It's practically impossible to explain the scope of the Woodward Dream Cruise that takes place every summer in Detroit to someone who's never witnessed it themselves. Here at Autoblog, we've tried using image galleries, stationary camera feeds and even a live stream attached to a Chrysler minivan in an attempt to bring Woodward coverage to the masses. Sadly, none of these efforts has proven particularly successful at conveying the actual happenings.

Watch the video down below and you'll understand why. There are miles and miles of roadway with as many as five lanes of traffic clogged with every kind of car imaginable – modern machines and classic creations on two and four wheels from American, European and Japanese manufacturers. Adding to the spectacle are a few hundred thousand spectators lining Woodward Avenue or driving their cars through the traffic. Don't forget that the Detroit Three all have some sort of official presence, too, and did we mention that it starts early in the morning and lasts until well past bedtime?

That explanation out of the way, allow us to congratulate Autoweek on its inventive idea: a radio-controlled helicopter with a professional pilot. While we still firmly believe that the Woodward Dream Cruise needs to be witnessed live for the full effect, the aerial coverage you'll see below may be the next best thing.


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      koheed
      • 2 Years Ago
      "starts early in the morning and lasts until well past bedtime"??? You forgot to mention the weeks leading up to and continuing throughout the weekend.
        twofingersneak
        • 2 Years Ago
        @koheed
        i'd argue that the weds-friday before is just as good if not better than the actual thing - until the birmingham and royal oak cops put on their douchebag badges and give out tickets for playing music too loud or revving past 2500 rpm...
        digiboi
        • 2 Years Ago
        @koheed
        Its not just weeks anymore - crusiing is probably more popular on Woodward now than it ever was in the 60s and 70s. Even in the spring, gearheads are hanging out at various places with their cruise rides and just chillin. What I find most interesting is that after about 7pm, the speed limit of 45 is almost never hit - I remember when you'd get tailgated for anything less than 55. Now everyone is gawking and poking along at 35-40 mph.
      Tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow that's some really great footage! The Dream Cruise was alot of fun this year, as it is every year....was Autoblog out there this year? I don't recall seeing any photo galleries :-/
        Hal20xx
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tyler
        Yeah, where was Autoblog this year? I always look forward to the few rounds of photos you submit...
        Joe Goulet
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tyler
        Nah they chose to cover Pebble Beach heavily and avoid the dream cruise for some reason. Kind of bummed they didn't deliver anything until now. Autoweek delivered a pretty awesome video, love the angles and smoothness that the heli pulls off on video!
          Mark
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Joe Goulet
          Yup - Pebble Beach but very little of Woodward or The Concours of America...
        recharged95
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Tyler
        Quadcopters rule. Of course, don't let the FAA know.
      JR
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bad idea flying R/C aircraft over crowds of people(and expensive cars). Hope Crain Comm has good insurance.
        Chunky
        • 2 Years Ago
        @JR
        One could argue crowds of people and crowds of expensive powerful cars is a bad idea, maybe enjoy the experience and stop worrying about insurance for a 3lb toy.
      Sack
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't believe that was filmed from an RC helicopter but rather what are called quadcopters or multi-copters. If you listen carefully you'll hear the high speed rotors. They are much more stable in flight than a helicopter and employ 3 or more smaller propeller rotors than a helicopter would use. For that reason they would be somewhat safer in regards to the people it was being flown around. http://www.hoverthings.com/gallery.html Have a look.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is that a car on fire .. oh wait that's a watch-a-macall it , a burn out box ?? Other than that I dig the Woodward Cruise.
      Carlos Hernandez
      • 2 Years Ago
      love the Woodward dream cruise! wouldnt miss it for anything!
      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      This guy went directly over my car as I was cruising Woodward, I was hoping I would make it to the video!
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