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Woodward Dream Cruise

13TH ANNUAL WOODWARD DREAM CRUISE To be held on Saturday, August 18, 2007, the Woodward Dream Cruise, the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture, attracts more than 1 million visitors and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles.

This mid-summer classic celebrates the heydays of the 50's and 60's when Woodward was the heart and soul of American cruising in the city that put America on wheels. Combined with the music and fashions of the era, the Woodward Dream Cruise celebrates the nostalgia of bygone days in the cars that made them so special.

Cruisers and spectators will be driving along a 16-mile route of nine communities including Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak.

Although many communities host events during the preceding days and nights, the Woodward Dream Cruise officially takes place 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, August 18, 2007.

I did go to the dream cruise. It runs pretty much all week prior to the main event on Saturday. Last Thursday, after work, my family and I drove over to Birmingham, a very nice upscale suburb of Detroit which Woodward passes through. Birmingham probably isn't the best spot for car watching but my wife likes the shopping there.

This is an enormous event. The cruise is a bumper to bumper traffic jam each way down Woodward, 4 to 8 lanes wide for about 25 miles, stretching from downtown Detroit all the way out to Pontiac Michigan. I'd estimate there was about a 60/40 mix of special interest vehicles to boring every day cars. This doesn't include the many side events that are happening in the parking along Woodward. There were thousands of special interest vehicles passing buy, you can't even come close to seeing everything. I would say there was a good mix of Mopars, although mostly muscle cars. I did count at least a dozen or more C-bodies over the hour or so that we were there including a red 58 or 57 Plymouth Fury (Christine clone), 75ish Grand Fury (Blues Brothers Moblile clone), a 58 Imperial convertible and a triple brown 78 NYB.

If things work out a little better for me next year I'll take in the Dream Cruise and Moparfest.

Matthew Leach

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