Disclosure: I was invited to attend WXYZ-TV’s Woodward Dream Cruise event by the Steel Market Development Institute (SMDI). This post is sponsored by SMDI and all opinions expressed in this piece are my own.
Each year, during the month of August in Detroit, thousands of historic and other sought after vehicles take to the streets in one gigantic rolling cruise. The cruise spans through several districts along the Woodward Avenue route. Besides those casually driving up and down the streets, many people also park their cars to walk the sidewalks instead – which are filled with vendors, car company displays, and other special events or parties. This rolling cruise car show has become better known as the “Dream Cruise” – no explanation really needed as to why but read on and I’ll show you anyways.
The Dream Cruise | Woodward Ave. – Michigan
Last weekend we headed out to the Dream Cruise in our 1950 Bel Air – it was the first time going back for us after many years. As we slowly cruised up and down the streets in our vintage ride it was easy to remember why we liked this event so much in the past. There is a camaraderie that exists here – even between those who’ve never met each other before. Like many others, we were excited to be here, not only to meet some really nice and interesting people but to appreciate all of the beautiful machinery that has come to life over the years.
As we began to walk the street, we found ourselves appreciating not only the vintage vehicles that individual owners brought to the cruise but also gawking after the newer street machines and also at some completely homemade creations. Even though this cruise is geared towards more historic vehicles, it isn’t uncommon to see a little bit of everything here. That’s what makes this event so cool.
Steel Throughout the Years
During our trip, we also spent some time walking around with the folks from SMDI (Steel Market Development Institute) because what better place is there to see the evolution of steel than the Dream Cruise? We got to see how steel played its part in the older vehicles like the 1950 Bel Air and throughout the lifecycles of the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger – which is a classic muscle car that FCA brought back into production many years ago. I found it interesting to learn that fifty years ago when many of these vehicles were built, there were only a few grades of steel – now there are over 200! It’s also great to learn that as the years have passed, steel companies have been working to improve the strength of steel and steel designers have been using those advancements to create vehicles where passengers can walk away from a crash unharmed. Kind of neat, right?
The Dream Cruise in the Detroit area is a great place to come together with other car enthusiasts to appreciate the past, live in the moment, and explore what the future might hold in the automotive world.
Do you have a favorite vehicle of all time? Leave a comment telling me what it is and what year. If you attended the Dream Cruise or have a photo of your favorite style car, tweet it to me @raisingdickjane and if #SteelMatters to you I’d love to hear why. I’ll be looking for your tweets!
Ready to see my favorite car? This is it – the pink T-bird. Isn’t it pretty?
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