Mark your calendars! Every third Saturday in August, the annual Dream Cruise thunders down Woodward Avenue in Metro Detroit. If you love classic cars or just want to attend a kick-ass event, you’ve got to check this out!
The Dream Cruise is all about vintage iron, from impeccably restored vehicles to unmolested survivors, modified muscle-machines to high-dollar imports, practically every kind of car and truck can be seen running up and down this multi-lane thoroughfare in a monumental display of automotive awesomeness. Just grab a cooler of refreshments (preferable of the non-alcoholic variety, as the local constabulary doesn’t take kindly to public drunkenness) and a bag chair, then plop yourself down along the shoulder of this historic highway and watch the magic roll past.
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The Dream Cruise as we know it today started back in 1995 as a small fundraiser to help support a local soccer field. Since then, it’s blossomed into the largest single-day automotive event in the world, attracting some 1.5 million people and a claimed 40,000 classic cars.
But the roots of the cruise reach back to the middle of the last century. During the 1950s and ‘60s it was a hotbed of street racing, when big-block performance ruled the road.
The venue for this automotive spectacle is historic Woodward Avenue, the first paved mile of roadway in the United States. A well-traveled thoroughfare, it runs from downtown Detroit all the way up to Pontiac, an arrow-straight 20-odd miles. It’s an angled slice across the map, cutting through numerous communities including Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge and Royal Oak, to name a few.
To get a small taste of what the Woodward Dream Cruise has to offer, make sure to watch the video posted above. It’ll give you but a glimpse of what this record-setting classic-car event is all about.
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