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Woodward Dream Cruise
I am bombarded by images from my friends and neighbors showing their beautiful cars and trucks that ply the Woodward strip, from the old Totem Pole Drive-in restaurant at 11 Mile and Woodward, out to the old Ted's Drive-in at the far end of Woodward just before Pontiac. In the 60's we used to cruise that Strip on the weekends showing off all our hot cars. Around the time when Happy Days came on TV, the formal designation of a grass-roots event started and the Muscle Cars and restored classics get their weekend each year.

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Spectators line the street to cheer all the cars and restorers. The ingenuity and effort is beyond belief.

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TV in Detroit is covering the Dream Cruise live, They have the first Camaro ever built enshrined in a glass case.

Besides the Dream Cruise there is also the Concours d'Elegance of America, which originated at Oakland University's Meadow Brook Hall, the historic home of Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automotive pioneer John Dodge.  In 2011 this world-class event moved to the beautiful grounds of the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. This event has more expensive classic cars.

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Isn't there also a Dream Cruise every year on Gratiot, over on the east side of the Detroit suburbs? I used to live over there in Roseville, one street off of Gratiot, and there were some cities that objected to all the traffic and tried to ban the Dream Cruise.
I'll bet if they impounded all those cars, and sold them at auction, they could probably pay off Detroit's debt, don't you think? S13

But the only people who would buy them are the aficionados who owned them in the first place. Would government be that brazen--to confiscate people's cars, only to sell them back to them? Maybe in Hillary's America....
Back in the 60's, the East-siders did a pale imitation of cruising Woodward, on Gratiot Avenue. There have always been a few who run over there during the Woodward Dream Cruise weekend, but not near the numbers - probably they go to both places - but the spectators on Gratiot are few and far between. There is also the showing of vehicles in parking lots, where the owners open their hoods to show the engines - and win various trophies: One lot will have Chevy Novas and another GTOs or Model T's. When there are no more lots to fill on Woodeard, there can be an overflow to Gratiot. Maybe that's where Edsels go.

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(08-20-2016, 09:50 PM)John L Wrote: I'll bet if they impounded all those cars, and sold them at auction, they could probably pay off Detroit's debt, don't you think?  S13

"...Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe — from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer." {

There are a few classic cars stolen every year - but most owners are very protective of their babies. If government started confiscating them, then it would move to Gratiot, where the tank plant was located.

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