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Woodward Dream Cruise
Date: August 21, 2021 Saturday. In reality, it is a week long event starting the weekend before.
NOTE: Scared of recall petition, Democrat Gov Whitmer ends her statewide Covid-19 restrictions on June 22, 2021.
Annual World Famous Car Cruise on Woodward Ave just north of Detroit in Michigan, USA. The Woodward Dream Cruise – WDC – is the World's Most Popular Car Cruise and largest one-day automotive event featuring classic cars, custom cars, specialty vehicles. Always the 3rd Saturday of August.
More WDC Info is lower, plus additional Local Cruisin' & Car Info!
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, custom cars, street rods, collector and specialty vehicles, and car shows up the wazoo! Plus there are bands and djs, music entertainment up and down the route, some perform outside, the others at venues on the inside.
The Cruise starts one mile north of Detroit in Ferndale, MI and goes up to Pontiac, MI, and back. About 10 miles each way, it has several
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 divided by a median or turn lane.
Cool Facts: Woodward Avenue (M-1) was the first concrete roadway in the country. It is listed as an Automotive Heritage Trail (an All-American Road), plus a Michigan Heritage Route.
Woodward Dream Cruise Official Merchandise online store has current and limited edition items. wdc.eagraphics.com/wdc/Stores/Page/1000029/Home
For lots of Woodward Dream Cruise videos, click → WDC on YouTube
Click event names, website urls, facebook for updates and complete info.
Woodward Dream Cruise Events 2021
August 14, 2021 Roadkill Nights Powered by Dodge – in Pontiac, MI, at M1 Concourse. street-legal drag racing, drift, thrill rides, car show, TV-versus-the-internet grudge match, more. www.hotrod.com/events/roadkillnights www.roadkill.com
August 20-21, 2021 – Ferndale Woodward Dream Cruise – in Ferndale, MI, the start/bottom Loop of WDC, Woodward Ave at 9 Mile Rd. Mustang Alley with over 700 Mustangs, Emergency Vehicle Show, Classics & Cruis'n Legends Vehicle Show, Rock'n Live Entertainment Stage, Outdoor Movie Night, Woodward Dream Cruise Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, more. www.ferndaledreamcruise.com
Canceled 2021 Bloomfield Township Classic Car Show and Dream Cruise Viewing Area – at Mercedes Benz of Bloomfield. In addition to show cars, annual event has entertainment, food, general parking, more. www.bloomfieldtwp.org/Events/Special-Events.aspx facebook
Berkley, MI – general cruise area: Woodward Ave near 12 Mile. www.berkleymich.org
Bloomfield, MI – cruise area: Big Beaver Rd (a.k.a 16 Mile) to Long Lake Rd (a.k.a. 18 Mile).
City of Bloomfield Hills www.bloomfieldhillsmi.net
Bloomfield Township www.bloomfieldtwp.org
Ferndale, MI – cruise area: bottom/start loop of the WDC. www.ferndalemi.gov
Pontiac, MI – cruise area: top loop of the WDC, roughly between where 20 Mile and 21 Mile roads would be if they existed. www.pontiac.mi.us
Birmingham, MI – general cruise area: Maple Rd (a.k.a. 15 Mile). www.bhamgov.org
Royal Oak, MI – general cruise area: from 11 Mile to 13 Mile. www.romi.gov
Huntington Woods, MI – general cruise area: just north of 10 Mile (I-696). www.ci.huntington-woods.mi.us
Pleasant Ridge, MI – general cruise area: just south 10 Mile (I-696). cityofpleasantridge.org
About Woodward Ave, click: Woodward Avenue is M-1 (Michigan highway)
Car Clubs in Michigan
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Mustang Owners Club of Southeastern Michigan (MOCSEM) – a family club dedicated to preserving the legend of the Ford Mustang. www.mocsem.com
Mustang Club of Mid-Michigan (MCMM) – Based in Frankenmuth, the MCMM hosts car shows, cruises, and other auto/social events plus monthly meetings. www.mustangclubmidmichigan.com
Eastern Michigan Camaro Club (EMCC) – was formed to allow Camaro owners and those with an interest in Camaros, to gather, become friends, exchange information and have fun with our Camaros, in a safe and nonprofit environment. based in Canton, MI (west of Detroit). emcamaro.org facebook
Camaros of Michigan – dedicated to the owner's enthusiasts and fans of the 6th generation and earlier GM's Camaro. We are a Non-Profit Organization Car Club serving the West Michigan area. camarosofmichigan.com
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.” westmichiganmustangclub.com
