• Dec 28th 2008 at 12:02PM
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When you think of the early days of NASCAR, brands like Oldsmobile, Hudson and Chrysler come to mind. What you don't usually think of is Tucker. In fact Tucker usually isn't associated with motorsports at all. With only 51 examples of the Tucker Torpedo having been completed before the lights were switched off, racing probably wasn't top of mind for owners of the time.
Apparently, a Tucker did hit the roundy-round circuit, at least for one race. A reader over at Hemmings has turned up a photo of a Tucker at a race in Ohio in 1950. NASCAR records from the time indicate that the car was classified last with zero laps complete. It's not known if the car crashed on the first lap or simply didn't start. Either way, it appears this may have been its one and only appearance.

[Source: Hemmings]

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      • 6 Years Ago

      Tuckers seems to have been the Tesla of the 1940's and 50's.
        • 6 Years Ago
        flip that observation to "Tesla seems to be today's version of Tucker"

        Also... I see no similarities! Sorry!
      • 6 Years Ago
      My guess is the rear engine didn't lend itself to hanging out the back end on those long turns - either on dirt or pavement. And overall, it probably wouldn't have done that well on a road course - too heavy for a sporty car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe the France family will see this and think of creating a "retro-NASCAR" circuit. Take the current COT and plaster it with decals of Hudson, Tucker and the like. Somewhere in NASCAR's massive PR campaign they would be able to convince the current generation of NASCAR fans that decals really do make for a different car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The banked dirt track is still there and is the side of the county fair, concerts and of all things 3 large old car parts swap meets.

      I walk this track this year.
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