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Who the hell was Peter Epsteen, and how’d he get Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr to sing commercials for him? A Chicago car dealer with friends in high places..

April 17th, 2018 by admin

Why do you think? Three little letters. M.O.B.

Most of the references on the Web claim that Sinatra did the gig for Sam Giancana, boss of bosses in Chicago from the late `50s to the mid-60s, a friend – if friend is the right word – of Sinatra’s since 1958, and the person who Sinatra acted as the front for in his buy into a piece of the action of the Cal/Neva Casino in Lake Tahoe.

However, it’s more likely that the favor was asked by one of the Fischetti brothers, Rocco, Charlie, and Joe. Charlie Fischetti was the Mob’s political fixer in Chicago, and a friend of Sinatra’s since the early `40s. Sinatra, nice guy that he was, used to go along with Charlie when he visited his mother in Brooklyn. Charlie died in 1951, but Sinatra and Joe Fischetti were also close friends. He took a trip to Cuba with the brothers in 1946, the so-called “Havana Summit” held by Lucky Luciano, a trip that would haunt Sinatra for the rest of his career.

Mr. Sam Giancana : My Life with Frank Sinatra By George Jacobs, William Stadiem

So, Pete Epsteen. What do we know about him? The Sacramento Bee newspaper once published a story entitled, “Palm Springs – Where Stars, Pols – and Mobsters – Live in Style.” Although not mentioned in the article, Pete Epsteen was referred to in a photo caption as “an automobile dealer financed by the Mafia.”

Represented by Sinatra’s attorney, Mickey Rudin, Epsteen filed a $6 million libel suit against the newspaper. He denied any affiliation with the Mafia and demanded a retraction. The Sacramento Bee published a story reporting Epsteen’s denial but did not retract the charge.

According to a Google Search, Epsteen divorced his wife in the `70s, moved to California, and opened a Honda dealership. In 1995 he was prosecuted for his role in a kickback scheme in which dealers in 30 states gave executives of American Honda up to $15 million in cash and gifts in exchange for hot-selling cars and franchises. He was also convicted of perjury in the case, fined $200,000, and sentenced to six months in prison. He died in 1997, in Palm Springs, California.

Peter Epsteen Pontiac was the largest-volume Pontiac dealership in the country in the 1960s. You wouldn’t have known it looking at the dealership’s tiny showroom in Skokie, Ill., a stone’s throw north of Chicago. I believe it held just one car.

But when it came to throwing a party for unveiling the all-new 1965 Pontiacs, no one could match Epsteen’s extravagance and talent for revving up the crowd and selling Pontiacs.

The whole rickety dealership franchise system is a dusty marketing vestige of an era when there were 200 American car manufacturers, each eagerly trying to ply their newfangled horseless carriages.

In the 1920s storefront after storefront of hawkers of Reos, Packards, Stutz Bearcats, Mercers, Oldmobiles, Fords and the like fought to sell cars.

As the dealership system boiled down, it ended up being a cash cow for the con-men left standing who used their government clout to safeguard their privileged market status.

No wonder organized crime began to move into the auto dealership game in Chicago during the 50s and 60s.

Crypt 33: The Saga of Marilyn Monroe: The Last Word By Adela Gregory, Milo Speriglio

and Peter Epsteen Pontiac sold a prototype Bonneville convertible, which ended up in Eagle River Wisconsin (fishing lake resort town on the famous chain of lakes where I spent a summer working at a resort the summer before my high school senior year)

It had a ‘58 front end mated to a ‘57 tail. “And it’s a special model, too,” the car rebuilder insisted. “A Bonneville, or something like that, with fuel injection straight from the factory.”

Paul Joseph was the President and Master Salesman of Peter Epsteen Pontiac in Chicago, IL from the time he graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in business after distinguished service and discharge from the Army in 1941-45 until 1972

He was injured in the Battle of the Bulge and received a Purple Heart and Silver Star for his efforts.

