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Meet The ‘Guess The Car’ Champ: Daniel Blaskie

The correct answer for the October/November contest is the Kia Carnival.

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Counterman’s “Guess the Car” contest challenges our readers to solve an automotive riddle, for a chance to win $100. And each month, we receive hundreds of responses from aftermarket professionals trying to guess the model of the vehicle depicted.

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The correct answer for the October/November contest is the Kia Carnival. The winner is Daniel Blaskie, a counterman at Athens Auto Supply in Union City, Michigan.

Now, let’s get to know the “Guess the Car” champion.

CM: How long have you been working in the auto parts business?

DB: I’ve been with NAPA Auto Parts for about 10 years now. This is actually my first and only job that I’ve had. I started here part-time when I was in high school, and then moved to full-time when I graduated. I just loved it, and I’ve been here ever since.

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CM: What do you like most about your job?

DB: Being able to tie my passion for vehicles and farming into helping customers. Being able to work with that every day is kind of the best of both worlds.

CM: What’s the strangest question a customer has asked you?

DB: We had a customer come in wanting to know what type of oil her car took. We told her to check on the oil cap; a lot of times it’s written on there. And this particular lady came back in and said, “It says ‘710.’” Because that’s “oil” turned upside down. She read it as “710.”

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CM: What’s the coolest car you’ve ever owned or worked on?

DB: Both owned and worked on. It’s my ‘76 Jeep CJ-5.

CM: Do you have any interesting hobbies? What do you do for fun?

DB: I’m a part-time firefighter and EMT, and I’m a father of four, so I don’t have a whole lot of free time. One of my sons is just getting old enough to kind of get interested in vehicles and stuff, and I love working on things with him. Seeing how he picks things up and helps me out is just a blast for me.

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CM: What’s your dream car?

DB: My dream car would be an ‘88 DeTomaso Pantera. I just love the Italian body style combined with American muscle. It’s the best of both worlds.

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