While my fancypants colleagues were in Monterey wearing boat shoes and pastel colors, I was hanging out near Detroit at a real car show: The Woodward Dream Cruise. And boy were there some amazing cars rolling up and down Michigan’s Highway One.
The Vinsetta Garage, the historic neon landmark of Detroit's Woodward Avenue cruising scene and the oldest garage east of the Mississippi, has closed after 91 years in business, a victim of the tough choices facing its owner.
The three-wheeled Lomax has a top installed over roughly three days by trained engineers,so when it started raining heavily at the Dream Cruise, improvisation was necessary, like just opening an oversized umbrella. A VW Karmann Ghia copied the idea.
Cruising Woodward in a Flxible or an Airstream? We say Flxible by a nose, given that nose is loaded with retro-futurist charm. Plus as a side benefit you get to constantly explain why there's a missing "e" in the name.
The Corvair Turbo is a thing of beauty. 164 cubic-inches of pancake-engine glory spitting out 150-hp in one of the first regular production turbocharged cars in America. This one's clean enough you could eat off the turbo housing.
You see a lot of weird stuff come out during the Woodward Dream Cruise, a pair of stuffed deer on the Roof of a GMC Yukon XL rates pretty high on the scale.
The weather may be damping the Woodward Dream Cruise festivities, but it's amazing how much that doesn't matter when you've got the keys to a 505-hp 2011 Corvette Z06 fitted with the ZR1's carbon ceramic brakes. What rain?
The weather at the 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise has turned out to be rainy and overcast, not the best of conditions and crowds had been low, but the die-hards are still out for a spin in some very nice machinery.
There's a dealership along Woodward, halfway between 14 and 15 Mile roads, it's called Auto Europe and among their currently-offered nameplates: Noble, Austin Healey, Mini, Jaguar, Porsche, Lotus and Ferrari. It's like a candy store for car nuts.
People complain about the Woodward Dream Cruise and its traffic, crowds, noise, litter and general chaos. But the worst part? Being trapped in traffic with no chance to run something awesome down, ike this snowmobile converted into a trike.
The Mustang Boss 302 and Boss 302 Laguna Seca are the latest track-time toys in Ford's lineup and they've showed up to play at the Woodward Dream Cruise. Check out that rear-seat-delete option on the Laguna Seca. Sexy.
Newbies to suburban Detroit's famous Woodward Dream Cruise may think the world's largest single day car event exists only within its officially-sanctioned 24-hour boundaries. Veterans know it's a week-long event and the best cruising days are happening now.
The Woodward Dream Cruise doesn't care about black Detroit people. [NYT]
If you visit the 2010 Woodward Dream Cruise, keep your eyes peeled for 20 newly-installed historical markers scattered along the route pointing out old cruising hot spots from Woodward's cruising heyday. This one near 9 Mile, unfortunately, seems ill-worded.
Google put a camera car into last years Woodward Dream Cruise and now the day's images are mixed in with the regular Street View scenery along Detroit's main drag. See if you can find the guy flipping off the camera.
The Dream Cruise was astounding-not merely the cars, but because cars were celebrated during a time of economic instability, environmental worries, and changing definitions of personal mobility. So what's the future of the Dream Cruise-and auto enthusiasts in general?
The Woodward Dream Cruise attracted over one million cruisers and car-obsessed nuts. That's a lot of eyes for advertisers to drool over. While some pitches were good, many were not. Here's some of the worst. We call it "Badvertising."
The Segway was the high-water mark of nerd-tastic transportation until the T3 Motion three-wheeled chariot came along. The local police had 'em to patrol this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise. And believe us, nobody respected their authority. Gallery below.
Easily one of the oddest and most time-consuming art cars we've seen at the Woodward Dream Cruise is "THIS IS CARPUTER," a Ford Escort with thousands of square inches of silicon circuit boards glued to it.
Despite being as European as an American car can get, our Euro car boy has never seen a DeLorean before. His first impressions follow.