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Simpson’s white Ford Bronco

Simpson was in the backseat. Cowlings was at the wheel. Yet as the celebrated pair led police on a low speed chase watched by 95 million TV viewers nationwide 20 years ago Tuesday, the spotlight did not belong solely to the men.

They shared it with the car in which they rode: the 1993 white Ford Bronco.

More than a half dozen news helicopters tracked it. More than two dozen squad cars pursued it. And hundreds of people on freeway overpasses in Los Angeles gawked, or cheered or waved as the passing vehicle rode into infamy, and .

Then what?

Two decades after the Bronco secured a VIP parking space in American lore, central figures from the drama can be accounted for:

Simpson, who was fleeing police with the help of Cowlings, is now in the Lovestock Correctional Center in Nevada. He was found not guilty in the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman, but is serving up to 33 years after being convicted of kidnapping and armed robbery in 2008.

Bob Tur, who was the first news helicopter pilot on the scene and provided 22 minutes of exclusive footage that night, now goes by the name of Zoey. He is awaiting surgery for a sex change.

Tom Lange, the detective who by cellphone pleaded with Simpson to throw a loaded gun out of the car window because Lange feared Simpson would use it on himself, is retired from a life of investigating crime. He is writing books about it.

The Bronco and the man who drove it have proven more elusive.

Two years ago, a cheap nfl jerseys TMZ cameraman cornered Cowlings in a parking lot and followed him until he climbed into a white truck. (No, not a Bronco, which Ford cheap jerseys phased out in 1996.) A year ago, former NFL teammate Charley Ferguson said, Cowlings was working for B. Wayne Hughes, founder of Public Storage, and living in the Los Angeles area. Six months ago, former tennis partner Joe Kolkowitz said, Cowlings had retired, and Kolkowitz said he thought Cowlings was living in the same place.

The same place?

I’m not saying, he said.

Tim Tessalone, the sports information director at USC, where Cowlings attended, said Cowlings has no interest in talking to reporters and still lives in Southern California.

At times, the whereabouts of the Bronco have been even harder to pin down. But court records, car records and interviews help piece together what has transpired with perhaps the most infamous vehicle of the 20th Century.

‘THE MOST FAMOUS TRUCK’

The two door SUV with a V8 engine rolled off the assembly line in March 1993, passed an emissions inspection that April in Palmdale, Calif., and about 14 months later, on the evening of June 17, 1994, it riveted a memorabilia collector named Michael Kronick.

Kronick said he was in Las Vegas for an Elvis Presley estate auction and watching TV when NBC interrupted its coverage of the NBA Finals. Suddenly, Kronick and millions of others found themselves watching the Bronco, cruising across Interstate 405 in Southern California at 35 mph.

I called my attorney, Kronick recalled, and I said, ‘We’ve got to have that truck. That’s going to be the most famous truck.’

Kronick thought the car was Simpson’s. But later he learned the Bronco with license plate 3DHY503 belonged to Cowlings, and cheap nfl jerseys china so they began searching for the man who played football with Simpson in high school, college and the NFL.

Released from jail on $250,000 bail after being charged with aiding and abetting a fugitive, Cowlings returned home and didn’t want to drive the car again, according to Don Kreiss, a friend of Cowlings’ who worked for a sports agent and played poker with a group that included Cowlings.

Go ahead and find somebody to buy it, Kreiss said Cowlings told him.

Shortly thereafter, Kronick and Kreiss connected. The memorabilia collector made an offer: $75,000 for the Bronco, along with 250 autographed photos of Cowlings driving the car.

On the morning of Nov. 2, 1994 the day before eight women and four men were selected for the jury at Simpson’s criminal trial and six days before the charges against Cowlings were dropped Kronick and Kreiss met at wholesale nfl jerseys the Westwood Marquis Hotel. Kronick had the check. Cowlings had the car.Articles Connexes: