Honor America’s Military Veterans by Donating your Old Ride

Help America’s military veterans by donating your old car to the Purple Heart Cars program. Today, E3 Spark Plugs joins all of America in honoring those who have sacrificed their time, efforts and lives to defending our country in the military. Veteran’s Day has its roots in Armistice Day, created in November 1919 to honor those who served in World War I, then known as “The Great War.” The war officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. But fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice (a temporary ceasefire) between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. So, November 22, 1918 is widely considered the end of “the war to end all wars.” Said...

February 9, 2015
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Part Motorcycle, Part Horse, All Crazy but Kind of Cool – Toyota’s FV2 Concept Set to Steal the Show in Tokyo

Toyota’s FV2 concept rides like a high-tech horse. The annual Tokyo Motor Show, slated for November 21-December 1, is known for showcasing some of the most innovative and downright oddest concept vehicles. And this year, Toyota’s FV2 concept is sure to turn heads, E3 Spark Plugs’ techs predict. Essentially, it’s designed as a street-legal, four-wheeled segway – and potentially an answer to a troubling trend for automakers. In Japan and elsewhere, consumers are increasingly disinterested in driving, in large part because tight economies and job shortages are mean people are giving up their vehicles, opting for public transportation instead, or choosing more affordable rides. If the FV2 makes to production, it may just be a viable option for cash-strapped...

February 9, 2015
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Progress on Flying Cars Inches us Ever Closer to a Jetsons-Like World

This could be the next-gen ride to work! Oh, how we envied George Jetson and his ability to whip back and forth to work through the air rather than sit for hours a day in ground-bound traffic jams like us real-world schmucks. Well, thanks to a handful of persistent visionaries working to create the world’s first widely marketable flying car, we may be closer to a Jetsons-like daily scenario than ever. California-based Moller International says it has developed “the first and only feasible, personally affordable, personal vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) vehicle the world has ever seen.” And it looks like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) agrees. Proprietor Paul Moller says the FAA has cleared his company to test the Moller Sky Car without a tether on June...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Salutes Raymond Loewy on His (Would-Have-Been) 120th Birthday

Concept sketch for Raymond Loewy’s 1963 Studebaker Avanti. See that crazy cool image of what looks to be a retro-mod bullet train on today’s Google search page? That’s just one of the amazing designs of legendary man-before-his-time industrial designer Raymond Loewy. E3 Spark Plugs joins Google in celebrating what would have been this incredible visionary’s 120th birthday. Industrial designer Raymond Loewy. Born to a Jewish family in Paris in 1893, Loewy showed innate engineering skill, design flair and entrepreneurial savvy early on. At just 15 years old, he designed a rubber-band powered model airplane dubbed the Ayrel, patented it, formed a company and rented space to produce and distribute it in high quantities. He went on to study engineering and served...

February 9, 2015
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Cannon-Equipped Police Cars Aimed at Stopping High Speed Chases

New technology is making high-speed police chases unnecessary – allowing justice to be served while saving hundreds of innocent lives. It’s the stuff of James Bond flicks, except that it’s very, very real. Police officers in multiple states are employing a new cutting-edge technology that involves outfitting law enforcement cruisers with high-powered cannons that shoot small tracking devices at the cars of fleeing suspects with the press of a button. The goal is to curb the number of risky high-speed chases that happen on America’s streets and highways every day -and to save hundreds of lives each year. As soon as a tracer is successfully shot and attached to a fleeing vehicle, the chase is over – or so the suspect thinks. “After they think the...

February 9, 2015
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Which Was the Best Spooky Family Car – The Munster’s Koach or the Addams Family’s Packard V-12?

The Munster Koach Munster’s Koach: Designed and built by the legendary George Barris (famous for creating the first Batmobile), the Koach was hand-crafted from three Model T bodies and measured a kind of ridiculous 18 feet long. Of course, the six-door touring roadster had to be that long to accommodate Grandpa’s rolling laboratory and Eddie’s hansom cap ruble seat. Painted in gleaming Gloss Black Pearl, the Koach appropriately sported a blood-red velvet interior and ornate rolled steel scrollwork that took 500 hours to form. It sported ten chrome-plated Stromburg carburetors, a set of Bobby Bar racing headers and a dropped-axle front end with split radius rods and T springs. And it was powered by a 289 Ford Cobra engine from a 1966 Mustang GT. It also featured some...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Salutes 100 Years of History at the Circuit of America’s Vintage Racing National Championship

The inaugural US Vintage Racing National Championship featured some 500 vintage race cars from locales worldwide. Were you in Austin, Texas this past weekend? If so, perhaps you were lucky enough to witness an historic event – the inaugural United States Vintage Racing National Championship at the Circuit of the Americas. The three-day event featured upwards of 500 vintage race cars from throughout the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe competing in 12 classes over three days. Among the vintage beauties raced was a 1974 Jorgensen Eagle that had been piloted by James Hunt, the Formula One great whose fiery relationship with friend and rival Niki Lauda is the subject of director Ron Howard’s new film, Rush; three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Bobby Unser; and 1898 24 Hours of Le...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Roman Polanski, Frank Simon’s 1971 Monaco Grand Prix Set for US Release

Filmmaker Roman Polanski’s 1971 documentary on Formula One racer Jackie Stewart’s 1971 bid for the Monaco Grand Prix will be re-released in November. Submarine Deluxe, a New York-based film distribution company, just announced it secured rights to Weekend of a Champion, the 1971 documentary film produced by filmmakers Frank Simon and Roman Polanski. The film, which follows world champion driver Jackie Stewart in his chase for the Monaco Grand Prix win, will be released in the Big Apple on November 22 and hit Netflix after a nationwide theatrical run. The news comes more than four decades after the 1972 premiere of the original Polanski-directed version at the 1972 Berlin Film Festival. In making the documentary, Polanski spent a weekend with Stewart, enjoying...

February 9, 2015
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Toyota Recalls 870,000 Vehicles, Blames… Spiders?

We’re cool with spiders. Until the creepy little critters crawl inside our cars’ condensers and force an 870,000-vehicle recall. Well here’s a story you’ll find helpful and perhaps a little creepy. Toyota is recalling 87,000 vehicles because of spontaneously inflating airbags. And they’re blaming… spiders. Yep. Those 8-legged, screech-inducing little bastards have finally gone too far. Arachnids who likely will swear they were just minding their own business, looking for a high, dry place to catch a nap , have been known to spin webs inside cars’ condensers. While that’s all well and good for the spider, it’s a dirty deal for your otherwise perfectly nice ride. That’s because the webs can block your car air conditioner...

February 9, 2015
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James Bond Submarine Car About to Become the Real Deal, Says Elon Musk

Tesla CEO Elon Musk plans to turn the iconic James Bond submarine car prop into a real, working deal. So it seems Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was a bit miffed when he learned that Agent 007 James Bond’s iconic submarine car, for which he recently plunked down a cool $920,167 at a London auction, didn’t really work underwater at all. Turns out it was just a cool, but non-functional prop that had the entire movie watching world fooled. “I was disappointed to learn that it can’t actually transform,” Musk said in a Tesla release. Well, what did you expect for such a paltry sum? Seriously, though. Musk has a plan for the custom white Lotus Esprit built specifically for the 1977 film, The Spy Who Loved Me by Florida’s Perry Oceanographic -and, of course,...

February 9, 2015
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