A Different Kind of Dream Cruise
When you think about going for a dream cruise, you may think about getting on a big ship with other passengers to sail and see the sights of an exotic destination. Let us introduce you to a different kind of dream cruise...the Woodward Dream Cruise in metro Detroit. This cruise is more about cars than boats and the exotic destination is not actually on water but rather miles down Woodward Avenue, known as America's first highway.
If you ask anyone who has a passion for automobiles, you'll likely get a lesson in one of America's best-loved hobbies - owning, restoring and maintaining beloved autos - and learn just how its massive its following really is following. It is clear from talking to the people there that this is a one-of-a-kind event. What began as a small fundraiser for a local soccer field has become the larges one-day automotive event in the world. The Dream Cruise draws some 50,000 cars, including classics, specialty cars, hot rods, muscle cars and modern treasures, and more than a million people. While lots of them are cruising the avenue in their auto, many others are there to watch the splendor, and start lining up their lawn chairs weeks before the main event.
We spoke with a variety of people some who had traveled quite far for the event, others a little bit closer. It didn't matter where they came from, they were all there for the same reason, their love of these automobiles. Sharon Hannon of Grand Rapids, Michigan was a first time visitor who came with her husband Stan because they had heard so many great things about it. "It's just one of those things you should do before you die," she said. She was amazed that all the old classic cars were in such good shape, a fact she attributed to those who loved and cared for them. The proud owners of a bright red ragtop 2008 Pontiac Solstice, a model that was only made for 2 years, Sharon mused, "We're those old people in a sports car that we used to laugh at. Now we know why people do it. It's fun!"
There are many events associated with the Dream Cruise each year, including truck displays, bands and entertainment, exhibit areas, and special areas for particular cars. We were there for celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Chevrolet Corvette. There you could see a timeline that showed the history and evolution of the Corvette's features, engineering and style. And to top things off, CEO of General Motors was auctioning off a gorgeous turquoise 1958 Corvette with the proceeds going to Habitat for Humanity Detroit. There were also large numbers of unique, rare and specialty vehicles both domestic and foreign - Rolls Royces and Bentleys, Shelbys, Avantis, Studebakers, Mustangs, Cadillacs, Corvettes, and generations of muscle cars that have become celebrated favorites. There was also a stunning tribute to the first responders at 9/11 on a Silverado truck, including a small piece of glass recovered from the wreckage site of the Twin Towers.
There are plenty of places to view the parade on the route as well. We went to Duggan's Irish Pub, which has a second story from which to view all the proceedings. And we had the opportunity to join the cruise ourselves in a splashy red Cadillac CTS-V wagon provided by our friends at GM. We loved being in the thick of it!
So next time you're looking for a different kind of cruise, maybe what you're really looking for is Pure Michigan!
Watch out for more about our experience with the lastest Cadillacs, the OnStar advanced information and security system, and what fun things there are to do, eat, and see in the Metro Detroit area!
In the meantime, enjoy more images of the incredible Woodward Dream Cruise!