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Hershey, PA (August 16, 2018) This year marks the 70th Anniversary of Tucker automobiles and the first time in their history to be invited as a featured class to the world-renowned Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. This will be the largest public gathering of Tucker Automobiles since the sale of the Tucker Company assets in 1950 and the largest overall gathering of Tucker automobiles since the filming of the movie in the late 1980s. In addition to the automobiles, there will be a large gathering of Tucker family members, more than 25 in all, from across the country expected to attend the celebration of this 70th Anniversary year.
In the mid-1940s, Preston Tucker and his Chicago-based Tucker Corporation set out to revolutionize the automobile industry, designing and building 51 examples of an innovative rear-engine sedan that boasted an array of safety features unmatched by other offerings on the post-war American market. Amid negative publicity from the news media and an investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the company ceased operations in 1949. The heavily publicized fraud trial led to a full acquittal, but not before the collapse of Tucker’s company. This is story detailed in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 film, “Tucker, The Man and His Dream” which has helped to bolster public awareness and intense fascination with this automobile.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® is not a contest of speed, but of elegance. The automobiles are judged for their style and technical merit, as well as their history, originality and the accuracy of their preservation or restoration. Beginning in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® is the top-ranking collector car competition in the world. It is guided by and often drives the interest of enthusiasts across the globe and continues to set the bar for all other concours.
Which Tucker Automobiles will appear at Pebble Beach®?
Of the 51 Tuckers produced, 47 still exist today of which, 11 Tucker automobiles will be on view at Pebble Beach®: Tucker #1003, Tucker #1009, Tucker #1014, Tucker #1015, Tucker #1016, Tucker #1017, Tucker #1026, Tucker #1030, Tucker #1031, Tucker #1044, Tucker #1049. Also on view will be the Tin Goose Prototype Tucker and the factory test chassis.
Tucker #1003 is owned by the Academy of Art University Automobile Collection located in San Francisco, California. In the late-1980s, this Tucker was purchased by George Lucas, an executive producer of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1988 film “Tucker, The Man and His Dream.” Both Coppola and Lucas acquired genuine Tuckers, of which, Lucas’s Tucker #1003 was sold in June of 2005 to the current owner. Movie producer George Lucas purchased Tucker #1009 in 1987 and continues to own this car. Tucker #1014 is owned by Francis Ford Coppola along with Tucker #1037 (not on view at Pebble Beach®) in Rutherford, California. Tucker #1017 has a connection to the movie too; it was painted a rusty orange color, the color it was in the film, and is part of a private collection owned by the Carpenters since 2006.
Tucker #1031 is part of the Breslow Collection and available for view by appointment. Owner Eric Breslow is the Chairman of the Tucker Automobile Club of America Committee and will be onsite at the events throughout the week. Mr. Breslow also owns one of the fiberglass reproduction cars used in the movie “Tucker, The Man and His Dream” which will also be on view at Pebble Beach®.
Tucker #1044 is currently in the private collection of Howard Kroplick and has just undergone an extensive restoration process at Ida Automotive in Morganville, New Jersey. It has been restored to its original green color and will be making its first public appearance at Pebble Beach®.
Tucker #1049 is part of a private collection and will be an example of the later production model of the Tucker automobile.
Tuckers on view that are normally part of Museum Collections:
The Tin Goose – The 1947 Tucker Prototype was the first automobile produced by the Tucker Corporation in the spring of 1947 and was a prototype for the Tucker ’48 production cars. The Tin Goose was hand-built and was used for promotional purposes. In October of 2014, the Tin Goose was the fifth automobile added to the Historic Vehicle Association’s National Historic Vehicle Register and the Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) that is permanently archived in the Library of Congress. The Tin Goose is part of the William E. Swigart Collection and generally on view at The William E. Swigart Museum located in Huntingdon, PA.
Tucker #1015 is owned by Stahl’s Automotive Foundation in Chesterfield, Michigan; Tucker #1016 is usually on view at The Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan; Tucker #1030 is typically on view at The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California.
Tucker #1026, typically on view at the AACA Museum, Inc. is part of the David Cammack Collection and is the only surviving Tucker with automatic transmission. Mr. Cammack was an avid Tucker collector and supporter of the AACA Museum, Inc. and upon his passing in 2013, his extensive collection of three Tucker automobiles along with thousands of archive items to find a permanent home here at the AACA Museum, Inc. The Cammack Tucker exhibit gallery was opened in his honor in October of 2014.
The AACA Museum, Inc., known by many Tucker enthusiasts as the center of the Tucker Universe, displays Tucker experimental engines, mechanicals and other automotive memorabilia in addition to Mr. Cammack’s three Tucker automobiles. Tucker #1001, the first production Tucker is on view along with #1022 Mr. Cammack’s first Tucker and Tucker #1026 the only survivor with automatic transmission. One of the fiberglass reproduction cars used in the movie “Tucker, The Man and His Dream” is also on view from the Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) Collection. Tucker #1026 is scheduled to be driven onto the field at Pebble Beach on Sunday by Board Member Mark Lieberman. We believe Mr. Lieberman to be the only living person who has ever driven an automatic Tucker automobile. Additionally, the Tucker factory test chassis normally on view at the AACA Museum, Inc. will also be on view. Both the test chassis and Tucker #1026 will return to the exhibit at the AACA Museum following the Pebble Beach® events.
