Having the opportunity over the past decade to attend the Woodward Dream Cruise is humbling. Some of you might not know but, Woodward Dream Cruise is the largest car show in the world.
It all started in the modern era back in 1995. In theory, it goes from Detroit to Pontiac Michigan along Woodward Avenue. There are other cruises, such as the Telegraph Road Cruise or the Gratiot Road Cruise but, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the largest.
On the actual day of the cruise, it takes hours of just crawling along to make one full loop of the circuit. Leading up to the main event, people are out on Woodward driving up and down, and having small shows all over the place.
Some of the best actual cruising is Wednesday, Thursday and Friday when you can actually move at a decent pace and is a little less crowded. Do not worry, there are still a ton of vehicles to see during those days. There have been a lot of attendees that make the event a 3-4 day excursion.
Although previous commitments prevented attendance on Saturday, the other days leading up were full of awesome cars and a lot of Mopars. A little bit of rain on Tuesday and Thursday hindered cruising for a little bit, but it was short lived.
It is hard to fathom how many cars attend, but from experience you might see a car cruise by only one time. You really have to be paying attention to see some cool and rare cars cruising around.
What has been a good plan of attack is making a loop in the early evening, and then park somewhere north of 13 Mile Road on the north bound side. Woodward, and most Detroit area roads are not like roads anywhere else in the country. Woodward for the most part is 3 to 4 lanes wide.
Another challenge that takes a minute to overcome is the Detroit U-Turn. You can not make a simple left turn at most intersections. You have to drive by where you want to turn and make a U-Turn at the next designated lane. Once coming back the opposite way, you can then turn right into the location you need.
Sitting on the northbound side of Woodward, just north of the epicenter around 13 Mile Road you will see a ton of cool cars. It was and has been a great spot to snap photos and get a nice clear view of the cruising traffic. Although a lot of Mopars we captured, there is no way to be able to see or photograph all of the Mopars that attend the Woodward Dream Cruise each year. We are looking forward to next year’s event. Mark your calendar now, August 17, 2024.