50 Years of Ponies and Three Things We Bet You Didn’t Know About the Mustang

Yes – that’s a Ford Mustang station wagon. And it almost happened back in 1966. The Ford Mustang recently celebrated a milestone anniversary the same way it debuted a half-century ago – with a dramatic unveiling atop the observation deck of New York’s Empire State Building. Back in 1965 a prototype Ford Mustang convertible was debuted on the deck overlooking Manhattan. No one new that this Big Apple debut would make such a big impact. Oh, but it did! Affectionately known as the Pony car, the Ford Mustang has become one of the most iconic of American cars. So, what more fitting way to debut the 2015 limited edition GT model than with an unveiling reminiscent of the original – and just in time to kick off the 2014 New York International Auto Show? Only...

February 9, 2015
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Treasure Trove of Pre-war Cars Up For Auction

This 1937 supercharged Cord is among the 220 vintage cars discovered in Oliver Jordan’s salvage yard, closed up and untouched for more than six decades. How’s this for a serious barn find? In the tiny town of Enid, Oklahoma, population not quite 50,000, Oliver Jordan ran an automobile salvage yard for years before retiring in 1953. Six decades later, his entire treasure trove of 220 classic cars, including many dating before World War II, has been found exactly how he left he left it when he closed up shop. And you’ve got a chance to own one of them, E3 Spark Plugs fans and friends. It’s clear that in the years prior to his death at age 95 in 2004, Jordan knew just what a treasure he had. Large fences topped with barbed wire surround his property and only a...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs: NASCAR Upstart’s Support of Therapy Dogs

NASCAR phenom Brodie Kostecki is on track for a break-out racing year. If you hit the New York International Auto Show this past weekend, you might have spotted 16-year-old NASCAR phenom Brodie Kostecki. He was there chatting it up with fans and signing autographs. But he wasn’t just out to boost his own career. His appearance also was in support of one doggone worthy cause. By age 14, Kostecki had landed more wins than any other driver in his age group in the United States Auto Club racing history. Now, he’s racing the NASCAR K&N series in the #43 car, giving on-track performances that just may make him a pro racing breakout star this year. Racer Brodie Kostecki’s car and a four-legged friend at the New York International Auto Show in support of Canine...

February 9, 2015
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New York International Auto Show Under Way

Sweden’s $1.6 million Koenigsegg Agera R debuted at the New York International Auto Show this week. Hear that rumble, E3 Spark Plugs fans? Things are revving up in the Big Apple at the New York International Auto Show, which kicked off this past Friday and runs through April 27. Held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center on Manhattan’s tony West side, the show has a history that spans 115 years. Debuting in 1900, the show was North America’s first automotive exhibition and is considered among the automotive industry’s most important annual events. It’s a top choice for automakers to announce and unveil new vehicles and has consistently broken attendance figures each year over the past decade, despite the sluggish economy. Today the full show involves...

February 9, 2015
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New Chance to Win an E3 Spark Plugs-logoed Team Losi Racing TEN-SCTE Nitro 4WD RTR

Cool, huh? Win yours for free! Calling all remote control enthusiasts! Now’s your chance to win a seriously cool remote control novelty – the exclusive E3 Spark Plugs-logoed Nitro 4WD Truck created by Team Losi Racing. The Team Losi Racing TEN-SCTE Nitro 4WD RTR is a scale replica of the E3 Pro 4 Unlimited #23 racing truck driven by Jerry Daugherty of Live Fast Play Dirty Motorsports. He and son Aaron run the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series. The Nitro comes jam-packed with a load of cool features including: Racer Jerry Daugherty 3.4 Nitro Engine Performance Tuned Pipe Aluminum Threaded Big Bore Shocks Waterproof Electronics Off-Road Beadlock-Style Wheels 7.4V 1000MAH LiPo Receiver Pack Spektrum DX2L Transmitter See it in action in the video below. Then, hightail it...

February 9, 2015
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Senate Committee Votes to Keep Your Ride’s Black Box Data Private

A Senate committee just voted to keep your vehicle’s black box data private. Automotive black boxes were designed to help keep America’s drivers safe, and to assist law enforcement in figuring out exactly what happened in car crashes. But critics argued that the information stored on them may be used in questionable ways, violating citizens’ privacy rights. Turns out a Senate committee agrees. Members of the Senate Commerce Committee recently voted to grant bipartisan approval of legislation stipulating that the owner or lessee of a vehicle is the only person entitled to its black-box data. Of course, there are a few exceptions. First proposed by Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) last year, the legislation does allow for law enforcement to access...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs Netherlands’ New Glowing Green Highways

The Netherlands’ new glow-in-the-dark highway markings may do away with streetlights. Not only is it designed to save energy, but we here at E3 Spark Plugs think it’s pretty darn cool, too. The Netherlands’ new “smart highway” features glow-in-the-dark markings in place of street lights. The result – a ride that feels a lot like you’ve been sucked into a futuristic video game. Designed by Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and a Dutch civil engineering firm, Heijmans, the glowing green strips line just a 0.3-mile stretch of the Netherlands’ N329 highway in Oss. But it’s just a first step. If all goes well, highways across the entire country eventually will glow. Here’s the deal – Roosengarde was working to...

February 9, 2015
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Yellowed Headlights? Here are Three Ways to Shine ‘em Up

Got dull, yellow headlights? We’ve got three easy ways to clear and shine them up. Dull, yellowed headlights can are a bit like those few stray grays in an otherwise beautiful brunette head of hair. They’ll show a car’s true age quickly, and if you’re looking to sell or trade in your ride, they could cost you. E3 Spark Plugs offers four ways to rid your ride of the yellow and shine up those tell-tale headlights. Toothpaste: Turns out toothpaste is a bit of a cure-all. It can take clear away your toddler’s crayon masterpiece from your living room wall, water rings from your coffee table and scuffs from your shoes. And, it can help shine up your yellowed car headlights. Apply a little toothpaste to your headlights with a soft dry cloth and rub it in...

February 9, 2015
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Five Simple Ways to NOT Sink your Ride’s Resale Value

Drivers are keeping their cars for longer. Make sure you know how to maintain your ride’s resale value. With the economy still a bit tight, today’s drivers are waiting longer to trade in their vehicles. A 2012 survey showed that car owners reported plans to hold onto their cars for an average six years, up from four years in 2011. Now, a new survey shows 78 percent of vehicle owners are planning to wait nearly double that – ten years or more – before selling or trading in their rides. Of course, a whole lot can happen in a decade on the road. And much of it can sink your chances of getting a decent chunk of change for your long-beloved ride. E3 Spark Plugs offers a few tips for maintaining your vehicle’s resale value: Keep it smooth: Avoid denting and...

February 9, 2015
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Car-Tipping Vandals Hit San Francisco – and Five Harmlessly Hilarious Pranks Involving Cars

Police in San Francisco are investigating a series of smart car tipping. It was a dark and stormy night when eight hooded figures lurking in the shadows moved shiftily toward a lone parked car. Okay, so the storm was added for a dramatics boost. But those eight ne’er-do-well characters definitely were set on some vehicular hijinks. “I thought they looked like they were up to no good,” a witness told a San Francisco television news station about stepping outside to smoke a cigarette and seeing a crew of smart car-tipping vandals hit. “Sure enough they walk up to this smart car right here, all huddle around it and just lift it up and set it on its hind legs.” While authorities are unsure whether it’s the work of serial car tippers or unrelated cases,...

February 9, 2015
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