January 21 Weekly Open Thread: "The Beast"
About this time every four years in our Nation's capital, we get to see an amazing spectacle. That's right, we get to see live on TV the car we citizens provide to transport and protect our President.
"The Beast" will make its second inaugurational appearance today. And regardless of our political views, any inauguration is a time to relax and enjoy the peaceful transition of power that our country uniquely provides.
Some insiders say that this car is more truck than anything else. I don't believe it's a crossover though. And it definitely was not built for good gas mileage. It, in itself, is an ambassador to the world, as every other Presidential transport, including Air Force One, has been.
The limousine has everything that even the best James Bond vehicles could hope for and more. Except, of course, it can't fly or swim on its own. And the Secret Service won't tell us everything about the car either, except that when its service is finished, it will be blown into bits. But it's safe to say that the car is armored, has run-flat tires, looks something like a Cadillac, and costs a ton of money.
The text above is hard to see, but here's where I found the link to the original image. It's a bit easier to read there.
So please share any automotive-related thoughts relevant to anything but politics here.
--That Car Guy (Chuck)