Reader Chuck Shotwell recently wrote into HotRodHotline.com to acknowledge the passing of Dave Cammack, world-renowned enthusiast and collector of the Tucker automobile and it's memorabilia. He had a small museum dedicated to his collection in Alexandria, VA and Chuck wrote fondly about the experience of going to the museum, and meeting Mr. Cammack in 2012.
"I knew Mr. Cammack because of the tour we set up last year," explains Chuck. "He was an engaging host in his museum but with a little humorous edge and a twinkle in his eye like a kid that just found a lifetime supply of jelly beans and no one knew but him! He was truly a gentle jewel of a man that loved to share his passion of all things Tucker with anyone that would listen. He will be missed."
With Chuck Shotwell's permission, we're reproducing part of his blog post here in tribute to Dave Cammack's recent passing.
I knew Mr. Cammack because of the tour we set up last year. He was an engaging host in his museum but with a little humorous edge and a twinkle in his eye like a kid that just found a lifetime supply of jelly beans and no one knew but him! He was truly a gentle jewel of a man that loved to share his passion of all things Tucker with anyone that would listen....he will be missed.
From the blog wherewereyouin62.blogspot.com:
"Mr. Cammack has the most comprehensive collection of Tucker automobiles and memorabilia in the world! He is a gracious and patient host as he explains almost every item in his collection. He has examples of all the engine versions used in the Tucker. He also has a new one that he is learning about! He led our group of about 20 people around his collection while he explained everything and always ended each station with “are there any questions?” A truly genuine, caring host."
The tour began with a comparison of the Tucker chassis with a contemporary, a 1947 Cadillac. The differences are startling and the innovation in the Tucker is curious and at the same time astonishingly clever. Mr. Cammack strolled along the isle explaining the engines and the items near him each time he stopped. He spoke with a comfortable demeanor and the authority that he knew just about everything there is to know about the Tuckers. We wound around the room, learning, soaking it in. We were on the second trip around in the first room when Mr. Cammack walked through a door and there they were: three of the 47 surviving Tuckers! To actually see one Tucker is a life time experience but to be in the presence of three is beyond words."
Thanks to Chuck for sharing his memories and his photos!