Mustangs at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise
Not just Mustangs, but other Fords as well including the white-hot, soon-to-be-here Focus RS
Cruising has been a part of life for not just hot rodders and car guys and gals, it was a preferred weekend activity for pretty much anybody under the age of 30 from the 1950s through the early 1980s. Every town in America had a designated street where folks would take their cars out at night and drive up and down said street from drive-in to drive-in, in an effort to just relax and see friends, pick up members of the opposite sex, and yes, negotiate a street race. Detroit’s Woodward Avenue became notorious not just for the cruising (though the cruising there was legendary), but since it was home to the Big Three auto manufacturers, Woodward was also the defacto “test track” for factory hot rods and more than a few all-out race cars. Every time we hear a story about the glory days of Woodward it makes us wish we were born about a decade earlier.
Sadly, Woodward was all but shut down around the late ‘70s or early ‘80s, and the same thing happened at cruise strips around the country. Blame it on an increasingly violent society, excessive street racing, or just some punks ruining it for the rest of us, but cruising as it was, where people actually drove their cars to have fun instead of “cruising” through a parking lot is all but gone. But in 1995, the Woodward Dream Cruise was created to relive the days of yore, and oh boy has it exploded in the automotive world. Organizers claim that the Woodward Dream Cruise “is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe—from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan, and the former Soviet Union.” As Ron Burgundy would say, “It’s a pretty big deal.”
The OEs get heavily involved with the cruise, each setting up elaborate displays of their cars. Ford is one of the bigger displays, as they have a big Mustang Alley every year. We were stuck in Los Angeles for this year’s cruise, but had our buddy Cole Quinnell snap a few shots of the Mustangs and Fords at this year’s shenanigans, so check out the gallery here for some of that action.