Unfortunately for the Mercury brand, last week's surprise announcement that it would now be eligible for the Ypsilanti Orphan Car Show coincided with severe storms that rolled through southeast Michigan just 12 hours before the festivities were set to begin. The flooding of Riverside Park caused the cancellation of the official show, but a few dozen diehards gathered in the parking lot behind nearby Miller Motors anyway, including one lone mid-1980s vintage Grand Marquis.
Sadly, while this rust-free Grand Marquis is in surprisingly good condition, it is not one of the more inspired examples of the brand. It's a start, however, and hopefully the 2011 show will take place as planned with more representatives including some first generation Cougars in attendance. At least three other brands are now eligible as well including Saturn, Hummer and Pontiac. We will be looking forward to seeing some GTOs and Trans Ams mixing it up with the H1s, L-Series and, of course, the traditional Hudsons, Kaisers, Packards and MGs as well.