1969 Pontiac Firebird
This year, it is even more obvious that the appeal of the Dream Cruise is not limited to those who grew up during the rise of hot rodding. Larry Garrison of Southgate, Michigan bought this 1969 Pontiac Firebird convertible shortly before last year's Dream Cruise. He recently purchased a Plymouth Prowler but wasn't able to take delivery in time to cruise Woodward this year. Even though he didn't grow up in Detroit, or even during the heyday of the Woodward cruising scene, this is his third year at the Dream Cruise.
1956 Chevy Nomad
Gary and Mary Pelve of Grand Rapids, Michigan, were spotted on Woodward in Birmingham with this cherry '56 Chevy Nomad. He didn't grow up on Woodward either, but he loves hot rodding and couldn't think of a better place to spend his weekend.
Vinsetta Garage has been a fixture on Woodward for years. It is one of the only places on Woodward that maintains it's '50s look even today. Even though the garage's now-vintage gas pumps no longer pump gas, they add to the nostalgic feel. The garage specializes in vintage car repair.
1966 Fire Truck
This 1966 fire truck was used until last year by the Royal Oak (Mich.) Fire Department. It's owned by Dick Lemmon of Royal Oak, a member of the Great Lakes Chapter of the Antique Fire Apparatus Club, which is headquarted in the Detroit area and boasts 400 to 600 active members. Lemmon also owns two 1953 trucks.
Yellow enough for you? This 1948 Packard boasts maybe the world's most festive paint job. Hot rodders are known for fanatic devotion to detail, and this Packard doesn't disappoint, with body color making its way even into the engine bay.
"Woodward Avenue was without any doubt the premiere cruising street for anyone who had an
interesting car to show off," recalls Jim Wangers, the man often credited with turning Woodward into America's hottest cruising strip. Clearly, this is a car you'd want to be seen in, a trick '36 Nash with all the right stuff.