Toyota Land Cruiser Makes History with 27-year, 170-country, 138-Spark Plug Journey

Emil and Liliana Schmid and their world record-breaking 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60. Remember that Forrest Gump scene sequence wherein Gump decided to take a quick run. He set out from his fictional hometown of Greenbow, Alabama and just kept on running – all the way to the Santa Monica Yacht Harbor in California. And then, he ran back. He crossed the country five times and racked up 15,248 miles before telling millions of moviegoers quite anti-climactically, “I’m pretty tired. Think I’ll go home now.” Swiss couple Emil and Liliana Schmid and their 1982 Toyota Land Cruiser FJ60 can relate. They set out for a one-year getaway from their jobs as a software developer and secretary. And just kept going. Now 28 years-strong, their jaunt has officially been...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs these Dramatic Garage Doors

Garage door murals by Style Your Garage are convincing enough to fool Wile E. Coyote – and maybe even your neighbors. Want to protect your garage-kept loot, or just make your neighbors do a double-take? E3 Spark Plugs found a way to add some serious drama to your boring ol’ garage door. Head over to Style Your Garage’s website and take your pick of dozens of ultra-realistic billboard murals perfectly sized for garage doors. Created by Created by artist Thomas Sassenbach, the doors are an example of the trompe l’oeil (“deceive the eye”) art technique, which uses realistic 2D images to create a 3D optical illusion effect. Garage murals can make it appear that your garage is hiding any of a whole, crazy range of items from classic cars to space ships...

February 4, 2015
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Pro Race Car Driver vs. Self-Driving Car – Who Wins, E3 Spark Plugs Fans?

Self-driving automobiles like CARS’ “Shelley” could hit America’s streets within five years, industry insiders say. While they’re years away from commercial availability, and perhaps decades away from mainstream acceptance, self-driving cars are now street-legal in Florida, Nevada and California. And car manufacturers such as Lexus, Mercedes Benz, and Volvo are introducing self-driving features such as self-parking, radar enabled adaptive cruise control, and automatic collision avoidance on new models. Industry insiders say fully autonomous vehicles may be commercially available in as little as five years. The thought of sharing the road with dozens of driverless vehicles is enough to completely unnerve some. But others are looking forward to making like...

February 4, 2015
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Best Vehicles for Surviving Mayan / Zombie Apocalypse

Preparing for the Mayan apocalypse? You’re gonna want one of these. If you’re anxiously awaiting a coming apocalypse, whether of the Mayan or zombie sort, E3 Spark Plugs has good news for you. Out of the sincerest concern for you and your family’s post-apocalyptic welfare, we’ve put together a list of the five best rides for surviving the demise of the world as we know it. They’ll cost you, but hey – it’s only money and you likely won’t need much, what with that comet hurtling toward Earth and that massive solar storm expected to jack the global power grid. Conquest Knight XV: This $629,000 fully armored, bio-fuel powered SUV boasts bulletproof glass, run-flat tires, reinforced door hinges and a pretty luxe interior. The company is...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends – Great Holiday Gifts for the Car Lover

Hey, car nuts – What are you hoping for this Christmas? Christmas is just a week away. Got the car lover you lover covered? E3 Spark Plugs offers a few great gift ideas for the auto enthusiast. A copy of Paul Ingrassia’s Engines of Change, a hard-cover history of the automobile’s profound effects on and reflections of America “from the assembly lines of Henry Ford to the open roads of Route 66, from the lore of Jack Kerouac to the sex appeal of the Hot Rod.” A power boost via the PowerLine PowerCup 200/400 watt mobile inverter with USB power port. It’s great for recharging your Kindle, cell phone and laptop batteries while on the go. And it sports a delicious coffee cup look. A care package. The AAA 70 Piece Explorer Road Assistance Kit is the...

February 4, 2015
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Original Batmobile Up for Grabs – Spark Plugs, Bat Ray Projector and All

Holy celebrity car auctions, Batman – The original Batmobile is up for grabs! Pow! Bam! Zoom! If you’re a longtime car enthusiast and comic fan, a piece of your childhood is headed for the auction block. E3 Spark Plugswants to know if you’ll be among the high-dollar bidders for the original Batmobile, up for grabs at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona on January 19. This ain’t no replica wannabe. It’s the real deal – the one and only original constructed by celebrity customizer George Barris for the live action TV series, Batman, which began airing in 1966. The car also appeared in the movie adaptation starring Adam West and Burt Ward – the original Dynamic Duo. The Batmobile might just prove the biggest ROI ever for a car...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs Hyde Park on Hudson – and Fab FDR Cars

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt in his Plymouth PA Phaeton. “The President. The First Lady. The King. The Queen. The Mother. The Mistress…One weekend would unite two great nations…After cocktails of course.” That’s the tagline for the ever so slightly tawdry biopic that chronicles President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s not-so-secret romantic dalliance with sixth cousin Margaret “Daisy” Stuckley, focusing on the historic 1939 weekend visit by the King and Queen of the United Kingdom – the first ever British royal visit to the U.S. Based on accounts penned in Stuckley’s personal diary, discovered after her death, Hyde Park on Hudson stars Bill Murray as FDR and Laura Linney as Stuckley. Samuel West as King George VI...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs the New Jaguar F-Type

New Jaguar F-Type makes its US debut at the LA Auto Show. One of the biggest stories coming out of the Los Angeles Auto Show this week is the U.S. debut of the Jaguar F-Type two-seater sports coupe and convertible. This supercharged head-turner was unveiled in Paris, but seen for the first time Stateside in LA this week. But we got a surprise that those blokes across the pond didn’t – a first look at the sub-XK performance machine’s new “Black” design pack. This styling package’s bold signature is a gloss black finish on the grill surround and side vents, a flat-bottomed sport steering wheel, gloss black interior touches, and instrument panel rings. It’s available with the F-Type’s Ultimate Black, Polaris White, Italian Racing Red,...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Digs the LA Auto Show Scene

One of the many awesome sights at the 2012 LA Auto Show. The Los Angeles Auto Show is in full swing and a walk through the exhibit halls is like a theme park visit. If you’re in the area and can snag a ticket, E3 Spark Plugs highly recommends you stop by, but wear comfortable shoes and plan a full day. Topping news from the LA Auto Show are several high-profile debuts of some very cool rides, including the new Toyota RAV4, Subaru Forester, Porsche Cayman, Chevrolet Spark EV and Audi diesels. Do not miss the Porsche hall, the James Bond-preferred Aston Martins or the 2014 SLS AMG Black Series Mercedes-Benz. “This is what you get when we let our engineers just go wild and crazy,” said Rob Moran of Mercedes-Benz. “When it comes to the holiday wish list, it...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Recommends “Engines of Change??? – a History in 15 Rides

The 1912 Ford Model T Pickup’s chassis and truck bed were sold separately and bolted together by the dealer or customer. Yet, it’s among the most influential automobiles ever, as detailed in the new book, “Engines of Change.” When one is asked to name the most influential vehicle in automotive history, the matronly minivan likely doesn’t come to mind first. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Ingrassia begs to differ. In his new book, Engines of Change, he lauds the quintessential soccer mom-mobile as having revolutionized the auto industry. The minivan “would help define the lifestyle of a generation, or at least the lifestyles of baby boomers who were into painting the nursery instead of painting the town,” Ingrassia writes. “All this...

February 4, 2015
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