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We've got more "BEASTS" than the zoo!

By CorvairJim

The_Dude posed an interesting question as a comment on a challenge earlier today: Just how many cars on Motortopia are called "The Beast" (or some variation thereof). I had thought about that question myself on occasion, so I took it on myself to find out. By searching keyword "Beast" on the "Cars" tab, I came up with close to 200 hits, 152 of which had the word "Beast" somewhere in the name. That's right: 152 BEASTLY CARS ON MOTORTOPIA!!! Of those, 32 are simply "Beast", while 80 more are "The Beast" (Unfortunately, one of the beasts has shed this mortal coil: "The Beast R.I.P." Also we've got two "The Beast II"s, one "Da Beast" and one "Tha Beast").

Some of the "Beasts" are quite colorful - we've got seven "Blue Beast"s, four "Black Beast"s, three are green, two each red and yellow, and one each pink, teal, and burgundy. We even have a "Blueberry Beast"!

Several members rides have "Beast" somewhere in the name, like current Challenge participant Camela 'The Beast' Camaro. In no particular order, we have an "Inferno Beast", a "Mean Beast", a "She Beast", a "Little Beast", a "Jeep Beast", "The Hell Beast", and two "Mini Beast"s. One member even has "Beauty and the Beast, all in one Package"!

By make, it seems that Chevy owners think their cars to be the most Beastly - There are 59 Chevy Beasts! Ford is next with 32... 33 if you include a Saleen-badged car, and 34 if you also include an R/C Monster Truck! From there, the Beasts go as follows: Pontiac - 15, Dodge - 13, GMC - 4, Jeep - 3, two each for BMW, Chrysler, Honda, Mercury, and Toyota, and one each from Acura, AMC, BMC/Mini (That's the original one, not the current car), Lancia, Mazda, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Plymouth, Porsche, and Saturn. Last but not least, there's also a Beastly Kawasaki motorcycle!

My latest album: "Corvair Magazine ads"

By CorvairJim

My good friend Dave (64_VERT_VAIR) suggested this album without even knowing it at the time! I have a collection of vintage Corvair magazine advertisements, both clipped from the original magazines and as images downloaded from online sources. Dave posted a picture of an advertizement showing his car, and I decided to share my whole collection. It turns out that Dave's ad isn't in my collection... yet. So if you'd like to take a trip back to a simpler time in automotive advertisement, just take a seat in the Way-Back Machine...

My most recent album.

By CorvairJim

Finally got around to posting these shots from a show we went to while on vacation last month. It was hosted by a Corvette club, so there were lots of Vettes there, but lots of other stuff, too.SURPRISE! I had the camera on the wrong setting, and they came out in black and white! At the end of the album are about three dozen shots of cars we found while out and about in the Pocono Mountains, admiring God's handiwork in the beautiful fall leaves. Thankfully, the camera was on the right setting for those shots, so you can see the leaves in all their glory in some of the pictures.

The Colonial Theater and "The Blob"

By CorvairJim

We were at an uncle's house today, and I was showing him how to navigate the "On Demand" feature on his cable service. He told me that he has no interest in paying to rent "Pay-Per-View" movies and sporting events, but would be interested in the free ones. As we were surfing through the "Horror" section of the freebies, we saw that "The Blob", the original Steve McQueen version from 1958, was currently available. Now, we live about 7 miles from Phoenixville, PA, where much of the film was shot, and I took several photos of my Corvair in front of the Colonial Theater (which figures prominently in the movie) just earlier this month. We decided to watch the movie, which was the first time I've ever watched it start to finish! I came to realize a few things... 1) They did a great job restoring the Colonial Theater over the last few years, considering the fact that they did it on a shoestring (all donations). 2) Steve McQueen got a lot better later in his career, because he really wasn't all that good in 1958! 3) Special Effects sure have come a long way... 4) The people of the 1950's were in much better condition, by and large, than they are today. The crowd runs out of the theater and past the "Downingtown Diner" (also still there, and as far as I know still in business) in one climactic scene, but the two buildings are about 15 miles apart! Those poor folks must really have been scared!

If you get the chance, check out "The Blob". Compare the shots of the Colonial Theater in the movie to my photo, and you'll be surprised just how little the building has changed in 50 years.

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