Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Legend Continues

The third Saturday of August marks the world’s largest celebration of car culture in Metro Detroit and today marks the 25th anniversary of that celebration, the Woodward Dream Cruise.

They share the date with Cajun and Mr. Cajun who are celebrating their 53rd anniversary today, so celebrations are in order!

The Dream Cruise was started by Nelson House in 1995 and a group of volunteers who wanted to recreate a bit of nostalgic fun associated with the 50s and 60s, “when youth, music and Motor City steel roamed Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway.”

Image result for michigan's first highway m 1Bob Seger, in case you didn’t recognize him. Local boy.

The first event attracted 250,000 people - ten times the number expected - and the rest, as they say, is history.

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It’s now a 16-mile traffic jam, but a traffic jam consisting of more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles. A million spectators line the route of the family friendly spectacle just to look at all the classic vehicles.

You couldn’t pay me enough to go again as the heat and the crowds have become a bit much. But it is awesome if you’ve never been, assuming you love cars, and who doesn’t? Aside from Millennials.

All day and all night there is a constant stream of classic cars cruising the ‘circuit’ with even more on display in pop-up car shows scattered along the route.

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In fact, if you live anywhere in the expansive metro-Detroit area you will see classic cars all weekend as they travel to and from the “main stage” on Woodward.

They don’t call us Motown for nuthin’.

So whether you like ‘em big: 



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or flashy

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There’s something for you at the Dream Cruise.

The Great America Car: it’s not just an allegory, it’s a legend. Let the legend continue.

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The new mid-engine 2020 Corvette C8, top speed of 194 mph