Jun 06, 2010
An orphan car is an automobile whose parent company no longer manufactures vehicles in the U.S.
With a few exceptions, 8 years out of production will qualify as an orphan.
If you like old cars that are rarely seen River Side Park in Ypsilanti, MI is the a place to be on the first Sunday in June.
This show is typically filled with hundreds of specimens from automotive history.
However... this year was sort of a bust for the famous Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show.
A tremendous storm washed through Washtenaw County the night before and over 3 inches of accumulated rainfall flooded out Riverside Park, causing the show to be canceled.
We visited the soggy, abandoned show to find there were 3 orphans parked up on the high ground, 2 REO Sedans and a cute little American Austin.
After taking some pictures of the overflowing park, we decided to have lunch at the renowned, Aubrees Pizzeria and Tavern, located just below Sticks Bar and Grill, where our favorite bartender informed us that some of the cars had organized behind the Ypsilanti Hudson dealer and maybe we should have a look.
The Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum located there at the Miller Motors Hudson dealer had made some special accommodations for a handful of cars that decided to show off despite the cancellation.
So, Thank You, to a Great Bartender and the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum without whom we would not have seen and documented the special and very elusive 2010 Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show.
Here are few pictures for your viewing pleasure.
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