Saturday, February 12, 2011

Napa Valley Tucker Weekend

Tucker No. 1014
at the Rubicon Estate
Your intrepid blogger drove to Northern California this weekend to see his 20th Tucker. In so doing, however, I was in for a bit of a surprise.  As far as I knew, Tucker No. 1037 was on display at the Rubicon Estate, the Rutherford, CA winery of director Francis Ford Coppola.  Coppola is beloved of Tucker fans for directing 1988's Tucker: The Man and His Dream.  However, rather than Coppola's maroon No. 1037, the Centennial Museum at the winery prominently displayed his blue Tucker No. 1014 among the movie memorabilia and vintage magic lanterns and zoetropes.  Of course, this blogger also took the opportunity to (responsibly) sample the wares of the Niebaum-Coppola winery at the Rubicon Estate!

Niebaum-Coppola Winery
at the Rubicon Estate
The Napa Valley wine country is only about an hour's drive from the cities of the San Francisco Bay Area.  A great deal of Tucker: The Man and His Dream was filmed in the Bay Area, including San Francisco City Hall (standing in for the Chicago Federal Courthouse), an abandoned Ford assembly plant near San Jose (the Tucker Corporation factory) and a Victorian farmhouse in the nearby city of Sonoma (for exterior scenes of the Tucker family home in Ypsilanti, MI).

(Post and photo credits: Kit Fox)

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