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.” classiccarsofmichigan.com
Corvette Club Of Michigan – based in metro Detroit, MI. Michigan's premier club for Corvette owners and enthusiasts. Supporting the Michigan Corvette community thru competition and social events since 1958. corvetteclubmi.com facebook
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, social gatherings.” americascorvetteclub.org
Corvette Legends Club (Corvettes eighteen years of age or older) – based in Plymouth, west of Detroit. Planned trips, charity functions, events, social activities. www.corvettelegends.net
Competition Corvette Club of Michigan (CCCoM) – based in metro Detroit, MI. competitioncorvetteclubofmichigan.club
Road Masters Vette Club (RMVC) of Michigan – based in metro Detroit, MI. roadmastersvetteclub.com
Classic Thunderbird Club International - Southeastern Michigan Chapter 5 – dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of the '55, '56 and '57 Ford Thunderbird. www.ctci.org/chapter-5
Motor City Marauders Car Club - Mercury Marauder Enthusiasts facebook
Royal Pontiac Club of America – in metro Detroit. group with a desire to drive, cruise and race their classic and new Pontiacs. With friendship and camaraderie the main goal. High performance cars of all types are welcome. facebook
Roam'n Chariots – classic car club based in the Lincoln Park area (south of Detroit). No mandatory dues or meetings, members just have fun. Has cruise nights, annual benefit car show, supports other benefits. www.roamnchariots.com
Fun Time Cruzers car club – in the Shelby Twp / Sterling Heights area of southeast Michigan. funtimec.ipower.com
Motor City Rockets Oldsmobile club of southeastern Michigan – for Oldsmobile enthusiasts with any model Olds 1897 to 2004. motorcityrockets.com
Michigan Region of Lincoln & Continental Owners Club (LCOC) – dedicated to the preservation, recognition, and appreciation of all Lincoln automobiles. www.michiganlcoc.org/portal25/jupgrade
North Oakland Bowtie's car club – in Oakland County, MI (north of Detroit) welcomes all vehicle owners with any make, model or year. The Bowtie's assist in several weekly Cruise-Ins, has annual car show, more. facebook
Michigan Widetrackers – Chapter 16 of POCI (Pontiac Oakland Club International) – based in Lake Orion, MI (northwest of Detroit). “Whether you have an early Pontiac, a muscle-era GTO or Firebird, a full-sized Wide Tracker or late-model Trans Am, Solstice, or G8, we have a place for you and your car.” Has annual car show, other events. www.miwidetrackers16.org/pageone.htm
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 welcome, all makes and models.”
No Name Car Club – “We're just a group of regular folks that love cars and good company.” During summer, they meet Thursday nights at a restaurant on Gratiot near M59.
Exiled Car Club – a Michigan wide car club.
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.”
Westside Rod & Customs Car Club – annually hosts car shows in Livonia/Redford area. facebook
There are more car clubs in Michigan, but only those with websites get listed on this page.
AUTOPEDIA has a list of Michigan Automotive Clubs with contact info. autopedia.com/html/AutomotiveClubs/MI.html
Car Enthusiasts in Michigan, special events, related info
Cruisin' Michigan - The Road Rally – May 13, 2017 in Livonia, MI. Annual travel around SE Michigan in a Scavenger Hunt styled rally. Anyone with a license and a legal vehicle can be competitive. 1st Place $500.
Woodward Cruise Club – “a public, social and informational web site used by fans and participants of The Woodward Dream Cruise. We welcome all auto enthusiasts, car clubs, truck lovers, show fans, cruisers, restoration projects, auto techs and friendly faces.” join for free.
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.”
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).
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
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
Autopalooza – website to get information about major car cruises, car races and car shows in Southeast Michigan during the summer months, many in August.
Two Wheel Michigan – motorcycle enthusiasts.
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.
SRB Wednesday Night Cruise – in Redford, MI area (just west of Detroit), weekly from end of May to October. Annual. facebook
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.
