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The Woodward Dream Cruise – WDC – is the World's Most Popular Car Cruise and largest one-day automotive event. It is held annually the 3rd Saturday of August on Woodward Avenue just north of Detroit in Michigan, USA. rain or shine.
Official Date: August 16, 2014. Saturday, 9am to 9pm.
In Reality: It's a week long event, starting Monday August 11th, ending on the 16th.
For lots of Woodward Dream Cruise videos, click → WDC on YouTube
About one million people attend this event each year. It's all about cars, cruisin, showing off, partying, hanging out, entertainment, people watching and being seen, and more cars.
See an amazing amount of classic cars, antique cars, custom cars, specialty vehicles, and car shows up the wazoo! On Saturday, there will be live music entertainment with bands on many stages throughout the route plus djs at various venues.
No fee to drive in the Woodward Dream Cruise, no admission charge to watch it. Anyone can cruise but those not driving a classic car must stay out of the two right lanes (curb side). Woodward Ave is generally eight lanes wide, four lanes in each direction (north/south) divided by a median or turn lane.
WDC takes place along a 16 mile long loop of Woodward Ave through eight communities in metro Detroit: Berkley, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac, Royal Oak. Cruise is from Ferndale on the south end (north border of Detroit) to Pontiac on the north end.
Lots of Dream Cruise events to check out, many are listed on this page.
Future Date after WDC 2014... Woodward Dream Cruise 2015 will be on Saturday, August 15, 2015.
2014 Special Events will be posted when known. You can click links below to see if annual WDC events info on websites has been updated.
City of Ferndale – general cruise area: start/bottom Loop of WDC, Woodward Ave at 9 Mile.
Thursday through Saturday of WDC cruise week – Ferndale Woodward Dream Cruise
Annual Scheduled Events include...
• Emergency Vehicle Show and the Classics & Cruis'n Legends Vehicle Show
• Mustang Alley
• Light & Siren Cruise immediately following the Woodward Dream Cruise Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
• Rock'n Live Entertainment, and more. see website for specific events days times.
City of Pontiac – cruise area: top North Loop of WDC. north of Long Lake Rd (a.k.a. 18 Mile).
August 16 & 17, 2013: The Oakland Press Cruizin' Car Show – in Pontaic, MI.
August 16 & 17, 2013: Cruise the Loop – in Pontiac, MI.
Berkley – general cruise area: east side of Woodward Ave (southbound) near 12 Mile.
August 16, 2013 (Friday). Berkley CruiseFest basic info + Berkley CruiseFest Facebook Page
This year's Classic Car Parade takes place on 12 Mile between Woodward and Greenfield roads.
City of Berkley website
August 16, 2013 (Friday) Forgotten Harvest's 11th Annual Champagne Cruise – in Berkley, MI. annual Woodward Dream Cruise preview party and fundraiser. “Every dollar donated will enable us to rescue and deliver five meals to our hungry neighbors. This signature event is a summer staple in metro Detroit and features the best local restaurants, champagne, live music, entertainment, dancing.” tickets $150 + $750.
Birmingham Cruise Event 2013 – in City of Birmingham
Saturday, August 17. "Activities include a variety of automotive exhibits, sponsor displays, and a variety of vendors - all complementing the classic car show, which features hundreds of classic cars on display on Old Woodward between Merrill St. and Lincoln Ave."
Bloomfield – cruise area: Woodward Ave, Big Beaver Rd (a.k.a 16 Mile) to Long Lake Rd (a.k.a. 18 Mile).
Bloomfield Township Classic Car Show and Dream Cruise Viewing Area
Saturday, August 17, at Mercedes Benz of Bloomfield located just south of Big Beaver Rd (a.k.a. 16 Mile). A "family-friendly car show that features classic and rare cars, a viewing area for the Woodward Dream Cruise with official merchandise sales, DJ entertainment, food, general parking, portable restrooms and a live radio broadcast by 97.1 'The Ticket.'" Bloomfield Township Classic Car Show Facebook Page
Royal Oak – general cruise area: Woodward Ave from 11 Mile to 13 Mile.
City of Royal Oak website
Huntington Woods – general cruise area: Woodward Ave, north side of 10 Mile (I-696).
