Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Rev it up!

This week is Dream Cruise Week (unofficially) in the metro Detroit area. Saturday should bring about 40,000 custom and classic cars, along with over a million spectators. The Woodward Dream Cruise is largest single day car cruise in the world. It originated as a fundraiser for a kids' soccer team. According to the official Woodward Dream Cruise website,
The Woodward Dream Cruise celebrates the heydays of the ‘50s and ‘60s when Woodward Avenue was the heart and soul of cruising in the city that put America on wheels. Combined with music and fashions of the era, the Dream Cruise celebrates the nostalgia of bygone days in the cars that made them so special. The Woodward Dream Cruise is sponsored by a volunteer committee that coordinates the efforts of the nine host cities, the County of Oakland, media organizations, transportation authorities, corporations, small businesses and charities.

Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac is lined on both sides with magnificent classic and custom automobiles. It's a 16-mile long car show that is educational, historic and fun for all ages. There is no charge to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world's largest one-day celebration of car culture that attracts over 1.7 million visitors, and more than 40,000 muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles.

Ok, so that's the official description. I have lived along the route since the Cruise's inception, and except for the first year when I was out of town (but listened to the radio coverage), I have attended them all. I love to watch the cars rumble by, many still in need of a paint job, others polished to unbelievable shine, all much-beloved by their owners. People of all ages and backgrounds gather to admire the vehicles and swap stories. There is a pride that is palpable. We are The Motor City!

In 2004, I was no longer content to sit on the sidelines. I bought a purple, customized 1956 Bel Air Sedan Delivery on EBay and had it shipped from California. Firends and family thought I was a little nuts, afterall, why would a 42 year-old woman buy such a car?!
I look at these old cars and see the voluptous beauty and ageless grace, much like an older woman

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