Study Shows Children 12 Percent More Distracting Than Cell Phones

Your kids’ back seat dramatics are far more distracting than your cell phone, researchers say. Those crazy kids! One might think that drivers fiddling with their cell phones would be the most distracting thing ever – what with the dialing, the texting, the checking of emails, the downloading of the latest Angry Birds smartphone app and all that. But in a recently released report, Australian researchers instead point the finger of blame at your… precious angels. That’s right. Study results say kids are an even greater distraction to drivers than are cell phones – 12 percent more distracting, to be exact. Turns out, as many a minivan maven probably already knows, those backseat fits of giggles/rage/gotta-go-potties are a major distracted-driving force....

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Bobby Brown

Team E3 Racing winner Bobby Brown owns the Wild Gator Racing team and plans to build a off-road motorsport park and race track in Northeast Florida. It all started with a 1969 4X4 El Camino he began building in 1980 at age 16. A family, a few moves and multiple custom-built trucks later, Bobby Brown is a regular on the mud truck competition circuit’s winner’s podium. He’s also the latest Team E3 Racing winner. Brown began competing in mud racing in the 1980s while also working as a shrimper and scallop fisherman in Cocoa Beach, Florida, and later as a mechanic at a Texaco service station in his hometown Fernandina Beach. In 1998, he won his first competition at the Monster Jam in Jacksonville, repeating in 2001. He continued racing the Monster Jam, plus other events...

February 5, 2015
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Sweet Eleanor Heads to Auction – Will you Bid on the “Gone in 60 Seconds??? Star, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

Eleanor, the modified 1967 Mustang GT500 who starred in “Gone in 60 Seconds,” is up for grabs. She was the one – the ultimate dream ride for actor Nicholas Cage’s Gone in 60 Seconds character, Memphis. Now, she’s headed to the auction block. In the 2000 film starring Cage, Angelina Jolie, Robert Duval and Giovanni Ribisi, Memphis (Cage), a retired master car thief, is unwillingly jolted back into the industry. To save his brother’s life, he and his crew are tasked with stealing 50 cars in one night. Among them is the gorgeous Eleanor – a sleek, silver 1967 Mustang GT500. But were it not for budget constraints, she might have been a much different lady. While one would think that a $90 million budget could get producer Jerry Bruckheimer any...

February 5, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winners Powered by the Complex

Known collectively as Powered by the Complex, friends friends Terry Panciera, Joshua Coleman and Stephen Shean are the latest Team E3 Racing winners. You can bet these guys have the nicest lawns in all of Bristol, Connecticut. That is, if they ever get around to mowing their own yards. Known as Powered by the Complex, friends Terry Panciera, Joshua Coleman and Stephen Shean are masters of the riding lawn mower. In fact, the PBTC team is the current New England Lawn Mower Racing Association (NELMRA) points champion. They’re also the latest Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner. Sanctioned by the US Lawn Mower Racing Association, NELMRA is a nonprofit organization that holds lawn mower races in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Jersey.  Members race at family-friendly...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Aidan Hinds

Seven-year-old Aidan Hinds is the latest Team E3 Racing winner. Little Aidan Hinds could grow up to become an accountant, an architect, an astronaut – anything he wants. But chances are he’ll become a famous auto racer. After all, he’s already got a big head start. That’s why he’s the latest Team E3 Racing winner. Hinds has spent nearly every Saturday night of his seven years at the Dirt Late Model race tracks with his dad, Kenny, and spends his evenings in the garage, learning all about the mechanics of sleek, powerful racing machines. Plus, racing runs in the family. Grandfather Richard Proffitt also was a racer. So by age five, young Hinds was ready to hit the tracks himself. In 2011, the Aidan Hinds Racing team was founded in Loveland, Ohio and...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Fans – Enter to Win Ryan Gossling’s “Place Beyond the Pines??? Motorcycle

Need a new ride? Enter to win one of the motorcycles ridden by Ryan Gossling in his new film, “The Place Beyond the Pines.” Motorheads take note: If you’ve seen the new Ryan Gossling / Bradley Cooper / Eva Mendes / Ray Liotta film, The Place Beyond the Pines, you’ve no doubt noticed a few nice rides. Now is your chance to own one of them. Directed by Derek Cianfrance of Blue Valentine fame, The Place Beyond the Pines follows the story of a motorcycle stunt driver Luke Glanton (Gossling) who returns to his hometown of Schenectady, NY, thrilling the locals with his circus cage driving feats. But he’s the one who gets the biggest surprise, when he runs into his old flame, Romina (Eva Mendes) and learns the two have an infant son. Glanton decides to man up...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Erik Gehrke

Team E3 Racing winner Erik Gehrke Erik Gehrke is always in hot pursuit of someone. During the day, it’s drivers violating Illinois’ speed limits. But come evening and weekends, it’s his American Super Cup Series competitors. The newest Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner makes his living as a law enforcement officer, but fulfills his passion as a driver for Lawmen Racing, Inc.   A nine-year, fourth-generation police offer, Gehrke is an active hostage negotiator for the northern Illinois region. But he’s also a pro at negotiating the curves of a race track at top speed. He started working on Legends cars in 2002 for CPM Racing, then drove Legends cars in the 2003 season. In 2004, he began racing in the Super Cups series. He’s since racked up more than 40...

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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Daryl Barrett

Team E3 Racing winner Daryl Barrett with “Wilma.” In the summer of 1976, Daryl Barrett took in his very first race at Canandaigua Speedway in New York, which happens to be celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. That night proved quite eventful, but not for what happened on the track. Shortly after the evening’s program began, the grandstands collapsed and the track subsequently closed for the better part of two years. Anyone less enamored with the racing world might well have considered the drama a bad omen. But Barrett was hooked. Over the years since, he’s become a respected team owner, accomplished crew member and chief and a talented racer. And now, he’s a second-year Team E3 Racing winner. Wilma sports the E3 Spark Plugs logo at all races, car...

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Meet Second-Year Team E3 Racing Winner Stephen Kildahl

Team E3 Racing winner Stephen Kildahl races a 30-foot Phantom powerboat hitting breakneck speeds of up to 95 miles per hour Stephen Kildahl certainly knows his way around a powerboat. After all, he’s been piloting one since long before he could drive a car. “I started racing when I was 9 years old, and moved up to the pro circuit when I was 16 years old,” says the Estero, Florida resident and second-year Team E3 Racing Tier 1 winner. “When I moved up to the pro circuit, I had to sign a release waiver. This is because they were allowing me to race under the minimum age requirement, which is 18.” Team E3 Racing winner Stephen Kildahl (left) pilots while dad, Steve, mans the throttle on the Super Boat International Offshore Boat Racing Circuit. Kildahl...

February 5, 2015
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1983 Toyota Tercel a Hot Commodity – Recognize It?

“Breaking Bad” character Jesse Pinkman’s 1983 Toyota Tercel is up for grabs after filming on the final season wraps. Yo, Breaking Bad fans – Need a new ride? Jesse Pinkman can hook you up. Check it… On a visit to any given used car dealership, you’d likely pass on the 1983 Toyota Tercel with the faded red paint job and no hubcaps. But this particular 30-year-old junker has an intangible value as the sometimes-star of the AMC hit TV show – the only show to ever make us root for the local meth dealer. In reality, the ride belongs to Mike Faris Auto Wholesale in Albuquerque, New Mexico. But on TV, it belongs to Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), high school dropout-turned-meth dealing partner of Walter White aka “Heisenberg,” who just...

February 5, 2015
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