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It happens every year. Spring arrives and you can hear them emerging from their garages, like bears from hibernation. The roar of hot rods revving their engines fills the air. As summer breezes in, they are unleashed on the streets of The Motor City. Twenty-five years ago in Suburban Detroit, a tradition began. It’s called The Woodward Dream Cruise. It runs along M1, otherwise known as Woodward Avenue, from 8 Mile Road all the way up to M59 in Pontiac. Back in the day, cruising Woodward was the place to be if you were a motorhead and wanted to show off your baby.
I’ve never really been a “Car Guy”, but I understand the appeal. Back in my teen years, I had some buddies who owned cars that would definitely be considered classics today. Rick had his orange 1968 Firebird, Jim had a neon yellow 1970 Mustang Mach I, and Kurt’s brother had a 1972 Camaro Z28. I can’t even imagine what those beauties would sell for today. I always tried to call shotgun whenever I rode in one of those street machines. If I ever got stuck in the backseat, I had to rearrange my 6’3” frame across the seat sideways. That way, I wouldn’t wind up eating my knees if we went over a pothole, or God forbid, had an accident.
The Woodward Dream Cruise is in its twenty-fifth year and shows no signs of slowing down. Since we are THE Motor City, hot rodders from all over the world bring their cars to Detroit, to cruise up and down legendary Woodward Avenue. It’s quite a spectacle, but it’s turned into a week-long nightmare for people living in the neighborhoods along Woodard. However, it’s only once a year. Before you know it, the boulevard will be covered in falling leaves, and the dream machines will be stored away for another year. Come next spring, the sound of revving engines and smell of burning rubber will signal the arrival yet another Dream Cruise. So enjoy it while it last.
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