Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show 2014

1934 Morgan Super Sport Glenn and Jeanine MillerAn incoming rainstorm hastened the proceedings a bit, but it couldn’t spoil the fun at the 2014 Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show. Here’s our report with a giant photo gallery. 

 

 

Orphan Show organizers had to perform some quick adjustments when black skies in the distance and ominous radar images made it clear that rain was on its way to Riverside Park. Thanks to their speedy actions, the pass-in-review was completed mere minutes before the first raindrops began to fall. Here are a few of the great cars we saw at this year’s event:

 

+   Rusty and Jennifer Blackwell’s 1979 Triumph Dolomite Sprint illustrated why we enjoy the Orphan Show so much. In our part of the world, we just don’t get to see rare cars like these anywhere else.

+   David Nightingale’s nicely detailed 1950 Willys Jeepster makes an excellent showcase for one of Brooks Stevens’ more original and compelling design exercises.

+   Plymouth’s first four-door hardtop, the 1956 Belvedere Sport Sedan, was a rare sight even when new, so it was a special treat to encounter the beautiful example shown by Fred and Carol Hoffman of nearby Chelsea, Michigan.

+   For MCG, the 1953 Hudson Hornet four-door sedan displayed by Tim Burns represents the acme of bathtub-era design. As Orphan Show commentator Jeff Godshall has pointed out, the brand’s unique step-down chassis gave Hudson a clear styling edge over comparable bathtub designs from Packard, Nash, and others.

You’ll find all these truly noteworthy cars and more in the gallery below.

 

1954 Kaiser Manhattan Keith and Linda Thompson
1959 Plymouth Sport Fury Hardtop Dick Cervi
Buck Mook 1928 Marmon Speedster
1967 Amphicar Chris Fox and Ray Handloser
1962 Pontiac Grand Prix Claude and Marie Boisvert
1908 Renault AG Roadster John and Dorothy Grace
1964 Studebaker Gran Turisimo Hawk William H. Peacocke
1960 Imperial Crown Convertible Peter and Ann-Marie Rock
1941 Nash Ambassador Coupe Terry Gautz
1928 LaSalle Victoria Coupe Christopher Ford
1960 DeSoto FireFlite Robert Carter
1910 Stanley Steamer 61 Toy Tonneau Gerald Szostak
1934 Morgan Super Sport Glenn and Jeanine Miller
1947 DeSoto Custom Bobbi and Joe Youngblood
1965 AMC Marlin Thomas Upton LR
1956 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Sedan Fred and Carol Hoffman
1948 Crosley Station Wagon George Borst
1951 Frazer Manhattan Gilbert Chestney
1979 Triumph Dolomite Sprint Rusty and Jennifer Blackwell
1955 Nash Metropolitan Mason Bright
1951 DeSoto Custom Daniel Sinclair
1954 Packard Super Clipper Hardtop Randy Burns
1956 Hudson Rambler Cross Country Jeff Karrar
1921 Stearns-Knight L-4 Touring Gabriel Bandy
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible Noel and Cynda Renner
1953 Hudson Hornet four-door sedan Tim Burns
1949 Packard Deluxe Eight Paul Galagher
1963 Studebaker Lark Wagonaire William and Sue Volz
1950 Willys Jeepster David Nightingale
1936 Graham 110 Sedan Roger Pierce
1951 Kaiser Henry J Mike Hazel
1963 Triumph TR3B Bruce Ware
1956 DeSoto Firedome Mary E. von Glahn
1947 Reo C-19-A fire engine David Edeger
1920 Overland Four Touring
1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton Charlie Seganek
1962 MGA Mk. II Roger Melton
1920 Hudson Touring Speedster Ted and Adriana Fox
1960 Edsel Ranger Sedan Jeff White rear

1954 Kaiser Manhattan Keith and Linda Thompson

1959 Plymouth Sport Fury Hardtop Dick Cervi

Buck Mook 1928 Marmon Speedster

1967 Amphicar Chris Fox and Ray Handloser

1962 Pontiac Grand Prix Claude and Marie Boisvert

1908 Renault AG Roadster John and Dorothy Grace

1964 Studebaker Gran Turisimo Hawk William H. Peacocke

1960 Imperial Crown Convertible Peter and Ann-Marie Rock

1941 Nash Ambassador Coupe Terry Gautz

1928 LaSalle Victoria Coupe Christopher Ford

1960 DeSoto FireFlite Robert Carter

1910 Stanley Steamer 61 Toy Tonneau Gerald Szostak

1934 Morgan Super Sport Glenn and Jeanine Miller

1947 DeSoto Custom Bobbi and Joe Youngblood

1965 AMC Marlin Thomas Upton LR

1956 Plymouth Belvedere Sport Sedan Fred and Carol Hoffman

1948 Crosley Station Wagon George Borst

1951 Frazer Manhattan Gilbert Chestney

1979 Triumph Dolomite Sprint Rusty and Jennifer Blackwell

1955 Nash Metropolitan Mason Bright

1951 DeSoto Custom Daniel Sinclair

1954 Packard Super Clipper Hardtop Randy Burns

1956 Hudson Rambler Cross Country Jeff Karrar

1921 Stearns-Knight L-4 Touring Gabriel Bandy

1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible Noel and Cynda Renner

1953 Hudson Hornet four-door sedan Tim Burns

1949 Packard Deluxe Eight Paul Galagher

1963 Studebaker Lark Wagonaire William and Sue Volz

1950 Willys Jeepster David Nightingale

1936 Graham 110 Sedan Roger Pierce

1951 Kaiser Henry J Mike Hazel

1963 Triumph TR3B Bruce Ware

1956 DeSoto Firedome Mary E. von Glahn

1947 Reo C-19-A fire engine David Edeger

1920 Overland Four Touring

1937 Cord 812 SC Phaeton Charlie Seganek

1962 MGA Mk. II Roger Melton

1920 Hudson Touring Speedster Ted and Adriana Fox

1960 Edsel Ranger Sedan Jeff White rear

6 thoughts on “Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show 2014

  1. That 1956 Hudson Rambler Cross Country sure is something to see. I’d love to have the 1953 Hornet but remain undecided on that Rambler.

  2. Even with the afternoon’s rain, I truly enjoyed this year’s edition of the Ypsi OCS. Nice people and interesting cars as usual and the revitalized Hudson Museum was great to see.

  3. You have inspired me to try to start an orphan car show in my neck of the woods, Manitoba. I tried to convince my chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club to sponsor it but they balked. So I formed the Glory Days Car Club. We will be holding the Happy Rock Orphan Car Show in Gladstone, MB in conjunction with the Gladstone Agricultural Society Fair in August 2016 (exact date TBA).

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