Calling all 'orphan' cars to a gathering in La Jolla

This 1962 Roustabout was manufactured by the Roustabout Co. in Frackville, Penn. The only model Roustabout produced was the Trivan.  Photo: Howard Singer
This 1962 Roustabout was manufactured by the Roustabout Co. in Frackville, Penn. The only model Roustabout produced was the Trivan. Photo: Howard Singer

By Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

A new home has been found for vehicle “orphans”: the Annual Orphan Cars and Handcrafted Vehicles Meet being held Feb. 13 in the 7900 block of Girard Ave. in La Jolla.

“The word orphan is not a derogatory, but an endearing term,” said vintage car enthusiast and La Jollan Howard Singer, who has been involved in organizing the event. “It just refers to cars that are not being made anymore.”

Vehicles taking part in the exhibition are to be in place the day of the meet no later than 8:30 a.m.

The list of high-profile car “orphans” is long and includes such well-known makes as Alfa Romeo, Amphicar, Austin Healy, Corvair, Delorean, DeSoto, Hudson, LaSalle, Messerschmitt, Packard, Peugeot, Nash, Studebaker and Yugo, to name just a few.

Singer noted that in 2010 an all-time record was set for the number of "orphan" births relating to automotive brands no longer produced, as Hummer, Mercury, Pontiac, Saab and Saturn are all now a part of ancient automotive history.

The meet will also welcome all handcrafted vehicles and replica cars such as Bradley, Bugatti, Cheetah, Cobra,  Duchess, Duke, Eagle, Fiero conversions, La Bala, La Dawri, La Forza, Lotus 7, Marauder, Marlene, Manx SR, Sebring, 356 Speedster, 550 Spyder, Sterling and others.

A rain date has been selected for the following Sunday, Feb. 20.

Those interested in displaying a vehicle at the meet should e-mail

orphanandhandcrafted@gmail.com

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