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Wheels’ ‘Pop’ quiz on autos

Published December 11, 2012

When it’s come on the radio, you’ve probably joined in the chorus more times than you can count: “She’s my little Deuce coupe; you don’t know what I’ve got…”

But do you know the coupe’s top speed? And how good is your knowledge of other car songs, especially the more obscure ones?

If you score 18 out of 15 (three of the questions carry a bonus point) in this quiz, you get… well, you should probably get a life.

1. What’s the tow-car in the Rip Chords’ “Hey, Little Cobra?”

2. In the Tradewinds’ “New York’s a Lonely Town,” what’s parked outside in the snow?

3.“Rails are the wildest” in Jan and Dean’s “Drag City.” But what are the stockers?

4.The Beach Boys’ “No-Go Showboat” is even beaten by what?

5. What does the heroine wind up driving in Nanci Griffith’s “Ford Econoline?”

6. How fast will the Beach Boys’ “Little Deuce Coupe” go?

7. What do Janis Joplin’s friends all drive in “Mercedes Benz?”

8. Chuck Berry’s wayward girlfriend “Maybellene” is in a Caddy. What’s he driving?

9. What did the Beach Boys save their pennies and dimes to buy? Bonus point for their full description of the car.

10. When Bruce Springsteen goes “Racing in the Street,” what does he drive? Again, bonus point if you can say what the car’s equipped with.

11. In Ray Peterson’s “Tell Laura I Love Her,” what was the prize in the stock-car race the ill-fated Tommy entered?

12. What was the car Jerry Lee Lewis sang about with “teardrop skirts shining in the sun?”

13. What was Bob Seger making back in ’55?

14. What did Paul Revere and the Raiders have that would beat a Hemi and a GTO? Another bonus point for the model as well as the engine option.

15. What’s the car the Surfaris insist you can’t boss around?

ANSWERS (click on the word for the video):

1. Cadillac
2. “My woodie”
3. Pretty
4. The ice-cream truck
5. Coupe de Ville
6. 140
7. Porsches
8. V8 Ford
9. Four-speed, dual-quad, Positraction 409
10. ’69 Chevy with a 396, fuelie heads and a Hurst on the floor
11. $1,000
12. Crown Victoria Custom ’51
13. Thunderbirds
14. SS396 Chevelle
15. Barracuda

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