At CEVS last year, I kept hearing about the Mount Prospect 1974 Monaco squad car. It wasn't a bluesmobile, but was presumably painted something like how a Mount Prospect squad car may have looked if the city of Mount Prospect actually used black and white Monacos in 1974. So it wasn't historically accurate, but drew in the crowds.
Post by chitownjohn on Oct 30, 2011 18:39:07 GMT -5
Well I would have thought it was going to be there at the Mt. Prospect show.
It was the year before, and as a note becuase of us the emergency vehicle night was moved to the date of CEVS becasue Jim Uzler was notified about our Bluesmobiles attendance. He liked the idea and wanted to accomodate us. Usually the emergency night is earlier in the summer
But too bad it didnt happen this year and I never bothered to ask, cause I'm almost sure he knew we were coming again. Too bad ya missed it, wont be the last time to see it I'm sure though!
Post by chitownjohn on Oct 30, 2011 18:40:26 GMT -5
Also the guy to talk abot that stuff is Tony, who used to actually take the car to CEVS, and he is a retired M.P. Officer. And I do believe he said there was one year where they had black and white, hard to recall.
I asked the guy that was at the register tent and he said it was being used for a charity event ( breast cancer walk ? ) . I read somewhere that in 74 they where blue / white , then when the movie was being in the pre production stage around 78 79 ? they where black / white . Dan wanted the bluesmobile to be a x Mt Prospect , because they where known to be " dont take no shit , bad asses " .
"Dont take No Shit, Badashes!" Thats good, I dont recall hearing that.
I just got an email recently about Chicago cops in the 70's
2 young friends are driving home one night and a CPD pulls them over, he walks to the car and the young driver says "What did I do?" The policeman smacks him in the head w/ his nightstick. "OW! What was that for!?" "In Chicago you have you License and registration ready when I get to the car" The officer responds.
After looking it over the Policeman says "Slow down" He then proceeds to the passenger side and taps the window, the young man rolls down the window, Smack! from the nightstick "What was that for!?" Responds the passenger "I made your wish come true" Confused the young man says "What wish?" "Down the road you would have asked for it, I wish he would have tried that shit on me!"
I know that from 1965 through 1969 - The Mt.Prospect squads were all black with with the exception of white front doors.
1973 - One solid color. [It could be Blue... The only shot I have is a B&W photograph]
1975 - 1989: Black with white on all four doors, trunk lid, hood, and roof.
Because 1973 is a solid color and 1975 is B&W... '74 might have been the correct color scheme.
I've talked to both the MPPD as well as the MP Historical Society (including some of those directly responsible for the MP Monaco conversion/ restoration) and no one knows what the answer is for the missing years.
In fact, over the course of the conversations, it was discovered that they didn't have some of the vintage photos that I had showed them and those pics actually answered a couple questions that they had of their own.
(They have since sent me a couple that they've discovered)
But that is the funny part. ...They are researching (this aspect) just as we are.
* Major kudos to the first person to come up with a photo of an original '74 Monaco MPPD car, because as of right now, such a thing does not exist.
Post by Steam McQueen on Nov 13, 2011 17:59:32 GMT -5
There's even a puzzle of it .
Puzzle made from photograph showing replica of the car used in the movie "The Blues Brothers". Dan Aykroyd used Mount Prospect in the script because he heard that "the Mount Prospect police department in its early days was a bad ass bunch of asskickers who didn't put up with any big city interlopers." The two individuals in the puzzle are Tony Halachoulis (Elwood) of the Mount Prospect Police Department and Joe Gatis (Jake) of the Public Works Department.