Car Cruises in Metro Detroit and Michigan
June 5, 2021 Cruisin' 53 – car cruise on Van Dyke Ave in Warren and Center Line, MI (just north of Detroit). www.cruisin53.com
June 19, 2021 Cruisin' Gratiot – annual car cruise in Eastpointe, MI (just north of Detroit). A week long celebration has car shows and events beginning on Monday. Cruise day is the Saturday before Father's Day. www.cruisin-gratiot.com
July 10, 2021 Cruisin' US12 (Michigan Avenue Car Cruise) – based in Wayne, MI (west of Detroit). Annual cruise on Michigan Avenue includes Wayne and surrounding communities. www.cruisinus12.com facebook
July 14, 2021 Telegraph Cruise – on Telegraph Road (US 24) in Taylor, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn and Redford Township (just west of Detroit). Hot rodders, classic cars, car enthusiasts and spectators. www.exploretaylor.com/1212/Telegraph-Cruise
August 1, 2021 Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise – annual car cruise on Gratiot Ave in Clinton Twp, MI (north of Detroit). “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.” There are many pre-cruise events. ctgratiotcruise.com facebook
August 17-21, 2021 Back to the Bricks Car Cruise – in Flint, MI. Many events during Main Event Week. Annual, about 400,000 car enthusiasts attend each year. Car shows, swap meets, automotive vendor displays, drive-in movie theater, live entertainment, parties, lots of cruisin' on 13 mile route. backtothebricks.org facebook
August 21, 2021 Woodward Dream Cruise – info at top of this page
August 27-28, 2021 28th Street Metro Cruise –
TBA 2021 Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise – annual car cruise on Harper Ave in St. Clair Shores, MI (northeast of Detroit). k05139.site.kiwanis.org/shorewood-kiwanis-harper-charity-cruise
Car Shows in Michigan
Detroit AutoRama – April 30 - May 2, 2021 at TCF Center in Detroit. Annual vehicle show features
Cars 'R' Stars – June 13, 2021 at historic Packard Proving Grounds in Shelby Township, MI (north of Detroit), annual car show. www.carsrstars.com
Hamburg Fun Fest Classic and Custom Car Show – June 19, 2021 in Hamburg, MI. annual. hamburgfunfest.com/classic-car-show
Sloan Museum Auto Fair – June 19-20, 2021 in Flint, MI (north of Detroit). Annual fundraising event, car show includes rare collectable cars, plus awards, vendors, more. www.sloanautofair.com facebook
Mike Yore Memorial Car Show – July 16, 2021 in St. Joseph, MI (southwest MI), classic car show. www.stjoetoday.com/eventdetails/...
Concours d'Elegance of America – July 23-25, 2021 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 an annual auction of rare vehicles. concoursusa.org
Troy Traffic Jam – August 1, 2021 in Troy, MI (north of Detroit). annual classic car show, over 200 classic cars, hot rods, muscle cars, specialty vehicles. www.troyhistoricvillage.org TTJ register 2021
Le Concours de Livingston – TBA 2021 in Howell, MI (northwest of Detroit). annual car show. www.livingstonloveinc.org/leconcours
Coopersville Car Show – August 13-14, 2021 in West Michigan. Cars, Motorcycles & Trucks welcome. Event has entertainment, cruise night, trophies, food and more. coopersvillecarshow.com
Frankenmuth Auto Fest – September 10-12, 2021. Annual event Heritage Park in Frankenmuth, MI (east/mid lower peninsula). over 2,000 Show Cars on display, Block Party Friday cruise, entertainment, craft show, food. www.frankenmuthautofest.com
Annual Grape Escape Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show – September 11, 2021 in Paw Paw, MI (southwest Michigan). Trophies awarded in many categories, show is part of the Wine and Harvest Festival. www.wineandharvestfestival.com/events
EyesOn Design Car Show – September 19, 2021 in Grosse Pointe Shores, MI. Automotive Design Exhibition. www.eyesondesign.org/carshow
Southeast Michigan Auto Show – skipping 2021, TBA 2022 at Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI. www.southeastmichiganautoshow.com
Roseville Downtown Car Show – skipping 2021, Tuesday Nights, May through July 2022 in Roseville, MI (north of Detroit). www.downtownrosevilleevents.com/#carshow
North American International Auto Show (Detroit Auto Show) – skipping 2021, TBA 2022. in downtown Detroit. One of the premier international auto shows in the world! Annually features new cars and concept cars from major auto manufacturers, plus new mobile technology, interactive exhibits, charity gala, more. naias.com facebook
Drag Racing Dragstrips in Michigan
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Lapeer International Dragway (open in 2021) – in Lapeer, MI. located northwest of Detroit.
Mid-Michigan Motorplex (open in 2021) – in Stanton, MI. located in middle part of lower peninsula, northwest of Lansing.
Ubly Dragstrip (open in 2021) – dragway in Ubly, MI. Veteran owned, located near top of Michigan's Thumb.
Milan Dragway (closed for 2021) – in Milan, MI. located near bottom of lower peninsula.
