NASCAR’s Kurt Busch Brings His 1961 Corvette to the Woodward Dream Cruise


NASCAR star Kurt Busch doesn’t just like driving cars on the race track.

In fact, he was among the thousands of ordinary enthusiasts who turned out last week for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise that runs along 19 miles of Woodward Avenue through seven Michigan communities.

Busch brought his fully restored 1961 Corvette and 2014 Chevy SS (modified with a supercharger) and participated Thursday in the 20th annual event, where the car is the star, not the driver, as he headed to Michigan International Speedway for Sunday’s weekend’s Michigan 400.

“I’ve been here twice before, but this is the first time I brought my own car,” the 36-year-old driver said of the Dream Cruise. “When I saw this car 18 months ago, it just spoke to me. Maybe the champagne paint and interior reminded me of the color of my wife’s hair, I don’t know.”

Busch can trace his love for cars back to his father, who is an avid collector of – gasp – 1932 Fords but redeemed himself by rebuilding the 283 engine in Kurt’s Corvette.

“What I love about classic cars is the bond that they form between family,” Busch said. “Dad introduced me to cars as a teenager, and now I’ve been able to give back to him. I’ve been fortunate in my motor racing, so I recently told my dad I’d buy him any car at the Los Angeles Roadster Show. Of course, he brought back another ’32 Ford.”

Kurt says he’s hoping to collect his favorite cars from each decade and admits that he has a hankering for a 1969 Camaro.

Kurt’s wife Patricia, meanwhile, is into more modern cars, driving a 2014 Corvette convertible.

NASCAR's Kurt Busch Brings His 1961 Corvette to the Woodward Dream Cruise
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