Photos of Tucker #1026 and the factory test chassis from the Cammack Collection at the AACA Museum, Inc.
The Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) based at the AACA Museum, Inc. has taken on the challenge of documenting the history of these automobiles and related artifacts to continue to share the legacy of Preston Tucker. More details on all Tucker automobiles can be found at www.TuckerClub.org.
Where to See The Tucker Automobiles & Learn More
If you want to hear the roar of a Tucker engine and watch it drive, the Pebble Beach Tour d’ Elegance® is held on Thursday morning, August 23rd, where cars will trace portions of 17-Mile Drive and historic Highway 1. The vehicles are then displayed on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the Sea.
At 3:00 on Thursday, August 23, the Pebble Beach Classic Car forum® program “The Truth About Tucker” will be presented featuring many Tucker experts:
Martyn Donaldson – With an early fascination of classic cars and a keen eye for the unusual, Martyn’s interest in American automotive history and his career path in auto restoration inevitably led to the Tucker ’48. As an avid researcher, he has made it a personal mission to view and study nearly all of the Tucker cars extant. He continues to be actively involved in the restoration, service, and preservation of several Tuckers and has served as a consultant on many others. Involved with the Tucker Automobile Club of America for almost thirty years, he continues to serve on the board of directors as Car Historian.
Rob Ida – For three generations Rob Ida’s family has been in the automotive business, with a strong emphasis on Tucker Cars. His grandfather Joe Ida owned a Tucker Dealership in New York. Today, at Ida Automotive in Morganville, New Jersey, Rob and his father Bob work hard to keep the Tucker car popular and loved. With the friendship and support of the Tucker and Tremulis families they have been able to not only restore Tuckers but to create a new generation of Tuckers.
Mark Lieberman is the president of Nostalgic Motoring, which deals in classic and collectible automobiles, and he has seven patents to his credit. In 1991, he purchased the first of the five Tucker automobiles he has owned, and he remains actively involved in the restoration and preservation of Tucker automobiles. Mark continues to serve the Tucker Automobile Club of America as their Technical Adviser and Historian, and he also serves on the AACA Museum’s Board of Directors.
Steve Tremulis is a biomedical engineer and the inventor of over 50 United States patents. He is also the nephew of Alex Tremulis, Preston Tucker’s Chief Stylist for the Tucker 48, and he is the curator of his uncle’s incredible archive of photographs, drawings, letters, speeches, and models from over a half-century of automobile design. Steve is an award-winning author on automotive history and a frequent guest speaker at various auto clubs and museums. Steve has served on the Board of Directors for the Tucker Automobile Club of America, and he currently serves on the Tucker Archives Committee for the AACA Museum, the new home of the Tucker Club.
John Tucker Jr. is the grandson of Preston Tucker. John was only three years old when Preston died, but he has made a mission of learning about him through family and extensive research. He is the past President of the Tucker Automobile Club of America and serves as a historian for the AACA Museum’s extensive Cammack Collection on Tucker. He is also on the Swigart Automobile Museum Board of Directors.
The program will be moderated by Ken Gross who serves as a member of the Selection Committee and a Chief Class Judge for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. An automotive writer for 44 years, Ken has received the Washington Auto Press Golden Quill Award, the Society of Automotive Historians’ Cugnot Award, and the James Valentine Memorial Award for excellence in automotive historical research. More details on this and other programs can be found at Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum® https://www.pbclassiccarforum.com/
The final event is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance® that will take place on Sunday, August 26th beginning in the early morning hours as the cars take the field. All cars will be in place by 8:30 AM with public admission beginning at 10:30 AM. For additional information visit Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance® website: https://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/events/pebble-beach-concours-elegance.html
About the Tucker Automobile Club of America
The Tucker Automobile Club of America (TACA) began in 1973 and has been the gatekeeper of Preston Tucker’s legacy and was formed to connect owners and enthusiasts. TACA became part of the AACA Museum, Inc. family in December of 2017 with its archives and administration based out of Hershey, PA. TACA offers a variety of Membership options to car owners and all enthusiasts including
Curator level with access to enjoy thousands of artifacts via the online archives. We invite you to become a member and hop us keep the legacy of Preston Tucker and the Tucker automobiles alive for future generations. Learn more at www.TuckerClub.org
About the AACA Museum, Inc.
The AACA Museum Inc., a Smithsonian Affiliate, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses, and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s on a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco. This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums and is celebrating its 15th Anniversary in 2018. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles. The AACA Museum, Inc. is home to the Cammack Tucker Collection; along with being the home of the Tucker Automobile Club of America. The Museum holds the World’s largest and most prestigious permanent collection of Tucker Automobiles and related artifacts. We’re proud to have been recently recognized by Road & Track as one of the top 12 automobile museums in the country. The Museum is in South Hanover Township, located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive, Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $12, seniors age 61 and older $11, juniors age 4-12 $9, children age 3 and under, AACA Museum, Inc. Members and AACA Members are FREE. The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The AACA Museum is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit www.AACAMuseum.org.
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