Tucker Torpedo program is set by LP Historical Society

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Photo courtesy of Tucker Automobile Club of America Preston Tucker with the Tucker '48.

Photo courtesy of Tucker Automobile Club of America
Preston Tucker with the Tucker ’48.

Automotive history buffs will have a rare opportunity to learn about the creator of the legendary Tucker Torpedo, known as “the car of tomorrow,” May 18 at a program featuring three speakers: the author of a new book about Tucker; Tucker’s grandson; and a collector of Tucker cars and artifacts.

The program, “Preston Tucker & the Tucker ’48,” will be presented at the annual dinner of the Lincoln Park Historical Society at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Lincoln Park High School, 1701 Champaign Road. Reservations, $20, will be accepted through May 15 at 313-386-3137.

Tucker, 53 years old when he died in 1956, was a former motorcycle patrolman on the Lincoln Park Police Department and the subject of the 1988 movie “Tucker, the Man and His Dream,” starring Jeff Bridges in the title role.

The movie premiered at the Lincoln Park Theatre as a fundraiser for the Downriver Council for the Arts with an audience of 450, including members of Tucker’s family.

Leslie Lynch-Wilson, president of the Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance, will discuss the Tucker family’s early days as residents of the city and introduce the speakers: author Steve Lehto; John Tucker Jr., the Tucker designer’s grandson; and Max Mark Lieberman, scholar and collector.

Lehto wrote the book “Preston Tucker and His Battle to Build the Car of Tomorrow,” which has been named a Michigan Notable Book for 2017 by the Library of Michigan. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

Tucker’s grandson serves on the boards of the Tucker Automobile Club of America and the Ypsilanti Automobile Heritage Museum and promotes the Tucker legacy.

Lieberman, who has owned four Tuckers, restores and consults on many Tucker restorations, including the manufacture of new parts for the cars and the rebuilding of Tucker engines.

A special exhibit titled “Preston Tucker and His Dream Car” will open at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum on June 19, the same date the Tucker Torpedo was unveiled at the automobile’s Chicago manufacturing plant 70 years ago.

A reception will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. with no charge. The exhibit will continue through Sept. 30.

The museum is seeking items and other memorabilia for display during the exhibit. Curator Jeff Day said an original Tucker car radio still in its original box has been donated to the institution.

A bell-ringing ceremony marking the dedication of new honorary or memorial bricks at the museum’s Heritage Plaza will take place at noon May 20 at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, 1335 Southfield Road.

Day reports that the Historical Society’s April flea market raised more than $1,000, which will be used for the museum’s operations.

Story-telling event slated

In conjunction with the current “Images of Resilience” photography exhibit at the Wayne County Community College District Downriver campus, a story-telling event with the photographers is planned for May 23 in the Heinz C. Prechter Educational & Performing Arts Center of the college.

There is no charge for the event, or the exhibit, presented by the Guidance Center in celebration of Mental Health Awareness Month in May.

A reception at 6 p.m. will precede the story-telling with Shannon Cason of Moth, Snap Judgment, WBEZ, as master of ceremonies, and an afterglow will follow. During the program, the artists will discuss their works, focusing on resilience as a way to navigate through life’s challenges.

The exhibit, which opened May 1 in the Brown and Juanita C. Ford Art Gallery at the college, will continue through June 2. The college is located at 21000 Northline Road.

Coming up . . .

May 19-27 — Performances of “Good People” by the Open Book Theatre Company at 1621 West Road, Trenton; tickets are $20 and $15; for tickets, performances times and more information, go to www.openbooktc.com or call 734-288-7753.