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415 iuesOay, July 18, 2000  C N Lassen County Eagle Lake man remembers a most unique Jane Feller Staff Wnter What has three "eyes" and 46 sister ships? Give up? The Tucker automobile! There's a man right here in Susanville, actu- ally Eagle Lake, who remembers The Tucker well. He used to own one. Russ Brownell owned one of the 47 Tucker au- tomobiles still left. He probably wishes he still owned the car with serial number two. That car is now owned by Buck Kamphausen of Vallejo and is worth about $500,000! Russ recognizes it because of the license num- ber PFV 560 This number two beauty now resides in the Town Auto Museum in VaUejo. Brownell recently returned from the annual convention of the National Tucker Automobile Club held in Antonio, Texas. . This-club has more than 800 act,ie members, but only one Tucker made the event.ur-hun- dred of those 800 members came to pay lmmage to that one car, nevertheless. The dark green Tucker was brought to the convention by owner Francis "Fuzzy" Fruzyna of Green Bay, Wis. The Tucker automobile was the brainchild of Preston Tucker, for whom the car was named. Tucker started the company in 1947 and pro- duced onl " 51 of these strange-looking, rear-en- gined luxury cars before his company failed in 1948. This Tucker car was a luxury model, all right. It sold for $2,450, considered a whopper of a price in those days. t:oto cotwtesy  the Tucker e Web Site The Tucker had a rear engine and three headlights with one in the middle that moved in conjunction with the steering wheel. Only 51 Tuckers were made. 1 Dr. Martin Hlusak Doctor of Optometry OVER 24 yEARS OF EXPERIENCE 257-2225 914  St. " Susmuvil_le Most lusurms Accept Ophthalmology Services Computerized Eye Exams Contact Lenses Emerncy Appointmen Medicare / MediCal i SELI00. +- r Mare Street Clothing I 706 Maip-Susanville I __257 3227 .J From left to right: LethaMartin, Robbie McCracken, Pam Waters, Michele Flynn, Curt Hlrsche, uana Hirscne; Niki Cunningham, Jessica Honea. ////// 700 MAIN ST. www.lesliesjewelry.com Today, you couldn't put that price on the in- surance, let alone buy one. Known as "The Car of Tomorrow," this fan- tastic fastback sedan was actually styled by Alex S. Temulis. It was put together by chief me- chanic John Eddie Offutt, who worked with Pre- ston Tucker and Harry Miller at Indianapolis Speedway. Offutt's cars won twice at Indy, by the way. The Tucker had features that became stan- dards later in the world of automobiles. Fiberglass bodies are available for building Tucker replicas, which use Cadillac chassis and Northstar engines. According to those who fancy them, however, "They are just not the same as those beautiful old originals." In the Tucker 48 - they were all Tucker 48's because of the year they were made - it was called the Tucker Torpedo. It had a 128-inch wheel base, 219-inch overall length, 60-inch height, 79-inch width, weighed 4,200 pounds and could go from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds and had an estimated top speed of 130 mph. Russ Brownell has been national organization several so much a part of the Francis movie that featured the stran has created so much sensation. The film, "Tucker: The Man starred Jeff Bridges as Russ Brownell was behind the the time, readying Tucker big scenes. Brownell did drive in several cause he wasn't a union man, he seen close up in any of them. Cappola owns a couple of the chines. While Brownell doesn't own a 1 more, he still has a special ed to him during the movie b That cap has the Tucker emble pins decorating it that were non-union people who Even after all these years, it is Tucker enthusiasts still get eyes when they talk about this chine. Russ Brownell is one of thos 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OFF RE| CLEANING Ill * Smoke darnage ....  