Custom Car Builders and Car Restoration in Michigan
Motor City Solutions - Hot Rods and Restorations – in Taylor, MI, south of Detroit. phone 734-947-7002 www.mcshotrodsandrestorations.com
Kustom Creations Inc. – Custom Car Builds, Complete Restorations, Metal Fabrication, Custom Paint and Paint Repair, Custom Interiors and Leather Work, Custom Exterior and Interior Design, Modern-day Powertrains for Classic Cars. Plus Picture Cars and Vehicles for Movies and much more. located in Sterling Heights, MI. facebook
Mobsteel – stars of History channel tv show
Detroit Steel Wheel – a division of Mobsteel, makes affordable custom steel wheels in 18-20-22 inch sizes, one piece steelies that can bolt up to just about any car or truck. They also have accessories to go with them. Located in Brighton, MI.
G-Tech Cars & Engineering – “Vintage American Muscle Cars to Modern Marvels. We specialize in building high quality custom cars, automobile restorations, & parts.” located in Greenville, MI.
Custom Bike Builders, Motorcycle Customization in Michigan
Voodoo Choppers – hand crafted machines, plus hand crafted parts and components created for motorcycles. located in Auburn Hills, MI.
Drive-In Theatres in Michigan - Watch Movies From Your Car!
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Ford Drive-In Theatre – in Dearborn, which borders Detroit.
More drive-in movie theatre info at → MichiganDriveins.com
Car Attractions Museums in Michigan
Ford Rouge Factory Tour – in Dearborn, MI. “the only Detroit automotive plant tour available to the public.” Also at The Henry Ford complex are car displays spanning 100 years, the automobile's past, present and future. www.thehenryford.org
Gilmore Car Museum – in southwest Michigan, home to over 300 extraordinary vehicles and seven independent auto museums. Located midway between Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Battle Creek, and Lansing – close to I-94 and US-131. www.gilmorecarmuseum.org facebook
TV Shows About Cars – click names to visit show websites.
Detroit Steel – tv show on the History channel featuring Adam Genei and his team at Mobsteel in Michigan “who turn worn out, rundown rides into full throttle, high-end masterpieces. '50s and '60s classic restorations to monster-sized, vintage trucks and decked out, '70s lowriding dream machines.”
Street Outlaws – street drag racing competition tv show on Discovery channel. Street Racers in Oklahoma compete for their
Misfit Garage – “A spin-off of the hit series Fast N' Loud, Misfit Garage features four mechanics who have all done business with Richard Rawling’s Gas Monkey Garage and join forces to create their own hot rod shop to rival Gas Monkey.”
CarSpotting – tv show on Discovery channel, a trio hunt for abandoned relics, then restore and sell them.
Roadkill – web-tv episodes, plus automotive videos and Roadkill events.
The Car Chasers – tv show on CNBC channel.
Bitchin' Rides – car show on the Velocity channel about Dave Kindig and his team who build show cars, custom cars and top-end restorations.
My Classic Car (MCC) – long running tv show that focuses on America's love affair with the automobile, hosted by Dennis Gage on MAVTV and Velocity channels.
Famous Cars in Movies and TV Shows
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Back To The Future – featured the 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (DeLorean Time Machine)
Dukes of Hazzard – The General Lee – 1969 Dodge Charger
Smokey and The Bandit – featured the 1977 Pontiac Trans Am (Pontiac Firebird Trans Am)
Smokey and The Bandit II – featured the 1980 Pontiac Trans Am
Knight Rider (tv series) – KITT – 1982 Pontiac Trans Am
Bullitt – featured the 1968 Ford Mustang GT 390 (driven by Steve McQueen)
The Love Bug – Herbie – 1963 Volkswagen Beetle, a Volkswagen Sedan
American Graffiti – featured the 1932 Ford coupe (bright yellow
The Blues Brothers – the Bluesmobile – 1974 Dodge Monaco
Batman (tv series) – the Batmobile – featured a customized Ford Futura concept car
Starsky & Hutch (tv series) – featured the 1976 Ford Gran Torino
Ferris Bueller's Day Off – featured the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT
Burn Notice (tv series) – featured the 1973 Dodge Charger
The Monkees (tv series) – featured a custom 1966 Pontiac GTO
Ghostbusters – featured the 1959 Cadillac Ambulance
Green Hornet (movie, 2011) – Black Beauty – 1965 Chrysler Imperial
Green Hornet (tv series) – Black Beauty – 1966 Chrysler Imperial Crown
Wayne's World – featured the 1976 AMC Pacer
Christine – featured the 1958 Plymouth Fury
The Munsters (tv series) – the Munsters Koach – a Barris Kustom Industries hot rod
The Rockford Files (tv series) – featured 1974 to 1978 models of the Pontiac Firebird
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 with background music.
classiccar.com – “Since 1996 we've been the place to go to for all things Classic Car. News, classifieds, events, community and so much more. No clutter. No hassles. Just Classic Cars.”