A Few Firsts and Lasts for Lamborghini

Lamborghini recently unveiled the new $4.6 million Veneno Roadster on the flight deck of an Italian aircraft carrier. It’s been a busy few months for Italian brand Lamborghini. They’ve retired one luxury ride, are readying to announce another and dramatically unveiled a vamped up Veneno aboard an Italian aircraft carrier. We here at E3 Spark Plugs were a little bummed to hear of Lamborghini’s retiring of the Gallardo, the luxury automaker’s best-selling model ever. After 10 years in production and just over 14,000 units created, the last Gallardo, an LP 570-4 Spyder Performante in the famous Rosso Mars hue, rolled off the Sant’Agata Bolgonese assembly line last month. Named for a famous breed of fighting bull, the Gallardo was the company’s most...

February 9, 2015
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Here’s Lookin’ at You, Kid! 1940 Buick Phaeton from “Casablanca??? Sells For $461,000

Humphrey Bogart’s 1940 Buick Phaeton featured in “Casablanca” and “High Sierra” recently sold for $461,000. Were you at the recent Bonham’s auction in New York? If not, “you’ll regret it – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.” Why the dramatics? Because you missed the chance to drive home in Humphrey Bogart’s 1940 Buick Phaeton featured in what is arguably one of the most iconic scenes in film history – the departure scene in World War II-era Casablanca. It’s the one where Bogart’s character, Rick Blaine, says his romantic goodbye to his longtime love Ilsa Lund played by the stunning Ingrid Bergman. “You said I was to do the thinking for both of us....

February 9, 2015
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Nissan BladeGlider Stuns at Tokyo Motor Show – Would you Drive this Wing-Inspired Ride, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

The Nissan BladeGlider concept could go into production next year. The Tokyo Motor Show is always good for a head turner or two. And this year’s event did not disappoint. Among the concept rides creating the most buzz this go-round were the Toyota FV2, a street-legal, four-wheeled segway that rides more like a horse or motorcycle; and the Nissan BladeGlider, a triangular contraption inspired by hang gliders and the swept wing, an aircraft wing planform favored for high subsonic and supersonic speeds. The BladeGlider’s triangular form reduces weight and boosts aerodynamic efficiency, promising a lighter, faster and cheaper (at least at the gas pump) ride. It’s the brain child of famed automotive designer Ben Bowlby, who earlier this year rocked a major told-ya-so...

February 9, 2015
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Corvette Stingray Wins Automobile of the Year Award – Do You Agree, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

The 2014 Corvette Stingray is earning accolades from auto journalists, though many purists are still not sure about those boxy tail lights. Automobile Magazine has announced its Automobile of the Year Award winner – the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. Also called the C7 (it’s the seventh generation of Corvette designs), the latest ‘Vette is being lauded as Chevy’s comeback kid, reflecting a renewed energy emerging from the company’s 2009 bankruptcy. Unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January, the Stingray is named for the 1957 racing concept car that won the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) National Championship in 1960, and is the first to bear the Stingray name since the 1976 third generation model. The first ever...

February 9, 2015
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Renting a Car for your Thanksgiving Day Trek to Grandma’s House? E3 Spark Plugs Urges You to Know Your Coverage

Should you pay for that supplemental insurance coverage on your rental car? E3 Spark Plugs tells you how to know if it’s worth it. If over the hills and through the woods to Grandmother’s house you go in a rental car this Thanksgiving Day, or anytime during the holiday season, we here at E3 Spark Plugs have a word to the wise for you – find out what’s up with rental car insurance coverage before you sign the dotted line and take that set of keys. No doubt it happens thousands of times a day nationwide – Americans traveling in rental cars decline the auto rental company’s insurance offer, either believing that their credit card or personal insurance policy covers them (with little to no intention on finding out to what extent that hunch is actually...

February 9, 2015
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Plastic Surgeon-Designed Youabian Puma Steals LA Auto Show

Designed by a plastic surgeon, the Youamian Puma shocked journalists attending the LA Auto Show’s press days event. Hey, E3 Spark Plugs fans – Remember the scene in Forest Gump where Gump happens upon a college football practice session and streaks across the field leaving players in the dust and catching the astonished eye of the team’s top brass? “Can you believe it? I got to go to college, too,” Gump says. Well, we’re betting that somewhere in Los Angeles, Plastic Surgeon Kami Youabian is leaning back with a cigar and a celebratory glass of cognac, thinking aloud, “Can you believe it? I got to go to the LA Auto Show, too.” Oh, yes he did! And like Gump, Youabian and his $1.1 million fully custom Puma earned some serious...

February 9, 2015
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Road Tripping for the Holidays? E3 Spark Plugs Offers Money-Saving Tips

Roadtripping it this holiday season? E3 Spark Plugs offers tips to save you gas and money on your way to Grandma’s. Planning to travel this holiday season? No doubt your wallet’s gonna feel it. Though gas prices of late have shown us a little mercy, they’re still far above what they were several years ago. So, E3 Spark Plugs offers a few gas and money-saving tips for your holiday road trip. Plan your route: You know how women are always picking on men for their reluctance or downright refusal to ask directions, lest they lose a few points off their man card? Well the ladies are right. And all that running around looking for the right exit, the right road, the right turn and that landmark Waffle House wastes both fuel and dollars. Instead, plan your trip ahead of...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Congratulates “Wildman??? Adrian Cenni on Landing the First Ever Barrel Roll in a Truck

Racer Adrian Cenni pulled off the first known 360-degree barrel roll in a truck at the 2013 SCORE International Baja 1000. Fans and competitors know him as the “Wildman” – and with good reason. This past Thursday, driver Adrian Cenni made racing history by pulling off the first known 360-degree barrel roll performed in a truck before a live audience in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico. It happened Thursday at the SCORE International Baja 1000 and we here at E3 Spark Plugs are duly impressed. Cenni told reporters that he’s been planning for the stunt for several years, noting lots and lots of trial and error before perfecting his approach. Racer Adrian Cenni “The whole idea was, you got to get the truck weightless just for that fraction of a second and...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ Where Are They Now – Bonnie & Clyde’s 1934 Ford Deluxe

Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s stolen 1934 Ford Deluxe on display at Whiskey Pete’s Casino in Primm, Nevada. We recently filled you in on the whereabouts of the 1961 Lincoln Continental that carried President John F. Kennedy to his death in Dallas 50 years ago next week. After serving four more presidents and undergoing a massive transformation that ushered in a new era of presidential limousines, the car now is permanently parked at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan. But talk of what is arguably one of the most historically significant vehicles in America’s history got us here at E3 Spark Plugs wondering whatever happened to a few other famous rides that carried Hollywood celebrities, notorious criminals and world leaders. After a few Google searches,...

February 9, 2015
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JFK Lincoln Continental Not What it Once Was

The 1961 Lincoln Continental that carried President John F. Kennedy to his death proved the last and the first of two eras of presidential limousines. With the 50th anniversary of the assignation President John F. Kennedy in Dallas approaching, many Americans still are left wondering. Did the Warren Commission get it right? Or were there really two shooters on the grassy knoll that November day in 1963? Many also want to know what happened to the 1961 Lincoln Continental that President Kennedy and wife Jacqueline were riding in, waving to the crowds lining the street, when an assassin’s bullet brought America’s Camelot era to an abrupt ending. Part of that question is easy to answer – it’s currently on exhibit at southeast Michigan’s Henry Ford Museum in...

February 9, 2015
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