City of Huntington Woods website
Pleasant Ridge – general cruise area: Woodward Ave, south side of 10 Mile (I-696).
City of Pleasant Ridge website
August 16 & 17, 2013: Ford Chevrolet Chrysler - Dream Cruise Events – Ford (at 9 Mile & Woodward) will have a showstopping display that includes a kid's play zone, live entertainment, food court and vendors, plus the annual Gumball Rally. Chevrolet (at 13 Mile and Woodward), the presenting sponsor of the 2013 cruise, will have 1967 Camaro Hot Wheels car and other performance vehicles on hand. Chrysler is introducing a concept car.
2014 Bullitt Nationals Woodward Dream Cruise Week - the Bullitt Nationals at the Woodward Dream Cruise feature the special edition Ford Mustang Bullitt.
For WDC cruising, Music Slavin Mike recommends these Detroit area Radio Stations
Woodward Dream Cruise Web Cams and Live Streams
Detroit News 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise Live Cam – camera is set up at REMAX Vision on Woodward Ave south of 11 Mile.
WXYZ TV Detroit - 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise Live Stream – on Saturday, starting at 1 pm, live streaming coverage.
Oakland Press - Livestream video coverage of 2013 Woodward Dream Cruise – scheduled for Friday & Saturday, page lists broadcast times for each day.
Ustream - Woodward Dream Cruise Live Stream – on Saturday, ustream.tv auto blog will be streaming live.
Woodward Dream Cruise Official Merchandise – online store, current and collectibles.
Woodward Dream Cruise Network – WoodwardDreamCruise.net, "a public, social and informational web site used by fans and participants of The Woodward Dream Cruise." Forums, photos, videos, messaging, and more. You can become a member (free) and join the group when they get together during the WDC.
AutoWeek Coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise – WDC photostream, video, articles and news at AutoWeek magazine website.
Woodward Avenue is M-1 (Michigan highway) – details and history listed in Wikipedia.
Classic Car Club of Michigan – The Classic Car Club of America Michigan Region. "dedicated to the collection, preservation, esthetic pleasure and driving enjoyment of the classic era automobiles produced from 1925 through 1948."
America's Corvette Club of Michigan – based in West Bloomfield, north of Detroit. "activities we plan include competitive driving, cruises, car shows, national Corvette events, and social gatherings."
Corvette Legends Club (Corvettes eighteen years of age or older) – based in Plymouth, west of Detroit. Planned trips, charity functions, events and social activities.
The American Road Thunderbird Club (TARTC) – a vintage car group, they preserve and enjoy vintage Thunderbirds and sponsore many events each year.
Motor City Viper Owners (MCVO) – Viper Club of America Motor City Region. Dodge Viper.
Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan (MOCSEM) – a family club dedicated to preserving the legend of the Ford Mustang.
West Michigan Mustang Club – "We are centered in Grand Rapids but have members in Traverse City, in Kalamazoo, and in the Lansing area. We recognize all Mustangs."
Nightmare Cruisers Hearse Club – based in Westland, MI (west of Detroit). "Rising up from the ashes of Hell (Michigan), our members were responsible for creating the largest annual gathering of hearses in the world, earning us a Guinness World Record in the process."
Motor City Terminators (MCT) – "mission of the Motor City Terminators Car Club is to enhance the Mustang Cobra Terminator experience for our members by providing support, information, and activities"
Royal Pontiac Club of America – in metro Detroit. "The Royal Pontiac Club of America welcomes all performance car enthusiasts. Although the Clubs primary focus has been Pontiacs of all years, we welcome all brands of Muscle Cars." facebook
Roam'n Chariots – car club based in the Lincoln Park area (south of Detroit). No mandatory dues or meetings. “Members just come out and have fun.” Has an annual car show that is a benefit, and supports other benefits. Features Friday cruise nights that start in May. see → cruise nights.
Wanderers Classic Car Club – Downriver Wanderers is based in the Woodhaven area. It does charity shows, Tuesday cruise nights, participates in major cruises.
Fun Time Cruzers car club – in the Shelby Twp / Sterling Heights area of southeast Michigan.
Motor City Rockets Oldsmobile club of southeastern Michigan – for Oldsmobile enthusiasts with any model Olds 1897 to 2004.
