The Weirdest And Sexiest Cars That Showed Up To The Woodward Dream Cruise

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This year’s Woodward Dream Cruise, while dampened a bit by rain, still brought out some exceptionally quirky cars, along with some fantastically compelling ones. Here’s what I saw on Michigan’s M-1.

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The Woodward Dream Cruise, perhaps the biggest car show in the world, is a huge deal in Motor City. It often represents the culmination of years spent in ice-cold garages wrenching on rust-buckets, and far too many hours buried in repair manuals.

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“I’ll have this ready by Next Year’s Dream Cruise,” many Detroiters say as they nurse their bleeding knuckles with ice packs. Many never make it. Some get close, and decide to just throw their projects on flatbeds and tow them down Detroit’s legendary highway.

The lucky ones beam with pride as they drive their beautifully-running, gorgeous project down Woodward, perhaps keeping an eye on that coolant temp, just in case.

Here are those lucky ones, starting with the weird cars (and there were plenty):

The Weird Cars Of Woodward

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The Sexy Cars Of Woodward

Enough of the weird stuff, here are some gorgeous cars I saw as I walked up and down Woodward between 9 Mile and 13 Mile.

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So that’s what I saw at the Dream Cruise. Let’s see your pictures!

Sr. Technical Editor, Jalopnik. Always interested in hearing from auto engineers—email me. Cars: Willys CJ-2A ('48), Jeep J10 ('85), Jeep Cherokee ('79, '91, '92, '00), Jeep Grand Cherokee 5spd ('94).

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DISCUSSION

Here’s my problem with the Cruise lately, I’ve been going to the dream cruise for the past 14-15 years now, and really, it’s more exciting being down there on a nice weekend, especially leading up to the event.

My main gripe, and your pictures show this, is that to many “regular” cars are cruising around, taking up half of Woodward. They’re supposed to stick to the left most lanes, and allow the other cars to cruise in the right two. Walking around it just looks like a regular, traffic-packed day on Woodward. It has become so commercialized, as evident by the “booths” the big 3 put on. Is this the NAIAS? Sure seems like it to GM. Whole parking lots dedicated to their brand new models.

We took our girls to the cruise this year, the highlight for my 4 year old came when we went into a Starbucks. Juice and some madeleines made her day, the traffic mistaking itself for a cruise outside wasn’t doing it for them. I’ve taken her down to Woodward many times in the last couple years, and she genuinely has a good time when we do. Warm weekends with classics/tuners/muscle etc.... actually driving around, having a bit of fun light to light, she’s usually enthralled.

The Cruise has started to become stagnant and boring honestly, there are gems hidden around the lots and driving down the strip, but it feels like the idea of the dream cruise outgrew the expectations. I’ll be down on Woodward, but it most likely won’t be during the dream cruise anymore....