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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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Robert Emslie July 11, 2014 Mystery Car

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Today is the birthday of John Quincy Adams, our 6th President, and the son of John Adams, who was our 2nd Commander in Chief. That makes John-Q the first son of a President to also be President, and now because of them I have the Adams Family TV show theme stuck in my head. Thanks John Quincy Adams.

The only thing that will take my mind off that music (their house is a mu-se-um, when people come to see-um) is to direct my thoughts (they really are a scree-um, the Adams Family) elsewhere. That means focusing on today’s Mystery Car. Of course there’s also the rules to follow, but that’s just one more distraction – make, model, likely engine, and year-range, are required for the win. Oh, and don’t forget to wish John Quincy Adams a happy birthday!

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Robert Emslie July 4, 2014 Mystery Car

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Today being the 4th of July, I fully expect that most of you will have other things on your mind than solving this week’s Mystery Car contest. Still, not everyone’s here in the states, and so for those, and the rest of us waiting for the beer to chill and the parade to start, here’s a little fun for the 4th. No rules this week, just guess it.

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Robert Emslie June 27, 2014 Mystery Car

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How’s your week been going? Yeah, that’s what I thought. It’s officially summer and that means we’re supposed to relax a little, right? Well, here it is Friday and that means its time for our little oasis of fun, the weekly Mystery Car. This should take your mind off of your troubles at least for a few blissful minutes. Of course, we do have some rules – not to harsh your mellow or anything – and those are: make, model, likely engine, and year range for the win. Okay, have at it, and then get back to work!

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Robert Emslie June 20, 2014 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1975 Jaws was released in America, driving summer vacationers both into theaters and out of the water for what would eventually become known as the first movie blockbuster. It was also the film that launched Steven Spielberg’s career.

Today’s Mystery Car isn’t that sort of blockbuster, but it’s worth the price of admission, which is free. All we ask is that  you provide the make, model, year-range, and likely engine for the win. Oh, and don’t go into the water until at least an hour after eating.

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Robert Emslie June 13, 2014 Mystery Car

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On this date in 1966 the United States Supreme Court handed down their ruling in Miranda Vs. Arizona, establishing the principle of certain inalienable rights for arrestees. One of those is the right to remain silent, but since we’re not planning even a citizen’s arrest here, you can wave that right and shout out what you think is the ID of today’s Mystery Car.

Of course we also have rights, and those include the right to have the make, model, year-range and likely engine included in your answer. You know, it’s only right.

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Robert Emslie June 6, 2014 Mystery Car

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Here in auto-centric Los Angeles we’re well into the season known colloquially as June Gloom. This is a weather condition where almost every morning we’re greeted by overcast skies, which eventually burn off by lunch time. While named for June this phenomenon usually begins somewhere around late April, however this year it’s been different and we’re not getting quite the number of cool mornings as we have traditionally been allotted.

Of course you might be suffering from your own June gloom, and in order to perk you up we’ve got this week’s Mystery Car to occupy your time. As you know we have some basic rules – make, model, year-range, and likely engine for the win – but now don’t let those get you down.

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DSCN4591We have the weekly Mystery Car, which is a Hooniverse staple, but it’s been a while since we’ve delved into a car and asked you to identify one of its many components. I say it’s been too long! That’s why we’re going to ask you to ID the above Mystery Part.

Actually I think that the part itself is pretty easy to identify, but what I want from you is not just giving us its function, but, based on the pic, its location, and why it was so important. You can do that, right?

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Robert Emslie May 30, 2014 Mystery Car

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This past Monday was Memorial Day here in the States, a day when we remember he many who have given up their lives doing serving our nation. Today we’re not asking for anywhere near that level of sacrifice, just your participation in the Mystery Car guessing game.

To be remembered – if only until next week – you’ll only need to guess the above vehicle’s identity, and provide its make, model, year-range, and likely engine in the comments section below. Do that and we’ll have a small parade in your honor, mostly my dog walking under my desk.

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