The Tuckers are Coming!
AACA Museum to Host Display
Larry Jewett - July 10, 2013 05:00 PM
The enthusiasm and creativity that propelled Preston Tucker and his vision for the Tucker automobile is something that has captured the hearts of many. An extensive - the world's largest collection of three (3) Tucker vehicles and many other Tucker automobilia items, will be finding a new home at the AACA Museum in Hershey, Pennsylvania, from the David Cammack Collection.
Earlier this year, David Cammack, a very good friend and supporter of the AACA Museum, passed on. He was an avid Tucker collector and has donated his extensive Tucker Collection to the AACA Museum. His desire was to have this collection shared with the public, and the AACA Museum is honored to be chosen as the caretakers of this extensive collection and able to share this collection with the public.
The Cammack collection includes three (3) 1948 Tucker '48 vehicles, the factory Tucker test chassis, hundreds of engineering drawings, original Tucker parts, several 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.
Smithsonian Magazine published a video of Mr. Cammack on YouTube in the fall of 2009 that allows you to hear about this collection directly from Mr. Cammack. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeCgFeadUY4.
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".
This week begins the process of moving these items from a storage facility in Virginia and re-locating them to secure, locked storage at the AACA Museum. Photographs and video will be taken to document this progression.
The AACA Museum is in the process of designing a dedicated gallery space that will house this collection on a permanent basis and will allow tens of thousands of visitors each year to enjoy these vehicles and other collection pieces. Museum officials are working diligently to make this display come to life in the last half of 2014. Taking a lead from Preston Tucker's philosophy, the Tucker vehicles and other collection pieces will NOT be on display 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 2014.
To learn more facts on Tucker vehicles and history you can visit the Tucker club website at http://www.tuckerclub.org/html/history.php
Information about the AACA Museum, including special displays currently offered, can be found at www.aacamuseum.org