2005 Woodward Dream Cruise by TCC Team (8/22/2005)
TCC's complete coverage of the '05 Cruise.
Here I am, again, hoofin’ Woodward at the Dream Cruise. It’s rained all morning, now it’s
Most have one thing in common: there’s nothing they’d rather be doing this hot August day than be part of this unparalleled annual auto happening. (Many thanks to event sponsor Eaton Corp. as well as Ford and GM for their kind hospitality along the avenue.)
The editor wants “Top Ten Muscle Cars.” How in the world, I’m wondering, can I pick anybody’s top ten favorites, let alone my own, just walkin’ up the Avenue seein’ what I see? Gotta have a GTO, a big-block Mustang, a coupla Mopars, a 427 Vette…. That’s just half the field. Guess I’ll grab whatever jumps out and strikes my fancy.
If you like this list, great! If you don’t…if I picked some you think shouldn’t be there and missed some that should, well…sorry. Yes, it’s a bit heavy on GM, because — with four strong competing brands — so was the muscle car market back then. Good Chevys,
If you were there with your four-wheeled pride and joy, and it’s absolutely the fastest, rarest, most beautiful, most perfectly turned-out muscle machine on the planet yet didn’t make this 2005 list, well…double sorry. Maybe I didn’t see it. Maybe I did and you weren’t around when I came by. As Detroit Lions football fans are fond of saying, maybe next year.
Here are my humble picks, all (as it turns out) from
Kerry Holmes of Bloomfield Hills waited 20 years for the previous owner to loosen his grip, just three months ago, on this brilliant yellow Bee. Why this car? “Because it’s rare, one of the more heavily optioned ’71 Super Bees that were made, and one of nine with a factory sunroof. Also the color. It’s a real catch-me color.” Holmes says it’s original, with 89,000 miles on the original engine, “except it’s been painted, once.”
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle SS-454
Burt Adams of Algonac found this car, fully restored, in
Far too many excellent Olds 442s to pick a privately owned one. This fine Hurst Olds belongs to GM’s
1973 Dodge Charger
Ken Johnson of
1970 Ford Mustang Mach I 428 Cobra Jet
“I’ve always raced Fords,” says Roush Racing employee Red Johnson of Pinckney, MI. “I had a ’69
John Banach of
1967 Chevrolet Corvette 427/435
Bloomfield Hills’ Bruce Alexander’s ’67 435-hp 427 Corvette looks a lot like mine, only a whole lot better. Much faster, too, since mine’s a much more affordable small-block. Bruce believes it’s the best-looking Corvette ever, and who am I to disagree. He bought it just eight months ago, complete with this gorgeous (non-factory) red paint job, added new bumpers and a new convertible top and swapped the (factory optional) “bolt-on” aluminum wheels and bias tires for ‘67-look redline radials on (factory standard) steel “rally” wheels. “I’ve been looking for a 427 Corvette for years,” he tells us. “It came down to this or a Marina Blue one, but the blue one had the 390-horse engine and no side pipes, and the price was right on this one.”
1987 Buick Regal GNX
It was past 4:00 when I got to
1963-1/2 Mercury Super Marauder S-55
This may not be the best or fastest muscular Mercury ever, but it’s certainly one of the more rare and interesting. Long-time NASCAR fans will recall the fastback Ford and Mercury coupes introduced mid-year 1963 for the primary purpose of winning races through reduced aerodynamic drag. As I recall, they were effective on the track as well as in showrooms. Owner Kirk Dillery of Battle Creek, Mich., was absent, but his note inside the windshield claimed this car as the earliest-built Marauder known to exist and probably the only one of 64 built with the rare Super Marauder 405-hp 406-cid engine. He bought it in