Orphan Cars

Last Sunday I packed up the family and a couple friends and headed out to Ypsilanti Michigan for an Orphan Car show.

What is an Orphan Car? There is a technical definition somewhere, but the basic explanation is the cars in the show have to be out of production for 7 years. That means that the car manufactures in the show do not make cars today. For example Ford, makes cars today, Hudson does not.

The show takes place every year in Depot Town, a nice historic district of Ypsilanti. The Huron River rushed past the park where the cars proudly sat waiting for passer by’s to analyze their beautiful classic designs and gaze over their perfectly placed gauges.

Hudson was probably the most exciting row of cars for the group I was with. My dad has a 39 coupe and a friend of mine desperately needs a 50 sedan. The Hudsons owners were very friendly. One group talked with my dad about hard to find parts for what seemed like hours, and one proud owner of a 50 step down allowed my friend and I to sit behind the wheel.

I recommend all car enthusiasts make an effort to get out to Ypsilanti for the Orphan Car Show next year. Its a chance to gaze over the lost times of well designed cars owners can be proud of.

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