Tulsas, Tuckers, Corvairs, and Chalmers. Ever heard of these makes and models? Discover a unique aspect of automobile history at the 20th Annual Orphan Car Show - a celebration of discontinued vehicles on Saturday, September 18 at Riverside Park in Ypsilanti.
The Orphan Car Show is a showcase of automobiles that were “orphaned” when their parent company went out of business. It is one of the few events in which attendees can see Hudson, Packard, Nash, and many other name plates that went out of business during the 20th century. Each participating vehicle is specially selected by a committee of automobile writers, and awards are given in various categories throughout the event.
At 10:30 a.m., the “Pass in Review” portion of the event will pay tribute to the orphaned automobiles by treating spectators to an automobile history lesson. The entered vehicles will drive along the crowd as automobile historians share the history of the car. During this time, attendees can gaze upon the classic vehicles, learn of their heritage, and hear the engines roar.
The Orphan Car Show is especially fitting for Ypsilanti due to its rich history of automotive development and production. Riverside Park is home to many auto heritage events throughout the year such as the Vintage Volkswagen Festival, Camaro Superfest, and the Firetruck Muster. The park is located next to Depot Town in Ypsilanti which also hosts weekly Cruise Nights on Thursdays, Bike Nights on Tuesdays, and the Ton-Up Motorcycle and Music Festival.
Car-lovers can continue their exploration of automobile heritage in Ypsilanti by visiting the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum, and the Michigan Firehouse Museum and Education Center. Both museums provide visitors with the rare opportunity to explore historic automobiles and their heritage. Housed in the last Hudson dealership and a historic firehouse - these museums are sure to delight any auto enthusiast.
Delicious dining can be found near the events and museums. Dine at Sidetrack Bar & Grill to get a taste of one of the “burgers you must try before you die” according to GQ Magazine. Freshly made Mexican cuisine can be found at Maiz Mexican Cantina, and Ypsilanti’s signature pizza can be devoured at Aubree’s Pizzeria. If you are simply looking for a craft beer, Cultivate Coffee & Tap House is housed in a restored auto garage and has over 30 Michigan Beers cold and ready for automobile lovers!
Orphaned vehicles are very rare, and travel from all over the state and country to participate in Ypsilanti’s Orphan Care Show every year. Don't miss this roaring event in Riverside Park on September 18. Entrance fee is $6 for adults, children 12 and under are free!