Last Saturday we made our annual pilgrimage to historic Woodward Avenue just outside Detroit for the right of automotive passage that is known as the Woodward Dream Cruise.
The Dream Cruise is officially a one day event, but cruisers begin hitting the street weeks ahead of time. Traffic slowly builds each weekend as the 3rd Saturday of August approaches and finally peaks on cruise day when 1 – 1.5 million people and 40,000 collector cars all show up to celebrate Woodward Avenue and all things automobile.
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.
One again we performed our traditional one lap of Woodward. We entered Woodward about 8:30am at the very northern end of the cruise route in downtown Pontiac. Cruising in the early morning is your best chance to see the entire 16 mile long route. Any time after 10am you’re certain to find a big traffic jam in any number of locations. So get there early, pull up your favorite Guns N Roses playlist and just enjoy all that is the Woodward Dream Cruise.
From Pontiac we passed through all of other host cities on the way to 8 Mile Road on the cruise’s south end. From there it was back north bound with a parking stop in Royal Oak, the unofficial Dream Cruise headquarters.
Once parked in the RO we continued northbound on foot from 13 mile road perusing all of the adjacent parking lots and parks along Woodward. As usual every conceivable place that could fit a car had one it or was being saved for one to soon arrive. Meanwhile out on the avenue traffic actually seemed to be moving along better this year as compared to the past.
Our trek continued up to 15 Mile road (or Maple Road for you locals) in Birmingham to the GM display where Camaro’s were the order of the day. The very first Camaro produced sat prominently right next to Woodward along with several new and old siblings. The Corvette racing display was jam packed as usual and the Spring Mountain Performance Driving School had a Z06 for patrons to sit in and pretend that they were Ron Fellows.
From Birmingham we slowly made our way back down to our C6 Mobile Command Unit now roughly 2 miles away back in Royal Oak. Under the threat of rain we fired up the LS3 and headed back out northbound to the Motor City Bureau HQ. And just like that our time at the 2016 Dream Cruise was over and the countdown to 2017 had already begun.
It’s goes without saying (even though we just said it), but if you’ve never been to the Woodward Dream Cruise you really need to put it on your automotive bucket list. It’s like no car show you’ve ever been to. It’s sensory overload from horsepower and chrome, but that’s a good thing.
Enjoy our high octane gallery from the 2016 Woodward Dream Cruise below.
[STOLEN] 1978 Corvette Recovered After Woodward Dream Cruise Theft is Missing Engine and Wheels
[GALLERY] Midyear Monday! Woodward Dream Cruise Edition (43 Corvette Photos)
[PICS] The 2016 Corvettes on Woodward Charity Food Drive