Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dream Cruise 2015

Monique and I took the FUN MG for a pass through the 2015 Dream Cruise today. Everybody in Detroit knows about the Dream Cruise, of course, but for those who don't know, it's the world's largest annual automotive event: a loosely organized cruise up and down Woodward Avenue just north of Detroit. In theory it's a one-day event, but the cruising is pretty heavy for days and weeks beforehand, and Dream Cruise week features a wide variety of events.

What I like the most about the Dream Cruise is it's free-for-all format. There are no restrictions or requirements. All you have to do is have a car and a desire to drive around and look at other cars. Sure, that brings more than a few beat-up old minivans into the mix, but there are more than enough classics, oddities, exotics, and just plain cool cars to make up the difference. All the cars create a lot of stop-and-go traffic in the heart of the cruise, but that gives you plenty of time to look around you at the madness.

This year we just took a single pass through the cruise, south from Long Lake Rd. down to 8-Mile -- about ten miles that took us more than an hour in the creeping traffic. Then we turned around, puttered a couple miles back up to I-696, and headed home. It was plenty hot on the pavement: high 80s with bright sunshine beating down everywhere. Today's photographer is Monique, who captured a fairly random and fun assortment of things that caught our eye as I drove. Rather than try to whittle it down to a few pictures I decided to post a ton of the ones that turned out well in what's probably a futile attempt to capture the scale of the thing. But it's still less than 1% of the cars we saw.

Last note before the pictures: oddly enough in our world of selfies we forgot to take a pictures of ourselves! Oh well, there's always next year.

1963 Ford Galaxie convertible.

Cadillac Eldorado convertible.

Ford F150, Chevy Nova, Corvette.

VW Beetle.


Citroën 2CV.

Mid-60s Chevy Corvette convertible.

VW Camper Van.

This might be a Studebaker, but I'm going to have to check it out a bit more closely.

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.

Ford F150.

Ford Thunderbird.

Covette Stingray in front of one of the Channel 7 TV Coverage tents.

Mercedes 560SL convertible.

Radical SR3 Supersport.

Mercedes 230SL convertible.

VW Camper Van.

VW Karmann Ghia.

Chevrolet Corvette.

Oldsmobile 442.

2015 Ford Mustang.

Chevrolet Impala.


Ford Mustang.

Chevrolet Corvette.

Ford F250.

Yet another DeLorean! Good God there were a lot of them about. Who knew?!

Ford Econoline pickup.

Chevrolet Camaro.

It's a Mopar Super Bee of some sort.

I believe this is a '59 Cadillac.

Triumph TR3.

And that was our little slice of the Dream Cruise.

1 comment:

  1. I was once a passenger in such a pink Cadillac..when very young and frisky...