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02-22-2010, 02:30 AM

The guy with his back to the camera is famous lion tamer and Studebaker owner Clyde Beaty (1903-1965). Beaty was affiliated with the Cole Brothers Circus that was headquartered south of South Bend. At the height of his career he had 40 wild animals in his act. The "cat" on the hood of the 1936 Dictator is Leo and he is just a bit "out of sorts" because Beaty has his chair and he is being forced to sit on the Studebaker.

Richard Quinn
Editor emeritus: Antique Studebaker Review

Chris Pile
02-22-2010, 03:32 AM
Great pic, Dick!

Chris Pile

02-22-2010, 05:19 AM
Now that is the cat's meow!

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02-22-2010, 06:15 AM
Now there is something you wouldnt see today, an auto manufacturer parking a new car under a lions butt. [:o)]



02-22-2010, 07:40 AM
When I was living at home on the farm, I used to get pretty peaved when the barn cats would walk on my black car leaving "pootie" prints all over it. This takes it to a whole new level![:0]

Jeff in ND
'53 Champion Hardtop

02-22-2010, 07:51 AM
Looks like he dented the hood too.Its pushed out a little on the side.

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02-22-2010, 08:01 AM
Great picture Richard and a great reminder that the Clyde Beatty and Cole brothers Circus is still going strong to day travelling from town to town all summer long!!!

02-22-2010, 10:11 AM
Wasn't there a Clyde Beaty radio show in the late '40s or early '50s? He looks like the prototype for Indiana Jones.

Don Wilson
53 Commander Hardtop
64 Champ 1/2 ton
Centralia, WA

Dwain G.
02-22-2010, 11:24 AM
I thought that was Cal Worthington in the photo:D


02-22-2010, 11:33 AM
A cat that big sitting on the hood of a new car would cave it in. No manufacturer would dare try a stunt like that now.

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02-22-2010, 01:58 PM
I'd be lion to you if I said that's not a real cat. :D

Autumn at Lake Barget
In the middle of Minnestudea

02-22-2010, 06:24 PM
Warranty paint repair!!!


Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard

02-22-2010, 06:39 PM

Go see Cal, go see Cal, go see Cal!

I remember the front end of the '65? Dodge Dart dipping down to the ground as Cal's tiger loped across the hoods of the cars.

If you never saw Cal's ads, they were the classic car dealer's ads. I think he sold in Texas as well as California. His ads are probably on youtube, everything else is...[:o)]

Last I heard (7-10 years ago?) he was retired and living on a ranch north of Sacramento.

(read it backwards)

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02-22-2010, 06:52 PM
It's comforting to know that next time I see pawprints across my hood from one of our more ambitious strays, that it pales in comparison to seeing a pair of bulging fenders, pawprints, and some deeply rooted claw marks it's larger brethren will make across a hood [:o)]. IE, it could be worse, lol.

I will say that the larger cat there puts on a great show. A much larger more feral cousin crossing the hood, FTW :D.