Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show 2015

1956 Studebaker Skyhawk Dennis BerryPresenting one of our favorite collector car events: the annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show in scenic Riverside Park in Ypsilanti, Michigan. And if you’re drawn to the rare and unusual in vintage cars, you’ll love it, too. Here’s our report with a big photo gallery. 

 

 

In the vintage car world, what is an orphan make? As the organizers of the Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show see it, the concept is fairly adjustable. First, the label applies to discontinued makes, naturally: Hudson, Studebaker, Kaiser-Frazer, Packard—the virtually endless list of defunct automobile manufacturers.

However, here an orphan can also be a lapsed brand or division from the existing Detroit automakers: for example, DeSoto, Edsel, Continental; more recently Plymouth and Pontiac. The Orphan Car Show folks also take in the former Canadian brands of the Motor City manufacturers (Monarch, Fargo, etc.) as well as foreign brands that are no longer imported to the USA—like, say, Citroen and Renault. Corvairs are included, too, mainly because they were manufactured just down the road from Ypsilanti in the big plant at Willow Run.

So that’s the orphan concept in a nutshell. If it’s rare or different and they don’t make ’em anymore, there’s a good chance it’s in the show. The Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show has been described as something like the island of misfit toys, but for automobiles. This is the event for vehicles that don’t fit any of the traditional pigeonholes, and The New York Times, among others, has named it one of top shows in the country. Sound interesting? It is. Check out the gallery below.

 

1979 Checker Marathon Ron Leatz
1952 Studebaker Deluxe Champion 2-dr sedan Mike Polasky
1957 DeSoto Firesweep Donnie & Nancy George
1948 Nash Ambassador 4871 Convertible Ken & Mary Ann Havekost
1955 Studebaker President Speedster Robert Gardon
1938 Nash Lafayette Sedan Clarence & Nancy Becker
1955 Packard Clipper Panama Hardtop Randy Burns
1948 Crosley Station Wagon Jim Kaczmar
1910 Hudson 20 Ted and Adriana Fox
1964 Studebaker GT Hawk William Peacocke
1942 DeSoto S-10 Club Coupe Dan & Lois Dolan
1964 International Harvester C1100 Pickup Keith & Susan Irtenkauf
1955 Hudson Metropolitan Convertible Noel and Cynda Renner
1966 AMC Marlin Stan & Judy Seling
1917 Gray-Dort Model 9 Touring Gary Cournillard
1910 Hupmobile 20 Eugene LaChapelle
1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Ed Meurer Jr.
1932 DeSoto SC Coupe Bill Miller Jr.
1929 Reo FA Speedwagon Matt Lee
1959 Vespa 400 Rob & Patty Gerring
1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible Noel & Cynda Renna
1939 Hudson 112 Convertible Coupe Mike & Susie Sheridan
1951 Frazer Vagabond Edmund Jarzembski
1979 Triumph Dolomite Sprint Rusty Blackwell
1953 Studebaker Champion Regal Coupe Wayne McCallum
1966 Panhard 24 BT Ken Nelson
1931 Willys 97 Sport Roadster Ed Hanish
1956 Studebaker Skyhawk Dennis Berry
1933 Essex Terraplane Gayle & Mike Riley
1966 Excalibur SSK Myron & Kim Vernis
1936 Packard 120 Convertible Coupe Stephen Burke
1947 DeSoto Custom Convertible Bobbi Youngblood

1979 Checker Marathon Ron Leatz

1952 Studebaker Deluxe Champion 2-dr sedan Mike Polasky

1957 DeSoto Firesweep Donnie & Nancy George

1948 Nash Ambassador 4871 Convertible Ken & Mary Ann Havekost

1955 Studebaker President Speedster Robert Gardon

1938 Nash Lafayette Sedan Clarence & Nancy Becker

1955 Packard Clipper Panama Hardtop Randy Burns

1948 Crosley Station Wagon Jim Kaczmar

1910 Hudson 20 Ted and Adriana Fox

1964 Studebaker GT Hawk William Peacocke

1942 DeSoto S-10 Club Coupe Dan & Lois Dolan

1964 International Harvester C1100 Pickup Keith & Susan Irtenkauf

1955 Hudson Metropolitan Convertible Noel and Cynda Renner

1966 AMC Marlin Stan & Judy Seling

1917 Gray-Dort Model 9 Touring Gary Cournillard

1910 Hupmobile 20 Eugene LaChapelle

1952 Hudson Hornet Hollywood Ed Meurer Jr.

1932 DeSoto SC Coupe Bill Miller Jr.

1929 Reo FA Speedwagon Matt Lee

1959 Vespa 400 Rob & Patty Gerring

1954 Hudson Hornet Convertible Noel & Cynda Renna

1939 Hudson 112 Convertible Coupe Mike & Susie Sheridan

1951 Frazer Vagabond Edmund Jarzembski

1979 Triumph Dolomite Sprint Rusty Blackwell

1953 Studebaker Champion Regal Coupe Wayne McCallum

1966 Panhard 24 BT Ken Nelson

1931 Willys 97 Sport Roadster Ed Hanish

1956 Studebaker Skyhawk Dennis Berry

1933 Essex Terraplane Gayle & Mike Riley

1966 Excalibur SSK Myron & Kim Vernis

1936 Packard 120 Convertible Coupe Stephen Burke

1947 DeSoto Custom Convertible Bobbi Youngblood

5 thoughts on “Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show 2015

  1. Always appreciate your giving us the opportunity to enjoy car shows such as this, when we are unable to attend in person. Your photographs and descriptions are, like the old telephone commercials which described “long distance” as, the the next best thing to being there. Thanks!

  2. One of the very few events that I make sure to attend every year. I love the low key atmosphere, the cool cars and the nice people. Riverside Park in downtown Ypsilanti is the perfect setting nice restaurants, shops and museums in walking distance. Thanks for sharing the great pics.

  3. Argh, missed it again and its right up the street. BTW, some of my replies are being eaten by the spam filter or something.

  4. Great pics!

    I don’t think I saw the Frazer in person – never knew much about Kaiser-Frazer and your photo inspired me to do some research. Their demise sounds similar to Tucker’s.

    Speaking of: have any of the driveable Tuckers made it to the OCS?

    Great to see you at the show! Thanks for introducing me to it a few years ago!

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