The Woodward Dream Cruise celebrates the heydays of the 50s and 60s when Woodward Avenue was the heart and soul of cruising in the city that put America on wheels. Combined with music and fashions of the era, the Dream Cruise celebrates the nostalgia of bygone days in the cars that made them so special.
Today, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event in the world, drawing 1.7 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe. You can see muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles dating across several decades. The majority of the cars on display are those that were available and prevalent during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s. The Woodward Dream Cruise is sponsored by a volunteer committee that coordinates the efforts of the nine host cities, the County of Oakland, media organizations, transportation authorities, corporations, small businesses and charities. Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac is lined on both sides with magnificent classic and custom automobiles. It’s a 16-mile long car show that is educational, historic and fun for all ages. There is no charge to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise.
Organizers of the big event may have helped these businesses by transforming the Woodward-centric cruise into a nine day mega-event that spans into the city of Detroit and other surrounding areas. Sprinkling cruise events around southeast Michigan will give traveling cruisers a better reason to turn their long cruise weekend into a week-long vacation, which will be great for the ailing Michigan economy, as well. With an event as popular as the Dream Cruise, it’s a wonder that it took nearly 15 years for local business leaders to capitalize on the event in any meaningful way. We’ll be sure to hit as many events as we possibly can, with plenty of pictures and videos for all.