Michigan Region of the Lincoln & Continental Owners Club (LCOC) – "we are dedicated to the preservation, recognition, and appreciation of all Lincoln automobiles by bringing together Lincoln owners and enthusiasts in a friendly and social manner for the purpose of furthering knowledge and awareness of the Lincoln marque of automobiles."
North Oakland Bowtie's – a family oriented car club that welcomes all current and future vehicle owners with any make, model or year. The Bowtie's assist in several weekly Cruise-Ins, along with hosting an annual show at Waterford Hills Racetrack, a private party at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise,
Bowtie's on the Blvd and an annual Christmas Party. Oakland County is located north of Detroit.
Michigan Widetrackers – 16th Chapter of Pontiac Oakland Club International (P.O.C.I.). "We are the oldest and most renown Pontiac, Oakland and GMC club in the state. Our goals include promoting the rich history of Pontiac, Oakland, and GMC vehicles and making their ownership an enjoyable experience. We are a fun-loving group of car enthusiasts who enjoy the classic and collector hobby, making new friends, and cruising. We have and continue to support many community charities and events."
Michigan Impala SS Legends (MISSL) – “is the largest club for owners of 91-96 Chevrolet Impala SS, Caprice SS, Caprice 9C1, and other B&D body in Michigan. MISSL activities include Meetings, Mod Days, Car Shows, Drag Racing, Picnics, Cruises and Special Tours.”
TorinoCobra.com – The Ford Torino Cobra Site. members, forums, events.
United Street Machine Assoc (USMA) – “USMA, started in 1979, has been recognized for many years as one of the most charitable car clubs in the U.S.A.. We currently do many shows and cruise nites for you to enjoy. Everyone is welcome. All makes, all models. We want people who enjoy the sport and have some fun with cars.”
No Name Car Club – “We're just a group of regular folks that love cars and good company. Why don't you join us any Thursday night at the McDonalds restaurant on Gratiot just north of M59.”
Exiled Car Club – a Michigan wide car club.
Model "A" Restorers Club MARC – to acquire, restore, preserve and exhibit the Model "A" Ford.
Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) – Motor City Region – "we are one of the oldest SAAC regions in the United States"
Rattle Can Rodders – a locally run club dedicated to Hot Rodders & Car Crafters who love working on their own cars.
Flaming Pistons Car Club of Michigan – 50s and 60s cars.
Motown Muscle – Musclecar Club, Detroit.
Michigan Hot Rod Association (MHRA) – events, pictures, clubs, contacts, interviews.
Lambda Car Club - Detroit Region – "LCC Detroit is the Motor City chapter of Lambda Car Club International."
There are more car clubs in Michigan, but only those with websites get listed on this page.
Michigan Hot Rod Magazine website has a → List of Car Clubs in Michigan
Car Enthusiasts in Michigan and related websites
Cruisin' MI – articles, photos, videos, blogs, events.
Michigan Car Shows & Events - The Big List – events listed by month, features all areas of Michigan, includes links to events websites. This impressive list is constantly updated and compiled by Bernie's British Cars (Traverse City area).
WCSX Classic Rock Cruisers – “We're a group of WCSX listeners who love the feel of the road under our wheels, the sound of our engines purring, and, of course, Classic Rock cranked up all the way.”
Michigan Classics – Classic Car & Muscle Car enthusiast resource. “We are your resource for Michigan car show and swap meet information. Enjoy our image gallery and list of local events, buy and sell your classic car, truck or parts or have us help you sell your vehicle to a global audience.” facebook
The Hot Rods of Dearborn (HRD) – “dedicated to collecting stories and pictures of hand-built hot rods and customs from the 40's, 50's, and 60's in the Dearborn and Southeastern Michigan area. HRD is also very interested in covering current hot rod builds that are true to the spirit of traditional hot rodding…new traditionalism, we call it.”
