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The thick scent of barbecue and exhaust gas fills the air and the entire street feels alive as massive V8s emit a ground shaking rumble. That, in a nutshell, is what the Woodward Dream Cruise is all about.
Visitors to the Metro Detroit area, particularly during the Woodward Dream cruise, probably recognize the art deco Vinsetta Garage, on the western side of this famous thoroughfare as it runs through the city of Berkley.
Since 1919 this building has been a hub of activity when it comes to repairing cars and trucks, as well as a popular spot for car enthusiasts to gather and shoot pictures during cruise week.
However, after 91 years in business, it has closed its doors. Vinsetta’s most recent owner, Jack Marwil, purchased the garage back in 1989, but on the recent passing of his wife has elected to take a career change, selling the shop and enrolling in law school.
Although a buyer hasn’t yet been found; Marwil is hoping that somebody who appreciates this structure and its storied history will purchase it and preserve it as a shining example of Detroit’s golden age. Even if that happens and the neon and vintage gas pumps remain, Marwil says the shop’s name will no likely be retired.
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Chrysler‘s Mopar group has announced a full scale assault on the Woodward Dream Cruise, with a prominent display set up on the corner of 13 Mile Road and Woodward. Features will include the Limited Edition Mopar ’10 Dodge Challenger (see above in the video); a Mopar modified Challenger R/T; a special Mopar edition Chrysler (the first ever); the Raminator Monster truck; plus a fistful of Mopar accessorized Jeeps, including a Wrangler that made its debut at the Moab Jeep Safari earlier this year.
Given that some have labeled this decade a return to the 1970s, it’s good to see that Detroit hasn’t forgotten the enthusiast market and the Mopar display should prove a hit at the World’s largest car party this year. Estimates already have 1.1 million people attending the Dream Cruise.
GALLERY: Mopar ’10 Dodge Challenger
Back in the 1960s, Woodward Avenue in the Detroit suburbs became notoriously known as ground central for street racing. In 1995 local charities, brought together by Nelson House, organized the first ever Dream Cruise on the famous thoroughfare, celebrating car culture in the Motor City. Since then WDC has grown to become the world’s largest car party, with annual attendance of more than 1 million people and around 50,000 cars on the third Saturday in August.
Not surprisingly the auto manufacturers, especially those based in Detroit have got involved. This year, General Motors, will be putting on a number of displays, including GM Performance Division; at the Northwest corner of Memorial Park, on Woodward just north of 13 Mile Road and also Chevrolet; at the 555 Triangle in Birmingham where the ‘old’ and ‘new’ Woodward Avenue meet.
GM Powetrain will showcase new engines and performance vehicles, along with a mobile rig display; while at the Chevrolet exhibit, will be a GM employee classic car display; Chevy Racing stand – including feature vehicles and an interactive Winner’s Circle (where people can have their picture taken with their favorite Chevy star race drivers via green screen technology), plus a Cell Phones for Soldiers display and drop box. If you’re a car enthusiast, you owe to yourself to make the trip to the Dream Cruise at least once in your lifetime. It is quite simply, like nothing else on earth.
[Source: General Motors]
With the debut of its Series 4 Supercharged Challenger at the Woodward Dream Cruise, Hurst Performance decided to bring back the company’s classic silver and black color combo. The limited edition silver and black cars come with a metallic red Hard-Drive pistol grip Hurst shifter, 20-inch one-piece Hurst wheels and a custom Hurst/Katzkin interior with red inserts, red stitching and red logos. In addition each car will get Hurst red and black logos on the dash and grille with badging on the wheel center caps and embroidered logos on the floor mats.
All Performance Series cars get Hurst’s Air-Speed rear spoiler, an Eibach suspension as well as new shocks and sway bars, a Magnaflow catback exhaust, BF Goodrich KDW tires and K&N air filters. Series 3 through 5 get Vortech superchargers, with the Series 4 model shown here making 572hp and 528 ft-lbs of torque.
“We are honored to be here in Flint today to introduce the newest Hurst Executive Hot Rod,” said Hurst chairman Nate Shelton, who was joined by Hurst legend Doc Watson and Ron Flint of Hurst Performance Vheicle to unveil that car at the “Back to the Bricks” event in Flint, Michigan. “The Back to the Bricks celebration is the perfect place for us to join Doc and introduce this stunning car as a tribute to Hurst’s legacy.”
“I am proud to be part of the continuation of a great Hurst tradition.” said Watson. “These wonderful vehicles should prove to be some of the most collectible Hurst cars in the future.”
GALLERY: Series 4 Supercharged 2010 Hurst/HEMI Challenger
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