Sinkhole Swallows Eight Cars at National Corvette Museum

Yep – Those are vintage ‘Vettes you see in that 30-foot-deep sinkhole in the Skydome floor of the National Corvette Museum. Museums, art galleries, jewelers and the like often outfit their spaces with motion sensors to help alert staff members and protect the high-dollar goods. So, when the sensors went off early Wednesday morning at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, staffers expected they might catch a would-be thief attempting to make off with a sleek new ride. If only. Instead, the scene proved a bit more unnerving than anyone expected. Turns out a massive sinkhole formed beneath the museum’s Skydome section, alerting security at 5:44 am. The Bowling Green Fire Department quickly responded, finding a hole measuring an estimated 40 feet...

February 9, 2015
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Bogus Chinese-Made Parts Force Worldwide Aston Martin Recall

The 2013 Aston Martin DB9 is one of the models recalled over faulty Chinese-made accelerator pedal arms. If you drive an Aston Martin, you may want to park it – fast! E3 Spark Plugs has learned that the English luxury sports car manufacturer has issued a recall of nearly 18,000 cars over an issue that could cause the cars’ accelerator pedal to break off. Until now, the accelerator pedal arm had been manufactured by an outside supplier in China. Turns out that parts maker was using a counterfeit plastic material – one that falls far short of the particular material that Aston Martin officials specified – in part of the pedal. If the pedal arm breaks, your car will be unable to accelerate or maintain speed, making for a potentially dangerous situation on the...

February 9, 2015
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Announcing the Team E3 Racing 2014 Sponsorship Contest Finalists

Time to vote for your favorite Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest semifinalist! The names are in – Announcing the semifinalists for the 2014 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest! Judges pored through tons of entries, watched all the great videos and narrowed the race down to 16 potential winners. It wasn’t easy, but it sure was fun! And this year’s semifinalists are… Tyler Shepard, Wheelie Wizzard Matt Gerald, Gerald Racing Team David Cerer, Lawmen Racing Jeff Fannin, Fannin Motorsports Jason Jiovani, J1N Racing Daniel Alvarez, Hammer Time Racing Dan Bunting, Extreme Powerboat Racing Team Nathan Martin, Nathan Martin Racing Tom Phillips, Phillips Motorsports Jesse Puckett, JP Motorsports Adam Kekich, Kekich Racing Mitchell Black, McKenzie Pulling Drake...

February 9, 2015
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Paul Walker’s ‘Fast & Furious’ Car Is Up for Sale – Proceeds to Benefit his Charity

Paul Walker’s Fast & Furious Nissan Skyline is up for sale, with proceeds to benefit his charity. When he died unexpectedly last year, actor and racer Paul Walker left behind a beautiful young daughter, a legion of heartbroken fans and a charitable organization that provides much needed services for those in disaster areas. Now, film and racing enthusiasts will get a chance to drive home an automotive treasure and help out Walker’s charity, too. The electric blue Nissan Skyline GT-R 34 that Walker drove in the 2009 film Fast & Furious is up for sale through GT-A in Munich, Germany with an asking price of 1 million Euros (about $1.35 in American dollars). The car runs on a twin-turbo charged Nissan straight 6-cylinder, 2.6-liter engine with dual overhead cams. It...

February 9, 2015
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Chicago Auto Show Revs Up This Weekend

The Limited Edition 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 dubbed “The Reaper” will be on display at the Chicago Auto Show. Looking for something to do this weekend, E3 Spark Plugs fans? Our friends in the Windy City get a real automotive treat when the annual Chicago Auto Show gets underway tomorrow morning. First staged in 1901, it’s reportedly the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. The 106th installment runs through Feb. 17 and offers up nearly 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and experimental or concept cars plus competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars filling more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space. A few special event days: Tuesday is Women’s Day. The ladies get a...

February 9, 2015
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Biker Culture, Motorcycle Mechanics Big Draws at One Motorcycle Show

Vicious Cycle’s Joe Pethoud and his 1974 S-3 Kawasaki will be among the vintage bikes on display at The One Motorcycle Show this weekend. Bikers by the hundreds are headed to Portland, Oregon’s Yale Union for the fifth annual The One Motorcycle Show this weekend. But if you’re expecting a roster of sleek new bikes that just rolled off the manufacturer’s lot, you ain’t gonna get it. Nope. This show is for the DIY vintage motorcycle lover who craves the experience of resurrecting a rusty old ride into a road-ready new best friend. The event’s website says it this way: “The One Motorcycle is all about the idea of the fusion of bike and owner as one connected unit. No matter what segment of motorcycle culture a rider may represent – and how...

February 9, 2015
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Toyota in the Hot Seat for its – Literally – Hot Seats

Toyota abruptly halted the North American sales of six 2013 and 2014 models, including the 2014 Corolla, over potentially flammable seat materials. Toyota has put the kibosh on North American sales of six popular models with heated seats that fall short of US safety standards, E3 Spark Plugs learned today. Turns out heated seats in certain 2013 and 2014 Camry, Avalon, Sienna and Tacoma vehicles are made with a fabric that doesn’t meet inflammability standards. As of yet there have been no confirmed reports of behind-burning incidents involving any of the affected rides. But US officials aren’t about to take any chances. It’s illegal to sell automobiles that don’t meet established safety standards, so the sales came to an abrupt halt this week. The move will...

February 9, 2015
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1988 Volvo Passes Million-Mile Mark

Vic Dres recently hit the million-mile mark in his 1988 Volvo – a feat he’s been working toward for 26 years. Sure, Guinness World Record holder Irv Gordon has him beat, passed the three million mile mark in his 1966 Volvo P1800 last year. But the million-mile mark is nothing to sneeze at either. That’s just what Vic Dres experienced recently, when he watched the odometer click over to seven figures. Well, almost. You see, his odometer has only six digits, so all he really saw was zeros. But you’ll just have to imagine that glorious “1″ to the far left. When Dres bought his Volvo GLE in 1988, he was already a man with a million-mile plan. To prove it, he even bought a personalized license plate that read “GL1000K.” And for the next two...

February 9, 2015
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10 Tips for Drivers Clueless About Icy Rides

Winter storms have hit several Southern states and cities including Birmingham, Alabama (pictured) hard, bringing traffic to a standstill and prompting hundreds to abandon their vehicles on highways. There’s no official confirmation of a zombie apocalypse and we here at E3 Spark Plugs are pretty sure the Biblical rapture hasn’t taken place. But the roadways in Atlanta sure look like a scene out of a post-apocalyptic movie. The wild weather dubbed “Snowmageddon” has hit a few Southern states that typically are not as prone to the white stuff as are our Northern neighbors. Case in point – At the time of our writing this blog entry, Atlanta’s Tuesday afternoon rush hour is now in its 22nd hour. Yep, you read that right. Twenty two hours of an epic...

February 9, 2015
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Just a Days Left to Enter the 2014 Team E3 Racing Competition

Hey, up and coming racing pro – Have you submitted your entry to the 2014 Team E3 Racing Competition yet? Well, what are you waiting for? You’ve got just a few days left to stake your claim for a chance at a valuable year-long promotional deal. Developed to lend the best of emerging amateur and semi-pro racers and racing crew land sponsorship and prizes that can help boost their careers, Team E3 Racing is a perfect way to show your supporters and competitors just what you’re made of. Four winning individuals or racing teams will take home $1,000 in cash, a set of 16 E3 Spark Plugs, and official Team E3 Racing apparel and decals. Plus, you’ll get valuable publicity via the E3 Spark Plugs website blog and social media sites, and more. Winners can come from all...

February 9, 2015
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