By Saturday morning the time had arrived. The weather was sunny and beautiful and the 20th Edition of the Woodward Dream Cruise was happening today. What started as a fund raiser for a soccer field 20 years ago had grown to become the largest car event on the planet with over one million people lining 13 miles of famed Woodward Avenue to be a part of the spectacle.
The Autopalooza.org Road Tour participants again had the best seat in the house for all of the activities. Our parking area was at Memorial Park in Royal Oak. We were near the intersection of 13 Mile and Woodward which many feel is ground zero for Saturday. We arrived by 8am and parked the cars around our hospitality tent. We were literally 100 feet from the cruising taking place on Woodward. There were bleachers set up for us and the Road Tourians spent the day enjoying all the sights and sounds of The Dream Cruise. Exhibits and displays lined Woodward in both directions. Some of walked up and down both sides of the road while others enjoyed sitting in the bleachers and enjoying the vehicles as they rolled past.
The variety of rolling stock on Woodward is beyond description. Street rods, custom cars, muscle cars, four wheel drives and everything in between went by in review. The crowd expressed their delight with cheers and clapping for their favorites. There is really something for everyone at this event. At noon the Autopalooza.org Road Tour participants gathered in front of the tent for a final group photo. Chris Pokorski from the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau spoke to us briefly before the photo was taken. Chris along with many others are responsible for the Autopalooza.org website and the great information about Southeast Michigan's auto related events. We all received souvenir Detroit decals from Chris.
By dusk things started to wind down. The Road Tourians were saying their goodbyes and exchanging addresses and phone numbers. There were promises to come back to Woodward next year and there is a good chance the Road Tour will be back too. Detroit has such a huge number of automotive related places to visit that we could keep busy for years to come at the week before Woodward. We took down the banner and loaded into the Road Tour 1959 Impala for a drive down Woodward. It was our first actual trip in front of the crowds. By the sounds of the cheers and clapping the Impala was a favorite.
The 20th Woodward Dream Cruise and the Autopalooza.org AMSOIL/Street Rodder Road Tour was complete. It had been an amazing week with fantastic stops at so many locations. We didn't let a flood earlier in the week dampen our spirits. We made it through and we all have memories that will last a lifetime. Watch for our 2015 Road Tour schedule. There is a very good chance that we will be back at Woodward again to be part of the largest car event in the world.