Every year, in different parts of the country, hundreds come to the biggest vanning event. I personally went to this event expecting to find a regular show with a few cool things. I was completely wrong in every way. Upon arrival I was greeted by very nice people that immediately introduced themselves to me. They brought me into their club and when I told them it was my first vanning trip, they greeted me warmly.
In Motor City, the practice for years was to cruise in your best car with your best girl up and down, up and down Woodward Avenue, waiting to see and be seen by the rest of the Motor City cruisers and their girls (or their boys). Flashing chrome, blacked-out grilles, white-walls, redlines, and the occaisional spontaneous drag race.
The Arab oil embargo put an end to that, with city fathers outlawing crusing. The Woodward Dream Cruise is the annual revival of the practice, a concession to cruisers angry at being grounded. Over the years it has become a week-long festival, drawing about a million participants and spectators from all over the world.
The 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise: Hotrods, dragsters, classics, antiques, imports and even crazier stuff!