The city of Ypsilanti Michigan has a long industrial history highlighted by the thousands of B-24 Liberator bombers cranked out during World War II. After the war, car-makers took over the production facilities in the area, many of which have since gone away, but more on that another time.
More recently, the city has gained some internet notoriety as the home of the most phallic building in the world, thanks to our water tower. A short distance from the tower is Riverside Park in Depot Town which during the spring and summer months is home to several car shows. The first event of the year is the Show and Shine put on by the Ypsi Area Street Rods club with proceeds from the event going to a variety of charities like Cystic fibrosis, Hospice and the Humane Society.
See more of what was at Show and Shine after the jump.
The team from the Custom Cars and Concepts program at Washtenaw Community College brought out some of their creations including the Ford Five Hundred GT-R that they built last year and a slammed purple Dodge Magnum that they did a couple of years ago. They also brought along their most recent creation a 1954 Chevy Bel-Air coupe fire chiefs car.
There was also the usual assortment of machines of vintages from the 1930s on to the present day, in a variety of conditions. There was a 1934 Model A Roadster that appeared to still be wearing it's original paint and was unmodified but running, another thirties vintage Ford with a rolling chassis and the back half of the body and a fifties vintage GMC looking for a new job.
There were also lots Corvettes of each of the six generations including a pristine 1978 twenty-fifth anniversary model, custom hot rods of all shapes and sizes, Studebakers, Camaros, and Firebirds. Mustangs were, of course, well represented including the gorgeous Shelby GT-350 convertible at the top of the post. Even the gang from Jalopnik would have appreciated the show with a vast turnout of El Caminos and Rancheros spanning the entire lifespan of the breed. All together a lovely way to spend a sunny Sunday morning before heading off to the go-kart track with the kids.