A good portion of the descendants of automotive pioneers probably know about their ancestors’ accomplishments in broad strokes, but the number who can rattle off details about the history and mechanical aspects of the cars tied to their last names is considerably fewer. The Tucker clan, including great-grandsons Mike and Sean, are no strangers to the history and features of Preston Tucker’s eponymous car of tomorrow. They were there when the AACA Museum unveiled its Cammack Tucker collection exhibit, and they’re well conversed in every bit of Preston Tucker’s legacy, as we see from their in-depth videos on a wide range of Tucker topics, from the third headlamp that turns with the wheels to the accessory program to the intricacies of the torsalastic suspension system.
Seventy years after the closure of his namesake automobile company, and 63 years after his death in December 1956, Preston Tucker remains a compelling figure in the history of the American automobile. The Cammack Tucker Gallery of the AACA Museum, Inc., in Hershey, Pennsylvania, houses one of the world’s finest collections of Tucker automobiles and memorabilia, and on Saturday, January 26, the museum will present Tucker–How it All Began with marque experts Mark Lieberman and John Tucker Jr., grandson of Preston Tucker.
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A really good six parter on the events of Monterey Car Week 2018 which inludes some excellent photography.
Images courtesy Rob Ida unless otherwise noted.
Before there was a Tucker 48, there was a Tucker Torpedo. The boldly styled coupe, shaped by designer George Lawson, never progressed beyond a quarter-scale model, but that hasn’t stopped Rob Ida, his father Bob, and Sean Tucker, great-grandson of Preston Tucker, from building a full-size version. Read Kurt Ernst’s article here
To own just one Tucker takes a certain amount of luck and determination. To own three – along with the world’s most extensive collection of Tucker memorabilia, Tucker mechanical parts, and most of the Tucker engineering drawings – takes dedication, and nobody in the world showed more dedication to the marque than collector David Cammack, who died Sunday at the age of 84.
As David LaChance related in his profile of Cammack in the June 2007 issue of Hemmings Classic Car, Cammack got his first glimpse of a Tucker in 1948 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Cammack, then a teenager, had gone to see the prototype, known as the Tin Goose, and its massive 589-cu.in. flat-six engine, but lost interest in the car when the company failed. It wasn’t until 1972 that Cammack, by then a successful real estate investor, bought his first Tucker, number 1022. The other two – numbers 1001 and 1026 – came in quick succession over the next couple of years, but almost more important than the cars were the ephemera that came with them or that Cammack later bought: one of two Tucker test chassis, a variety of prototype and production Tucker/Aircooled Motors engines, and about 50,000 blueprints for just about every component that made up a Tucker. “I don’t think there was any doubt that (Preston Tucker) was serious about building a car,” Cammack told us for the profile. “I think all these drawings provide that.” Over the years he had made attempts at cataloging the entire collection of blueprints and engineering drawings – going so far as to hire assistants for that task – but about 90 percent of the collection reportedly remains uncataloged.