Video of the Week

In the years after World War Two, the American automobile designer and entrepreneur Preston Tucker built just 51 cars.

At the time, upon the US's entry into WW2, car manufacturers moved their automobiles into storage, which were then brought back out when the conflict had ended.

So, in the years 1946-47, many supposedly "new" cars were actually from 1942.

Preston Tucker, however, was different.

Not only did he start manufacturing new cars from the 'ground up', the engineer also imbued his creations with a number of technical innovations - some of which remain unique to this day.

Innovations featured in Tucker automobiles included disk brakes and an ability to cruise at 100mph, things which had never been tried before.

His cars also boasted an aluminium engine, a lower centre of gravity, four wheeled independent suspension and, most distinctly, a front-positioned Cyclops light which turned ahead of the driver's steering.

Tucker's engineering genius and promotional savvy reportedly earned his company millions of dollars within months. In fact, his rapid success eventually lead the US Government to bring fraud charges against him.

Forty-seven of the original Tucker cars are known to still exist, with another four destroyed.

In our Video of the Week, David Cammack explains how, through sheer good luck, his collection of three Tucker cars includes a very-first prototype assembly line model and the only automatic version ever made.

In the above mini-documentary, Cammack proudly explains his collection which he displays in a secluded "museum" in Virginia.

That said, his premises are more of a warehouse than a museum: "[There are] no signs... You can only get to it through alleyways... I don't even know the address of this building," he laughs.

Nevertheless, Cammack likes nothing more than to see members of the public enjoying his motors.

"I wouldn't want [a collection] if you had to keep it in a safety deposit box. Who wants that? That's not in my nature," he says.

The above video offers a fascinating insight into a legendary American entrepreneur, and the unique collector who is keeping his legacy alive.

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