TUCK­ERS ON THE GREEN

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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

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