With my tuned-up engine and fresh trans, I really began driving the car hard on the Malibu canyon roads. One Sunday morning in March 2009, I tossed a spark plug driving back from one of those outings. This picture shows some of the carnage. The spark plug had been backing out over time. Once it let go, the plug bounced like a pogo stick in its hole, destroying the boot and the threads in the cylinder head. I had to phone a friend for a ride home.