Every month we spend some time scouring the web for some of the best classic car stories so you don’t have to. In this month’s installment of The Roundup, we link you to articles about Preston Tucker’s “other” car, a visit to Jay Leno’s garage, a trip to the property of an obscure micro-car hoarder, and more.
A Relic of Studebaker and South Bend History Rises Again
[source: hemmings.com] “Once positioned at the main gate of the Studebaker factory on Sample Street,” writes regular Hemmings Daily contributor Daniel Strohl, “the guardhouse, built in 1928, came down with the factory in 2008 to make way for South Bend’s Ignition Park technology hub. While the city demolished the factory, it carefully disassembled the 122-square-foot brick guardhouse and placed the remains in the former Studebaker assembly plant known as Building 84, still standing a couple blocks north.”
Now, the city of South Bend has decided to carefully rebuild the structure as a tribute to all the Studebaker employees who every day passed that guardhouse on their way to work. Click here to read Strohl’s wonderful retrospective.
A Visit to the Yard of a Micro-Car Hoarder
[source: crosleykook.blogspot.com] If you like micro-cars, you’re going to love the post this month from crosleykook blog writer Ol’ Man Foster. Foster gets an invite to what has to be one of the strangest collections of obscure micro-cars on the planet. It’s not a museum or a well-kept garage, but instead some guy’s nondescript suburban property in the middle of who-knows-where. A great story and a fun read that will make you want to see more. Click here.
Short Films Tell the Story of Preston Tucker and the Tucker Torpedo
[source: theoldmotor.com] Did you know Preston Tucker once designed a car for the military? The 1936 Tucker “Combat Car” was capable of speeds up to 100 mph and was equipped with a “Tucker Turret” and machine gun of his own design. This is just one of the interesting side stories told in two vintage short films produced for the Tucker public relations department and highlighted this month on The Old Motor. The films are definitely worth viewing for all the little backstories, the unique period footage of Tucker and the segments showing the Tucker 48 being put through its paces on the road and even at the famous Indy 500 racetrack. Click here to check it out.
A Visit To Jay Leno’s Garage
[source: classiccars.com] A lifelong dream was realized when ClassicCars.com contributor Nicole James got an invite to Jay Leno’s garage as part of a media event promoting his new line of Jay Leno-labeled car-care products. Luckily for us, she brought her camera and took a whole bunch of photos and notes. James’ story appears this month on ClassicCars.com. Click here to check it out.