Sunday, February 26, 2012

Emergency the Milner Coupe Has A Flat

During it's time with Universal Studio's Milner's Coupe would make a few appearance's on screen. Too bad the Bitchiness Car In The Valley had been type cast in American Graffiti and never landed another staring role.

During Season Six Episode Eight of the television show Emergency we find the Coupe back working.

Filmed in Little Rock California, this originally aired on November 20th 1976.
See the rear slicks by the tire machine?

Look there is the new rear tires for Milner's old ride.

Look at the Coupe acting all cool.

This Guy's not Milner. Get him out of here!!!

As they leave the camera pans across the entire top of the car. 

Look at the size of the hole in the slick. Maybe the size is movie magic? But that's the reason the car was in the shop to have the tire replaced. Instead of replacing the slicks they opted for something with  a little more tread on it.

I have heard several stories about why they had to replace the rear slicks. My favorite is the one about some studio employees out hot rodding the Deuce on lunch. (doubt it!)
The story that makes the most sense is that while prepping the coupe for display on Universal's tour they clipped the coupe's rear tire with something. Being the frugal bunch they were at the studio they enlisted the coupe to work off the debt for the repair??? 

I know everything your dirty little mind is thinking.....It shows.

So you saw the Emergency pictures and your thinking wait where were the nurses? Aww C'mon.... If you are graffiti nuts enough to be spending your time reading my blog you have probably seen these next photo's somewhere before. Ever wonder where these pictures were from and what's the back story?

Doug Bjorn ran these pictures thru a scanner at a drug store around 1998. Where did he get them? Jeff from Norco. Doug helped put me in touch with Jeff to get the story first hand.

(After Jeff gets done laughing at some strangers list of questions about some old photo's he had)

Jeff shared that
"In the late 70's someone had got the 32 off the Universal tour and used it in a TV show. It was just used in background shots as a car on a lift. A buddy of mine had a dental office next door to the garage they were shooting in he recognized the 32 and went over with a few gals from his staff and took a few pix. That's it. No big story. Just a silly thing really" Jeff from Norco.

Well Jeff to us out here in Graffiti Land It's huge!!!!!

Jeff is a cool customer, but would you expect anything less from a guy who currently owns a 32 and a 55 and who has had a white 58 Impala and also a 51 Merc?

Check out Jeff's 55. Too bad his Coupe was unavailable for the shoot.

Thanks Guy's
.....................And now you know the rest of the story. JH

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the page on this! I was watching that episode yesterday, saw the coupe and said to myself, that's GOTTA be Milner's coupe!!!