New Corvette Stingray Stuns, Disappoints at North American International Auto Show, E3 Spark Plugs Reports

The new Corvette C7 Sting Ray debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show to mixed reviews. The North American International Auto Show‘s public show is still days away underway and already making headlines, particularly with Chevrolet’s unveiling of the 2014 Corvette – something we here at E3 Spark Plugs have been anxiously awaiting. The debut marks a new era for the Corvette C7 with the model’s first design overhaul in almost a decade. But not everyone is impressed. The big reveal happened at Sunday night’s Press Preview at Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center, a factory-turned-nightclub for the evening. Before pulling back the curtain, company execs announced that the new C7 would carry the Stingray name, a nod to the iconic...

February 4, 2015
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You’ve Never Seen Dashcam Video Like This, E3 Spark Plugs Fans

This view from the hood of Fire Chief John Kenlon’s car just may be from the earliest dashcam footage ever. Dashboard cameras installed in law enforcement and rescue vehicles have become a common feature, helpful in documenting what goes on during police stops and emergency calls. But they’re not as new as you might think, E3 Spark Plugs fans. A researcher’s recent dig through the archives of the Fire Department of New York unearthed a real historical gem – footage of a borough department responding to a fire way back in 1926. Two silent videos (sound on film was possible as early as 1923 and used in film shorts, but too pricey to be commercially viable for another decade or so) give viewers a first-hand look at life in the streets during the Roaring...

February 4, 2015
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Jeff Gordon Stars on CBS’ “I Get That A Lot???

Racer Jeff Gordon appears on CBS’ “I Get That A Lot,” hawking motor oil at an Auto Zone store. Hey racing fans, tune into CBS’ reality spoof show, I Get That A Lot tonight to see NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon thoroughly confuse customers at an Auto Zone store. The four-time Sprint Cup champion does an admirable job of hawking Quaker State Motor Oil to would-be buyers. In one teaser clip, two friends laugh hysterically while an apparently oblivious customer argues against Gordon’s professional recommendation. “He doesn’t even know who it is,” one says, pointing at ads just inches away featuring Gordon’s image and name. The hour-long network special features highly recognizable celebrities working ordinary jobs. Hidden cameras capture...

February 4, 2015
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Mini-Driving French Stuntman Attempts First Ever Back Flip in a Car

French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit may have become the first to successfully land a 360-degree back flip in a car. They’ve become a dime-a-dozen on motorcycles and in monster trucks. But as of yet, no one on record has successfully landed an unassisted, mid-air back flip in a car – at least not on purpose. E3 Spark Plugs just learned that French stuntman Guerlain Chicherit may have changed history, if a recently released video tease is to be believed. And he’s got plans to repeat his much speculated feat next month. On his Facebook page, Chicherit, best known as a four-time free skiing world champion and the 2009 Rally Raid World champ, claims to have completed a 360-degree back flip in a highly modified Mini Countryman on New Year’s Day. “It was 18...

February 4, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Wants to Make Sure Your New Year Celebration is a Safe One

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are among the deadliest on the roadways. After a tumultuous 2012, it’s probably safe to say that everyone in America is looking forward to a fresh start in 2013. Just make sure your New Year’s Eve celebration doesn’t land you or someone you meet on an emergency room gurney or in a jail cell. We here at E3 Spark Plugs want to make sure you’re aware of stats that show you’re more likely to be involved in a drunk driving accident during the November to January holiday season than any other time of year. A study by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that New Year’s Day is the deadliest day of the year for speeding-related fatal crashes, followed by Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor...

February 4, 2015
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Three Classic Cars that Won’t Suck Your Wallet Dry

A mint-condition beauty like this one will set you back a pretty penny. But as a fixer-upper, the Ford Torino is among the most affordable classic cars. Got a little Christmas jingle left in your pockets? If you’re an auto enthusiast resolving to make your first classic car purchase in 2013, E3 Spark Plugs has a few suggestions that won’t break the bank. Here are our top three picks among the most affordable classic cars. Triumph Spitfire Named for the British World War II fighter plane, the Triumph Spitfire is as iconic as it gets for small, two-seater, convertible British sports cars. The most desirable is the Mark I, the car’s first generation produced from 1962-1964. But far more accessible is the Mark IV, made from 1970 to 1974. You should be able to pick one...

February 4, 2015
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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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