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Woodward Dream Cruise rolls this weekend

One-of-a-kind Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event

Published: August 15, 2014, 1:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:33 PM

Woodward Dream Cruise, 1958 Corvette, Akerson

The world’s largest one-day automotive event – the Woodward Dream Cruise – is set to roll tomorrow in suburban Detroit.

The 20th annual running of what began in 1995 as a small fundraiser for a soccer field in the suburb of Ferndale is expected to attract as many as 40,000 muscle cars, customs, hot rods and automotive exotica of all types.

As many as 1.5-million spectators typically line the 28-km (16-mile) route that traces Detroit's main street – Woodward Avenue – through nine suburban communities.

Woodward was not only the archetypal cruise venue back in American Graffiti days, it was the unofficial proving ground for the Big Three's factory hot rods, when stoplight to stoplight superiority was the currency of the day – or night as the case may be.

The Big Three are known as the Detroit Three these days, and they're not as big as they used to be (in relative terms), but all three will be out in force at the Dream Cruise. Not only will their vehicles make up the vast bulk of the cruisers, they'll have displays of their latest offerings, including some making their public debut, and play host to their fans and customers.

In fact, they've already kicked things off with displays, music and events that began on Thursday. Fittingly for the venue, Chrysler took the wraps off its 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, while General Motors displayed more than 100 cars from the personal collections its design staff personnel.

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For the fourth consecutive year, Chevrolet is the presenting sponsor of the Dream Cruise. In that capacity it will provide six Silverado pickups as part of a rescue squad to assist cruise participants that stall, overheat or run out of gas.

The bowtie brand's own display will include the 2015 SS sedan (not sold in Canada), the all-new 2015 Colorado pickup and cars from the movie Transformers: Age of Extinction.

As has become part of the tradition, Ford will host Mustang Alley as a gathering spot for Mustangs old and new and will, of course, have the next-generation 2015 prominently on display.

Even Nissan will be there, for the first time, with its GT-R Nismo, Juke Nismo RS, and 360Z Nismo, as well as sports and performance cars from its past.

Whatever your automotive inclination, there will be something at the Dream Cruise to satisfy it – plus plenty of food, music, entertainment and memorabilia. There's nothing else like it anywhere.