The 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise
Since 1995, Woodward Avenue in Detroit, Michigan has re-created traditional cruising for thousands of people with their hot rods
Back in the day, prior to even the dream of “self driving cars” being a possibility, people regularly fired up their hot rods, muscelcars, and even family sedans and hit the local strips in the pursuit of a good time, the occasional illegal nocturnal speed competition (street racing), and meeting members of the opposite sex. It happened in every town across the nation; Detroit’s most famous stretch of cruisin’ action was Woodward Avenue, cutting diagonally through the heart of the Motor City.
Woodward was also infamous for factory engineers and marketing types taking out their latest race cars in street clothes, prying on unsuspecting regular people that thought they had a fast car. We’ve heard many stories of Cobra Jet Mustangs, Hemi Road Runners, and big-block Camaros humiliating lesser cars, without anyone realizing they just got their clocks cleaned by muscle soon to come.
As the years went by, many cities curtailed cruising in the name of fuel crises, increasing violence, tragic accidents, and political correctness, to the point that “cruising” morphed into static shows in parking lots. That was fine for awhile, but many of those original cruisers eventually got bored and became nostalgic for true cruising like it used to be—up and down the same boulevard over and over, all night long. That’s why, in 1995, a group of people re-created those glory days of old by organizing the Woodward Dream Cruise, roughly eight miles of automotive excess, stretching from 9 Mile road in Ferndale up to 17 Mile in Pontiac.
The organizers claim that the Woodward Dream Cruise attracts an amazing 50,000 cars and over one million spectators, which even if close means that it’s by far the largest single-day automotive event in the world. In other words, if you’ve never been, it should most certainly be on your bucket list. To whet your appetite for next year’s cruise, check out this photo gallery of all the action from Woodward. It happens every August, so mark it on your calendar for 2018 and we’ll see you there.