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Encinitas, California: Auto Shop Yeti

Approximately seven feet tall, stands on a pedestal behind a fence. An accompanying sign says that his name is Cornelius.

Moonlight Motors

247 N. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Moonlight Motors. On the west side of N. Coast Hwy 101, just south of its intersection with Marcheta St.
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I almost missed this cool Yeti, as I was searching the rooftops as we drove by. But there he was, mounted on a short pedestal behind an iron fence, next to the shop. He has been taken off the roof and now we get a better up-close look. He's in really good shape! A fun stop, but be careful when you slow down; this is a very busy street.

[Tim O'Brien, 12/20/2020]


Auto Shop Yeti

An approximately seven-foot-tall yeti named Cornelius, holding a Mobil Oil sign, stands on the roof of Moonlight Motors in Encinitas. Apparently Cornelius gets dressed up for various holidays.

[Kapten Hanna, 02/24/2018]

A slightly different version of this yeti, named Rancheti, has stood in Ranchita since 2007.

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