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Who the hell was Peter Epsteen, and how’d he get Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, and Sammy Davis Jr to sing commercials for him? A Chicago car dealer with friends in high places..

pot heads in Washington (where consumer pot is legal) nearly killed themselves while pumping gas

February 19th, 2018 by admin

The fire was caused by the driver pumping gas into a garbage can inside a 1988 Ford Tempo around 8:15 a.m.

The female passenger, who was smoking a cigarette at the time, apparently caused the fumes to ignite, engulfing the car.

After the fire was out, deputies discovered a large quantity of marijuana in the trunk of the car.

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unusual looking R/T, but it appears to be photo Modelo Gatuna, circa. 1970 by Tito Caula, one of the most important photojournalists in Venezuela

February 19th, 2018 by admin

odd hub caps, no trunk stripe, and a flat hood? Plus the front license plate…. weird.

photographer Tito Caula (Argentina, 1926-1978), who was part of the Urban Photography Foundation of Venezuela, whose photographs were of a landscape that was of a Venezuela that built itself after the dictatorship. They become moving witnesses of a society, of its time and its development

Caula settled in Caracas as an advertising photographer and documentary filmmaker from 1960, when he had to emigrate due to the difficult political and social situation in Argentina at the time.

After moving to Venezuela he bought a Graflex camera, worked up a photography laboratory in his house, became friends with Leo Matiz, managed his studio in Caracas, collaborated as a photojournalist in the magazine Élite, and won an award from United Press International for his photo of the Betancourt-Frondizi hug in 1961.

He also took pictures of the differences in the country. He went into the student protests, in the life inside the hospitals, et cetera. Its thematic axis was Caracas and it is interesting that, by then, Tito Caula managed to capture that cosmopolitan, plural, diverse and tolerant city. A Caracas that probably is no longer there but from which contemporary photographers have registered thanks to Caula. Recall that the oil boom of the seventies changed Venezuela.

Tito Caula combines technical skill and perceptive acuity, capturing significant and sometimes ironic aspects of the characters, events and places to which they gave their attention ” Photo Ernesto Ernesto Sábato, 1970

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unusual looking R/T, but it appears to be photo Modelo Gatuna, circa. 1970 by Tito Caula, one of the most important photojournalists in Venezuela

things that children in the car should not say to the nice policeman pulling you over? (Allen came up with a great idea!)

February 10th, 2018 by admin

1) its okay officer, he does this all the time

What have you heard, or thought of?

Thanks Allen!

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things that children in the car should not say to the nice policeman pulling you over? (Allen came up with a great idea!)

This has to be the same car, a decade later

February 2nd, 2018 by admin

side pipes and half bubble top are the same, there couldn’t be two El Caminos like this

Both cars have Michigan plates, and the bottom (older) photo seems to have head rests missing by the time the car got the crazy paint

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the 1978 Hornet AMX had an optional hood decal

January 9th, 2018 by admin

Optional for the Hornet AMX was a large hood decal that was right around the time of Smokey and the Bandit, so perhaps AMC was trying to benefit from the halo effect, or maybe Mr. Wangers was applying the same ideas to both cars (he advised on the modifications for the Trans Am used in the movie).

AMC approached Jim Wangers of Motortown Corporation to create a more exciting version of the Hornet.

Motortown specialized in creating limited-run specialty editions of production cars that the large manufacturers couldn’t do profitably in-house, and was responsible for such cars as the Pontiac GTO Judge.

An appearance package was developed along with some suspension tuning, but unfortunately, the EPA certification requirements triggered by drivetrain upgrades prevented the possibility of a larger engine such as the 360, which would have been a drop-in replacement.

So the Hornet AMX debuted with either a 110 hp 258 c.i.d (4.2-liter) straight-six coupled with either a four-speed manual or an automatic with floor shift, or the 150 hp 304 c.i.d (5.0-liter) V8 with a Chrysler-sourced automatic.

