E3 Spark Plugs Mourns the Loss of Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby, iconic car builder and racecar driver passed away May 10 at a Dallas hospital. E3 Spark Plugs, along with the rest of the automotive world, is mourning the loss of Carroll Shelby, iconic car builder and champion auto racer. Representatives with his company, Carroll Shelby International, say the 89-year-old passed away last Thursday, May 10 at a Dallas hospital. Best known for building the much celebrated Shelby Cobra sports car, Shelby began his professional life as a chicken farmer. When his ranching stint failed, Shelby went on to careers in champion race car driving, racing team ownership, automobile manufacturing, automotive consulting, operating African safari tours, developing a line of chilis and philanthropy. Shelby first came to international fame in 1959,...

February 3, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 1 Winner Andrew “Bubba??? Pollard

Team E3 Racing's Andrew "Bubba" Pollard. Regarded as one of the most successful short tack racers this decade, Andrew “Bubba” Pollard recently was named to Team E3 Racing. A third-generation racer, Pollard literally grew up trackside. His grandfather, Sonny Pollard, built and managed Senoia Speedway, a 3/8-mile dirt oval track today is known as the fastest 3/8 asphalt oval in Georgia. That’s where he, his son and grandson spent their waking hours. Bubba Pollard’s first racing wins came via local bicycle races he won as a child, piloting a two-wheeled racing bike he built himself. As the year passed, he firmly established himself as a top Legends Cars and Late Models competitor. Between 1999 and 2001, he landed more than 50 Legend Car wins at Senoia Speedway,...

February 3, 2015
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Kid KJ Appears on ABC’s 20/20 Episode Highlighting “Xtreme Parents???

Kid KJ, who made history when he became the youngest professional Monster Truck driver, appeared on ABC's 20/20 Friday. Did you see Friday night’s episode of ABC’s 20/20? We here at E3 Spark Plugs tuned in to see Kaid Jaret Olson-Weston, a.k.a. “Kid KJ” featured on the show’s “Xtreme Parents” episode. The pint-sized phenom from Ft. Lauderdale became the first professional youth mini-monster truck driver two years ago at the tender age of six. Now a seasoned 8-year-old, Kid KJ has a huge following and his own team. The Lil Mighty Monsters team is made up of Kid KJ, who drives Monster Bear; his 6-year old brother Jake Olson-Weston, driver of Sir Crush-A-Lot; and friends, 9-year-old Morgan Matheny and 14-year-old Cassie Berry, who split time...

February 3, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Loves Prada’s Classic Car-Inspired Spring 2012 Shoe Collection

Here’s one for the car buffs and gearheads of the fairer sex. Prada’s Spring 2012 shoe collection is clearly inspired by classic cars of the 1950s. In fact, the company’s website has gone fully ’50s-tastic. But Prada isn’t the only footwear fashion house that found a muse in the garage. And E3 Spark Plugs is loving these revved-up runway looks. Prada’s line of women’s heels draw from the fun, futuristic feel of the 1950s and 1960s, when the space race was the craze and Hollywood had everyone believing that we’d all be driving bubble-shaped, airborne hover cars powered by atomic energy come the turn of the next millennium. Well, we’re not quite there yet and frankly, we still love the curves and points of those mid-century classic...

February 3, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 3 Winner Erik Gehrke

Team E3 Racing winner Erik Gehrke busts speeders on the roadways, but beats 'em all on the raceways. Call him the big man in the little car. Erik Gehrke is a three-time MiniCup Car Season champion and a new member of Team E3 Racing. Whether on the track or on the streets, Gehrke is a force to be reckoned with. By trade, he’s a police officer and hostage negotiator. But there’s no negotiating going on when he’s behind the wheel and on the race track. He’s out to win and he’s proven it by winning three back-to-back championships and dozens of feature races. Gehrke races a Chevy Impala Minicup car in the American Super Cup Series and also has raced Legends cars and mini sprint cars. But he’s most proud to be part of Lawmen Racing, a motorsports team...

