Hot Wheels Rolls Out Real-Life 526-HP Darth Vader Corvette

Hot Wheels unveiled its Darth Vader car at the San Diego Comic-Con. There is a great disturbance in the force. And by “great,” we mean seriously geek-tastic. Hot Wheels recently rolled out a little something that will make car buffs and sci-fi fans alike positively giddy – real-life 526 Darth Vader Corvette. Welcome to the dark side, E3 Spark Plugs fans. Hot Wheels unveiled this badass ride in a scene that (almost) rivals the one between the fallen Jedi and the eventual Grand Master of the New Jedi Order. You know the one… “Vader: Obi-Wan never told you what happened to your father. Luke: He told me enough! He told me YOU killed him. Vader: No, I am your father. Luke: NOOOOOOOOOOO!” Ok, so perhaps it’s not quite as dramatic as that...

February 9, 2015
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Gamer, “Ghost??? Compete in a Poignant Race

A shared love of cars and all-things-automotive has a way of bringing people together. Many a father-son duo has bonded via hours of leaning under the hood of a classic ride in need of fixing up. And these days, that common interest also can be shared via an automotive video game. Such was the case for YouTube user 00WARTHERAPY00, a 16-year-old boy who lost his father a decade ago. The two had spent hours playing Rally Sports Challenge together before tragedy struck. For years afterward, the boy simply couldn’t play the games he had enjoyed with his dad, unable to bear the pain of loss. But recently, he decided to dust off the vintage console. And the result is the stuff of a Hallmark Movie. Check out 00WARTHERAPY00′s story in his own words, just as it was posted on...

February 9, 2015
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BMW Set to Restore Elvis Presley’s 1957 507 Roadster

BMW plans to restore the 1957 507 Roadster once owned by Elvis Presley. Nearly four decades after his death, the iconic entertainer known as the King of Rock & Roll remains one of the most lucrative names worldwide. In fact, it’s estimated that Elvis Presley Enterprises, the corporate entity that guards the Presley estate, continues to rake in an estimated $700 million per year. So, it was no surprise when BMW jumped at the chance to recover the 1957 BMW 507 Roadster that the King once drove. Now, they’ve got plan to return the beat-up ride to its former Elvis-worthy glory. In 1957, Presley’s Let me Be your Teddy Bear topped charts and the King of Rock & Roll was making women worldwide swoon. Meanwhile, BMW was having a tough time selling its newest ride,...

February 9, 2015
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Teen Ready to Drive? Get Ready to Pay

Joke’s on you, Mom and Dad. Your teen driver will boost your auto insurance premium rates by an average 80 percent. So you’re the parent of a teenager who’s itching to get behind the wheel of the family car. As nerve-wracking as the thought might be, truth be told, you’re ready for a break from all that chauffeuring back and forth to the practices, the games, the recitals, etc. Oh, but there’s a catch. Enjoy the freedom, but get ready to pay for it. E3 Spark Plugs recently spotted a new study commissioned by insuranceQuotes.com shows that once your teen starts driving and gets added to your existing automobile insurance policy, you’re looking at a boost in your insurance premium rates of upwards of 80 percent – more if your kid’s a boy....

February 9, 2015
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Deja Vroom – Three Times You’ve Seen that Hollywood Ride At Least Twice

This Reactor Mach II appeared in three popular 1960s TV shows. Ever find yourself experiencing a moment of automotive deja vu while enjoying a movie? There’s good reason. Producing a blockbuster Hollywood film or hit television show ain’t cheap. So when producers find something – anything – that works, whether it’s props, costumes or sets, it gets recycled. And as we here at E3 Spark Plugs have noticed on more than one occasion, those recycled on-set items often include classic movie rides. Here are three vehicles that have made repeat on-screen appearances in Hollywood productions: 1973 Gran Torino in The Big Lebowski, X-Files and Blue Streak: If you’re a fan of Coen Brothers’ films and a car buff as well, no doubt you noticed the yellow...

February 9, 2015
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One-off 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special Hits the Auction Block

This famed one-off 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Navarro Special is up for bid in California next month. Ferrari fans, mark your calendars. E3 Spark Plugs has learned of an amazing opportunity at next month’s Gooding & Co’s Pebble Beach Auctions. With the right bid, you can drive home in the famed one-off 1966 Ferrari 330 GTO Navarro Special built by late Italian race car driver and builder Piero Drogo. Also known as the Navarro Special N.A.R.T, this gold-toned ride was commissioned by and named for Italian nightclub owner Norbert Navarro. Apparently wanting a something a bit more brazen than his stock 330 GT, Navarro sketched the forward-looking design and enlisted Drogo’s shop, Carrozzeria Sports Cars, to bring his illustration to life. At the time, the shop that...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plug’s Best Driving Roads: The Tail of the Dragon

Looking for an epic roadtrip destination? We dare you to tangle with the Tail of the Dragon. If your summertime travel plans include hitting the open road for an epic journey, we’ve got a great one for you. Head toward the Tennessee-North Carolina border and look for signs to US Route 129. There, you’ll find an amazing 11-mile stretch of highway dubbed the Tail of the Dragon – a top contender for one of E3 Spark Plugs‘s picks for America’s best driving roads. The word “curvaceous” brings to mind a lovely feminine figure. Well, this figurative dragon is no lady. But she offers up a gorgeous view and a ride you’ll never forget. She runs along miles of forestland shadowed by the Great Smoky Mountains. And she’s known worldwide for...

February 9, 2015
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New Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Scores Serious Bragging Rights

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat recently scored serious bragging rights as the fastest muscle car on the drag strip. Dictionaries define “hellcat” as, “a bad-tempered, spiteful, woman; shrew; a woman with magic powers derived from evil sources.” But Dodge’s definition reads a bit differently as the fastest muscle car ever to hit the drag strip. And company officials now have the proof to back up those bragging rights. In a Friday test run, the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, outfitted with a screaming 707 horsepower 6.2-liter Hemi engine boasting 650 lb.-ft. of torque, earned a National Hot Rod Association-certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.2 seconds at 125 miles per hour – and that was with its stock Pirelli P275/40ZR20 P Zero...

February 9, 2015
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Kids & Pets in Hot Cars – Why?

More than 40 children died of heatstroke after being left alone in hot cars in 2013. And now for a blog topic we never thought would be necessary – Tips for NOT forgetting your child or pet in the car during searing-hot summer weather. The entire nation is watching the legal case develop against the parents of the Georgia toddler who died when left in his father’s SUV and it seems few believe the story that Justin Ross Harris forgot to drop off little Cooper at his daycare before heading to work. Whether they’re telling the truth is debatable, particularly in the Harris case, parents and guardians of children left in hot cars say they simply forgot their children in more than half of reported cases. Thus far in 2014, 17 children have died of heatstroke suffered...

February 9, 2015
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Ford Issues Six – Count’ em SIX – Recalls

The 2014 Ford Fiesta has been recalled over a fire hazard. It’s a rough week for Ford owners. Dearborn, Michigan-based Ford Motor Co. this week issued six separate recalls affecting upward of 100,600 vehicles sold throughout North America. Luckily, no injuries, accidents or fires related to the recall-prompting defects have been reported, but you just can’t be too careful. So, E3 Spark Plugs wants to make sure you know whether the Ford you’re driving might be affected. Here’s a rundown of the six recalls: 92,022 2013-2014 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS and Police Interceptor sedans; 2013-2014 Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT crossovers; 2012-2014 Edge crossovers and 2014 Lincoln MKX crossovers: Ford officials warn that the right-hand halfshaft isn’t properly seated...

February 9, 2015
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