LA Auto Show Tickets on Sale Now – E3 Spark Plugs is Stoked for More than 50 Auto Debuts

The new BMW i8 debuts at the LA Auto Show next month. It’s the first major car show of each season and one of the top annual events for car buffs nationwide and around the world. And with good reason – This year, 56 automobiles will make their U.S. debuts, including 22 making their world debuts at the LA Auto Show in Los Angeles. That’s more than double the number of world premieres at the show over last year. Among the sleek new rides that the world will see for the first time at the LA auto show are four Mercedes-Benzes, three Porches and more from BMW, Chevrolet, Jaguar, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota in the luxury, performance, green, tech and concept categories. Here are a few of our favorites: BMW i8: The German automaker’s flagship i8 electric vehicle is a...

February 9, 2015
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Controlling Your Car with Gestures? Google Files Patent to Make it Possible

An image from Google’s patent filing for gesture-based automotive controls. Image courtesy of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It’s the stuff of sci-fi movies and one greatly exaggerated forensics show. And now, it may be headed to your car’s dashboard. Every time you watch an episode of Fox’ Bones and see Angela (Michaela Conlin) swish her hot little hands around in the air, doing her craniofacial reconstruction thing on her giant 3D “Angelatron” hologram machine, you know you secretly wish you could have one in your living room/man cave/ garage. Well, that particular fantasy may just be a little closer than you think. Not only is the Angelatron based on existing technology (including one similar massive machine used to forecast...

February 9, 2015
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Money Can’t Buy you Love – But it Can Buy You Ringo’s Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega, Spark Plugs and All

Ringo Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega Facel II is expected to fetch upwards of $500,000 at auction in London. Still reeling from missing your chance to drive home John Lennon’s blue 1965 Ferrari 330GT when it was auctioned off back in July? Well, don’t fret. All you need is love. And one more chance at a sleek, vintage Beatles ride. Lucky you! If you’ve got an extra half-million or so to throw down, pack up and get ready to ship out to New Bond Street, London, where Bonhams will place bandmate Ringo Starr’s 1964 Facel Vega Facel II on the block on Sunday, December 1. The former Beatles drummer bought the sleek red ride straight from the stand at Earls Court Motor Show in 1964 and drove it for four years. Built by the short-lived French firm Facel, the Vega...

February 9, 2015
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October Marks 100th Anniversary of the Day that Changed Automotive History

The modern day assembly line was launched 100 years ago this month. A century ago this month, something happened in the halls of Henry Ford’s Detroit factory that would forever change the course of automotive history. On October 7, 1913, engineers constructed a crude rope-and-winch system to pull a Model T past 140 workers in the sprawling new “Crystal Palace” facility. And thus, the modern assembly line – and a radical transformation of both the manufacturing industry and society in general – was launched. Prior to that day, it took factory workers more than 12 hours to assemble a Model T. With the advent of the assembly line, that timeframe was chiseled down to a mere 93 minutes. Soon, other industries would catch on, and assembly lines would be...

February 9, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs the New “Need for Speed??? Trailer

Based on the popular video game series, the new “Need for Speed” film stars Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper. It’s not set for release until next summer, but we here at E3 Spark Plugs are already itching to see the new Need for Speed feature film starring everyone’s favorite (fictitious) meth pusher, Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad fame. We’re expecting big things from the young actor and two-time Primetime Emmy Award winner as he enters his post-Jesse Pinkman era (by the way, this dude’s been acting for a lot longer than anyone realizes – 1998, yo). But we’re really anxious to see him in action behind the wheel of some seriously fast rides (including a Ford Mustang powered by a supercharged 900HP V8 with a custom body based on the Shelby...

February 9, 2015
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Sting Ray with Elite Pedigree Could Break L88 Record – E3 Spark Plugs is Watching

Harley Ear’s custom 1968 Corvette Sting Ray is expected to fetch a record sum at Mecum Auctions’ Chicago event. October 10-12 should prove to be an interesting weekend in the world of rare car collectors. Despite many of us feeling the pressure of the current economic climate, cars with elite pedigrees and history are selling at auction at record breaking numbers. Eyes and ears will be watching and listening as Mecum Auctions’ event at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Illinois near Chicago has the potential to break them all with the sale of Harley Earl’s custom custom 1968 Corvette Sting Ray taking center stage. Among many custom features, the one-of-a-kind Sting Ray showcases side exhausts and a second instrument panel, details the former...

February 6, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends: Rally Racing is “Easier Said than Done,??? New Documentary Shows

Rally racing is expensive, dirty and, as this still shot from a new documentary shows, rough. Rally racing fans know that it’s a far different game than any other motorsport. Now, a new documentary shows just crazy things can get on the public-private-road tracks that temporarily become rallying tracks. We here at E3 Spark Plugs can’t wait! Rallying is extremely difficult,” say producers on the website for the feature-length film, Easier Said than Done. “It’s expensive, dirty, rough and one of the last pure motorsports in the world.” Aptly titled, Easier Said than Done follows an international cast of characters including drivers, co-drivers and mechanics across eight countries in 18 months to capture the best stories from what is arguably the...

February 6, 2015
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Black Air: The Buick Grand National Documentary

“There’s something inside the car trying to get out. It’s trapped in the wrong body.” That line from a new documentary pretty much sums up the consensus on the black sheep of the Buick family. Described as a “strange and curious misfit,” the Buick Grand National was a boxy, brutish car with a mediocre chassis and an undersized engine that somehow became the quickest production car in America in its final year of production, hitting 60mph in just 4.7 seconds. That’s a straight line acceleration that no other car in the 1980s could match – Not Corvette. Not Lamborghini. Not Ferrari. After road testing of the Grand National, which was built from 1982 through 1987, Car and Driver Technical Editor Csaba Csere recalls thinking, ”...

February 6, 2015
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Rear Light Issue Forces Recall of More than 134,000 BMW 5-Series Cars

BMW dealers will repair faulty rear lights in recalled 5-Series cars. If you drive a BMW 5-Series car, listen up. E3 Spark Plugs just learned that BMW is recalling more than 134,000 of the cars, citing an issue that causes the rear lights to fail. According to a report by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, increased electrical resistance can damage connections to the lights. That could cause loss of tail, brake turn-signal or backup lights, which significantly boosts the risks of a crash. Thus far, BMW says that it has no reports of any accidents or injuries caused by the problem. Affected cars will give drivers visual and audible warnings if the problem occurs, and unaffected rear lights will display to warn drivers behind the cars, BMW said in documents filed with...

February 6, 2015
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Automotive World Loses a Pioneer – Eiji Toyoda Dead at 100

Eiji Toyoda, pictured in 1967, passed away September 17 at age 100. E3 Spark Plugs joins the rest of the automotive world in bidding goodbye to Eiji Toyoda, who passed away yesterday at age 100. Toyoda, a cousin of Toyota’s founder Kiichiro Toyoda, served the company’s longest tenure as president – 25 years from 1967 until his retirement in 1982. He then served another 10 years as chairman of the Toyota Motor Corporation following the unification of the manufacturing and sales divisions. Toyoda is credited with spearheading the development of the Prius, expanding production overseas for the first time, launching the Lexus brand and turning Toyota from a minor industry player into one of the world’s largest automakers. Born in 1913, Toyoda grew up inside his...

February 6, 2015
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