We spent last Saturday with over 1 million of our closest friends at the famous Woodward Dream Cruise. The event is billed as the largest one-day car event in the world as 1 – 1.5 million people and 40,000 or so collector cars descend on historic Woodward Avenue in metro Detroit each year on the 3rd Saturday in August.
The Woodward Dream Cruise began in 1995 as a fundraising event for a Ferndale, MI baseball field and has morphed into the world’s largest 1 day automotive event. The event takes place along a 16 mile stretch of America’s first highway from Ferndale on the south end to The Loop in Pontiac on the north end.
The cruise is officially a one day event, but eager cruisers hit the street days, even weeks and months, before that. Numerous satellite events like Corvettes on Woodward now take place throughout the week leading up to the Dream Cruise. If you’re looking to get out and actually drive your car on Woodward, your best bet is to be on Woodward early because by noon on the official cruise day it’s usually a slow moving traffic jam any time after that. Some light showers late in the day couldn’t dampen the spirits on this year’s cruise. Onlookers gathered sometimes 3-4 deep all along the route to ogle what was rolling by.
Being in Detroit’s backyard, there’s now plenty of representation from the Big Three automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, and aftermarket and specialty companies like Lingenfelter Performance Engineering. General Motors setup a huge display in downtown Birmingham and GM Performance was in the usual location at 13 mile and Woodward. Our day began on the north end in Pontiac then we cruised all the way south to Ferndale. From there we headed back northward with a short layover in Royal Oak, the Dream Cruise’s epicenter. Then it was back into the car and back up to Pontiac via Birmingham and Bloomfield Hills.
If you’ve never been to the Woodward Dream Cruise, you really need to place it on your must-attend list. You’ve never seen a car show as unique this. The best part is that it’s not a stationary car show. Of course all of the parking lots along Woodward are stuffed full of cars and their respective clubs, but there’s also a rolling 16 mile long car show still going on right behind you.
Now buckle up and enjoy our gallery from the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise.
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