• Annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show to Showcase Nearly 400 Vehicles

Foreign built cars will be the stars of the 10th annual Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show Sunday, June 4, 2006, in the city’s downtown Riverside Park. Sponsored by the Walter P. Chrysler Museum, the show runs 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Orphan Car Show is open to all factory stock, unmodified makes and models of cars, trucks and motorcycles that have been out of production for at least seven years. Unrestored vehicles are welcome, though kit cars and most replicars are not accepted. Cost to exhibit a vehicle is $18.

Admission is $5 per person to view the anticipated collection of nearly 400 vehicles. Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds from the show benefit the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum.

A highlight of the 2006 Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show will be a narrated pass-in-review running 10:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Automotive historians Jeff Godshall, Bill Tilden, Jim Wagner and Randy Mason will provide expert commentary of each vehicle’s features and specifications as it parades around the park.

"The Orphan Car Show is very different from other enthusiast events in that it showcases hundreds of forgotten and unusual vehicles," said Jack Miller, Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show organizer and curator of the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum and Miller Motors Hudson. "Visitors can enjoy an outstanding collection of cars, trucks and motorcycles — many they may never have seen before. Our colorfully entertaining pass-in-review is a rolling history lesson that breathes new life into each vehicle."

Fifteen "favorite car" awards will be presented in various classes, with one vehicle earning top Mayor’s Choice honors. All exhibitors will receive a commemorative dash plaque.

Advance vehicle registration is required for the Orphan Car Show. Deadline is Wednesday, May 24. Vehicle registration will not be accepted on-site the day of the event.

For more information about the Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show — including questions about vehicle eligibility — and to register, visit www.ypsiautoheritage.org or call (734) 482-5200.

Mail-in registration, with a check made payable to "Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show," will be accepted by the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Collection, 100 E. Cross St., Ypsilanti, MI 48198.

Riverside Park is located at Huron and Cross Streets near downtown Ypsilanti’s historic Depot Town. The park is one mile north of I-94 off exit 183 (Huron St.).

The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is located on the DaimlerChrysler complex in Auburn Hills, Mich. The three-story, 55,000 square foot Museum features more than 65 classic, custom and concept vehicles, interactive displays and exhibits, movie theater and a Museum Store. Exhibitions showcase DaimlerChrysler’s American heritage and the company’s contributions to automotive design and innovation, as well as the automobile’s impact on American culture.

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