On May 30th several members of the 4 in Hand club visited Harry Tucci’s beautiful farm near Devon Pennsylvania. Several members were showing at Devon but took a brief respite to come see Harry’s collection of carriages, coaches and automobiles. All together Harry Tucci, President John White, Jerry and Rita Trapani, Mickie and Bonnie Bowen, Jamie O’Rourke, Brice Stine, Joe and Janet Collela, Raymond and Lynn Tuckwiller, Linda McVicker, Mike Lyon, Bob and Stephanie Longstaff, Desiree Hermann, Sandy Lerner and Kim Cameron. Despite some clouds and showers we all were beaming listening to Harry relate a personal story about almost every carriage and automobile. After looking at the carriages, coaches and a rare curricle on the ground floor we went upstairs and the “loft” looked like someone’s mansion. Textured wallcoverings and many alcoves were filled with pictures of the family’s horses and heritage. Harry related a story about the five generations of Tucci’s driving four in hand, starting with his grandfather and now his grandsons taking the ribbons. At the far end was a restored antique man powered elevator used to move more carriages and sleighs upstairs.

We then went into another building filled with commercial vehicles, and a working calliope which Harry played a tune or two on. It was electric powered and had 100 songs on 10 rolls like a player piano. Across the yard was another building with his collection of Diamond T trucks and his 1978 Cadillac Phaeton and Alfa Romeo spider. Another short walk took us into his auto museum. The first vehicle seen was a custom bodied Rolls Royce, from the firewall back it was fashioned to resemble a mahogany speedboat. The collection included several “coach” built examples of Rolls Royce and Bentley, and some “one off” models. He also had an Inskip with a body made by Brewster. The final room was his “American” wing which included his Buick, Oldsmobile, Hudson and Cadillac.

After the tour we retired to the historic Ludwig Inn for a delicious lunch and great conversation and company. President John White thanked all for coming to the first non-driving event hosted by the club and applauded Harry for his hospitality and promised to do more in the future. Some headed home and many returned to the Devon show for the evening coaching classes. The day was absolutely wonderful and we look forward to another outing. Jerry Trapani.

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