Good friends Craig and Sheryl from Michigan had invited us for several years to come back for the Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise and this year we finally made it. For any car buffs or enthusiasts, this is your event. Larry, who’s restored several vehicles, and friend Craig, a Ford Motor Company retiree who loves everything Ford, were in their element. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Chevy Camaro, so Craig was a little put off by all the attention on CHEVY. The very first Camaro that rolled off the line was located and restored by a father and son team and was at the event in a Plexiglas box.
There are 1 ½ million people from all over said to attend this largest one-day car show in the world held in the Detroit Metro region. The Dream Cruise starts in Pontiac on Woodward Avenue (old cruiser habitat) and travels 16 miles to Eight Mile Road in Ferndale. Some cars don’t go the entire way but instead just cruise around a portion of the distance. There are all kinds of activities that go on for the entire week. Car enthusiasts gather and cruise together – old and new cars with the majority of them muscle cars, street rods, you name it. Over 50,000 of them…We saw the weird and quirky cars – more than you can imagine – from giant trucks to mini bikes. If it had an engine, it was there.
The Dream Cruise is a family event. In fact the family next to us was interviewed for the local Channel 7 news.
This event was started 22 years ago by a couple people who wanted to raise money for a children’s soccer field. They anticipated 40,000 to 50,000 attendees and had 250,000! Well, think about it. What more perfect place to hold a huge car event than in “Motor City”?
We really enjoyed seeing all the cars but to see them on the road all together cruising was so much fun. We were so close we could talk to the drivers! Even with a huge law enforcement presence, there were still a few drivers who squealed tires and burned a little rubber just to show they could. The exhaust fumes got to be a bit much for me during the hotter part of the day, but the guys were totally digging it.
Hope you enjoy the photos!