Woodward Dream Cruise in Metro Detroit
Oakland County lures loads of kids and parents to M-1 on Aug. 18, 2012, for this southeast Michigan blowout of vintage cars, trucks and other autos
Car enthusiasts and admirers will flock to Woodward Avenue to observe the 18th annual Woodward Dream Cruise 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. Events for all ages will take place surrounding the historic avenue's Oakland County path from Ferndale all the way up to Pontiac.
The 40,000 (at least!) classic, muscle and custom vehicles easily attract 1 million visitors, making this free event the world's largest one-day celebration of classic car culture. Over 20 car clubs are expected to be in attendance, showcasing old-school vehicles like the Ford Thunderbird, vintage Volkswagens and Chevrolet Impalas.
New this year will be the Cruise In Shoes 5K run/walk the morning of the event. It begins at 7:30 a.m. on Yoruba Linda Boulevard in Royal Oak. The route will cut across Woodward Avenue and wind through neighborhood streets. The finish line is at Shrine High School, also in Royal Oak. Register online now until Thursday, Aug. 16 to participate.
You'll also find live music and DJ entertainment – as well as vendors selling official Woodward Dream Cruise merchandise. Some 100 local charities are selling refreshments along the cruise route, too.
Festivities and cars are on display during the week leading up to the event, as well, and WOMC radio will be broadcasting live that week. WXYZ-TV broadcasts live from Royal Oak during the event, too, where it will sponsor giveaways and sign autographs.
Inflatable games, kids' play areas and family fun zones will be located in Berkley, Pontiac, Royal Oak and Ferndale.
For more information about the 2012 Woodward Dream Cruise in southeast Michigan, check out the Metro Parent listing.