From Jalopnik Detroit: "Do they still make cars in Detroit?" "Do they only drive American cars in Detroit?" I've had a year and a half of these questions in the comments of Jalopnik Detroit. If this doesn't convince you, I don't know what else will.
...and that's not a bad thing. At all. As the historic car show cruises into its 20th year and the classics become newer, more and more younger enthusiasts will be around to keep the tradition alive.
I didn't really get it at first. In fact, it took me a few hours before I really understood what was going on. Sort of like a first time at Mardi Gras — you know you're doing something fun, and everyone else is having fun, you're just not sure why you're there, or how this whole thing even got started in the first…
The genius of Detroit's Woodward Dream Cruise is that it's mostly free, excepting fuel costs and if one avoids entanglements with Royal Oak's finest. But it was an expensive trip for the owner of this 1970 Plymouth Superbird, who got sandwiched on the ride home.
The Woodward Dream Cruise on Metro Detroit's historic Woodward Avenue is one of the top ten greatest car events in the world. Each year, Jalopnik picks a special car as its staff cruiser.
The Vinsetta Garage, the historic neon landmark of Detroit's Woodward Avenue cruising scene and the oldest garage east of the Mississippi, has closed after 91 years in business, a victim of the tough choices facing its owner.
A Plum Crazy Purple Roadrunner looks on as a Plum Crazy Purple Challenger approaches. Somehow, we suspect the old-timer wishes its relative was a little more of a wild child.
The Corvair Turbo is a thing of beauty. 164 cubic-inches of pancake-engine glory spitting out 150-hp in one of the first regular production turbocharged cars in America. This one's clean enough you could eat off the turbo housing.
The weather at the 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise has turned out to be rainy and overcast, not the best of conditions and crowds had been low, but the die-hards are still out for a spin in some very nice machinery.
There's a dealership along Woodward, halfway between 14 and 15 Mile roads, it's called Auto Europe and among their currently-offered nameplates: Noble, Austin Healey, Mini, Jaguar, Porsche, Lotus and Ferrari. It's like a candy store for car nuts.
People complain about the Woodward Dream Cruise and its traffic, crowds, noise, litter and general chaos. But the worst part? Being trapped in traffic with no chance to run something awesome down, ike this snowmobile converted into a trike.
Newbies to suburban Detroit's famous Woodward Dream Cruise may think the world's largest single day car event exists only within its officially-sanctioned 24-hour boundaries. Veterans know it's a week-long event and the best cruising days are happening now.