Chicago Auto Show Revs Up This Weekend

The Limited Edition 2014 Chevy Silverado 1500 dubbed “The Reaper” will be on display at the Chicago Auto Show. Looking for something to do this weekend, E3 Spark Plugs fans? Our friends in the Windy City get a real automotive treat when the annual Chicago Auto Show gets underway tomorrow morning. First staged in 1901, it’s reportedly the largest auto show in North America and has been held more times than any other auto exposition on the continent. The 106th installment runs through Feb. 17 and offers up nearly 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs and experimental or concept cars plus competition vehicles and project, antique and collector cars filling more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space. A few special event days: Tuesday is Women’s Day. The ladies get a...

February 9, 2015
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Biker Culture, Motorcycle Mechanics Big Draws at One Motorcycle Show

Vicious Cycle’s Joe Pethoud and his 1974 S-3 Kawasaki will be among the vintage bikes on display at The One Motorcycle Show this weekend. Bikers by the hundreds are headed to Portland, Oregon’s Yale Union for the fifth annual The One Motorcycle Show this weekend. But if you’re expecting a roster of sleek new bikes that just rolled off the manufacturer’s lot, you ain’t gonna get it. Nope. This show is for the DIY vintage motorcycle lover who craves the experience of resurrecting a rusty old ride into a road-ready new best friend. The event’s website says it this way: “The One Motorcycle is all about the idea of the fusion of bike and owner as one connected unit. No matter what segment of motorcycle culture a rider may represent – and how...

February 9, 2015
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Toyota in the Hot Seat for its – Literally – Hot Seats

Toyota abruptly halted the North American sales of six 2013 and 2014 models, including the 2014 Corolla, over potentially flammable seat materials. Toyota has put the kibosh on North American sales of six popular models with heated seats that fall short of US safety standards, E3 Spark Plugs learned today. Turns out heated seats in certain 2013 and 2014 Camry, Avalon, Sienna and Tacoma vehicles are made with a fabric that doesn’t meet inflammability standards. As of yet there have been no confirmed reports of behind-burning incidents involving any of the affected rides. But US officials aren’t about to take any chances. It’s illegal to sell automobiles that don’t meet established safety standards, so the sales came to an abrupt halt this week. The move will...

February 9, 2015
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1988 Volvo Passes Million-Mile Mark

Vic Dres recently hit the million-mile mark in his 1988 Volvo – a feat he’s been working toward for 26 years. Sure, Guinness World Record holder Irv Gordon has him beat, passed the three million mile mark in his 1966 Volvo P1800 last year. But the million-mile mark is nothing to sneeze at either. That’s just what Vic Dres experienced recently, when he watched the odometer click over to seven figures. Well, almost. You see, his odometer has only six digits, so all he really saw was zeros. But you’ll just have to imagine that glorious “1″ to the far left. When Dres bought his Volvo GLE in 1988, he was already a man with a million-mile plan. To prove it, he even bought a personalized license plate that read “GL1000K.” And for the next two...

February 9, 2015
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10 Tips for Drivers Clueless About Icy Rides

Winter storms have hit several Southern states and cities including Birmingham, Alabama (pictured) hard, bringing traffic to a standstill and prompting hundreds to abandon their vehicles on highways. There’s no official confirmation of a zombie apocalypse and we here at E3 Spark Plugs are pretty sure the Biblical rapture hasn’t taken place. But the roadways in Atlanta sure look like a scene out of a post-apocalyptic movie. The wild weather dubbed “Snowmageddon” has hit a few Southern states that typically are not as prone to the white stuff as are our Northern neighbors. Case in point – At the time of our writing this blog entry, Atlanta’s Tuesday afternoon rush hour is now in its 22nd hour. Yep, you read that right. Twenty two hours of an epic...

February 9, 2015
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Just a Days Left to Enter the 2014 Team E3 Racing Competition

Hey, up and coming racing pro – Have you submitted your entry to the 2014 Team E3 Racing Competition yet? Well, what are you waiting for? You’ve got just a few days left to stake your claim for a chance at a valuable year-long promotional deal. Developed to lend the best of emerging amateur and semi-pro racers and racing crew land sponsorship and prizes that can help boost their careers, Team E3 Racing is a perfect way to show your supporters and competitors just what you’re made of. Four winning individuals or racing teams will take home $1,000 in cash, a set of 16 E3 Spark Plugs, and official Team E3 Racing apparel and decals. Plus, you’ll get valuable publicity via the E3 Spark Plugs website blog and social media sites, and more. Winners can come from all...

February 9, 2015
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Holy Roller! Now’s Your Chance to Ride Home on the Pope’s Harley-Davidson

Pope Francis’ Harley-Davidson Dyna Super Glide will be auctioned off for charity next month While it’s doubtful you’ll ever get the chance to ride shotgun with Papa Francesco, you just might get to rev up and hit the open road on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. That is, if you can book it to Paris’ Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées in time for the Bonhams Auction February 6. That’s where the famous European auctioneer will place Pope Francis’ Hog up for bids. Papa Francesco, as he’s affectionately known throughout Europe, is perhaps the coolest guy yet to rock the Papal robes. He does his own bidding, actually picking up the phone calling people himself rather than having a paid assistant handle his communications. He’s been known...

February 9, 2015
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Houston Auto Show Gets Underway

The new Ford F-150, unveiled this week at the Houston Auto Show, out-hauls every other truck in its class, company officials say. Even as the North American International Auto Show (informally known as the Detroit Auto Show) continues, the second major automotive event of the year has begun, too. The Houston Auto Show revved up on Wednesday and already is proving a top draw among auto industry pros and enthusiasts. All the latest from auto and auto accessories manufacturers fill 70,000 square feet of display space at Houston’s Reliant Center and there are plenty of interactive opportunities. Camp Jeep’s Four-Wheel Drive Adventure is a popular stop, giving riders an off-road experience right there on the show floor. The Ride & Drive exhibit allows visitors to test...

February 9, 2015
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Take a Virtual Dirt Bike Ride Through the Historic Packard Plant Ruins

This guy beat the new security team to the famous Packard plant ruins, giving viewers a few glorious moments of “motocross meets the monument.” After decades of abandonment, Detroit’s East Grand Boulevard Packard plant is almost as famous for its ruinous state as for its history as one of the first automotive factories to establish the city as America’s car making capital. Now, E3 Spark Plugs takes you on a virtual tour of what’s left of the plant via a homemade dirt bike and an aerial drone camera in the video below. Built in 1903, the plant housed Packard’s manufacturing operations for over half a century. During that time, Packard became the dominant luxury car in the US, outselling all other luxury brands combined, including Cadillac. The...

February 9, 2015
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Another 1967 Corvette L88 Breaks Auction Record with $3.85 Million Sale

This rare red-on-red 1967 Chevy Corvette L88 just broke auction sales records fetching a cool $3.85 million. The past few months have been very good ones for the blessed few owners of rare 1967 Chevrolet Corvette L88s. In September, a buyer at a Mecum auction drove home a ’67 L88 for a record-breaking $3.2 million. That price tag pummeled the prior record of a now seemingly paltry $1.6 million for a Corvette at auction, set by Barrett-Jackson in 2008 with the Pininfarina-built, one-off “Rondine” coupe. But that $3.2 million record proved to be a short lived one. This past weekend, another ’67 L88 ‘Vette was on the auction block with Barrett-Jackson’s Arizona event. This time, the hammer fell at a new record – a head-spinning $3.85...

February 9, 2015
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