Orphan Auto Picnic 2012
The Orphan Auto Picnic, one of my FAVORITE shows of the year was this past weekend. I just love this event. The setting is perfect, the admission can't be beat, it was free, as was food and drink, if you can believe that! But what makes this show one of the best around are the Orphans, the awesome Orphans! I've been around enough to know that even at a National event you'd be hard pressed to see more than a handful of these gone but not forgotten classics and at the Orphan Auto Picnic it is such an impressive site to see Hudsons, Corvairs, and AMCs en masse. Truthfully I've never seen that many Hudsons, AMC's or Metropolitians at one time, ever!
This is my fourth year at the Picnic and every year it's a new show. The featured vehicle is different, as well as where the other Orphans park throughout the fairgrounds, even the host club gets rotated out to the field and into the sun. Nobody plays favorites at this event. This year the featured marques were Rambler, Hudson, AMC, Nash and drumroll please..... Metropolitan. Like I've said before, next to my beloved Mustang the Metropolitan is one of my must have favorites. This year broke a record for the number of Mets. at the picnic - I counted 18 and I was in heaven. I got such a kick when a Met owner said he loves to go to crusie nights and park between a Corvette and a Viper and then just sit back and watch what happens. I'm guessing the Met. draws a bit more attention than those other two - ahem - cars. Here are some highlights from this truly unique and awesome event. Be sure to check out the "Most Recent Show" gallery, you'll see over 400 pictures from this one of a kind Picnic.
Just a few of my beloved Metropolitians.
More of the featured marques. The Hudson "Hudillac" (it's a hybrid) was a first for me.
I just can't say enough about this event and the people that organize it. The Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts work hard to keep this event free to the public and a big thank you to them on belhalf of myself and all the happy spectators that were out on Sunday. I want to say a quick hi to Frank and Larry both of the Chicagolnad Corvair Enthusiasts Club. Frank, it was great to see you again and I'm looking forward to my lesson in judging and Larry, it looks like we will finally have our face to face meeeting at the Morris Car Show. Thank you both again for your help.
I have to apologize for how long it took me to post this blog. For the first time since I began blogging, the internet betrayed me. Believe it or not I was "internetless" for almost 2 days. Talk about a love/hate relationship! So my firends, my apologies for my tardiness but this time you'll have to take it up with AT&T.
I'm heading to Amboy Depot Days Car Show this weekend. It's the first time for me going to this show, I've heard really good things. I also hear that the 50/50 at this show is huge. Last year ONE guy walked away with over $40,000, let me repeat that, one guy and 40 grand, seriously. I'll be buying tickets for sure, wish me luck!
A big hello to our new friends on the West Coast from the GoodGuys West Coast Nationals. Send us your goods so you can show us Midwesterners how it's done in the Golden State.
Til the next time - Keep on Kruzin!