/General Motors) “Bueller… Bueller… Beuller…” Americans of a certain age most certainly recall the iconic 1986 comedic film, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. And those who grew up to be owners of high-end classic cars likely suffer cringe-worthy flashbacks of a few scenes involving a certain 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California, snuck out of its gorgeous glass garage and taken out for a spin around town by not only the film’s two main characters, but a couple of knucklehead valets as well. We here at E3 Spark Plugs certainly do. Unfortunately for a few, that very scenario has left the realm of John...

February 9, 2015
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1962 Ferrari Breaks Auction Records with Whopping $38 Million Draw

This 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO broke the record for auction-sold cars with a $38 million gavel drop. It’s been a good week for classic Ferraris – depending upon who you talk to. At a Bonhams sale held late last week at Carmel, California’s Quail Lodge & Golf Club, a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO became the priciest car ever to sell during an automotive auction, raking in a record-breaking $38 million. Yet, somehow that massive price tag proved a bit of a disappointment. Turns out the vintage Ferrari set had predicted the rich red racer would fetch upward of $60 million. One of only 39 ever built, No. 3851 was the 19th GTO completed on September 11, 1962. Its original co-owners were French Formula One and sports car racer Jo Schlesser and gold medal skier-turned-race car...

February 9, 2015
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End of Summer Road Trip? Make Sure You’re Prepared, E3 Spark Plugs Says

  Hey college students. The summer’s winding down and all too soon, you’ll be back at the in the dorms, trading your days lingering on the beach for hours in the classroom readying yourself for the real life. Until then, we’re betting more than a few of you are revving up for one last summertime road trip before heading back to school. Here at E3 Spark Plugs, we love a good end-of-summer road trip and want to make sure you’re prepared. So, here’s a checklist of five must-haves before heading off onto the open road: Jumper cables: A dead battery can quickly suck the fun out of your road trip. Take along a set of jumper cables to make sure you can get juiced up and back on the road in no time. Spare tire and tire changing supplies: Statistics show...

February 9, 2015
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America Faces a Truck Driver Shortage

Commercial trucking companies need 30,000 new truck drivers now, industry studies show. Love to drive? Need a job? If you’re up for the challenge, there’s a job waiting for you in commercial trucking, E3 Spark Plugs has found. The American Trucking Association estimates the industry needs an additional 30,000 truck drivers right now, and as many as 239,000 by 2022. That means at least 100,000 new truckers will need to be added every year for the next decade for American product distributors to keep up with consumer demand. Once upon a time, trucking was a solid, sought-after line of work. But when the 2008 recession hit, the industry took a bruising. Many trucking companies were unable to borrow money, which forced them to downsize and cut their driving staffs. Meanwhile,...

February 9, 2015
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How Drivers’ Good Intentions Backfire

Americans are great at making movies – and creating traffic jams, experts say. As the old saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished. Unfortunately, it’s just that theory that makes us otherwise proud Americans among the worst drivers around the globe – so says author and traffic pundit Tom Vanderbilt. There are a few things that America is pretty good at. We’re the entertainment capital of the world, we invented the iPod and the polio vaccine, and we grill a mean hotdog. Unfortunately, we kind of suck at driving. While presenting at the recent Boing Boing: Ingenuity Conference in San Francisco, Vanderbilt explained that Americans simply fail to see the big picture when it comes to effectively traversing our highways and byways – and that, apparently, is...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Celebrates Shark Week with a Look at the Audi Shark Concept Car

The Audi Shark concept hover car, designed by Kazim Doku. Oh yeah, baby! Discovery Channel’s annual mother of all cable TV promotional stunts has begun. To celebrate this year’s Shark Week, we here at E3 Spark Plugs are throwing back a bit to 2008 and the emergence of the Audi Shark concept. Last year, we saluted Corvette’s 1961 Mako Shark concept car, arguably the coolest concept ride EVER. But the Audi Shark, unveiled in 2008, is pretty darn cool, too. It was created by then 26-year-old Kazim Doku as an entry into the Desire Design Competition co-sponsored by Audi and Milan’s Domus Academy. Not surprisingly, his design won. And in the highly unlikely case it ever hits the production line, sign us up! Never mind that the Audi Shark isn’t technically a...

February 9, 2015
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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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