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February 6, 2013

Motorists save monopoly race car

NORMAN — The Monopoly race car has been spared from the junkyard and is staying safely on track, owing to support from motorists who provided a roadside assist. AAA Oklahoma is thanking fans who joined in the auto club’s social media campaign, voting to save the beloved Monopoly race car player token. 

Hasbro, Monopoly’s maker, today announced results of its online voting campaign which invited the public to decide which game token to retire: the race car, the iron, Scottie dog, wheelbarrow, shoe, top hat, thimble or battleship. The loser is the iron, which received the fewest votes and will be shut off permanently, replaced by a cat. Voting ended Feb. 5.

The race car is one of the earliest Monopoly game tokens, introduced in 1935 and popular ever since. In fact, it’s the favorite of Hasbro’s marketing VP. 

“We’re delighted to know that Hasbro’s executive is among the legions of automotive and race fans who rooted for the race car,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “And we’re glad that the game’s namesake, Mr. Monopoly, can keep using his little roadster to get him to Park Place. His car is very reliable, having been in service for 76 years now. But if it ever breaks down, Mr. Monopoly can depend on AAA for roadside assistance.” 

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