WOrk "FtOOOed carpe ULTRASONIC BLIND L TOUR,B2K Sunday, July 23 5:00 p.m. BOX SEATING .... $12.00 RESERVE ADULT GENERAL CHILD/SR. GENERAL .5.00 Get Your Tickets On Sale Nowf *500 FAMILY DAY AND BAD BULLS TOUR SPONSORED BY" BEAUTY CORRAL BILLINGTON ACE DIVERSE ELECTRONICS 415 iuesOay, July 18, 2000  C N Lassen County Eagle Lake man remembers a most unique Jane Feller Staff Wnter What has three "eyes" and 46 sister ships? Give up? The Tucker automobile! There's a man right here in Susanville, actu- ally Eagle Lake, who remembers The Tucker well. He used to own one. Russ Brownell owned one of the 47 Tucker au- tomobiles still left. He probably wishes he still owned the car with serial number two. That car is now owned by Buck Kamphausen of Vallejo and is worth about $500,000! Russ recognizes it because of the license num- ber PFV 560 This number two beauty now resides in the Town Auto Museum in VaUejo. Brownell recently returned from the annual convention of the National Tucker Automobile Club held in Antonio, Texas. . This-club has more than 800 act,ie members, but only one Tucker made the event.ur-hun- dred of those 800 members came to pay lmmage to that one car, nevertheless. The dark green Tucker was brought to the convention by owner Francis "Fuzzy" Fruzyna of Green Bay, Wis. The Tucker automobile was the brainchild of Preston Tucker, for whom the car was named. Tucker started the company in 1947 and pro- duced onl " 51 of these strange-looking, rear-en- gined luxury cars before his company failed in 1948. This Tucker car was a luxury model, all right. It sold for $2,450, considered a whopper of a price in those days. t:oto cotwtesy  the Tucker e Web Site The Tucker had a rear engine and three headlights with one in the middle that moved in conjunction with the steering wheel. Only 51 Tuckers were made. 1 Dr. Martin Hlusak Doctor of Optometry OVER 24 yEARS OF EXPERIENCE 257-2225 914  St. " Susmuvil_le Most lusurms Accept Ophthalmology Services Computerized Eye Exams Contact Lenses Emerncy Appointmen Medicare / MediCal i SELI00. +- r Mare Street Clothing I 706 Maip-Susanville I __257 3227 .J From left to right: LethaMartin, Robbie McCracken, Pam Waters, Michele Flynn, Curt Hlrsche, uana Hirscne; Niki Cunningham, Jessica Honea. ////// 700 MAIN ST. www.lesliesjewelry.com Today, you couldn't put that price on the in- surance, let alone buy one. Known as "The Car of Tomorrow," this fan- tastic fastback sedan was actually styled by Alex S. Temulis. It was put together by chief me- chanic John Eddie Offutt, who worked with Pre- ston Tucker and Harry Miller at Indianapolis Speedway. Offutt's cars won twice at Indy, by the way. The Tucker had features that became stan- dards later in the world of automobiles. Fiberglass bodies are available for building Tucker replicas, which use Cadillac chassis and Northstar engines. According to those who fancy them, however, "They are just not the same as those beautiful old originals." In the Tucker 48 - they were all Tucker 48's because of the year they were made - it was called the Tucker Torpedo. It had a 128-inch wheel base, 219-inch overall length, 60-inch height, 79-inch width, weighed 4,200 pounds and could go from 0-60 mph in 10 seconds and had an estimated top speed of 130 mph. Russ Brownell has been national organization several so much a part of the Francis movie that featured the stran has created so much sensation. The film, "Tucker: The Man starred Jeff Bridges as Russ Brownell was behind the the time, readying Tucker big scenes. Brownell did drive in several cause he wasn't a union man, he seen close up in any of them. Cappola owns a couple of the chines. While Brownell doesn't own a 1 more, he still has a special ed to him during the movie b That cap has the Tucker emble pins decorating it that were non-union people who Even after all these years, it is Tucker enthusiasts still get eyes when they talk about this chine. Russ Brownell is one of thos 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OFF RE| CLEANING Ill * Smoke darnage ....  WOrk "FtOOOed carpe ULTRASONIC BLIND L TOUR,B2K Sunday, July 23 5:00 p.m. BOX SEATING .... $12.00 RESERVE ADULT GENERAL CHILD/SR. GENERAL .5.00 Get Your Tickets On Sale Nowf *500 FAMILY DAY AND BAD BULLS TOUR SPONSORED BY" BEAUTY CORRAL BILLINGTON ACE DIVERSE ELECTRONICS