2008 Woodward Dream Cruise, Part II0
Another Perfect August Day
A few weeks ago, I spent the afternoon at the Meadow Brook Concours d’ Elegance. While the West Coast had Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this weekend we had the 14th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, turning the area Woodward from Pleasant Ridge to Pontiac into an automotive playground. Below the jump, are just some of the vehicles that caught my eye.
Dream Cruisers often favor the usual muscle cars, but there seemed to be more Dodge Challengers and Chargers than years past, and nearly every block and parking lot or vehicle-packed green space had at least on Chevrolet Camaro. This year we saw more cars, crowds thinned out by a longer Cruise, and weather better than anyone could have hoped. Areas empty in prior years were flooded with vehicles of all shapes and sizes. All historic periods or vehicle types are encouraged, and with the addition of the Next Cruise event in Pleasant Ridge, alternative fuel vehicles are formally welcomed. In fact, looking at variety, it seems that the language of automotive appreciation is one of the few in which we celebrate differences of opinion and objects of idolization.
Despite concerns over the environment, economy, fuel costs, and all the bad news the automotive industry is taking these days, America’s love affair with the automobile hasn’t lost its luster nor its variety.
America’s favorite pony and Italy’s prancing pony taking a break.
Easy to spot plenty of Corvettes, any vintage, at the Dream Cruise.
It is possible for Americans to appreciate wagons!
This car’s plate reads KEENE32, with car seats for the little ones, too.
Before the multi-shade paint job, the owner said this Cutlass spent twenty-five years in rental-car service, from Ohio to Oregon to Hawaii.
Katrina showed you the lineup, but this one might be guilty of false advertising, hinting at the power necessary for the flux capacitor. The whole group took a Woodward Dream Cruise spin together later in the afternoon.
The DeLoreans weren’t the only gullwing cars to be found. Remember the short-lived Bricklin?
Though not a strong European presence this year, we did spot this Jaguar taking a break from his cruise.
One of the nicest Mustangs of the day.
Once upon a time, these were work vehicles.
And at least one car just ran out of gas…not the best way to end their day!