Woodward Dream Cruise

Sure, it sounds like a theme cruise aboard a Carnival cruise ship or a Disney cruise ship, but the Woodward Dream Cruise is all about cars that cruise, not ships. Remember back in the 50s and 60s, when teens went cruising around the main “drag� in some of the hottest cars around? If you do, then for one day only, you can travel back in time by attending the Woodward Dream Cruise, which highlights the cars of this era (and beyond) during the world’s largest one-day celebration of car culture.

The Woodward Dream Cruise will feature at least 40,000 muscle cars, custom cars, collector cars, street rods and special interest vehicles from all over the country. On Saturday, August 18, 2007, 1 million visitors will flood nine historic communities throughout Michigan to celebrate the classic cars of yesterday.

According to the Woodward Dream Cruise website, “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.â€? The celebration features music and fashions of the 50s and 60s and “the nostalgia of bygone days in the cars that made them so special.â€?

During the day’s festivities, cruisers and spectators cruise along a 16-mile route of nine Michigan communities including Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak. Each area will offer a wide variety of activities for adults and children.

Although the activities begin at 9 a.m. and officially end at 9 p.m., most activities in certain areas will take place throughout the entire weekend. While admission to the festival is free, individual activities taking place in places such as restaurants, bars, retail shops, etc., do cost. In addition there are also car admission fees for contests and parking space rentals cost around $75.

Sponsored by companies such as GM, Best Western and Autotrader.com, the Woodward Dream Cruise welcomes anyone with a classic or special car to show and a desire to become a part of history to enter his/her vehicle into the event. Classic cars are the name of the game here however, and WDC defines classic cars as: those manufactured before 1975 or a vehicle of special interest, such as a limited edition or one-of-a-kind automobile. While the Woodward Dream Cruise appreciates the unique, state laws may come into play regarding entries.

In a nutshell, vehicles planning to cruise along the 16-mile route must be “street legal,â€? licensed and insured. Some custom or special vehicles may be specifically designed for the race track or just for show, but that doesn’t mean they are street legal. Unfortunately, those “vehicles intended only for use on the drag strip or race track will be towed at the owner’s expense and drivers of illegal vehicles will be subject to violation,â€? according to the Woodward Dream Cruise web site.

So, you won’t make it to the water on this cruise, but there are definitely many, many sites to see, especially if you lived through the 50s and 60s.

For more information about the Woodward Dream Cruise, visit woodwarddreamcruise.com. The latest information about the Woodward Dream Cruise will be posted as it becomes available, so check back regularly.

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