It’s Crazy Hot Outside, So E3 Spark Plugs Begs – Don’t Leave Your Pets in Your Cars!

Uncool in more ways than one. Leaving your pet locked in a car, even with the windows down or the AC on, places them in danger of a potentially fatal heat stroke. Many of us here at E3 Spark Plugs, based in sunny Florida’s Ponte Vedra Beach, are pet owners. And as Floridians, we know a thing or two about scorching summertime car interiors. So, not much gets us hot under the collar like seeing a pet locked in a car with its owners nowhere in sight. No doubt you’ve come across one of these scenes. A dog sits in a car in a mall or grocery store parking lot, panting and pawing at the window with a distressed look in his eyes. You look around, sure that the owner is nearby, just grabbing a latte from the coffee shop, returning a shopping cart to the cart stall or otherwise...

February 6, 2015
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Real Life Griswolds Recreate Iconic Family Truckster

Replica of the Waqon Queen Family Truckster faithfully recreated by a real-life Griswold family. National Lampoon’s Vacation captured the hearts of millions of Americans in 1983 and has become an iconic reminder of anyone’s ill-fated family trips. The series of movies starring Chevy Chase made the idea of road travel with family infamous by following the Griswolds’ cross-country expedition from Chicago to Los Angeles in their infamous “Family Truckster”. Now that the movie has been seen by multiple generations, the name Griswold has become an institution associated with vacation planning disasters. So imagine how a real life Steve Griswold must feel today having grown up with a movie that immediately dictates how people perceive him and his family? Well...

February 6, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Celebrates Shark Week by Remembering Corvette’s Mako Shark Concept Car

1961 Mako Shark I All the excitement surrounding Discovery Channel’s highly anticipated annual Shark Week got us here at E3 Spark Plugs reminiscing. Back in 1961, General Motors created a sleek, sharp concept car inspired by and named for the Mako Skark. In the deep of the ocean the Mako Shark appears in two forms – the common shortfin and the rare longfin. They can grow to 15 feet long, weigh up to 1,750 pounds, dart through the waters at speeds of up to 38 miles per hour and leap 24 feet in the air. But on asphalt, GM’s celebrated concept car is just as impressive. Designed by GM Vice President of Design Bill Mitchell and co-designer Larry Shinoda, the 1961 XP-755 Mako Shark I was created as a follow up to Corvette’s Stingray and, legend has it, inspired by...

February 6, 2015
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Mercedes-Benz to Integrate Google Glasses with its In-Car Infotainment Systems

Mercedes-Benz goes futuristic with Google Glass integration. The era of the Heads-Up Display (HUD) is upon us. That is, the display of information directly in front of the driver – on the car’s windshield. A number of cars already have this function and it is due to become a far more important feature in the very near future. Mercedes-Benz North America is pushing hard to develop a working relationship with Google, to incorporate the concept of Google Glass into its cars’ information and entertainment features. Google Glass is the trade name for Google’s wearable projection eyeglass technology currently under the later stages of development. The glasses give the wearer the ability to view read-outs of information projected onto the eyeglass lenses so that the...

February 6, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ August Flick Pick – “Getaway???

Hitting the big screen for Labor Day, “Getaway” stars Ethan Hawke and Selena Gomez. But it’s the Shelby Cobra Super Snake that steals every scene. Getaway is one of the must see car flicks for muscle car enthusiasts. It is an epiphany of many car-chase movies of the past. Though missing some the pure cool of a cult classic like Bullet, this movie is loaded with some serious action. The plot revolves around Brent Magna, a stock car driver who is trying to locate his kidnapped wife. In the process, Magna steals the star of the show, a Shelby Mustang GT 500 Super Snake, to give chase to the kidnapper. Ironically, and you knew there would be “irony”, the car belongs to a seasoned carjacker played by Selena Gomez.  Funny how Karma always comes back to...

February 6, 2015
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Why Fuel Choices Today Can Make a Big Difference

Gasoline, diesel or hybrid – Which is the best way to go? E3 Spark Plugs spells out your options. Trying to figure out the difference between fuels can seem like an exercise in math and chemistry for many, but it doesn’t have to be. In fact, understanding why fuels work differently can actually help in buying a new car, depending on what one wants from a vehicle. Clearly, standard vehicles are served just fine with regular gasoline, but when it comes to hauling and towing, diesel might be the better choice. Here’s how the different fuel options can work for you. Gasoline There’s a reason why gasoline is the fuel of choice in sports cars and vehicles designed for speed — it produces reliable horsepower. That said, gasoline isn’t the best producer of...

February 6, 2015
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Teen Driving to School This Year? Tips for Choosing the Safest Rides

Teen getting behind the wheel this school year? E3 Spark Plugs helps you choose a safe ride that (hopefully) won’t embarrass your ultra-cool brood. Buying a car for a teenager always starts with good intentions. Safety, reliability, and ease of use make the initial list. Unfortunately in today’s marketplace cost rears its ugly head, and a teen’s first car frequently ends up being a used compact that could fold up like a tin can on the first real impact with another car. It’s not what any loving parent wants for his or her child. That said, trying to find the right balance when choosing a safe first ride can be a challenge. So what really makes a safe car but still allows the sticker price to come in at an affordable level? While the idea of having your teen...

February 6, 2015
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The Lyft Car – A Different, Fun Kind of Taxi

Why take a boring ol’ taxi ride when you can take a mustachioed, Disco-themed sing-along experience to your destination instead? At first mention, “Lyft car” might give a person an impression of some sort of cargo hauler. In reality, it’s a growing type of big city taxi service minus the yellow, impersonal cab feel and plus the kooky and weird ride. Lyft car rides for short destinations are available today in Los Angeles, Seattle, San Francisco and Boston and are scheduled through Facebook from user to driver. What the passenger/customer gets when the car arrives depends on what sort of theme the driver has decided to go with in his Lyft car. For example, one Lyft car could incorporate an entire disco theme, including fog machine and disco lights in the back...

February 6, 2015
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Preview of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

A scene from the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The 2013 event happens in August. For over 60 years, the Concours d’Elegance has been thrilling automotive enthusiasts with beauty, power and technology. And one of the most anticipated Concours events is happening next month. Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance celebration starts its engines August 14, 2013 for both a memorable experience and a great cause. With more than $16 million already raised for charity, attending the event allows you to help worthwhile causes while you enjoy the ultimate vintage car lover’s experience. This one is definitely worthy of a road trip. Festivities begin on Wednesday, August 14 with participant arrivals and exhibits. The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance, sponsored by...

February 6, 2015
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Could Hackers Take Over Your Car?

Could terrorists take over your car? Government-hired hackers show it’s possible. Imagine driving down the highway when suddenly, your speedometer surges, your brakes fail and your steering wheel seemingly takes on a mind of its own. While it sounds like the stuff of a sci-fi thriller, government officials say it’s all too real a possibility. With funding from the Pentagon and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the research arm of the U.S. Department of Defense, two noted hackers are showing the feds just how easy it might be for terrorists, organized crime figures or super savvy pranksters to take control of your automobile. Experimenting on a 2010 Toyota Prius and 2010 Ford Escape, the hackers showed that while they cannot fully control the vehicles...

February 6, 2015
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