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this is pretty close to being straight out of a movie…. as obviously, this CHP is an idiot. 1) there are 100 bikes, and one cap car 2) use your radio ya idiot, and even up the odds 3) do NOT try to hit a bike and gt the bikers pissed at you

December 28th, 2017 by admin

original video is over by 4:25

2nd video, also worth watching, over by 7:20 and the rest isn’t worth wasting your time on

True stories that seem impossible…

September 28th, 2017 by admin

There was a Pennsylvania boxcar that needed repair, and so was shoved on to a storage siding to await repair sometime in 1932.

Old horse wagon exposed after Detroit lake had a record low water level in Oregon in 2015 and ‘16

September 18th, 2017 by admin

Back in 1953, the 200 residents of the tiny town of Old Detroit deserted their homes after Congress approved a nearby dam, which, when finished, would flood the area to create the reservoir now known as the Detroit Lake.

But water levels at Detroit Lake were 45 feet lower than normal in 2015, approximately 143 feet below capacity, so low that people had to pull their boats out of the local marina.

In 2015, a historic drought brought the reservoir to its lowest summertime level in history, 1,511 feet in early summer and as low as 1,425 feet by autumn.

But Marion County Deputy Dave Zahn spotted old fashion wagon wheels that had been buried in the silt and mud.

“In late October when the lake was at its lowest I took the opportunity to walk the river line to see what’s out there, more of a treasure hunt,” Zahn says.

That is when he spotted the classic timepiece.

“We noticed it was a wagon, a horse drawn wagon. It had a plate on it out of Ohio.”

“That wagon was built for the country that you’re in,” said David Sneed, owner of the Wheels that Won the West collection. “With those extra spokes, the metal encased hubs, and the ‘Oregon brake,’ it’s built to engage rough terrain.”

The wagon was made by the Milburn Wagon Company in Toledo, Ohio, sometime around the turn of the last century. Milburn was one of the nation’s biggest manufacturers: in 1882, it was producing 600 wagons per week, the majority farm wagons, Sneed said.

This one could’ve been built as late as the early 1900s, but certainly not before the 1890s, he said. Becuase the hubs on the 16-spoke wheels – themselves much ballyhooed by Milburn for “having 12 more spokes than any on the market” – were patented by James Sarven in 1857 but not used on Milburn wagons until the 1890s, Sneed said

The surprisingly well-preserved wagon was seen by a handful of people in October, lying in the exposed mud of the old townsite when the lake drained to its lowest level in 46 years. Dave Zahn, a marine deputy for Marion County, photographed it right before rainstorms came and raised the reservoir’s level.

In a matter of days, the wagon was gone again, buried under many feet of water. Its appearance had been so brief that U.S. Forest Service archaeologist Cara Kelly barely had time to document its existence and no time to plan for preserving or removing it.

“Removing it would be very costly, and it would be almost impossible without ruining it,” Kelly said. “It was challenging just trying to get to it because it’s so buried. The mud around it was like soup; I couldn’t get to within 20 feet of it.”

While Zahn first spotted the wagon on October 29, he and Kelly decided to keep its location a secret, so as not to attract potential looters and vandals. According to a metal plate attached to the wagon as seen in some of Zahn’s photographs, the wagon was made in 1875 by the Milburn Wagon Company of Toledo, Ohio, which was one of the country’s largest manufacturers of wagons at the time. As Brooks reports, the lake bottom’s low oxygen levels almost perfectly preserved the wagon – ironically, its brief stint on land probably damaged it more than all the decades it spent underwater.

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under the hood

August 9th, 2017 by admin

In the 70s, the car was fitted with a genuine 1970 NASCAR 426ci Hemi by its previous owner, who at the time worked for Ray Nichels – former head of Chrysler’s NASCAR program.

While the engine’s original intake is no longer fitted, it retains the genuine X-Code Chrysler Racing block and heads, and now runs a single 1050cfm Holley carb and direct-port nitrous system.

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