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by Mark Phelan
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2002 Woodward Dream Cruise (8/16/2002)
The annual Woodward Dream Cruise, which draws classic cars and car buffs from around the world to Detroit, officially begins Saturday. Woodward Avenue was crowded with cruisers getting an early start Thursday, however. Automakers and other companies eager to hitch their wagon to the Dream Cruise were also busy making preparations along the length of the 17-mile cruise route. – text and photos by Mark Phelan
2001 Pontiac Firehawk Dream Cruise 2002Pontiac Firehawk
Late-model muscle cars like this customized 2001 Pontiac Firebird Firehawk also get their share of Dream Cruise attention Owner Gary Scott had his car, number 183 off the assembly line, customized to produce 400 horsepower. Scott also designed his own Firehawk logo, and had it sewn into the front headrests.
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1956 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible Dream Cruise 20021956 Bel Air convertible
Owner Dave Morrow brought this 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air convertible to Detroit just for Thursday’s pre-cruise. Morrow, of Woodstock, Ontario, Canada, bought the car in 1988. He did a complete body-off restoration with the help of some friends.
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California Spyder Dream Cruise 2002California Spyder
A heavily modified 1929 Ford Model A roadster, the California Spyder was one of the vehicles MBNA brought to draw people to its sidewalk stand. The Spyder features a Ford Special Vehicle Operations 302 cubic-inch V-8 producing 285 horsepower, a 3-speed automatic transmission and customized suspension and brakes.
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1928 Ford Replica1929 Ford pickup replica
An amalgam of parts from may sources, this 1929 Ford pickup replica features a 350 cubic-inch Chevy small-block V-8 and a Ford top-loader transmission.
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1937 Buick Dream Cruise 20021937 Buick 8
This 1937 Buick 8 sedan has had no restoration, and still uses most of its original parts. Its owner occasionally uses it a daily driver. He says the car, which features suicide doors, never fails to start on the first try.
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Mustang Drive In Dream Cruise 2002Mustang Drive-In
Automakers with a heritage linked to Detroit’s muscle-car glory days spare no effort in their Dream Cruise tie-ins. Ford is building a replica of a drive-in theatre to host executives and guests and serve as a viewing stand at a prime location on Woodward Avenue. The Mustang Drive-In will stand for just the day of the Dream Cruise.
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1963 Ford Galaxie 500Black Galaxie
This 1963½ Ford Galaxie XL 500’s mint condition is the result of three years of work by owner Mike Willhite, of Royal Oak, Michigan. The car has a 427 cubic-inch V-8 and automatic transmission. The Galaxie has 130,000 miles on it, and Willhite drives it regularly.
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1966 Ford Fairlane GTRed Fairlane
Named 2001 Good Guys National Muscle Car of the Year, this 1966 Ford Fairlane GT features a 427 cubic-inch high-riser V-8 and the bubble hood required by the high-riser’s intakes. Originally a racecar in the 1960s, the car has about 28,000 miles on it. Owner Verne Nitz of Bridgeman, Michigan, and other Ford aficionados will show their cars at The Blarney Stone pub at Woodward and 11 Mile Road during the Cream Cruise Saturday.
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