Saturday, June 25, 2011

Tucker Day 2011

Tucker Day 2011 was a resounding success!  After viewing our first Tucker of the convention (No. 1030) at the Petersen Automotive Museum yesterday, we saw three (and a half) more Tucker '48s today!

First up was Tucker No. 1040, which we saw at the Nethercutt Museum in nearby Sylmar, CA.  Museum staff "dropped the ropes" so we could get a rare, up-close view of No. 1040.  We understand that the Nethercutt is planning a complete restoration of the car in the near future.  After an hour or so on our own at the museum, we went across the street for a guided tour of the spectacular Nethercutt Collection.  In addition to more beautiful cars displayed in the ornate Grand Salon, the collection also includes an amazing display of "functional art," including music boxes, antique furniture and an immense Wurlitzer pipe organ.  Even more amazing, the Nethercutt--owned by the heirs to the Merle Norman cosmetics empire--is open free to the public!

Tucker Day 2011 then continued to the Breslow Collection in Northridge, CA.  There we saw two complete Tucker '48s: No. 1003 and No. 1031.  We also had John Schuler's "work-in-progress" Tucker No. 1052 on display.  After a tasty BBQ lunch provided by Eric Breslow, he and J.R. Roberts (owner of No. 1003) treated us to a rare--and perhaps historic--"drag race" between No. 1003 and No. 1031 in the parking lot.  In addition, several members of the Tucker family were in attendance and took rides in both cars, as did many TACA members.  It was definitely an afternoon that none of us who were there will soon forget.

(PS - Check the TACA Facebook page for video of today's Tuckers in motion)

(Post and photo credits: Kit Fox)

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