The Woodard Avenue Dream Cruise (WDC)
is one of the world’s largest one-day automotive events in the world.
In 2016 it drew 40,000 vehicles and 1.5 million people from around the world. It’s a [16 mile long parade]of all types of vehicles from hot rods, classic cars, super cars, and everything in between. The parade of cars goes through down Woodward Avenue the through several communities right outside the Detroit Metropolitan area (the other side of 8 mile – remember the movie with the same name?) for about a week.
The official day is Saturday where the real crowds show up in full force along Woodward Avenue as all kinds of cars and trucks slowly flows pass the following; Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Huntington Woods, Bloomfield Hills to Pontiac Michigan. When was the last time you saw four Nuns sitting in a classic drop top Mustang?
The majority of the cars that show up during the parade are from the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. That the time frame prior to the OPEC oil embargo, when gas was cheap and muscle cars were king of the road. To me it was like a trip down memory lane because I grew up in Detroit and I worked on the assembly line; Chrysler Assembly on Jefferson Avenue. I never had a hot rod, but my first car was a steel gray 1963 Chevy Impala with a white drop top with corvette mag wheels. It was four years old when I got it (1967) and cost me $600 at the time.
My best friend, James of (50 years) and I drove some of the route one day in his car then rode the route the next day on his motorcycle to Pontiac Michigan. I wouldn’t be surprised if we became part of the show when we rode his motorcycle.
This year the Pontiac community closed off their section of Woodward Avenue for legal drag racing on the street. We rode bicycles Saturday to avoid the traffic and take in all the sights on the side of the road. I got a front row seat of the activity across from the church were I saw the Nuns sitting in the classic Mustang. Good thing he lived a few miles from that section of Woodward avenue. Some of the best sights were some of the cars parked on the side of the road.
To add to the annual event, I also went to the Henry Ford Museum the following week. I was like a kid in a candy store. So many cars and memories so I chose my all time favorite a 1949 Mercury that has been chopped, lowered and customized.
Detroit was the Motor City Capital during the time I was there (the 1960’s). People came from all over the country to find jobs on the factory floor. I got a job during my last year of high school. The draft was in full effect and my classmates were being sent to the Vietnam War. I signed up for the Air Force to get off the factory floor and to use the GI Bill to attend school. I sold my 1963 Impala, but if it was a Corvette I would have found a place to keep it while I went off to do my military thing.
As a blogger I get to tell my story and share my glory. If you want to tell your story get your blog today. Click the links and get started. And if you feel a little run down and your battery needs a charge then maybe you need a [total life change.]