February 3, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Loves a Rusty Car

Rust art by Bo Lundvang Considered the scourge of car buffs in the Salt Belt states, rust is getting a revamped rep, thanks to a Swedish artist. Bo Lundvang apparently has a knack for spotting the beauty in the otherwise offensive. After all, nothing makes a classic car collector cringe like a spot of rust on a vintage beauty. But for Lundvang and his followers, the dreaded tin worm is a welcome creative entity. Lundvang’s works of art feature smooth sheet metal renditions of some of the world’s favorite automobiles in backgrounds of rusted sheet metal. Pieces are created via a multi-step process that begins with a computerized rendering of the design. The finished image goes to a vinyl cutter that turns a large section of adhesive vinyl into a stencil. Lundvang affixes...

February 3, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Remembers Freddie Ford – Do you?

Freddie Ford worked the auto show circuit, entertaining crowds throughout the late 1960s. Apparently, National Robotics Week happens each April. So, E3 Spark Plugs decided to celebrate with a shiny, smiley, chatty blast from the futuristic past. If you were a kid or a car buff back in the 1960s, you may remember Freddie Ford. Standing nine feet tall and weighing in at 800 pounds, the original Freddie Ford was a talking quasi-robot made from Ford auto parts and designed to entertain crowds on the auto show circuit. A vintage press release notes “a heart made of switches, tapes and relays, skin made of sheet metal and aluminum” and an animated ability to answer a limited series of questions, doling out automotive advice and lobbing a few shameless plugs for the newest Ford...

February 3, 2015
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Meet Team E3 Racing Tier 2 Winner Jesse Grose

Team E3 Racing's Jesse Grose races in the Florida Karting Championship series. At 18 years old, Jesse Grose is already a four-year veteran on the competitive kart racing scene. He first hit the tracks at age 14 and today competes in the Florida Karting Championship series with P.D.B. Racing Team America, a sister team to the famed European factory team based in the Netherlands. He’s also a new member of Team E3 Racing. Grose currently is 9th in points (out of 27) after a strong first-round finish the Florida Karting Championship. He’s got two wins, four top-five finishes and six top six-finishes over the past few years in the series. Team E3 Racing's Jesse Grose races for the PDB Racing Team America. Grose also is a regular in the Formula Kart Productions’ Florida...

February 3, 2015
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Kid KJ Tears Up the Track as World’s Youngest Monster Truck Driver

Kid KJ made history two years ago as the world's youngest Monster Truck driver at just six years old. If you’ve made any of the stops on the Monster Truck Nationals Tour featuring the E3 Spark Plugs Bigfoot, you might literally have seen the next generation of monster trucking. A few years ago, Kaid Jaret Olson-Weston, a.k.a. Kid KJ, made his historic debut as the world’s youngest Monster Truck Driver, driving his pint-sized Monster Bear truck and wowing the crowds with his seasoned moves despite being just six years old at the time. Today, at the ripe old age of eight, Olson-Weston leads his own team of drivers dubbed Lil’ Mighty Monsters and made of up of his brother Jake Royce Olson-Weston, 7, driving Sir Crush A Lot, and friend Cassie Berry, 14, driving...

February 3, 2015
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Congratulations to the Team E3 Racing March Winners!

Team E3 Racing just got bigger. Announcing our March winners! Congrats to these 18 up and coming racers. TIER 1 WINNERS (Win $500 cash, 25 E3 Spark Plugs and Official E3 Race Day Gear/Decals): Daniel Alvarez: Nineteen-year-old Daniel “The Hammer” Alvarez of Chappells, South Carolina is much more than a hobbyist when it comes to racing. He’s already got a solid start on a well-rounded racing career with a A.A.S. degree in Automotive Technology from Piedmont Technical College and a scholarship to veteran  racer Tony Blanchard’s RACE 1101 program, where he was so successful, the school created a new award in his honor. The X Factor Award will honor students who successfully recognize and brand a unique marketing image. Jacob Putman: Our littlest winner yet,...

February 3, 2015
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