2002 Dream Cruise Day Two

August 16, 2002

by Mark Phelan

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2002 Woodward Dream Cruise (8/16/2002)

With a full 24 hours to go before the Woodward Dream Cruise officially begins, metropolitan Detroit’s main north-south artery was already lined with viewing stands, corporate events, and cars ranging from scrupulously detailed vintage Ferraris to owner-restored Nash Ramblers. Cruisers and spectators spent Friday mingling and staking out their places for the weekend celebration of cranky old cars and the people who love them. Stay tuned tomorrow for more from Saturday’s cruising. – text and photos by Mark Phelan

2002 Dream Cruise Mustang Ranch

2002 Dream Cruise Mustang Ranch

Mustang Ranch
A herd of vintage Mustangs on the edge of the Ford paddock in downtown Birmingham. The yellow 1971 Mach 1 features a 429 cubic-inch V-8. It is one of just 626 1971 Mustangs built with that engine. Michael Troell of Garden City, Michigan bought the car “as is” two years ago. The blue 1970 Shelby Cobra Mustang convertible in the foreground features a 428 cubic-inch V-8.

2002 Dream Cruise Buick GNX

2002 Dream Cruise Buick GNX

Buick GNX
The blindingly fast turbocharged Buick GNX was one of the U.S. industry’s rare muscle cars in the 1980s. General Motors will be displaying this stock GNX at Athens Coney Island on Woodward Ave. a 1,000-hp GNX can be seen at GM’s pavilion in Royal Oak’s Memorial Park.

157 Ford Fairlaine Sunliner

157 Ford Fairlaine Sunliner

1957 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible
Owner Mark Schwartz, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, bought his Fairland in 1980 for $600. He paid $800 to have the car flat-bedded from Montana to Michigan, then bought a hardtop Fairlane for parts – including a 292 cubic-inch V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor – and spent the next eight years restoring the convertible. Schwartz says Ford built just one convertible Fairlane for every 10 of the cars it built with a retractable hardtop.

1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Dream Cruise 2002

1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner Dream Cruise 2002

1959 Ford Fairlane Skyliner
Featuring Ford’s retractable hardtop, this Fairlane Skyliner sat in a back yard in Palm Springs, California for 13 years before owner Bob Marshall, of Plymouth, Michigan, bought it in 1983. He had it repainted, put in a new interior and rebuilt the engine and transmission. The car has its original engine, a 352 cubic-inch police interceptor V-8. It has about 166,000 miles on it.

1949 Buick Woody Wagon

1949 Buick Woody Wagon

Around the World in a ’49 Buick
This 1949 Buick Super Woody wagon completed an around the world in 80 days tour for vintage cars in 2000. The event began at London’s Tower Bridge May 1, 2000. The route ran south to Italy, then followed Marco Polo’s route along the Silk Road to Beijing. The 40 cars – ranging from 1960s European and US models to a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost – were airlifted to Anchorage, Alaska, and followed the Canadian Rockies down to Montana. They traveled east to the New York City area, and were airfreighted to Morocco. They toured North Africa, re-entered Europe in Spain, and finished the rally back in London July 18, 2000.

1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe

1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe

Anniversary Oldsmobile
This elaborate and beautiful chrome-laden dashboard was one of the hallmarks of the 1956 Oldsmobile Super 88 Holiday Coupe. Jim and Eleanor Sheldon, of Livonia, Michigan, bought the car in New Jersey a week before the 2002 Woodward Dream Cruise. A virtually identical Olds was the Sheldon’s first car when they were married in 1961. The Super 88 Holiday Coupe has a 324 cubic-inch 240-hp four-barrel Rocket V-8 with dual exhausts built into its chrome rear bumpers. The car has about 70,500 miles on its odomoter, and Jim Sheldon drove it from New Jersey to Michigan without incident.

1970 Ford 429 SCJ Drag Pack Torino GT Convertible

1970 Ford 429 SCJ Drag Pack Torino GT Convertible

1970 Ford 429 SCJ Drag Pack Torino GT Convertible
One of just 19 cars built with Ford’s Drag Pack performance package, this Torino GT convertible produces 375 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque from its 429 cubic-inch V-8. When new, the car turned the quarter mile in 13.6 seconds and a terminal velocity of 106 mph, says owner, Walt J. Golembieski and his sons Tim, Mike, Joe and Rob of Ray Twp., Michigan. It accelerated from 0-60 in 5.4 seconds. The convertible top made the car unsuitable for racing, so very few were built. The car has 115,000 miles on it.

1954 Ford F-100

1954 Ford F-100

Hot Rod 1954 Ford F-100 Pickup
Painted in the “performance red” shade Ford developed for the 1992 Thunderbird, this 1954 F-100 pickup belongs to Randy Baston of Canton, Michigan. The F-100 has a 351-hp V-8 with aluminum intakes and a C-4 automatic with a shift kit.

1956 Ford Fairlane Coupe

1956 Ford Fairlane Coupe

1956 Ford Fairlane Coupe
The color scheme on this 1956 Ford Fairlane Coupe is Sunset Coral and Colonial White, two of the “spring colors” Ford used to offer in limited production runs to boost sales. That gambit was particularly important for Ford in 1956, when the new Chevrolets had taken the market by storm. The 1956 Ford Fairlane was the first US production car to offer safety innovations like seatbelts and a padded dashboard and sun visors, according to the owner, who preferred to remain anonymous. The car features a 292 cubic-inch V-8 with a four-barrel carburetor. The car has 71,000 miles on its odometer.

1966 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

1966 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible

1966 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible
Ray Bohac and a group of friends drove his 1966 Pontiac Bonneville Convertible from their homes in Cleveland to Detroit for the Dream Cruise. Bohac has owned the car for five years, and “wouldn’t miss” bringing it to the Cruise. The Bonneville has a 421 cubic-inch V-8 developing 376 horsepower and 47,700 miles on its odometer.

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