The 2008 Woodward Dream Cruise: What You May Have Missed

The Bits And Pieces That Make A Classic Hot Rod

The difficulty in building a classic-style hot rod comes in knowing the code. The difference between a garden-variety clapped-together rat rod and a "patina'd" hot rod with $50,000 worth of engine parts is about being familiar with what's rare and desirable. We got our first taste of that difference two years ago when… » 8/16/08 5:20pm 8/16/08 5:20pm

Super-Smooth Custom T-Bird Could Use Some Rough Edges

This car is almost too » 8/16/08 5:00pm 8/16/08 5:00pm smooth. An original-series Ford Thunderbird is a fairly common occurrence at car shows, or not. So it would be easy to pass right by this one. But the subtle lack of ornamental chrome and flawless pearl paint draw the eye. From the front, gold-painted perforated steel replaces much of the…

Old-School Drag Cars Bow Down: Ramchargers High And Mighty II

Now here's a heaping pile of awesome parked curbside at the Woodward Dream Cruise » 8/16/08 4:00pm 8/16/08 4:00pm: One of the original cars from the locally famous Ramchargers Car Club, this one is called the High And Mighty II. We don't know what happened to High And Mighty I, but this one is hairy and full of radical detail. Obviously, those…

Pontiac Turbo Trans Am Daytona 500 Pace Car: Feel Your Mullet Flow

Oh baby, can you feel those short hairs on the back of your neck growing? Here's a pristine » 8/16/08 3:30pm 8/16/08 3:30pm 1981 Pontiac Turbo Trans Am down at the that's so complete it even has the original Monroney sticker in perfect condition. Gaze lovingly upon the flaming chicken on the hood, the mesh inserts on the headrests and those sexy…

Cobra 427 Limousine: Champagne And Five-Point Harnesses

The thing about the Cobra 427 is that you can never take all of your friends along while they're getting drunk. If only there was a longer Cobra with another four seats, each with its own five-point harness, a bottle cooler in the middle with six glass holders (?), and big amps. Then you could be your own Woodward… » 8/16/08 3:00pm 8/16/08 3:00pm

1915 Buick Express Delivery, With Exposed Valve-In-Head Motor

Here's something you don't see every day — a 92-year-old four-cylinder Buick engine purring away like a kitten, hanging out just off Woodward Avenue » 8/16/08 2:40pm 8/16/08 2:40pm. This Buick truck is in largely unrestored condition and fired up on the very first crank of the hand starter. The truck is equipped with a "Valve-in-Head Engine", with…

'57 Ford Ranchero Custom Takin' A Break From The Cruise

The Woodward Dream Cruise » 8/16/08 2:00pm 8/16/08 2:00pm can be tough on an old car — stop-and-go traffic for miles, overzealous and crowd-pleasing engine revving, the oft-times brutal heat — so why not a stop to cool down at Micky-D's? The owner tells us he and his wife tore the little truck apart about eight years ago and totally renovated it.…

Even Chihuahuas Join In On The Woodward Dream Cruise Fun

This is blindingly idiotic. It's a little hat-wearing chihuahua "driving" a Volkswagen Buggy RC car alongside the Woodward Dream Cruise » 8/16/08 11:00am 8/16/08 11:00am. This fella could be the mascot for the Cruise — an event where you see the best of the best, the worst of the worst and everything in between in car culture. By the way, the dog's…

1969 Ford Bronco, Dutifully Awaiting Woodward Deployment

Here's a very nice, very bone stock 1969 Ford Bronco we stumbled on at the corner of 13 mile and Woodward » 8/16/08 10:15am 8/16/08 10:15am (the mile roads lie in escalating number the farther north you go from the Detroit River). We're diggin' the flawless orange paint and houndstooth brown interior. The Bronco has always, always been a fantastic…

The Devils Joke Laughs At Helmet Laws At Woodward Dream Cruise

Unfortunately, the guy on this thing was in a hurry to get on his way, so we only got a little info, but the pictures here speak for themselves. This home-built thingamajig named "The Devil's Joke" was built as a tribute to Vietnam vets and apparently, total insanity. The powertrain here is a 2.8 liter Ford V6… » 8/16/08 8:00am 8/16/08 8:00am

Cruisers Converge, Pity Those Who Commute On Woodward

Traffic ahead of the Woodward Dream Cruise has come to a cruiser-clogged snarl already. Great for us, but woe unto those with business on the Ave, as they will be silently screaming in their air conditioned coffins. Here's a gallery of the escalating madness that is the Dream Cruise. And for Pete's sake, if you don't… » 8/15/08 6:40pm 8/15/08 6:40pm

Corvette ZR1 Police Car Will Kick The Corvette Z06 Police Car's Ass

We thought the Corvette Z06 cop car the Royal Oak PD is sporting for the Woodward Dream Cruise was impressive. But now they're rolling out the bigger guns with a Corvette ZR1 police car. The cop driving this 'Vette is exactly 26.3% more bad-ass than the Johnny Law in that weak-sauce Z06. Now you hooligans have to roll… » 8/15/08 3:00pm 8/15/08 3:00pm