The Woodward Dream Cruise has grown from a car buffs' dream to the biggest car cruise event in the world with over one-million spectators, car enthusiast and 50,000+ classic vehicles going on August 17, 2013.
With more than 50,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles on display, the Motor City definitely shifts into cruise mode for the Woodward Dream Cruise, an all-star display of car culture.
Taking place along a 16-mile stretch of legendary Woodward Avenue, the event guides muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles through eight host communities including Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak, in Southeast Michigan.
The Woodward Dream Cruise started as a fundraiser for a soccer field in Ferndale. Nelson House and a group of volunteers looked to relive and recreate nostalgic heydays of the 50s and 60s and attracted 250,000 participants to the first event in 1995--nearly ten times more participants than expected. It has since evolved into one of the summer's premier events in Michigan.
Spectators and cruisers will experience Metro Detroit, the birthplace of the American automobile. All ages are encouraged to demonstrate and participate in the celebration of the ongoing love of the automobile. With more than 1.5 million people and 50,000 classic cars from around the globe, patrons will enjoy a spectacular experience whether they are participating in the cruise itself or admiring as these classics roll by.
As part of the Dream Cruise, the Cruise in Shoes, a 5K run/walk, will be held the morning of August 17 and offers a rare opportunity to run on the historic Woodward Avenue. There are a variety of events planned for all ages including kid’s inflatable zones, parades, block parties, food courts, live music, sidewalk sales, contests, and, of course, a variety of car shows. While you’re at the festival, take advantage of metro Detroit’s rich history and unique character. Breweries, outdoor rafting and hiking adventures, museums, and the Detroit Zoo are all nearby! For shoppers, there will be local sales and specials in each of the host communities.
Although the cruise actually lasts only one day, festivities surrounding this event last nearly a full week---starting Monday, August 12 and ending on Saturday, August 17. Check individual cities for scheduled events.
Make plans now to attend this year's Woodward Dream Cruise.
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