Weekly Writing Challenge: an update on things you can find in the woods

One of my favorite things about Fall is that feeling of renewal that one gets this time of year. We’re near that middle of the last half of the year but I guess that feeling of starting new things will always be there for me no matter how long it’s been since I’ve gone to school. And what better time to start something new.

With that in mind I’m going to give the weekly challenges a try to push myself as a blogger. I will be posting the photo or the writing challenge depending on how the upcoming topics fit with the overall theme of my blog. I’m going to give it a go at least until the end of October. And with that, here is my first Weekly Writing Challenge post, sent by email. Here goes!

A few months ago I posted the above photo as this Wordless Wednesday. I think it’s been my most popular Wordless Wednesday post next to this one, and it’s struck up a little bit of a passion for photographing CB and Kona with cars etc. The biggest questions that arose in our minds when we discovered this vehicle was not only how did it get to the bottom of a gully in the woods, but we were also curious as to what it was – make, model, year? Did it belong to a neighbor years ago? Did someone push it down the hill because it had been neglected? Or was it simply abandoned when the sandstone quarry that was adjacent to the gully closed in the 1950’s? There’s definitely a story here, but how does one go about finding the answers?

We ended up turning to our community newsletter, the Wildwood Warbler. It’s published monthly and is hand delivered to all mailboxes in the community of Wildwood. This year the newsletter has been running a theme called “My Wildwood Vision” and with every issue a photograph is published on a resident’s vision of Wildwood. We feel that the adjacent park (Edworthy) is a big part of our vision of the neighborhood as we are often there and with how visually interesting this photo of Kona with the “fossil” car is, we decided to submit it to the newsletter. They loved the photo and published it in the September edition. We did have an ulterior motive, perhaps someone in the neighborhood had an idea as to what kind of car this was, how it got there or how long it had been there. Maybe we could get some insight as to what this car’s story was.

We really couldn’t have received a better outcome. We have met so many new neighbors when we’ve been out on walks as Kona is recognized from the newsletter. Others that know us have been very excited to see the photo and we have received so many comments on the picture as well as other people’s story’s on their own discovery of the car, whether it was last year or years ago. But what has been most exciting have been the emails with model/year suggestions for our mystery vehicle. One email we received said;

“Hi Guys,
I saw Kona’s picture on the front page of the community newsletter! Cool! One of our friends works in the car industry and seems pretty confident that the car is a 1940 Pontiac. He spent about 40 minutes last night at our house going through a few other options, but has decided that based on the lines, this is probably the car. See attached.
Famous Kona!”

We were thinking that this 1940’s Pontiac could be the car. And then we received this note from the editor of the Warbler. A newsletter reader sent her an email with a link to an online car sale website;

“Hello! This email was a quick response to your request. I think it might be the car!

——– Original Message ——–

Subject: Calling All Cars Vehicle Listing #150611

I saw this Car listing at cacars.com and wanted you to see it. I think

this may be the car you asked about.

1939 Buick Roadmaster

So now we had two really good options. Both cars are pretty similar in general shape so it required a trip down into the gully for another look. And wouldn’t you know it, it looks like our mystery car could be convertible based on the fact it has no roof, and there are no saw marks to indicate that the roof was hacked off. We’re now pretty confident that the car is most likely a 1939 Buick Roadmaster since that car came in a soft-top model, such as the photo below.

soft-top Roadmaster – could this be our urban fossil?

We also found this vintage ad. Our find sure would have been a beauty in it’s day.

Here are a few more pictures of the 1939 Buick Roadmaster from the gully.

We think we have one part of the story figured out but there are still questions. What I find most interesting is how our picture of a little dog and an old car brought about so much discussion in the neighborhood. It’s quite cool to have people take the time to help us solve our mystery but it also shows what a great community we live in. We are still meeting new people when we’re out on walks and its been really great discovering their connection to the old car and the community itself.

thanks for reading


One response to “Weekly Writing Challenge: an update on things you can find in the woods

  1. The 1939 Roadmaster is also featured in a very short B&W vignette within a new retrospective ‘history of the automobile in North America’ commercial from Canadian Tire …

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