The weather both cursed and blessed the past week’s Tenth Annual Woodward Dream Cruise. Officially, the Dream Cruise only happens all day the third Saturday of August.
Because it is still a spontaneous "people" event — despite numerous corporate sponsorships and hangers-on — the parade of mostly Golden Oldies cars really goes on unofficially every night all the preceding week.
But Cruise Day dawned sunny and pleasantly cool, a real break for the thousands of vintage cars and hot-rodded engines which have a hard time avoiding overheating along the miles of parking lot that Woodward’s eight lanes become. Creeping must be hard, too, on the clutching left legs of drivers of the mostly stick-shift cars.
I live in an old
Thus it’s fairly convenient for me to duck through the numerous neighborhoods Cruise parties and Cruise parkers to cover the event for TheCarConnection.
My assignment this year focused on motoring oddities. The trick is to capture them photographically because the one you want always seems to be three lanes away and clear shots are difficult with the constantly shifting traffic, even if merely snailing along.
2004 Dream Cruise Teddy BearsEnlarge Photo
2004 Dream Cruise mini-ChevyEnlarge Photo
Then there were the half dozen miniature mid-Fifties Fords and Chevys I saw, immaculately cut down to fit over golf cart chassis. Their license plates proclaimed, "Honey I Shrunk the Car."
Another category of oddities were those with Hollywood memories: a Batmobile, platform indiscernible across six lanes; a Back to the Future DeLorean, and several Blues Brothers Mopar black-and-white police cars complete with occupants in shades, fedoras and black suits. Probably unintentionally, for me there were some others with movie memories, for example, an original-appearing Humphrey Bogart Big Sleep '38