Ken Block’s Latest Gymkhana Video Production Tears Through Los Angeles

Rally racer Ken Block does donuts around LA’s landmark Randy’s Donuts structure in Los Angeles for his latest Gymkhana video series installment. Described as the “largest viral-video space in the automotive space,” rally race driver Ken Block’s Gymkhana series has released its latest – Gymkhana 7: Wild in the Streets of Los Angeles. Block made a fortune co-founding (in 1994), running and ultimately selling his shares of DC Shoes, the crazy successful sports footwear and apparel company. He’s since turned his business focus to his Hoonigan Industries, an apparel brand for auto enthusiasts where he’s co-owner and Head Hoonigan In Charge. He began his national rally racing career in 2005, landing the Rally America’s Rookie of the...

February 10, 2015
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What to do When You’re Stranded on a Snowy Highway

Such is the scene in much of New York, where the governor has declared a state of emergency in 10 snow-hit counties. All the talk this week is about the nasty weather hitting much of the nation. At the time of this writing, the hardest-hit area is Buffalo, NY, currently buried under some 60 inches snow. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for 10 of the states’ western counties most impacted by the snow – a move prompted in part by reports of five deaths, including that of a 46-year-old man found dead in his snow-buried car and another killed in a car accident. That declaration means that some 1,000 transportation personnel operating 526 snow plows, 74 large loaders and 21 snow blowers, as well as 150 National Guardsmen are on their...

February 10, 2015
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Male Midlife Crisis, “Bedroom Wall Syndrome??? Driving ’80s Classic Car Boom

Cars made in the 1980s are hitting classic status – and they’re in big demand right now, thanks what some are calling the “Bedroom Wall Syndrome.” Lately, there’s been a surge in interest in classic cars from the 1980s. Yes – that’s right. The Classic Car Club of America defines classic cars as those between 30 and 49 years old. So your beloved 1984 ride is now a bona fide classic. And it’s in hot demand, thanks your midlife crisis and a little known condition known as Bedroom Wall Syndrome. BWS refers to that longing in men who came of age during the ’80s to regain a bit of their youth by plunking down a few hard-earned paychecks for a 24″x36″ semigloss poster-worthy blast from the past. Says a recent article in...

February 10, 2015
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Nissan Debuts Short Film Featuring Two Veterans in a Modified Titan on an Alaskan Adventure

This heavily modified Nissan Titan truck is featured in a new documentary short film honoring America’s military veterans. Nissan’s American division is honoring the nation’s military veterans with the release of a short film produced in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project. If you’ve ever dreamed of venturing out into the Alaskan wilderness, this one’s a must-see. Project Titan features US Army veterans David Guzan and Kevin McMahon, two Wounded Warrior Project Alumni taking a modified Nissan Titan on the guy trip of a lifetime into the some of the most beautiful and dangerous territory in the world. Guzman and “I couldn’t dream up this adventure,” McMahon says early in the film, while the two are flying into Alaska in an...

February 10, 2015
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Nissan Debuts Short Film Featuring Two Veterans in a Modified Titan on an Alaskan Adventure

This heavily modified Nissan Titan truck is featured in a new documentary short film honoring America’s military veterans. Nissan’s American division is honoring the nation’s military veterans with the release of a short film produced in cooperation with the Wounded Warrior Project. If you’ve ever dreamed of venturing out into the Alaskan wilderness, this one’s a must-see. Project Titan features US Army veterans David Guzan and Kevin McMahon, two Wounded Warrior Project Alumni taking a modified Nissan Titan on the guy trip of a lifetime into the some of the most beautiful and dangerous territory in the world. Guzman and “I couldn’t dream up this adventure,” McMahon says early in the film, while the two are flying into Alaska in an...

February 10, 2015
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Volkswagen Golf GTI Named 2015 Yahoo Autos Car of the Year

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI is the new Yahoo Autos Car of the Year. Each year, the automotive journalism team at Yahoo publishes its choices for an array of cars considered best in class, with one winning the overall Car of the Year. This go-round, that top distinction goes to the 2015 Golf GTI. Following the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray last year and Tesla Model S in 2013, this year’s winner had big some big shoes to fill. Over the past months judges narrowed the field to 17 vehicles, then ran them through a battery of tests that involved hundreds of miles of driving loops and hours upon hours on Yahoo’s autocross course. “We set loose at speed, opened and closed everything with a hinge and debated questions from the nature of transportation in the 21st century to...

February 10, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends – “On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter???

If you were a movie-going motorcycle enthusiast back in the early 1970s, you might well remember On Any Sunday, the documentary starring the “King of Cool” Steve McQueen. Hitting theatres in 1971, the film featured a varied cast of stars of motorcycling, following them as they passionately devoted their lives to racing – often risking everything for it. Director Bruce Brown, at the time already famous for his iconic 1966 surfing documentary, The Endless Summer, scored an Oscar nomination for the film. Fast-forward more than four decades and Brown’s son, Dana Brown, is revisiting his father’s famous film with On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter, set for nationwide theatrical release on Friday. The film gives viewers a heartwarming glimpse into the lives of...

February 10, 2015
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Furious 7 Trailer Released – And it’s a Thing of Badass Beauty

Late actor Paul Walker’s final film, Furious 7, is set for release April 2015. Producers of Furious 7, the latest in the wildly successful film franchise, have released the trailer to the final film starring late actor, philanthropist and racing enthusiast Paul Walker. And we here at E3 Spark Plugs think it’s nothing short of amazing, beginning with a fleet of muscle cars parachuting from a cargo plane, an explosive gun battle and Walker’s character, Brian O’Conner, airborne at the edge of a cliff. This latest installment, set for release next spring, centers on character Ian Shaw’s (Jason Statham) bloodlust for revenge against Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and his crew for the death of his brother, Owen, a former British Special Forces...

February 10, 2015
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Pedestrian Accidents Spike on Halloween

Children are more likely to be injured in a car / pedestrian accident on Halloween than any other day of the year. If you’re a parent, no doubt your kids are driving you batty, giddily preparing for tomorrow night’s trick-or-treating. Outside of Christmas and birthdays, it’s probably the best day of the year for a child. Unfortunately, it’s also day kids are most likely to be seriously injured or even killed in a car vs. pedestrian accident, according to a recent study. Many of us here at E3 Spark Plugs have children in our lives who we love, too. So, we want to make sure you know the risks. Among the study’s findings: An average 5.5 children nationwide are killed in pedestrian vs. car accidents each year on Halloween. That’s more than double the...

February 10, 2015
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Was James Dean “Little Bastard??? Porsche Spyder Cursed?

Actor James Dean driving his 1955 Porsche Spyder dubbed “Little Bastard.” Dean was killed in a crash just nine days after buying the car, which since has disappeared. Halloween is high time stories of hauntings. But it’s not just creepy old houses and psych wards that are thought to be inhabited by those lingering behind. Vehicles also can be haunted – and not just in the movies, believers say. Among the real-life rides thought to be haunted or cursed was the sleek, silver 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder that drove iconic actor James Dean to his untimely death. The car was customized by George Barris (famed designer of the Batmobile and the Munster Koach) and by master pinstriper and customizer Dean Jeffries who had a shop next to Barris’. It was Jeffries who...

February 10, 2015
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