The Woodward Dream Cruise takes place every year on the third Saturday of August and draws an incredible crowd. The Dream Cruise is named the world’s largest one-day classic automotive event, which attracts about $1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars. The majority of cars on display range from the 1950s to the early 1970s before the OPEC oil embargo – which led to more fuel efficient vehicles with less power.
You don’t need a classic car to attend, the event welcomes any make and model vehicle that has been meticulously maintained or customized to make a unique statement. With the Mustang reaching 50 continuous years in just a few months, you can bet that there was an incredible amount of ponies present at the Woodward Dream Cruise representing its hometown of Detroit.
The WDC event takes up Woodward Avenue in Oakland County, Michigan from Pontiac through Ferndale all the way to the State Fair Grounds. During the post-war era, people would “cruise” down Woodward Avenue searching for friends or peers that were also out and about or find reasons to street race or “light ‘em up” when the light turns green.
Nelson House, a plumber from Ferndale, started the cruise in 1994 to help raise money for children’s soccer in the community. About 30,000 to 40,000 were expected, but minds were blown when 250,000 people actually showed up.
The Woodward Dream Cruise is noted as the largest single day classic car event in the world and brings in over $56 million annually to give back to the Metro Detroit economy. A few car owners make the trip earlier in the week in preparation for the one day event.
If you weren’t able to attend this year, please enjoy the photos!
Photos courtesy of Nathan Bone.