Why You Should Be Heading to the Woodward Dream Cruise
For quite some time, naysayers and doomsday prophets have foretold that America’s love affair with the automobile is ending, and that soon there would be no automotive culture left to be found. However, if you look at what is going on just in this weekend alone, you might be wondering what the heck those people are getting on about. Not only is the famed Monterey Car Week taking place, headlined by the historic Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, but also Detroit’s muscle car pilgrimage is underway. It's called the Woodward Dream Cruise. Both are evidence that, not only is the automobile still loved by millions of people, but that the car is still very much part of our American DNA. RELATED: Click Here to See More of This Gorgeous 1954 Corvette
Over the past few years, due to increased fuel and emissions regulations, pundits and journalists alike have prophesized that the car would soon die off. That technology would progress to a point where it made actually driving a car obsolete and we’d all essentially be taking personal forms of public transportation with autonomous cars. Thankfully, that hasn’t happened yet, and we have two amazing events going on right now that celebrate the love and joy of driving. Chief among those, the Woodward Dream Cruise.
While Pebble Beach may tend to attract more rare and hyper exotics, it’s Woodward that keeps American’s grounded in their automotive history and rebellious spirit. Whereas Pebble Beach cars sit and look pretty, Woodward allows them to be raucous, loud, and actually be driven. It’s a show that appeals and allows the vast majority of auto enthusiasts to truly appreciate large-displacement cars worth drooling over. Woodward now routinely attracts over a million spectators and thousands upon thousands of entries from around the country and the world.
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Over the course of the weekend, drag racing, burnout wars, and cruising will be had by all. Woodward is more of a town carnival than strictly a car show. Hot rods, classic muscle cars, and new muscle cars will all be on hand to show off to the crowd of onlookers. And this year marks a very special occasion, the 20th anniversary of the Woodward Dream Cruise, of which was started by accident.
Twenty years ago, a small car club in Detroit decided to take the traditional car show idea of just showing off their cars statically and throw it out the window. Instead, the organizers wanted to cruise up and down Woodward Avenue through Detroit. Well, the idea for the cruise got out and spread like wildfire and that first year, over 250,000 people showed up to just cruise along.
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This year, more than 1.5 million people are expected to turn up and more than 60,000 cars will descend upon Woodward Avenue to take part in the now-legendary cruise. However, the combination of events provides for a bit of a dilemma for those auto enthusiasts around the country. Does one attend Pebble Beach or Woodward? Quite the dilemma for the automotive enthusiast.
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