Detroit has no shortage of old, abandoned buildings, both within the city and in the surrounding communities. Few, though, have the historical significance of the old Ford Highland Park facility. Home to the very first moving assembly line, Highland Park was designed by the legendary Albert Kahn, and was one of the homes of the Model T.
It's a sad sight when iconic institutions in local neighborhoods fade far from their former glory. Along Detroit's famed Woodward Avenue sits the Vinsetta Garage, which officially its doors closed in 2010. This story doesn't have a sad ending, however, as the garage has been given a new lease on life, and will continue to serve customers in a whole new way.
The Ford Model T was a game-changer, allowing middle-class America to finally afford a horseless carriage. As the public began taking to the roads in greater numbers, our nation began its transformation into a modern motoring society.
One of the cooler aspects of the Woodward Dream Cruise is that its completely open and unmoderated. It's the ultimate "run what you brung" event. Hundreds of thousands of people sit along the edge of the road and watch everything from bikes to trucks go by and the juxtaposition can be fascinating. Seeing a giant yellow high riding pickup truck with the front end of a Chevy Kodiak bearing down on a custom vinyl wrapped Smart is definitely an interesting sight.
Ford Motor is playing at both ends of automotive history for this weekend's Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit, showcasing both its iconic high-octane hot rod, the '32 Ford, and its hydrogen fuel-powered Focus Fuel Cell Vehicle.