Feb 11 2020

Tucker 1044 Honored with Best in Class and Billy Gardell Trophies at Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance

Tucker 1044 kept it winning streak going last Sunday at the beautiful Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance. The judges awarded Tucker 1044 Best in Class (One-Offs and Limited Production Through 1975) and the Billy Gardell Celebrity Judge Award.

Tucker 1044 highlights are below.


Howard Kroplick

Meeting the Judges

Without Mike and Sean Tucker, I went solo telling the Tucker 1044 story to the judges. The pressure was on!


As always, Tucker 1044 was a magnet for young and old.

Talking Tucker with grand marshal Wayne Carini.

Howard showing details of Tucker 1044 to celebrity judge Billy Gardell, Mike of Mike & Molly fame. Billy told me Tucker 1044 was his favorite automobile in the field. 

From left to right: Bayo Akinfemi (a co-star on Bob Hearts Abishola), Billy Gardell  and me.

Howard, my wonderful sister-in-law Sharon Mandel and her friend Stu Strauss.

Great to be reunited with Dotti and John Cuocco, who made the trip from Naples, Florida.

Michael Lofvers of Tucker Source drove fours hours from Orlando to document Tucker 1044.

Awards Time

First in Class ribbon with an amazing cloud reflection on the hood.

Billy Gardell selected Tucker 1044 as his favorite automobile in the field and we were awarded the Billy Gardell Trophy.

Being awarded the First in Class Tiffany Award.

Courtesy of Brad Phillips

Howard Kroplick celebrates with Judge Dr. Mark Moscowitz

Heading Home

Dave Baum had the honor of driving Tucker 1044 to its trailer.


Feb 12 2020 Brian D McCarthy 4:23 PM

I never really watched ‘Mike and Molly’, but do remember Billy Gardell on the past ‘Yes Dear’ sitcom. Growing a stache looks right on him : ). Any chance Sharon is related to Howie Mandel ? Like the “power skateboard” that was captured in the video!
Howard Kroplick

Sharon was married to my wonderful brother-in-law Jack Mandel.
The power skateboard following Tucker 1044 was really cool!

Feb 16 2020 Jim Ryan 7:17 AM

Congratulations for wining at the Boca Raton Concours d’Elegance.
Great pictures and Video of Tucker # 1044.
If you live in New York, February is the best time of year to attend a Florida Concours show.

Feb 16 2020 Roger A Price 8:11 AM

Congratulations on your award.  You and the Tucker keep racking up the well deserved awards.  The photos are terrific.
All the best,

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