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Fifty-five "orphan" (discontinued-make) antique cars gathered in Burkittsville, Maryland on Saturday, June 5, for the 29th running of the Orphan Car Tour. Seventy-two of the participants gathered for a tasty late-afternoon dinner at the Blue Ridge Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company in Bluemont, VA, at the end of the 67-mile tour.

We'll present some of the photos on this website when we can. Until then, we thank all those who braved the low-nineties temperatures to enjoy an afternoon of driving over (mostly) country roads with occasional stops at points of interest along the way.

The Orphan Car Tour is an event designed to encourage the driving enjoyment of antique “orphan” (discontinued-make) vehicles which are at least 25 years old. Each Tour takes place in a different location in the greater Washington-Baltimore area, usually rural, and whose low-speed roads are old-car friendly. Over the years “orphaned” nameplates spotted on the Tour have ranged from the familiar (Pontiac, Mercury, Plymouth) to the obscure (Moline-Knight, Flanders and Alvis), and cars from as far back as 1912 have been driven.

The Tour's sponsors -- all local chapters or regions of national “orphan” car clubs -- are the DeSoto Owners Club of Maryland, the Keystone Region Chapter of the Studebaker Driver's Club (SDC), Mid-Atlantic Packards (a region of The Packard Club), the Potomac Region of the SDC, and The Potomac Ramblers (an affiliate of the AMO and AMCRC clubs).

Read a detailed write-up published on Old Cars Weekly, with additional photos.

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