The days of the calendar are flipping by faster than the new C7 can sprint from 0-60mph. August is nearly upon which means that the Woodward Dream Cruise is right around the corner. Along with that comes all of the activities beforehand that makeup the annual Corvettes on Woodward fiesta. Once again, organizer Larry Courtney has assembled 3 full days Corvette goodness for participants.
Each year on the Wednesday before the Woodward Dream Cruise Corvette enthusiasts gather to support the Open Hands Food Pantry in Royal Oak, MI. Corvettes on Woodward began as a 1 night only Corvette takeover of famous Woodward Avenue. Today it’s a multi-day festival of all things Corvette and the 2013 edition takes place in just a couple of weeks.
The highlight of Corvettes on Woodward is the Wednesday night cruise down world famous Woodward Avenue. The event now consistently draws over 500 Corvettes each year to a Radisson hotel in Bloomfield Hills for staging.
From there it’s about 5 miles of cruising south to the food bank to drop off generous donations. In addition to the edible goodies, the cash donations are typically enough to buy 40,000lbs of food each year. That’s the weight of about 12 Corvettes.
This year there are 5 tours and 2 meet and greets scheduled. Here’s how the whole agenda looks for 2013.
Activities on Wednesday, August 14th get started with a tour of the GM Heritage Center at 10am. There currently is only one tour scheduled but an additional tour could be added if there is demand. Cost is just $10 per person to view this priceless collection of 100+ years of GM history.
After the Heritage Center, you’ll head over to the Radisson Hotel for staging for the big cruise. The lot opens at noon. At the hotel there will be a 50/50 drawing and a Cauley Performance Automotive truck taking food donations for those not cruising to the Open Hands Food Pantry. Vendor displays will include Corvette Central, Eye Candy Wraps, Matick Chevrolet (with Callaways!), Galli Sports Apparel, and Cruis’News magazine. Information on the 2014 National Corvette Caravan will be available as well. The police will show up at 7pm to block off Woodward so 500+ Corvettes can head south. Like last year, a $5 donation will be collected when you enter in order to offset expenses. Any excess collected is donated to the food pantry. All attendees will get a raffle ticket and the first 250 Corvettes will get a dash plaque. After you’ve dropped off your goodies head on up to the Moose Preserve restaurant at Square Lake and Woodward any time after 8pm. (CorvetteBlogger tip: don’t forget to order the fresh made chocolate chips cookies).
Thursday’s adventure is a visit to the massive Lingenfelter Collection in nearby Brighton, MI. As of now, the time is still TBD, but it’s usually a morning tour. Contact Larry Courtney to reserve your spot as this tour is limited to 100 people. Cost is free, but a $10 donation to the Lingenfelter charities is usually offered up. Later on at 7pm head over to the Hooters at Rochester and Big Beaver roads for another meet and greet. Friday August 16th is a very busy day. The action begins with a 10am stop at the Webber Wildlife Museum in Clinton Township, a 1pm tour at Katech (limited to 24 people), and wraps up at the Stahl Automotive Museum and their open free house from 1-4pm.
Corvettes on Woodward is rapidly growing into a can’t miss Corvette event each year. Make your plans now the tours and Radisson parking will fill up quickly. For more information on the event follow the COW thread on Corvette Forum, email organizer Larry Courtney at [email protected], or give him a call at 586-876-6923.