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Robert Emslie September 19, 2014 Mystery Car

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Once again the week is done, and I’ll bet you are ready for some fun and frivolity. We save the Mystery Car contest for the end of the work week because it (hopefully) takes some effort, and it being Friday, you’ve probably already checked out from work for the week.

Because of that, you should check out the picture above and let us know if you can correctly identify what car, truck, or hovercraft that is. If you’re not too checked out, remember to include the makemodel, likely engine, and year-range in your answer.

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Robert Emslie September 12, 2014 Mystery Car

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Hey, it’s Joseph Graham’s birthday today. Happy b-day, Joe! As you all know, Graham was, along with his brothers, Robert and Ray, the founder of the Graham-Paige car company. They started the business in 1927, just two years before the Great Depression kicked off, and are probably best remembered for their joint deal with the Hupp Motor Co at the end of the ’30s to build a car based on the body tooling of the late Cord 810/812.

You might not remember that car – the Graham Hollywood – but you can surely identify today’s Mystery Car, right? Be sure when you do, to include the make, model, likely engine, and year-range in your answer in the comments below.

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Robert Emslie September 5, 2014 Mystery Car

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Hey, was that a week or what? For those of us here in the U.S., this past Monday was Labor Day, which represents the unofficial close of summer. We’ve now carefully packed away our white shoes for the season, and are ready for a change in the weather.

One thing that’s not changing is the weekly Mystery Car. We’re keeping the dream alive. If you want to live the dream, then just reply in the comments below with the makemodel, likely engine, and year range of the car or truck pictured above.  Also, those white loafers you wearing? Yeah, let ‘em go.

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Robert Emslie August 29, 2014 Mystery Car

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Today is Charles Franklin Kettering’s birthday. The inventor of the automobile electric starter was born on this date in 1876 which would make him today… very, very, old. To celebrate this momentous occasion we’re offering up this week’s Mystery Car contest. That’s because we couldn’t do pin the bumper on the Cadillac since we’re all out of blindfolds.

Remember to include in your answer below the makemodelyear-range, and likely engine under the hood. Kettering would have wanted it that way, and after all it’s his day.

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Robert Emslie August 22, 2014 Mystery Car

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Just in case you hadn’t noticed, the kids have been going back to school this month. That’s a good thing for harried moms and dads who can’t seem to get anything done when the little tykes are their problem, and not the local PS 8 to 3.  If you fall into that category and are now enjoying a mid-day respite, or are recoiling at the mere thought of children, then please avail yourself of yet another child-fee pastime, the weekly Mystery Car.

Of course while the kids are off learning their ABCs, we’ve already learned that to become the week’s champion, you’ll need to provide the make, model, year-range, and likely engine. Okay, class come to order!

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Robert Emslie August 15, 2014 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1899 Henry Ford officially became an automaker. Earlier in the month, while working as Chief Engineer at Detroit’s Edison Illuminating Company, he had assembled a group of investors to fund his start up, the Detroit Automobile Company, and on August 15th, he resigned that position. Ford turned down an offer from Edison of a substantial raise and elevation of title for the chance to start his own company and fuel his passion for cars. The Detroit Automobile Company folded less than two years later.

The thought of quitting a steady job for the uncharted waters of an entrepreneurial venture is a daunting one, but fortunately all we have to tackle today is this week’s Mystery Car. As always, please enter your answers in the comments section below, and remember to go whole-hog when you do. That means make, model, year-range, and likely engine with your guess.

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Robert Emslie August 8, 2014 Mystery Car

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I have to say that I’m not a fan of August. This is usually the hottest month around here and there isn’t even a decent holiday to break up all the sticky tedium. Hopefully where you are there are both cooler temps and a Friday or Monday free from the toils of your job.

If not, perhaps this week’s Mystery Car will take your mind off your troubles, at least for a little while. Not to get all rule-y and all, but should you choose to participate please remember to include the makemodel,likely engine, and year range in your guess.  Now, is it hot in here, or is it just me?

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Robert Emslie August 1, 2014 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1873 San Francisco inaugurated cable car service in the city. The trollies have since become synonymous with the city by the bay, and while perhaps not the most efficient mechanism for moving people around, they continue to serve as both transportation and tourist draw. In fact, if you are a baby boomer you likely were read the book that documents the City’s efforts to keep the cable cars in operation – Virginia Lee Burton’s Maybelle the Cable Car. If it wasn’t read to you, I highly recommend you seek it out.

But not before participating in this week’s Mystery Car. We’re not perhaps quite as grand a tradition as San Francisco’s cable cars are, but we’re getting there! Remember to include, makemodellikely engine, and year range for full credit.

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Robert Emslie July 25, 2014 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1832 the first-ever railroad accident was recorded. The Granite Railway near Quincy Mass, had invited spectators to view the prowess of a steam locomotive in the transport of large and heavy cargo. When returning from the event, a cable on the viewing platform car snapped, throwing four off of it and down a 34-foot cliff. One man died, and the three others were all seriously injured.

No worries about anything like that happening to you while viewing this week’s Mystery Car. Of course, you should concern yourself with meeting all the criteria for the win, which as you know means providing the make, model, likely engine, and year-range for the above pictured ride. You better hurry up though, the train’s leaving the station!

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Robert Emslie July 18, 2014 Mystery Car

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On this date 45 years ago Ted Kennedy drove his Olds into a pond were it submerged. He was able to escape, but his passenger, Mary Jo Kopechne did not and drowned. This tragic event made Chappaquiddick a political meme, and more importantly, gave birth to this classic parody VW ad by National Lampoon.

That enough with the politics, lets instead talk cars, and in particular, today’s Mystery Car. You know the rules: make, model, likely engine, and year-range for the win. If you’ve got all that, take a deep breath and dive in.

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