Japanese Brands Top Consumer Reports’ Annual Brand Report Card

For the second consecutive year, Lexus tops Consumer Reports’ Brand Report Card scores. It’s report card day for the automotive world. Consumer Reports released its annual Brand Report Card, which scores the industry’s major car brands based on testing and reliability surveys completed by more than 1 million auto owners. This year, the best overall scores went to Japanese brands while rides made here in the Good Ol’ USA have some work to do before next year’s report. Here’s how the brands stacked up: Lexus – 79 points: This one’s a repeat for Toyota Motor Co.’s top selling brand. Lexus won last year’s points race, too. And this year, it was the only brand to receive an “excellent” reliability score. Says...

February 9, 2015
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Last Chance to Rev the Vote for the newest 2014 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest Winners

Hey, racing fans – Have you voted for your favorite finalist in the 2014 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest yet? Better hurry! You ‘ve only got two days left. Each of the 16 finalists submitted videos illustrating why they feel they should be among the next class of Team E3 Racing winners. Our judges chose the top entries, and we need to you to help us whittle it down to the final champs. You can vote for your favorite once per day – just view and vote for him or her on our Facebook contest page. Here are the the finalists in no particular order: Tyler Shepard, Wheelie Wizzard Matt Gerald, Gerald Racing Team David Cerer, Lawmen Racing Jeff Fannin, Fannin Motorsports Jason Jiovani, J1N Racing Daniel Alvarez, Hammer Time Racing Dan Bunting, Extreme Powerboat Racing...

February 9, 2015
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Miami Investor to Unload Largest Private Collection of Bond Film Cars

The largest private collection of James Bond film cars and memorabilia is up for grabs in Miami. If you’re pretty sure you’re the biggest 007 fan ever, we’re betting this guy has you beat. But, he’s giving you a chance to catch up. Miami real estate investor and apparenly James Bond superfan Michael Dezer has decided to part ways with his beloved collection of James Bond memorabilia – a cinematic treasure trove that includes the world’s largest collection of Bond film cars. Back in 2011, Dezer made headlines with his purchase of dozens of cars used in the iconic film franchise from the Bond Museum in Keswick, England. But his spending spree was far from over. Since then, he’s added to his collection, which today boasts 59 cars, plus...

February 9, 2015
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Lotus Aims to Rev Up the Luxury Motorcycle Business

The new Lotus C-01 is the British race car maker’s first entry into the motorcycle business. In June 2012, British sports car and race car manufacturer Lotus Cars fired its CEO and reported a near $200 million loss. Luckily, the company had a recovery plan in mind – and they’ve just unveiled it. Take a gander at the new Lotus C-01, the luxury carmaker’s first entry into the motorcycle business. Dubbed a “hyper-bike,” It’s got a bit of a Hollywood pedigree. It’s the creative brainchild of former Bugatti Automobiles designer Daniel Simon, the guy responsible for the Tron: Legacy light cycles and the bubble ship flown by Tom Cruise in Oblivion. Germany’s Kodewa racing team collaborated on the design of the bike, which is licensed to...

February 9, 2015
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Stolen ’57 Chevy Returned 30 Years and One Fantastic Fix-Up Later

Ian “Skip” Wilson’s prized 1957 Chevy recently resurfaced after disappearing from his yard three decades ago. We here at E3 Spark Plugs are big believers in the notion that sometimes, life’s wrongs get righted in amazing ways. Such is the case for Ian “Skip” Wilson, a 65-year-old retired mechanic who recently got a phone call he never expected. On the line was a California Highway Patrol investigator asking if, per chance, Wilson had documentation of a certain 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Turns out the junker hot rod that he bought in 1975 and that disappeared form his driveway in 1984 had been found. Wilson paid just $375 for the car, which he bought from his nephew in Pennsylvania. He used it as his daily ride for years and had big plans to fix it...

February 9, 2015
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It’s all About Communication – Everyday Cars with Futuristic V2V Feature Under Way

V2V-enabled cars will be able to communicate, giving each other a heads up about potential crashes, federal safety officials say. Have you heard of V2V, E3 Spark Plugs fans? If not, you will soon. Officials with the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced that America’s cars of the future will feature a potentially life-saving technology known as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. V2V allows your car to have a little chat with others on the road, giving that SUV two lanes over a heads up about oncoming danger. Well, kind of. Vehicles won’t actually talk a la K.I.T.T. (a little ’80s nostalgia there), but rather communicate via electronic signals about potential hazards. For instance, let’s say you’re waiting...

February 9, 2015
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Didn’t Take a Study to Know This: Women Dig Men in Trucks

Because all women who drive red sports cars look like this. At least according to a recent survey. Joe Diffie belted it to the top of the charts in 1994. And we knew it all along, anyway. But now, a (barely) scientific study has made it official – “There’s just something women like about a pickup man.” In an ever futile attempt to fully understand just how the lady brain works, the white coats over at Insure.com recently conducted a survey of 2,000 men and women, asking what kinds of rides they think the most attractive people drive. Turns out the ladies love trucks – Pickup trucks, mainly, but that big, brown hunka-hunka UPS truck could rev up a gal’s lust engine, too. Here’s the rundown from the rides women dig most to the ones that...

February 9, 2015
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Sinkhole Swallows Eight Cars at National Corvette Museum

Yep – Those are vintage ‘Vettes you see in that 30-foot-deep sinkhole in the Skydome floor of the National Corvette Museum. Museums, art galleries, jewelers and the like often outfit their spaces with motion sensors to help alert staff members and protect the high-dollar goods. So, when the sensors went off early Wednesday morning at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, staffers expected they might catch a would-be thief attempting to make off with a sleek new ride. If only. Instead, the scene proved a bit more unnerving than anyone expected. Turns out a massive sinkhole formed beneath the museum’s Skydome section, alerting security at 5:44 am. The Bowling Green Fire Department quickly responded, finding a hole measuring an estimated 40 feet...

February 9, 2015
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Bogus Chinese-Made Parts Force Worldwide Aston Martin Recall

The 2013 Aston Martin DB9 is one of the models recalled over faulty Chinese-made accelerator pedal arms. If you drive an Aston Martin, you may want to park it – fast! E3 Spark Plugs has learned that the English luxury sports car manufacturer has issued a recall of nearly 18,000 cars over an issue that could cause the cars’ accelerator pedal to break off. Until now, the accelerator pedal arm had been manufactured by an outside supplier in China. Turns out that parts maker was using a counterfeit plastic material – one that falls far short of the particular material that Aston Martin officials specified – in part of the pedal. If the pedal arm breaks, your car will be unable to accelerate or maintain speed, making for a potentially dangerous situation on the...

February 9, 2015
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Announcing the Team E3 Racing 2014 Sponsorship Contest Finalists

Time to vote for your favorite Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest semifinalist! The names are in – Announcing the semifinalists for the 2014 Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest! Judges pored through tons of entries, watched all the great videos and narrowed the race down to 16 potential winners. It wasn’t easy, but it sure was fun! And this year’s semifinalists are… Tyler Shepard, Wheelie Wizzard Matt Gerald, Gerald Racing Team David Cerer, Lawmen Racing Jeff Fannin, Fannin Motorsports Jason Jiovani, J1N Racing Daniel Alvarez, Hammer Time Racing Dan Bunting, Extreme Powerboat Racing Team Nathan Martin, Nathan Martin Racing Tom Phillips, Phillips Motorsports Jesse Puckett, JP Motorsports Adam Kekich, Kekich Racing Mitchell Black, McKenzie Pulling Drake...

February 9, 2015
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