“Orphan” Auto Picnic

   A few years ago, my dad and his friends (all old car fans and Old Cars Weekly readers, of course) attended an “Orphan” car show, and they came back with great stories about the show and the fabulous array of discontinued “Orphan” cars that appeared. He called last night to let me know that they’re going to this year’s event on Sunday – too bad I can’t go, my Olds Cutlass would be welcome.


   “Orphans” are cars produced by companies that are no longer in business like Hudson, Nash, Kaiser, American Motors, and Packard among many others. 


   The Chicagoland Corvair Enthusiasts club hosts the show, and unlike the more formal settings of most shows, this one is a friendly backyard picnic. Literally. Bring your own lawn chairs and a picnic lunch, the club has grilles available for you to cook burgers and hot dogs (in other words, bring your own meat).


   This year’s picnic is this Sunday, August 19, and if you’re in the vicinity, don’t miss it. Here’s the information:


17th Annual Orphan Auto Picnic

Sunday, August 19, 2007

11am to 5pm

1020 Aurora Ave.

Aurora, IL

Check out the website for directions and other information: