Last Saturday we made our annual pilgrimage to historic Woodward Avenue for the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Dream Cruise is regarded as the largest one-day car event in the world. Typically 1 million or so people and roughly 40,000 collector cars converge on world famous M1 just north of Detroit to celebrate all things automotive.
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 each year on the 3rd Saturday in August.
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.
We got to Woodward about 9:45am under a cloudless sky and set out north from Bloomfield Hills into Pontiac and around The Loop back down South. Slowly we trekked all the way down to the South end at 8 Mile and flipped back northbound. Finally about 11:30 we gave up our northward journey at 13 Mile after completing about 12 miles of the 16 mile long loop. Woodward was nearly gridlocked already. As the cars rolled by people lined both sides of the road 3-4 deep at times. They sat under tents, on bleachers, and on blankets waving to cruisers and pointing at cars they once owned or wish they currently had. Meanwhile as traffic meandered down the road, thousands of cars filled all of the parking lots alongside Woodward. At the same time people slowly wandered the narrow sidewalks checking out all of the automotive eye candy.
If you couldn’t make to Woodward, don’t fret. We’ve got your back in our mega Woodward gallery below.
[PIC] General Motors CEO Mary Barra in Her Corvette Z06 for the Woodward Dream Cruise
[STOLEN] Another Corvette Stolen During the Woodward Dream Cruise
[GALLERY] Corvettes on Woodward (68 Corvette photos)