PROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5529 posts, RR: 5 Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2470 times:
I don't know if it's done in every case, but generally there are two Presidential limousines in a motorcade. The President is in one, and the other is a decoy; the idea is if someone fires a RPG at one of the limousines there's only a 50-50 chance they'll actually hit the President.
"Let me think about it" = the coward's way of saying "no"
Cptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 2908 posts, RR: 13 Reply 4, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2427 times:
When I was at FoMoCo in the 60s-70s I had the priviledge if being peripherially envolved with helping direct the exterior visual fabrication aspect of the Presidential Lincoln and in later years observed some same with now current Cadillacs.
Every effort is made to ensure styling theme. A casual observer will assume that the vehicle(s) are simply streched, raised-roof limousines with plating, but without going into security detail, and to reiterate much-published to the public information, I can assure you they are not. There is an incredible amount of Class-A fabrication to duplicate certain exterior skins in "non-obtainium", even down to duplicating surface imperfections that would normally appear even to the trained stylist's eye.
Certainly, what you see is "not" what you get one of these vehicles, and I'm quite glad of it. Regards...jack
Fbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3691 posts, RR: 29 Reply 5, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2401 times:
Quoting PROSA (Reply 2): I don't know if it's done in every case, but generally there are two Presidential limousines in a motorcade. The President is in one, and the other is a decoy; the idea is if someone fires a RPG at one of the limousines there's only a 50-50 chance they'll actually hit the President.
Yep, Bush was in Richmond last week and the second limo was out...then again this is Richmond
I was really surprised at how enormous the Presidential motorcade was. I've had The Queen, Blair and his predecessor at my old school a number of times and so are familiar with their motorcades (usually a couple of motorbikes at each end plus a car in tow). This however was another level completely, two dozen or thereabouts motorcycles, a couple of limos, more vans, some other vans, a large Excursion type thing, what looked like a SWAT van, an ambulance etc I lost count! Quite amazing.
"My first job was selling doors, door to door, that's a tough job innit" - Bill Bailey
I find this extremely interesting. Are you familiar with Robert Cumberford's design column in Automobile magazine? He illustrates how design cues alter the visual length, height, proportion, etc of various car models.
Lately, I've taken an interest in how body color....in particular, the contrast between body color and non-painted features.....alters the visual dimensions and overall stance of a car. For example, if a car is painted the same shade of red as it's tail lights, the tail lights tend to disappear, and they no longer influence the look/proportions of the car.