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Find Valentine’s fun at 38th Luckenbach Hug-In LUCKENBACH H Get back to the basics of love at the 38th Annual Hug In Weekend February 15-17. It’s a tradition. You’ll have the opportunity to camp in Luckenbach during Valentine’s weekend, where there’ll be campfires and picker circles all around. And friends—old, new and yet to be—come together to celebrate the art of hugging. Join Jake Martin in the bar around the wood stove as he hosts a Friday afternoon Pick- Celebrate Valentine’s all weekend long in er Circle from 4 pm to 7 pm, Luckenbach February 15-17. Photo by Robbyn Dodd. then stick around for a Luckenbach Vinyl Party, as T-Bob shares his vinyl collection in the dance hall from 8:30 pm to 11 pm. Brigitte London hosts a Saturday afternoon Picker Circle from 1 pm to 5 pm ‘round the wood stove. Highlighting the Hug-In weekend, Texas music legend Gary P. Nunn plays the Valentine’s Ball Saturday evening at 9 pm. Event tickets for the Hug-In are $35 and include weekend camping and the Saturday evening Ball, or purchase a ticket for Gary P. Nunn’s show Saturday for $20. Sunday, enjoy the Outriders Worship Service led by Joe Brown from 10:30 am to 11:30 am, followed by host Thomas Michael Riley’s Sunday Songs from 1 pm to 5 pm and a Sunday evening Picker Circle, hosted by Bill Lewis from 5 pm to 9 pm. FYI • For more information, visit the web site at

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DRIFTWOOD H The Keith and Sandra Tuck family will host the 9th Annual Brittany Tuck Memorial Benefit, Barbecue Cook-Off and Concert Sunday, March 10, at Camp Ben McCulloch. The event features live music and dancing for all ages with Honeybrowne, Brandon Jenkins, Texas Renegade, Chad Hudson, Michael Myers, The Jerry Martin Band and Jeff Whitehead. Plus silent and live auctions, kids’ activities, barbecue, washer pitching and more on the grounds of Camp Ben McCulloch. This celebration of Brittany Tuck’s life honors the oldest child of Keith Tuck, football coach and head softball coach at Dripping Springs High School and Sandra Tuck, educator in both the Lake Travis and Dripping Springs school districts. Brittany tragically died in

December 2003, while traveling home from Sam Houston State University. As a tribute to their daughter and all she stood for, the Tucks award scholarships to seniors from Dripping Springs, Lake Travis, and Dayton High Schools— all schools Brittany attended. Over the past eight years of combining the celebration of a precious life and fundraising, more than $140,000 has been raised and awarded to local high school seniors. FYI • The benefit begins at noon and lasts until 9 pm. Competitors in the barbecue cook-off will set up Friday night with judging during the benefit. Entry fee is $50, briskets are provided. For more information, call Keith Tuck at 936-334-6407. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 8-12. Children 7 and under get in free. To donate, email or visit the web site at

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nounced his intentions of moving to California. Lured by the prospect of working in the West Coast-based aviation industry, with his parents’ tacit approval, a bold Sonny, this time in a 1932 Ford coupe he rebuilt, headed west. Once there, it wasn’t long before he landed a job with Lockheed where he would remain for the next 27 years. And, not so surprisingly perhaps, it was his short size and agility that initially earned him entry – he was able to work more comfortably in tight spaces like aircraft fuel tanks and cramped fuselages. As he remembers, “My height made me invaluable.” So, while Lockheed paid the bills, his free time still remained devoted to “building cars.” He did manage briefly to shift his attentions away from the racing world when he began courting a young lady (also short) named Dixie, who would later become his wife and invaluable lifelong partner – they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. During his years in California and later, after returning to San Antonio, Sonny’s reputation grew as he built, raced and “showed” cars and motorcycles across the southwestern United States. He also began writing very popular technical articles featured regularly in some of the industry’s premier publications, including the popular Street Rodder magazine. Some of his creations over the last half century (he’s built about 50) include his 1923 T-Roadster with a fuel injected, See SONNY ROSSI, page 5

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Sonny Rossi in his completely restored 1937 four-door Chevy sedan that he tricked out with power steering, air conditioning and “pedal extenders” so his feet can reach the pedals. Photo by Ernie Altgelt. four cylinder (half a 389 cu. In.) Pontiac engine, another 1923 Ford featuring a high-tech carbon-fiber front nose that was reconfigured for salt flat racing (where it missed setting a record by 3/10ths of a second), a 650 cc, twin carbureted Triumph motorcycle with a twowheeled go-cart front end that was clocked in the quarter mile at 140 mph, even a tricked-out 1937 Chevy four-door sedan (with air and power steering). Everything built was expertly “finished” in steel, aluminum, paint, chrome and milled wood. And incredibly, almost all of the conceptual work, fabrication, machining, construction and labor, Sonny handled single-handedly. Some of these vehicles required two and half years to complete. Upon returning to his home town of San Antonio in the early 1980s after retirement from Lockheed, Sonny (thanks to his burgeoning, national reputation), quickly landed another position at the prestigious Dee Howard Company. And, while he was initially hired to work on aircraft, it wasn’t long before the master technician was put (completely) in charge of overseeing Mr. Howard’s extensive collection of classic cars. Managing a fully-equipped shop, Sonny and crew rebuilt and restored (often from the ground up) some true automotive treasures – among them a 1932 Duisenberg dual-cowl Phaeton that eventually sold for $1.2 million. He retired (again) from Dee Howard in 1990. Today, Sonny and Dixie live comfortably near Medina Lake. Besides the spacious house filled with countless trophies and framed awards (including the plaque that announces his recent induction into the Inliners International Hall of Fame), the property is equipped with a complete

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