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Worst of Woodward 2009 - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Woodward Dream Cruise attracts hundreds of thousands of people and some of the best and most creative metal ever crafted. Some vehicles are finished works of art, while others are, well, works in progress. There's also a third kind of vehicle... those rolling tributes to rust and rot that tend to get in the way of the view of the other cars and trucks on Woodward. These are the kind of vehicles, that, if touched, could potentially necessitate a tetanus shot.

This year, instead of ruing the jalopies littering the streets of southeast Michigan, we've decided to embrace them for all the humor they provide. We've collected the best of the worst of Woodward 2009 for your perusal. Click on the gallery below to see the cars and trucks you wouldn't wish upon your enemy, and hit the jump to tell us which vehicle takes the crown as the ultimate Woodward warthog.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      So..... ya... I drove my stock grand cherokee on saturday just because it was crazy hot... and well all the girls wanted ac, so my buddys were stuck riding mano e mano. all the real fun is during the weekday nights leading up to the cruise. i wish i could post some of my best of the worst photos
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like a couple of these people were passing through than "crusing". I would have expected to see some riced out Civics and Accords, not a Cutlass Ciera as an example!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I dunno. . . some of these looked more like they'd fit in the works in progress category. Like that poor 280z with its top chopped off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That roof-less Z-car I thought looked pretty good. The Corvette just needed a paint job. Several others of these could be great if someone would have taken better care of them.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Autoblog needs to call the people that run porn sites or something; viewing galleries here is torture!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree.
        A nice slideshow button would be nice so you don't have to click through 50 photos.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If I live in detroit or Michigan and lost my job in the auto industry and I have to drive is this bucket around thanks for insulting me by putting my car that wasnt even in the show on your site!!

      You owe some of these owners an apology.

      And how can autoblog insult that camaro or even the Mustang with the flip up doors. Face the facts that appeals to the younger generation and proves that the editors are a bunch of old people who are out of touch and then those same old grumpy men will say there favorite corvette ever was the one off corvette summer!!! "hypocrites"
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Nateb,

        Having owned an RX-7, I can tell you that I would have swapped out that awful rotary for a Chevy SB in a HEARTBEAT, if only I had had the funds to do so at the time. I loved that car, but hated that freaking Wankel with a PASSION!
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you really were one of those drivers, and that's the only car you can afford. My first question is, why were you at the dream cruise. I can see 'tourists' getting stuck in woodward traffic but surely if you have access to autoblog you have access to google maps, and can quickly figure out that there are other N-S roads you can use in the area that aren't clogged with classic cars.

        I don't think the folks driving old clunkers who get stuck in traffic are all that bad. It's the poser dbags like the guys in the Mustang that bug me, or that genius with the limo tinted cutlass/malibu.

        Most people come out to woodward to be seen in their cars, regardless of the type. Don't act innocent and outraged that someone made fun of your car. POS or not, if it's not exotic or classic you're doing it wrong, take southfield or greenfield and stfu.

        This has nothing to do with age, I am 30 and I think these guys are a joke. Idiots that have an ancient junker, slap a huge wing, expensive wheels, and limo tint on it and parade down woodward are a blight on humanity.

        It is a matter of taste, expect people who have been going to the Dream Cruise may not be the type who have a taste for stupid car mods. That isn't what the Dream Cruise used to be about(IMHO).
        • 5 Years Ago
        +1 making fun of people that live in Michigan right now is just morally wrong.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I completely agree I do think these cars are ugly. But you missed my point Im tried of hearing about it Especially from people who 30 yrs ago had a disco ball in there van. I highly doubt anyone doing these things to there car falls in your catagory . But t if there wasnt a demand for it people wouldnt buy it. These people will probably look back 20yrs from now and say what was I thinking kinda like pants from the 70s. But back then they were in and to a large amount of people these cars are in.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, lambo doors like those appeal to people with no taste. I'm 21 and grew up in the tuner as it became mainstream. If we set out to make something look good, the idea was always to accentuate parts of the body and interior not try to recreate them. (Look at Mugen Hondas, or Mazdaspeeds or M cars. They don't change the lines of the car, just tweak them to give them new personality.) Then kids with too much money and too little style with which to direct their spending decided "Lambos are cool, we should put doors like theirs on our POS cars with Maaco paintjobs!" It's all an act. They don't even like cars, they just like telling girls they have a modded Mustang and looking trendy.

        Your car is not a Koenigsegg, you're not fooling anyone. Moreover, you've decided to put these doors on American muscle of all things, what a disgrace. It's like when someone dumps an RX-7's rotary for an LS1, and every rotary owner pukes a little. It's not about being young and hip, it's about the spirit of the car and actually enjoying them as more than a fashion accessory or a prosthetic d!ck.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is all in good fun.

      I make fun of my friend for driving a white Mini, and he makes fun of me for driving a 4-door Golf. 2 guys driving girly cars, big deal. And I thought us Canadians were whinos..
      • 5 Years Ago
      LOL poor people! I bet they don't wear good clothes or listen to cool bands either!!!



      C'mon now Autoblog...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sure hope the cop behind these ladies put them back into their proper rear seats...

      http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/woodward-2009-best-of-the-worst-edition/full/#6
      • 5 Years Ago
      Woodward is an open road, and if you live in the metro detroit and for some reason you need to cross it, you end up being part of the cruise weather you like it or not. It took me an extra half an hour to get where I was suppose to. It sucked.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nothing really wrong with the Stealth, and the various beaters are just normal cars that you'd see everyday. Hey, some folks don't have $60k to lay out for a 55 Chevy or a Deuce Coupe (is the joke that these jalopies were photographed in the "collector cars only" lanes?) The b!tchin Camaro, well, hey, I'll give it a pass. The sad and commentable cars are the ones that the drivers think are cool, but are laughable. That brings us to the color shifting crap-box and the douchebag Mustang.
      • 5 Years Ago
      grand am lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      the mustang with lambo doors look atrocious. i laughed when i saw the last picture; it's like they used regular spray paint to paint the front half of the car xD
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