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Everything you ever wanted to know about the Blackhawks Blues Mobile

  • Courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Courtesy of the Chicago Blackhawks.
January 24, 2013|By Mick Swasko, @mickswasko

As the countdown to the Hawks' return drove fans nuts with anticipation, the team was driving some hype of its own.

The Blackhawks Blues Mobile, which since the 2008-2009 season has been a part of the Blackhawks marketing arm, took to the streets last week with a large sandwich board, displaying the number of days until the first Hawks game of the shortened season. Adam Rogowin, director of public relations for the Blackhawks, said the countdown was a popular promotion on social media, with fans snapping photos and sending the #onegoal hashtag to the @NHLBlackhawks handle for a chance at prizes.

But there’s more to the short history of the metal mascot that frequents the Madhouse on Madison. Here are a few things you might not know:

  • The car itself is a 1974 Dodge Monaco, a replica of the police car used in the 1980 SNL spinoff movie "The Blues Brothers."
  • A Blues Brother actually drove it. On March 27, 2009, Dan Aykroyd (who played Elwood Blues) drove the car to the United Center for a game against the New Jersey Devils, where he dropped the ceremonial first puck.
  • The Hawks got the car from the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Ill., in 2008.
  • To restore the car to Blues Mobile authenticity, the team enlisted George Barris, “The King of Customizers.” Barris also is responsible for the Batmobile design from the TV series.
  • Further customization includes Hawks decals that mimic the exact placement of the decals used in "The Blues Brothers" movie.
  • The car has detachable, weatherproof speakers on the roof, which play “Chelsea Dagger” and old-school anthem “Here Come the Hawks.” There is also a large, replica speaker up top. The speakers can also broadcast the voice of the driver or passenger in the car through a direct microphone inside.   
  • The car almost didn’t make it to the 2010 Stanley Cup Parade. It appeared briefly, but stalled as the motorcade was leaving the United Center parking lot.
  • It’s seen its share of other parades as well. It’s made appearances in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the Chicago Festival of Lights Parade and the Thanksgiving Day Parade
  • The car takes 93 high-octane fuel.
  • The Blues Mobile has a custom Blackhawks vanity plate. Its number? “1.” 

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