Cruis'news - print and online magazine. “Headquartered in Sterling Heights, MI, Cruis'news prides themselves on bringing the car buff a complete listing of all car shows, cruise nights, swap meets and automotive events planned in Michigan, and the surrounding areas.” facebook
Cruise Nights in Southeast Michigan
Culver's Car Cruise – Tuesdays in Lake Orion, MI (north of Detroit). “Oakland County's largest Tuesday night Car Cruise. We average over 250 cars every Tuesday with DJ Beth spinning 50s & 60s music, 50/50 raffle provided by The Lake Orion Dance team. Over $250 worth of prizes given each week.“ Annual.
Fun Time Cruzers Sterling Heights Monday Night Lakeside Circle Cruize-In – in Sterling Heights, MI (north of Detroit). Every Monday Night, May to September, 5pm to 8:30pm. Located north of Detroit, on the south side of Lakeside Mall, just south of M-59/Hall Road & east off Schoenherr. 100 to 175 Cool Cars every week, Prize Drawings every 30 minutes, Photo Shoots, Dash Plaques, Cruizer Award Plaques every week, Best of Show Awards and more. phone 586-260-3459 for info. Annual.
Roam'n Chariots Friday Cruise Nights – in Lincoln Park, MI (south of Detroit), at Sears in the Lincoln Park Shopping Center on Dix and Southfield Roads. Weather permitting, generally from the first Friday in May till first friday in October. Annual.
Wanderers Classic Car Club Tuesday Cruise Nights – in Woodhaven, MI (south of Detroit), 5pm to 8:30pm. Early spring through early fall. Annual.
List of Cruise Nights and Cruise Days in metro Detroit – by cruisinmi.com
Cruise Nights in Other Areas of Michigan
Cruise Nights and Cruise-Ins in Jackson, MI – lower Michigan.
Other Car Cruises in Metro Detroit and throughout Michigan
click names of cruises to visit their websites
June 7, 2014 Mount Clemens Cruise - 23rd Annual – in Mount Clemens, MI (northeast of Detroit). an Open Cruise.
June 14, 2014 Cruisin' Gratiot – in Eastpointe, MI (just north of Detroit).
Annual car cruise. a week long celebration of automotive history, tradition, memorabilia, car shows, Idol Contest, Guitar Hero Contest, and family outings leading up to officially Cruisin' Gratiot, the Saturday before Father's Day.
June 28, 2014 Cruisin' Downriver – on Fort Street (south of Detroit) through the cities of Lincoln Park, Riverview, Southgate, and Wyandotte. More than 500,000 car buffs, enthusiasts and watchers usually attend. Annual.
July 12, 2014 Cruisin' US12 (Michigan Avenue Car Cruise) based in Wayne, MI (west of Detroit). Annual cruise takes place on Michigan Avenue based in downtown Wayne and includes the surrounding communities. Kickoff Party on Friday, July 12. facebook
July 12, 2014 All American Cruise (Wayne Road Car Cruise) in Westland, MI (west of Detroit, north of Wayne). A new cruise that takes place on Wayne Rd from Joy Rd to Glenwood Rd. Kickoff Party on Friday, July 12. facebook
TBA 2014 Telegraph Cruise (Telegraph Road Car Cruise) – just west of Detroit on Telegraph Rd in Taylor, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, and Redford, MI. Annual cruise goes from Eureka Rd in Taylor (south end) to a little north of 5 Mile in Redford (north end). Main cruise day is Saturday, July 27. facebook
August 3, 2014 Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise – on Gratiot Ave in Clinton Township (north of Detroit).
annual car cruise. "In a celebration beyond each previous year, the Gratiot Cruise expects crowds of 200,000 people and thousands of classics on Gratiot Avenue from 14 Mile to north of Metropolitan Parkway (aka 16 Mile) through Clinton Township." Official cruise also has many pre-cruise events including the "Cruise Headquarters Car Show where you can participate in the show & still go cruising without losing your parking spot. We are taking pre-registration at our Pre-cruise car shows before the cruise." facebook
August 12-16, 2014 Back to the Bricks Car Cruise (B2B 2013) – in Flint, MI.
