Holy Roller! Now’s Your Chance to Ride Home on the Pope’s Harley-Davidson

Pope Francis’ Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide will be auctioned off for charity next month While it’s doubtful you’ll ever get the chance to ride shotgun with Papa Francesco, you just might get to rev up and hit the open road on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. That is, if you can book it to Paris’ Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées in time for the Bonhams Auction February 6. That’s where the famous European auctioneer will place Pope Francis’ Hog up for bids. Papa Francesco, as he’s affectionately known throughout Europe, is perhaps the coolest guy yet to rock the Papal robes. He does his own bidding, actually picking up the phone calling people himself rather than having a paid assistant handle his communications. He’s been known...

February 9, 2015
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Houston Auto Show Gets Underway

The new Ford F-150, unveiled this week at the Houston Auto Show, out-hauls every other truck in its class, company officials say. Even as the North American International Auto Show (informally known as the Detroit Auto Show) continues, the second major automotive event of the year has begun, too. The Houston Auto Show revved up on Wednesday and already is proving a top draw among auto industry pros and enthusiasts. All the latest from auto and auto accessories manufacturers fill 70,000 square feet of display space at Houston’s Reliant Center and there are plenty of interactive opportunities. Camp Jeep’s Four-Wheel Drive Adventure is a popular stop, giving riders an off-road experience right there on the show floor. The Ride & Drive exhibit allows visitors to test...

February 9, 2015
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Take a Virtual Dirt Bike Ride Through the Historic Packard Plant Ruins

This guy beat the new security team to the famous Packard plant ruins, giving viewers a few glorious moments of “motocross meets the monument.” After decades of abandonment, Detroit’s East Grand Boulevard Packard plant is almost as famous for its ruinous state as for its history as one of the first automotive factories to establish the city as America’s car making capital. Now, E3 Spark Plugs takes you on a virtual tour of what’s left of the plant via a homemade dirt bike and an aerial drone camera in the video below. Built in 1903, the plant housed Packard’s manufacturing operations for over half a century. During that time, Packard became the dominant luxury car in the US, outselling all other luxury brands combined, including Cadillac. The...

February 9, 2015
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Another 1967 Corvette L88 Breaks Auction Record with $3.85 Million Sale

This rare red-on-red 1967 Chevy Corvette L88 just broke auction sales records fetching a cool $3.85 million. The past few months have been very good ones for the blessed few owners of rare 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88s. In September, a buyer at a Mecum auction drove home a ’67 L88 for a record-breaking $3.2 million. That price tag pummeled the prior record of a now seemingly paltry $1.6 million for a Corvette at auction, set by Barrett-Jackson in 2008 with the Pininfarina-built, one-off “Rondine” coupe. But that $3.2 million record proved to be a short lived one. This past weekend, another ’67 L88 ‘Vette was on the auction block with Barrett-Jackson’s Arizona event. This time, the hammer fell at a new record – a head-spinning $3.85...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ Where Are They Now – Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1966 Lincoln Continental

This 1966 Lincoln Continental convertible used by Martin Luther King, Jr. was fully restored and now is on display at the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN. Today, America honors the late Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights pioneers who risked their livelihoods and their very lives for peace among all of the nation’s peoples. Dr. King was born Michael King on January 15, 1929. His father, an Atlanta pastor, would change both their names after a 1934 trip to Nazi Germany to attend the Fifth Baptist World Alliance Congress in Berlin, where he was inspired by the work of German reformer and initiator of the Protestant Reformation Martin Luther. Dr. King grew up to become one of the world’s most influential civil rights activists, tirelessly promoting...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ Favorite Detroit Auto Show Debuts

The 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 is among the top debuts at the Detroit Auto Show. The automotive New Year is truly starting off with a bang at the Detroit Auto Show (formally known as the North American International Auto Show). We here at E3 Spark Plugs are honed in on all the media coverage and a few of the major debuts have really piqued our attention. Here are three of our favorites thus far: 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06: This sleek street race-capable roadster boasts a minimum 625 horsepower and 635 foot-pounds of torque, and was GM’s fastest car ever when engineers tested it at the Milford Proving Grounds. That’s thanks in large part to the aluminum frame and a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with a custom-made 8-speed automatic transmission. The Z06‘s looks are...

February 9, 2015
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GM Sweeps Car/Truck of the Year Awards Ahead of Detroit Auto Show Start

The 2014 Silverado, North American Truck/Utility of the Year winner. The North American International Auto Show, informally known as the Detroit Auto Show, kicks off later this week, but it’s already making headlines with the announcement of its North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year picks. This year, GM – the Bowtie brand – takes top honors in both categories with the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and the Silverado. The Stingray’s win is no surprise to automotive industry pundits. It’s already racked up a mantle-full including Automobile Magazine‘s Automobile of the Year and Road and Track‘s Performance Car of the Year awards. Named for the 1957 racing concept car that won the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) National Championship...

February 9, 2015
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Toyota’s Hydrogen-Powered Fuel-Cell Car Commands Attention at CES 2014

Toyota’s hydrogen-powered fuel-cell car is turning heads at CES 2014 and will hit the California market next year. The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas opened with a bit of theatrics. Actor Christopher Lloyd of Back to the Future fame blew into town in the film’s famous time traveling DeLorean. But once the smoke dissipated and Dr. Brown left the stage, it was another futuristic ride that stole the spotlight. Only difference – the Toyota FCV isn’t a far-off fantasy. In fact, the company’s hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle has been 20 years in the making will hit West Coast showrooms as early as next year. Toyota has unveiled several prototypes of fuel-cell vehicles over the past decade. A fuel cell is a device that converts chemical energy...

February 9, 2015
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2014 Team E3 Racing Competition Revs Up

Calling all up and coming racers and pit crew members – it’s that time again. The 2014 Team E3 Racing competition is officially on. It’s a fantastic way to show your stuff and land valuable sponsorship and prizes. If you’re looking to rev up your pro racing career, sprint on over to the E3 Spark Plugs Facebook Fan Page. Become a fan if you’re not already, then click the Team E3 Racing Contest button. To enter, create a unique video about your racing history and why you want to be on Team E3 Racing! Upload it to YouTube & title it “2014 Team E3 Spark Plugs Racing Sponsorship Contest!” Finalists will be announced at the end of January. Then, it’s up to E3 Spark Plugs’ Facebook Fans to help determine the winners by voting for...

February 9, 2015
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Self Driving Cars – Not If, but How Soon and How Much, New Study Shows

Lexus’ self-driving car concept was unveiled a year ago. Experts say we can expect SDCs to be the norm within just a few decades. It’s been the stuff of science fiction for decades. But in just a decade, self-driving cars will be on pace toward becoming the norm, according to data from a new study by IHS Automotive, a provider of global market and economic information. Researchers predict that annual sales of autonomous cars will surge from 230,000 in 2025 to upwards of 11.8 million by 2035. The cumulative result – 54 million driverless cars in use around the world, with as many as a third of them right here in the good ol’ USA. In fact, by 2050, nearly all private and commercial vehicles built will be self-driving. While the notion of millions of vehicles on...

February 9, 2015
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