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Mustang Mach 1/movie car

18 July 2008 - 10:59 AM

Since there are so many Mustang fans and movie car fans as well, how about a neat mix of the two?

I snagged a dvd copy of 'Point Break' last night at Wally's, $7.50, Keanu Reaves first starring role as he was emerging from his 'Oh, wow, man...' stage of his early career.

His 'Johnny Utah' character in the movie uses a '70 Mustang Mach 1, in light grey primer... only thing that stands out is the primer and the missing front bumper, but it looks better than most movie cars and fits the role quite well.

Chase sequences - especially the foot chase filmed using handheld cameras, with Catherine Bigelow's direction, are amazing, and the movie was the first to use many of the currently accepted methods for 'heavy' stuntwork, such as those used in the skydiving and underwater footage.

All in all, still a favorite.

LHS Closing Soon

25 June 2008 - 07:29 PM

Sorry to announce that a really good, old fashioned neighborhood hobby shop is closing in coming weeks.

Mod-L-Mania in North Long Beach, Ca. (an MCM dealer, BTW) in the Bixby Knolls area on Atlantic Avenue, North of the I-405, will be closing its doors by the end of July. While it lasts all inventory is marked down 30% and all of the shelving, fixtures and equipment are available as well. There's some decent stuff there.

Chuck, the owner and proprietor put in a good effort for eight years but declining revenues (and a somewhat gloomy outlook, IMO) put the last nail in the coffin. Nice while it lasted, though...

I have some problems with the cause(s) for this happening, having offered Chuck many opportunities to promote the shop (at Herb's shows for instance) that were met usually with a polite 'No'.

Lesson? If you want any business to survive you have to get the word out!

Can't get the customers' MONEY unless you first get their ATTENTION!