The Woodward Dream Cruise is billed as the largest one-day automotive event in the world. Around 1.5 million people show up on a Saturday each August and line both sides of a seven-mile stretch of historic Woodward Avenue in the outskirts of Detroit. They come to watch some 40,000+ classic, custom and muscle cars cruise all eight lanes of road at little more than idling speed. Begun only in 1995, the Cruise feels like it's been happening since the golden era of Detroit that it honors. For Detroiters, it's become a way of life. For everyone else, it's high up on the list of 1,001 Car Things To Do Before You Die.

We sent Jessi Combs to the D during Woodward week to experience the event for herself and report back for The List. As we suspected, she encountered all types of native Detroiters who love the Woodward Dream Cruise, as well as some anti-Cruisers who don't share that sentiment. Sans Patrick for this episode, Jessi met up with Autoblog/AOL Auto's own Scott Burgess, who was participating in the Cruise in his own 1964 Chevy Corvair Convertible.


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      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Im from Detroit and I usually take the week off of the cruise,cause if you want to actually drive on Woodard it's best to do it the week's leading up to it.But the Saturday day on the cruise Woodard is a parking lot so be prepare too be sitting in traffic for hours,and get there early bring a chair,no alcohol is allowed and the police is out in full force,they will write you a ticket for $150 open alcohol.Also all car's is welcomed no matter,it's all about the vehicles,you are bound too see any and every type of car there.It is a family type of event but if your gonna make the day of it with the kids make sure you have something too do besides watching the cars,bring the dog,cat,a football,frisbe something like that.Me and my son go every year one day we ride in my 68' Impala convertible,the next day we are in my 96' Mustang Gt convertible.
      Tyler
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Woodward Dream Cruise is a great event and alot of fun to walk around in (if you can find a place to park). But if you actually want to drive around in the traffic you're better off coming a couple weekends before the Dream Cruise. There are still tons of cool cars out, but there aren't mobs of people or stop/start traffic so you can have more fun out driving around!
      Scott Burgess
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet Corvair -- oh, wait, it's mine. For those in the know, Jessi is Combs is the real deal when it comes to cars, and actually very cool. Design Eye is right, it's not a big deal to avoid Woodward and it's a hoot to drive along Woodward during the cruise. Definitely leave the kids at home though, unless they like listening to you talk about cars the entire day. Sit back and enjoy the day -- there's going to be just about every kind of car there. Muscle cars, pony cars, classic cruisers, foreign, domestic, things on trailers, spaceships, everything. Just enjoy it. (Though the thing I most like to do is park the car and walk along Woodward, just to talk to people and see all of the cars.)
      Ken Arnold II
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man I would love to go! They should come over to Tacoma to walk around the Le May Musuem!
      Eric
      • 2 Years Ago
      We went for the first time this year and loved it! We were a part of Mustang Alley so parkign wasn't an issue but the cruising was definitely stop and go traffic. My favorite part was sitting in the median of woodward watching the cars go by!
      Kevin Strand
      • 2 Years Ago
      I live right off of Woodward behind Vinsetta Garage restaurant, and just love having the cruise and all it brings to our community of Berkley! Cars..
      Michael
      • 2 Years Ago
      Those anti-cruise people obviously aren't car people or local business owners. I'll bet the local business owners are super stoked to have that many people going through their town.
      Carlos Hernandez
      • 2 Years Ago
      the Woodward Dream Cruise us like nothing else. If you are a true automobile enthusiast I recommend you try to make it at least once. You'll be hooked forever after just a little taste.
      lostboyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Honestly, it's ridiculous these days, almost impossible to get around and parking is outrageous. Being local there are far better and well organized cruises, or just woodward before or after the main event is much more fun.
      Laura Oliveto
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very enjoyable documentary for the WDC. My company was honored to be chosen to design the new website this year and we're thrilled to be able to contribute to the overall joy the Dream Cruise brings to the Motor City, my home town.
      Aaron
      • 2 Years Ago
      Does she have tats in her armpit? Wonder where else.....