Woodward Dream Cruise
In the process, hot rods and muscle cars are gaining newfound respectability, even among serious collectors and traders. After long ignoring the genre, the organizers of the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance created a hot rod category several years ago, and they’ve become a fixture at Detroit’s own Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance.
If last year is any indication, there’ll be at least 50,000 hot rods and muscle cars cruising Woodward during the Dream Cruise, along with countless more conventional vehicles just along for the ride. You’ll see a lot of aging faces among the crowd, Boomers reliving their youth. But the cruising craze hasn’t been lost on the young.
Brad Levelle, a self-styled "’50s kind of guy," wasn’t even a gleam in his Daddy’s eye when the ’56 Chevy Bel Air he takes to the Woodward Dream Cruise rolled off the assembly line. But Levelle loves tinkering under the hood and laments that the cars he has grown up with look too much alike and are too complicated to work on.
Muscle cars and hot rods represent a unique era in American automotive design, and events like the Dream Cruise and the Route 66 Rendezvous will help keep the memories — and interest — alive.
If you can’t make it to Motown next week, TheCarConnection.com is the place to be for all the sites and sounds of the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. We’ll have daily updates, classic car reviews, plenty of pictures and more. You’ll find it only on the Web’s Automotive Authority…TheCarConnection.com.