9th annual in 2013. About 400,000 car enthusiasts attend each year. Car shows, swap meets, lots of cruisin. 13 mile route, and you don't have to register. The entire event is 'free' to all show car owners. facebook
August 22-23, 2014 28th Street Metro Cruise – Annual Car Cruise in Grand Rapids, MI (West Michigan). Over 15,000 cars and 300,000 spectators! It's free and open to all types of vehicles, and spans an area along 15 miles of the famed 28th Street. Also has children's rides, Beer Tents with live entertainment, Automotive Swap Meet, more. facebook
August 27, 2014 Harper Charity Cruise – on Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores, MI (northeast of Detroit). Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Cruise goes from Old Eight Mile to Martin Rd, 5pm till 9pm, Wednesday.
Noteable Car Shows in Michigan
North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show, NAIAS) [Public Show is January 18-26, 2014] – One of the premier international auto shows in the world! Annual, always held in the middle of January at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. Lots of new cars and concept cars, all major auto manufacturers are represented. facebook
Detroit AutoRama – March 7-9, 2014. Annual vehicle show at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit. "America's Finest Hot Rods, Customs, Trucks and Motorcycles". Includes Charity Auction, Annual Toy-A-Rama, Autorama Pinup Girl Contest, live entertainment, celebrity appearances, more.
Concours d'Elegance of America – July 27, 2014 (sunday) at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, MI (west of Detroit). Annual Exhibition of Antique & Classic Collector Automobiles. High-end cars and motorcycles vie for coveted trophies and awards. Plus there is an annual auction of rare vehicles.
Del Shannon Car Show (in West Michigan) – August 8-9, 2014. This annual car show includes a Truck Show, Motorcycle Show, Tractor Show, Port City Racing Vendor Row, Entertainment Tent, Cruise Night, food and more.
Drag Racing (Drag Strips) in Michigan
Milan Dragway – in Milan, MI. located near bottom of lower peninsula.
Lapeer Dragway – in Lapeer, MI. located northwest of Detroit.
Mid-Michigan Motorplex – in Stanton, MI. located in middle part of lower peninsula, northwest of Lansing.
Ubly Dragway – dragstrip in Ubly, MI. located near top of Michigan's Thumb.
Drive-In Theatres in Michigan - Watch Movies From Your Car!
Ford Drive-In Theatre – in Dearborn, which borders Detroit.
location: 10400 Ford Rd, Dearborn, MI 48126. phone 313-846-6910.
A real year-round drive-in theatre that features movies on five different screens. Always a Double Feature, two pictures for the price of one! has in car heaters, all major credit and debit cards accepted.
More drive-in movie theatre info at MichiganDriveins.com
Cool Car Stuff in Michigan
Ford Rouge Factory Tour – “the only Detroit automotive plant tour available to the public”
The Henry Ford, 20900 Oakwood Blvd, Dearborn, MI 48124-5029. At The Henry Ford you can also explore car displays spanning 100 years, the automobile's past, present and future.
Gilmore Car Museum – in southwest Michigan.
Located midway between Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and Lansing - close to I-94 and US-131. “home to over 300 extraordinary vehicles and seven independent auto museums.“ facebook
Autopalooza – website to get information about major car cruises, car races and car shows in Southeast Michigan during the summer months, many in August.
Some Popular TV Shows About Cars
Street Outlaws – tv show on Discovery channel featuring illegal street drag racing, and competition for their "top ten standings".
The Car Chasers – tv show on CNBC channel.
Find It. Fix It. Flip It.
My Classic Car (MCC) – long running tv show that focuses on America's love affair with the automobile, hosted by Dennis Gage. Now on MAVTV channel, in January 2014, also on the Velocity channel.
To find and see pictures of almost every car in Movies and TV Series,
click → IMCDB - Internet Movie Cars Database
Famous Cars in Movies and TV Shows• Back To The Future - features the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (De Lorean Time Machine)
Goldfinger- both feature the 1963 Aston Martin DB5
General Interest - Classic Cars, Muscle Cars, etc.
Car Show Game - 1950s (quiz/trivia game) – Keep score as you "identify cars from the 1950s, back when cars had personality and you didn't have a console between you and your girl."
Cars We Drove in 50s and 60s – video slideshow includes good background music.
classiccar.com – "Since 1996 we're been the place to go to for all things Classic Car. Classifieds, news, events, community and so much more. No clutter. No hassles. Just Classic Cars."
Mopar Muscle Cars Facebook Group – click → facebook.com/groups/276025833140 (Mopar Muscle Cars)
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