The $50,000 Special

Jun 28, 1996

RAY: This came from Morris T. Ericson from Sacramento, California. A special vehicle was first produced in 1949. It was powered then by a Jeep engine but now uses a Volkswagen engine. It has a base price of fifty thousand dollars. It has never raced but can often be found in a closed course, so to speak. A famous sports celebrity was the first sales representative for this vehicle. What is the vehicle and who is the famous sports celebrity that we know so well.

TOM: Oh so this is a two or three part question.

RAY: Two. What's the vehicle and who is the sports personality?


TOM: I know the answer to part A, and the answer to part A is the Zamboni machine.

RAY: That's right. That's exactly right.

TOM: And I've got to take a wild guess at number two that it's got to be Sonja Henie, but she was dead in 1949.

RAY: No, she was not dead at that time.

TOM: You mean she was the perpetrator of this?

RAY: No, she didn't invent it. It was invented by...Frank Zamboni.

TOM: I remember. I used to buy sandwiches from him.

RAY: Yeah, give me two large Zambonis and hold the hot pepper.

TOM: The Zamboni, of course, is the big thing that cleans off the ice on a skating rink. Right?

RAY: Exactly right. You know, it's good at removing the blood from the ice, too.

TOM: And teeth...

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