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Tucker Club Merges with AACA Museum; “Clubs are not what they used to be”

Posted January 09, 2018 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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With just a fraction of its peak membership and dwindling engagement, The Tucker Automobile Club of America has reached an existential moment; the official partnership it announced this week with the AACA Museum proposes not only to save the club but also to serve as a prototype for other car clubs nearing their own ends.

“The Tucker club was founded to do a few specific things, which I believe they’ve accomplished, and has since invented things to do to remain relevant,” said Eric Breslow, president of the club. “So the club as a standalone 501(c)3 will end, but as an entity it won’t.”

According to Breslow, club membership is well down from its peak of around 600 shortly after the release of the 1988 film “Tucker: The Man and His Dream.” And with fewer members comes fewer resources.

Perhaps this is the best fate the club could've hoped for.

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01/09/2018 12:42 PM

Like most clubs,.. clubs are only as strong as its members who want to keep it relevant.

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01/09/2018 2:23 PM

Only a strong club should be applied...

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01/09/2018 3:20 PM

That initiation club to get into the club... really doesn't help strengthening your membership numbers....

Wow, how'd you get an Off Topic of 10 already?

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01/09/2018 4:23 PM

10 OT and not one single administrative explanation?

I was making a little joke and self marked it OT to account for 5. Maybe I glitched the system and caused a double self OT action.

If not then another uneven administrative response has happened while a significant Physics discovery discussion tumbles deeply into religion without one single administrative response or any OT designations. Trashing science and engineering is OK on this engineering site, but complaining about Judeo-Christian fairy tales or parables is forbidden.

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01/09/2018 6:27 PM

I’d like to know... I’m losing by 5 OT...

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01/10/2018 10:41 AM

I was into cars before I even had a driver's license. My first car was a 1950 Studebaker Starlight Coupe. I went to junk yards frequently just to see what they had. One time, I found an odd looking Stude. But, I couldn't figure out exactly why it was odd. Then I went closer and realized it had 14" wheels instead of 15". While I was there, I looked under the hood and found an engine with the valve covers missing. No big deal. Then, I looked in the trunk and found a couple of valve covers that said Tucker on them. I stared in awe for awhile. I thought, "no way". Then, remembering the 14" wheels, I checked inside the front ones. Sure enough, it was a front-wheel-drive. Again, I thought, "no way". Again, I stared in awe for awhile. Then I went back to the trunk and brought a valve cover to the front. Sure enough, it fit the engine. After awhile, I say to myself, "I gotta get this thing.". I put the valve cover back, and closed up the car. Then I got in the driver's seat and just there awhile. Again, after awhile, I say to myself, "I gotta get this thing.". Eventually, I went back home and tried to do just that. Didn't work out; never got it. Fast forward to after I got my license, graduate High School, join the Navy, come home on leave a few times, notice that junk yards are beginning to disappear; this junk yard also disappeared. I never knew what happened to that front-wheel-drive Stude with a Tucker engine. Bummer.

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01/10/2018 11:56 AM

I went to junk yards frequently just to see what they had.

I think all of our first cars... that's where we bought our parts from...

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01/12/2018 4:41 PM

"I think all of our first cars... that's where we bought our parts from..."

Not me, I got most of mine (circa 1969) through a J.C. Whitney catalog - pistons, rings, seals...

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