Despite 1.1 million attendees and 250,000 classic cars along 14 miles of metro Detroit roadway, the Woodward Dream Cruise rarely makes top lists of major world-wide auto events. A helicopter's necessary to reveal the massiveness. Luckily, we've got one.

Because those 1.1 million auto enthusiasts and 250,000 classic cars are stretched along 14 miles of metro Detroit's largest and most storied road, it's hard to get across how huge this uniquely American event really is — and why it's the largest single-day auto event in the world. That lack of consolidation in one meadow or on one track may be one of the reasons it hasn't built the same traction as other major car events across the globe. Without a way of capturing it all in one shot or series of shots, it's been an event you had to experience for yourself to understand the width and breadth of it and exactly how unique and special it was. Until now.

The folks at WXYZ-TV, metro Detroit's ABC affiliate, are on the ball, putting "Chopper 7" into the air to capture these stunning shots of the biggest classic car event most of America and most of the world's never heard of. Take a look at a few of the shots they've agreed to let us run here at Jalopnik, then cruise on over to WXYZ's website to see the rest. [WXYZ]

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