French Stunt Driver Guerlain Chicherit Lands Mini Back Flip

Guerlain Chicherit made history on Sunday, becoming the first to successfully land a back flip in a car. Last month, E3 Spark Plugs brought you the story of French stunt driver Guerlain Chicherit’s apparent history-making back flip in a modified Mini Countryman on New Year’s Day. Video posted on his Facebook page teased the feat, but stopped just short of showing the landing and touted a public attempt slated for February 17. Those waiting with bated breath for Chicherit’s second try at an unassisted mid-air backflip in a car were rewarded handsomely this weekend when the four-time free skiing world champion and the 2009 Rally Raid World champ successfully delivered. With the snowy reaches of the Tignes, France mountains as a backdrop, Chicherit gunned it up a...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Congratulate Danica Patrick for History-Making Daytona 500 Pole Win

Danica Patrick made history this weekend, becoming the first woman ever to win the pole position at the Daytona 500. It was a history-making day in Daytona for NASCAR beauty Danica Patrick, who won the pole at the Daytona 500 qualifying – becoming the first woman ever to claim Spring Cup’s top starting spot. E3 Spark Plugs sends congratulations. This is isn’t the first of Patrick’s firsts for women in the racing profession. She’s was the first woman to lead a lap at the Indianapolis 500 in her 2005 debut, and the first woman to win a major closed-course auto race in a 2008 IndyCar Series event in Japan. She also boasts the highest finish of any female in the Indianapolis 500 (third), the highest finish of any female in a NASCAR national touring series...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Know – Would You Drive the Tiny P45?

BBC’s “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson recently unveiled the Peel P45, touted as the world’s smallest car. Would you drive it? Once upon a time, a single computer took up the space of a huge room. Now, we can hold them in our hands. The first cell phones were a bit like holding shoe boxes to our gourds, but today’s fit in our pockets.  And those unwieldy 8-track cassette players have given way to tiny MP3 players. That’s the way it goes with so many of the products that we use every day. So why wouldn’t the automobile also experience a devolution of sorts? Enter Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson and his P45. Touted as the world’s smallest car (actually, the Peel P50 lays claim to being the world’s smallest street-legal production...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Announces 2013 Class of Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winners

E3 Spark Plugs congratulates the newest class of Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winners. We’ve selected 12 of the most promising up-and-coming racing pros and pro-ams. And you’ll recognize a few of the names. Making their sophomore appearance on Team E3 Racing are: Stephen Foster Kildahl, a competitive speedboat racer since age 16; Dan Bunting, a world record-setting competitive speedboat racer; Brandon Williams, a dirt track racer and founder of online magazine DirtXtra.com; Powered by the Complex, a lawn mower racing team; Erik Gehrke, a mini cup racer. New on the team are: Kevin Harter, a kart racer and race team manager; Cheyanne Phillips Shea Holbrook, a car racer and Living Legends honoree; Don Demeny, Traxxas Torc series racer and 28-year racing veteran; James R....

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Welcomes 2013 Class of Team E3 Tier 2 Winners

    E3 Spark Plugs sends out big props to the 2012 class of Team E3 Racing Sponsorship Contest Tier 2 winners. Three top picks from our inaugural class made the cut this year as well. They are: Alex Prunty, third-generation race car driver; Jacob “Camokid” Putman, 7-year-old Kid Kart champ; Daryl Barrett, 30-year racing professional New on the team for 2013 are: Cody Perry, Sport Compact / Hornet division racer; Parker Abed, a competitive racer since age five; Danny Phillips, custom lawnmower builder and racer; John Hummel, 26-year drag racer; Aidan Montgomery Hinds, 7-year-old racer; Tyler Shepard, the “Wheelie Wizzard; bobby brown, truck racer; Tim Spurlock, engine transmission and builder, and truck racer; Tom Benvenuti, vintage snowmobile...

February 5, 2015
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New Concept Cars Amaze at Chicago Auto Show

Zombie lovers, movie goers and “fixie” riders all have surprises waiting for them at the 2013 Chicago Auto Show. The 2013 Chicago Auto Show is underway. And the sights are amazing! Founded in 1901, it’s the nation’s largest auto show with more than 1 million square feet of interactive exhibits. But here at E3 Spark Plugs, we’re most taken by some of the coolest concept cars we’ve seen in a while. The newest on the show floor is the Turbo Camaro Coupe, based on a character in DreamWorks’ new high-velocity 3D animated comedy, Turbo. In theatres July 19, the film centers on a speed-obsessed snail bent on winning the Indy 500. Of course, it’s a Chevy Camaro that helps him chase his dream. The real-world version of the cartoon car equipped...

February 5, 2015
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Thawing Out that Frozen Car Door Lock – E3 Spark Plugs Tells you How

Frozen door locks got you out in the cold? E3 Spark Plugs offers a few clever tips. If you live and drive in what we here at E3 Spark Plugs refer to as the “Frozen Tundra,” meaning anywhere north of the Florida-Georgia line, you’ve no doubt encountered the problem of your car door locks freezing, leaving you – literally – out in the cold. Based in sunny Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, where we do sand, not snow (that freak winter of 1989 notwithstanding) we could just prop our flip-flopped feet on our patio chairs and laugh at you. But we have hearts. So instead, we’re going to offer you a few tips for thawing out that frozen door lock so you can get to work/the gym/the monster truck show on time. If your driver-seat door is frozen shut, try another...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Mourns the Death of X-Games Champion Caleb Moore

Champion snowmobiler Caleb Moore passed away Thursday morning, one week after suffering critical injuries in a crash at the X Games Aspen. A week after a devastating start to the X Games Aspen, champion snowmobiler Caleb Moore has died. Moore, a four-time Winter X Games medalist died Thursday morning from injuries suffered in a horrific crash during the snowmobile freestyle competition finals, which took place Thursday, January 24. Near the end of Moore’s first run, he failed to fly far enough on a backflip. The front sleds of his snowmobile dug into the landing ramp, catapulting him over the handlebars and into a face-first landing before the snowmobile landed on him. After regaining consciousness, Moore was taken to a local hospital where doctors diagnosed him with a...

February 5, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs’ “Today in Automotive History??? – Benz Patents First Viable Automobile 127 Years Ago

The Benz Patent Motorwagen, the world’s first commercially viable automobile. January 29 marks what is widely considered the birth of the modern automotive industry. On this day 127 years ago, German inventor Karl Freidrich Benz patented a gasoline-powered vehicle of his own design, deemed the first viable automobile. Karl Freidrich Benz at age 25. Benz had received his first engine patent in 1879, followed by patents for the speed regulation system, the ignition using white power sparks with battery, the carburetor, the clutch, the gear shift, the water radiator and, our personal favorite of course, the spark plug. He’s best known, however, for the patent he received in January of 1888 for his first automobile, the Benz Patent Motorwagen. Powered by a single-cylinder,...

February 5, 2015
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1927 Fort Track T Roadster Named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster

Collector John Mumford’s 1927 Fort Track T Roadster was recently named America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. Touted as the world’s longest running indoor car show, the Grand National Roadster Show held its 64th anniversary event this weekend in Pomona, California. And as always, officials named one show-stopper America’s Most Beautiful Roadster. This year, the clear winner was a 1927 Fort Track T roadster, a gorgeous ride that combines Model T parts with Model A bodywork. But the win was a good 30 years in the making. The car began as a rebuild project of various car owners in the 1980s, NHRA Top Fuel champion Kelly Brown among them. Brown and other subsequent owners never quite finished the project and eventually, the car found its way to hot rod collector John...

February 5, 2015
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