TUCKERS ON THE GREEN
THIS YEAR’S PEBBLE BEACH
Concours d’Elegance will feature a special class to celebrate the Tucker 48, 70 years after the vehicle went into production. Mark Lieberman will be a class judge, and pre-eminent automotive journalist and historian Ken Gross will be the chief class judge.
“We’re going to have the Tin Goose, a bare Tucker chassis, and eight or nine other Tuckers,” Gross says. “Most people have perhaps only seen one Tucker, not a big gathering of these unusuallooking cars. It’ll be memorable. Lots of people applied and wanted to bring their cars. I regret we just couldn’t accommodate them all.”
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of “Tucker: The Man and His Dream,” which did its part to instill a certain perception of the Tucker story upon the world.
“Francis Coppola’s movie dramatized the Tucker story, some 40 years after Tucker failed—and that’s what people remember,” Gross says. “The scene where the workers assemble a bunch of Tuckers and drive them to the courthouse to show the judge that Tucker was the real deal brings tears to people’s eyes—and we hope to line up ‘our’ Tuckers across the ramp to replicate that moment.” AM