2006 Woodward Dream Pre-Cruise: A Fleet Of Buick Grand Nationals And A GNX Get Their Cruise On

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"Dedicated to the preservation and performance enhancement of turbocharged Buick V6-powered vehicles." —Michigan Buick Turbo Club


We ran up to the Moose Preserve, a local watering hole north o' Square Lake Road on Woodward Avenue, for a quick drink with a PR maven from one of Detroit's biggest badges, and in the parking lot noticed a gathering of some cars we hadn't seen much cruising from yet — Buick Regal Grand Nationals, and lo' n' behold, a specialty GNX edition. We felt pretty damn lucky to get a glance at a fleet of the turbocharged performance vehicles that spelled the end of the 80's side of the modern muscle car era. If you haven't had the chance to see one of the GNX sedans up close, let's just say this — these cars are known for their performance, and more importantly, over-performance as the under-rated GNX outpaced the factory's power claims: 0-60 mph in just 4.7 s with a 13.4 s/104 mph quarter-mile. According to folks out in the lot last night, these numbers made the GNX the fastest production sedan ever built. Although there was only one GNX there, all of those Grand National's made for one pretty sight on a Wednesday night before the Dream Cruise.

Michigan Buick Turbo Club [Hemmings.com]

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Mike Spinelli

I'll never forget the night, sometime in the late '80s, when four guys in a chipped-out T-Type dusted my buddy's 6.6 Trans Am. Methunk the apocalypse was nigh.