E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: “Need for Speed,??? in Theaters Friday

  Aaron Paul shows some impressive behind-the-wheels talent in “Need for Speed,” in theaters March 14. This is one that fast car enthusiasts, film fans and gamers have been waiting for. The video game-inspired feature film Need for Speed, starring Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame and Dominic Cooper, hits movie theaters nationwide this Friday, March 14. The film adaptation of the enduringly popular game series is the story of street racer Tobey Marshall. Fresh from prison, he joins a cross-country race, bent on revenge against the wealthy business associate who framed him. Meanwhile, little does he know that his ex-partner has learned of the plan and placed a massive bounty on Marshall’s head as the race begins. Need for Speed is described as “a...

February 9, 2015
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Did Sweden Just Make the World’s Fastest Supercar?

The Koenigsegg One:1 is being touted as the world’s first megacar, and its fastest production car. Just last month, the Hennessy Venom GT caught our eye here at E3 Spark Plugs and made headlines throughout the automotive media world with its Guinness World Record breaking test run. Going from zero to 186.4 miles per hour in just 13.63 seconds and proving its capability to hit 270.49 mph, the Venom GT quickly became the forerunner for designation as the fastest supercar in the world. But that was before the Geneva Motor Show and the jaw-dropping debut of the Swedish-made Koenigsegg One:1. Not only is it a serious head turner, this hypercar touted as the world’s first “megacar”, may have already knocked the Venom GT into second place for the world’s...

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

Oscar who? This week is a week of winners, and E3 Spark Plugs is ready to announce the latest circle of elite pro-am racers to make its annual Team E3 Racing cut. Drumroll, please… The 2014 Team E3 Racing winners are: Extreme Powerboat Racing Team, led by longtime competitive racer and owner Dan Bunting, is a professional driving school that also offers marketing, design and promotional items plus safety and performance products geared toward the sport; Hammer Time Racing, aka Daniel Alvarez Racing. Daniel already is a veteran racer who knows that the promotional competition is just as important as the on-track contest; JP Motorsports, based in Irvine, Kentucky and racing Dirt Super Late Model races; Brunette Racing, featuring kid kart racer Drake Brunette, this year racing...

February 9, 2015
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National Corvette Museum Begins Extraction of Vintage ‘Vettes Swallowed by Sinkhole

The 1962 Black Corvette was the third car successfully extracted from the 30-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up the floor of the National Corvette Museum last month, swallowing eight vintage ‘Vettes. In the early morning hours of February 12, an alarm alerted staff of the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, KY to an unexpected vandal – a 40-foot-wide, 30-foot-deep sinkhole that had formed in the floor of the museum complex’s Skydome. Three weeks later, crews have successfully lifted three of the eight vintage ‘Vettes that the sinkhole swallowed, including the 1962 Black Corvette. Dubbed “Operation Corvette Plus,” the extraction project began last week with with shallow and deep test borings to make sure the full Skydome floor and the...

February 9, 2015
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Japanese Brands Top Consumer Reports’ Annual Brand Report Card

For the second consecutive year, Lexus tops Consumer Reports’ Brand Report Card scores. It’s report card day for the automotive world. Consumer Reports released its annual Brand Report Card, which scores the industry’s major car brands based on testing and reliability surveys completed by more than 1 million auto owners. This year, the best overall scores went to Japanese brands while rides made here in the Good Ol’ USA have some work to do before next year’s report. Here’s how the brands stacked up: Lexus – 79 points: This one’s a repeat for Toyota Motor Co.’s top selling brand. Lexus won last year’s points race, too. And this year, it was the only brand to receive an “excellent” reliability score. Says...

February 9, 2015
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Last Chance to Rev the Vote for the newest 2014 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest Winners

Hey, racing fans – Have you voted for your favorite finalist in the 2014 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest yet? Better hurry! You ‘ve only got two days left. Each of the 16 finalists submitted videos illustrating why they feel they should be among the next class of Team E3 Racing winners. Our judges chose the top entries, and we need to you to help us whittle it down to the final champs. You can vote for your favorite once per day – just view and vote for him or her on our Facebook contest page. Here are the the finalists in no particular order: 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...

February 9, 2015
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Miami Investor to Unload Largest Private Collection of Bond Film Cars

The largest private collection of James Bond film cars and memorabilia is up for grabs in Miami. If you’re pretty sure you’re the biggest 007 fan ever, we’re betting this guy has you beat. But, he’s giving you a chance to catch up. Miami real estate investor and apparenly James Bond superfan Michael Dezer has decided to part ways with his beloved collection of James Bond memorabilia – a cinematic treasure trove that includes the world’s largest collection of Bond film cars. Back in 2011, Dezer made headlines with his purchase of dozens of cars used in the iconic film franchise from the Bond Museum in Keswick, England. But his spending spree was far from over. Since then, he’s added to his collection, which today boasts 59 cars, plus...

February 9, 2015
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Lotus Aims to Rev Up the Luxury Motorcycle Business

The new Lotus C-01 is the British race car maker’s first entry into the motorcycle business. In June 2012, British sports car and race car manufacturer Lotus Cars fired its CEO and reported a near $200 million loss. Luckily, the company had a recovery plan in mind – and they’ve just unveiled it. Take a gander at the new Lotus C-01, the luxury carmaker’s first entry into the motorcycle business. Dubbed a “hyper-bike,” It’s got a bit of a Hollywood pedigree. It’s the creative brainchild of former Bugatti Automobiles designer Daniel Simon, the guy responsible for the Tron: Legacy light cycles and the bubble ship flown by Tom Cruise in Oblivion. Germany’s Kodewa racing team collaborated on the design of the bike, which is licensed to...

February 9, 2015
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Stolen ’57 Chevy Returned 30 Years and One Fantastic Fix-Up Later

Ian “Skip” Wilson’s prized 1957 Chevy recently resurfaced after disappearing from his yard three decades ago. We here at E3 Spark Plugs are big believers in the notion that sometimes, life’s wrongs get righted in amazing ways. Such is the case for Ian “Skip” Wilson, a 65-year-old retired mechanic who recently got a phone call he never expected. On the line was a California Highway Patrol investigator asking if, per chance, Wilson had documentation of a certain 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Turns out the junker hot rod that he bought in 1975 and that disappeared form his driveway in 1984 had been found. Wilson paid just $375 for the car, which he bought from his nephew in Pennsylvania. He used it as his daily ride for years and had big plans to fix it...

February 9, 2015
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