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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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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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