|Tucker No. 1048|
The penultimate leg of the Tucker Road Trip takes us across (or around) Lake Michigan to the Wisconsin Automotive Museum in Hartford, WI. For the past few years, privately-owned Tucker No. 1048 has been on (periodic) display here. TACA members may recall seeing No. 1048 on display at the Volo Auto Museum during the 2005 convention in Chicago, IL.
Francis "Fuzzy" Fruzyna purchased No. 1048 in the mid-1990s after having won the Wisconsin state lottery. Fuzzy was a great guy and a huge supporter of TACA, but to say that he had eclectic taste was an understatement. There was much talk about the "accessorization" Fuzzy did to the car, but the bottom line was that it was his car and he had fun with it. Fuzzy passed away a few years ago and a friend of his took possession of the car. He has decided to keep the car "as-is" so as to pay respect to the car that Fuzzy loved so much.
The Wisconsin Automotive Museum is located at 147 N. Rural St., Hartford, WI 53027, just northwest of Milwaukee off US-41. It is open daily May through September, and Wednesdays through Sundays from October through April. Call the museum at (262) 673-7999 to see if No. 1048 is on display, and visit the museum's website for more information.
(Sources: http://www.tuckerclub.org/, http://www.wisconsinautomuseum.com/, TACA message board)
(Post credit: Kit Fox; photo credit: TACA website)