Woodward Dream Cruise
By:wdupre1 on:Tue 24 of Aug, 2004 [01:16 UTC] (17421 reads)
What happens when you combine 1.6 million people, 30,000 fantastic cars, and several miles of perfect cruisin' road?
On Saturday, August 21, 2004, I attended the tenth annual Woodward Dream Cruise in the Detroit metro area (Royal Oak, Birmingham, et.al.) This event is becoming a must see for automobile enthusiasts. People from as far away as New Zealand attend the event. Some even exhibit their cars!
Needless to say, a spectator can catch a gander of just about every type of car ever manufactured regardless of whether it was built in Motor City or not. The are beautiful restorations, custom fabrications, kit cars, muscle cars, concept cars, antique cars, eye-popping paint jobs, tweaked out engines, trannies, exhaust systems, trucks, buses, utility vehicles, military--you name it. It's there.
Again, this event is bigger than you can possibly imagine. With 30,000 cars and 1.6 million attendees, this thing is at least two orders of magnitude larger than any other type of auto show or exhibit. The party lasts all day. We got there at 9:00 AM and didn't leave until after 10:00 PM. And despite the heady mix of exhaust fumes and scorched rubber, the crowd was well behaved and fun loving. Our hosts, Eaton Automotive, had a lovely pavilion with a great buffet and a live band, bleachers for those of us with tired feet, and plenty private exhibitors, too.
For those of you who would like to share in some of the sights of the "Woodward Dream Cruise", I have posted some photos in an image gallery. Enjoy!