In November 2011, I was fortunate to meet a truly dedicated car collector, David Cammack. While he wasn’t a collector of TVRs, he did collect another truly unique and extremely rare automobile – the “Tucker.”
My son, Brian, was a student in an Automotive Technology Program at Hayfield High School in Alexandria, where his instructor told him that a museum dedicated to the Tucker was just a few miles from our home. I couldn’t believe that someone in my neighborhood owned not just one, but three Tuckers of the fifty-one total ever built. Not only did he own the cars, but he had his own personal museum dedicated to the Tucker.
I called the number for the Tucker Museum and set up an appointment to visit it with my son. Mr. Cammack greeted us, and then gave us an incredible tour of the museum, showing us his cars and all of the Tucker-related memorabilia. As we walked through the building, and asked our questions, it became obvious that his obsession with the Tucker was a huge and very important part of his life.
Unfortunately, Mr. Cammack passed away in April of 2013, however, his legacy and collection live on at “The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum” in Hershey, Pennsylvania.
I was so impressed by our meeting that I began to think about restoring one of my two TVRs. I don’t have either the time or resources to build a tribute museum to the TVR, but in my own small way, I can help preserve and educate those interested in this handmade British sports car. Over the next years, I envision what I want to achieve with my restoration–I want to maintain the integrity of the car and keep it largely stock, but increase the engine horsepower for a more exhilarating driving experience.
My “restoration road trip” was about to begin…