GRAND OPENING October 8, 2014
as part of our Night at The Museum Event!
Tickets are $125 per person
Time: 6-10 PMTickets
“A man who has once gotten automobiles into his blood can never give them up. . .”
American History Illustrated
The AACA Museum has embarked on a most meaningful phase of its development – the renovation of the existing 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery to create an unparalleled exhibit: the world’s largest and best-known collection of Tucker 48 automobiles, engines, mechanicals and automobilia from Tucker historian and collector David Cammack. This permanent, interactive and educational exhibit will involve vistors in the compelling story of the development of these historic vehicles and dynamically display their unique and advanced features. Beyond the cars, we will chronicle Preston Tucker’s vision, determination and struggles that are so much a part of the marque’s history.
The AACA Museum envisions the Tucker exhibit becoming a “must see” attraction for hobbyists, historians and the general public from all over the world. The Cammack Tucker Gallery design has been fully endorsed by descendants of Preston Tucker, acting as historic advisors during the build process. “The effort being put forth by the AACA team in the presentation of the Cammack Tucker collection is not only an honor to the Tucker family but also the man who had an amazing passion to preserve the history of the Tucker story” exclaimed Sean Tucker, Preston’s great-grandson. To do this we need your help and financial support. Please consider a generous tax-deductible donation to make this world-class exhibit a reality.
Tucker Cars Moving to AACA Museum
Overall Exhibit Concept and Floor Plan
Engine and Chassis Platform
This 32’diameter, 5’ high raised centerpiece of the Cammack Gallery entices guests to marvel at the Tucker’s engine and chassis development. Featuring floors of architectural glass, visitors will stroll above and appreciate the huge differences between the Tucker 48 and a Cadillac chassis of the same era. The Cammack Collection’s Tucker engines narrate the evolution of the unique powerplant.
Celebrating the Legacy of Preston Tucker & “The Car of Tomorrow-Today!”
Within the 5,200 square foot Cammack Gallery, the AACA Museum will chronicle Preston Tucker’s love affair with the automobile. Known best for the “Car of Tomorrow”- the Tucker 48- Mr. Tucker had a remarkable, sometimes controversial impact on the automotive industry.
Put your or a loved one’s name on a special Tucker 8″ x 8″ commemorative brick
Download the Tucker Campaign Brochure
The construction of the Tucker Gallery to house the Cammack Collection has begun. These images show the building progress as things start to take shape!
Tucker Gallery Construction photos
Tucker Cammack Collection
image credit Tami Dresher
Mr. David Cammack, an avid Tucker collector, had amassed a rare and extensive collection of Tucker Automobiles. The Museum is in the process of designing a dedicated gallery space to house the Tuckers that he collected on a permanent basis. Taking a lead from Preston Tucker’s philosophy, the Tucker vehicles and other collection pieces will NOT be on display (or available for viewing) until the time of the Grand Opening. Updates on progress will be ongoing through the Museum’s website, e-newsletter, Facebook and Twitter communications and we hope that you will follow the progress and join us for a spectacular exhibit opening in late 2014.
Enjoy these images from moving day.
image credit Tami Dresher
image credit Barry Huber
image credit Barry Huber
The Tuckers were moved via rollback from the storage unit to an awaiting enclosed transport trailer for their journey from Virginia to Pennsylvania
’48 Tucker Automobile
The enthusiasm and creativity that propelled Preston Tucker and his vision for the Tucker automobile is something that has captured the hearts of many. The world’s largest collection of Tucker vehicles (3) and many other Tucker memorabilia will be finding a new home at the AACA Museum.
The Cammack collection includes three (3) 1948 Tucker ‘48 vehicles, the factory Tucker test chassis #2, thousands of engineering drawings, original Tucker parts, several prototype engines as well as many other artifacts and displays. The vehicles include Tucker #1001 – the first ‘production’ prototype, Tucker #1022, and Tucker #1026 – the only Tucker built with an automatic transmission. A total of 51 Tuckers were built by hand in Chicago, of which 47 are known to still exist. The three Tuckers which will reside at the AACA Museum will be the largest collection of these vehicles on permanent display anywhere. Preston Tucker and his story was detailed in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 film, “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” and certainly helped bolster the public’s intense fascination with the “Car of Tomorrow”.
Smithsonian Magazine published a video on YouTube in the fall of 2009 that allows you to hear about this collection directly from David Cammack.