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You have to drive something really special to stand out from the crowd at the Woodward Dream Cruise – something like a Google Street View Chevrolet Cobalt. When we spotted the Street View crew at last summer's cruise, we wondered if any shots of the vintage metal rolling around Detroit would actually make it into Google Maps or not.

Woodward license plates - Click above for high-res image gallery

Kirkham FIA 289 Cobra replica - Click above for high-res image gallery

Fiat Topolino - Click above for high-res image gallery

Google street view car watching the watchers - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Woodward Dream Cruise has become one of the largest car related events in the world over the last 15 years. But here at Autoblog we know you can't all get here to Detroit. We'll of course be providing you lots of posts and photo galleries all day long as always. In addition for the third straight year, we're doing a live video stream of the action down on the street. You can watch cruisers heading up and down Woodward (which way is up anyway?) from 10-4 today. The stream is after the jump so

At first blush, the city of Birmingham's decision to pull out of its official relationship with the Woodward Dream Cruise doesn't strike us as a big deal. After all, 40,000 or so classic cars are expected to descend on the historic Woodward Avenue just south of the Motor City whether Birmingham has representation on the Dream Cruise's Board of Directors or not. Officials representing the Cruise, though, don't quite agree with this assessment.

Last year, organizers for the Woodward Dream Cruise teamed up with Motorcities National Heritage Area to bring the classic car festivities all the way from the southern suburbs in Oakland County to Downtown Detroit. Ironically, it was the first year that the longstanding event officially entered the Motor City itself. Next year, the Dream Cruise will retreat back across 8 Mile and out of Detroit. Why? The economy, of course, as it seems the Detroit-specific programs didn't earn enough money to r