What a Weekend: A Woodward Dream Cruise Recap
From Thursday to Saturday, Ferndale was taken over by cars and car lovers. Here's a recap of our coverage.
The 17th annual Woodward Dream Cruise is gone, though we'll probably see classic cars for a little while longer. But, officially, we can close the book on the classic car event.
Over the last few days, we've taken pictures of cars and people, written stories about cars and people and walked up and down Woodward about 15 times.
If you followed our coverage over the past few days, this won't be anything new for you, but, if you missed it, here is what we put together for the Woodward Dream Cruise:
Tuesday, Aug. 16:
- Dream Cruisers, Spectators: Woodward Awaits You: On Tuesday, Aug. 16, we published an overarching story of the Woodward Dream Cruise that encompassed all of the cruising communities.
Wednesday, Aug. 17:
- Some Stay Open, Some Close: How the Dream Cruise Affects Businesses: This story examined several businesses along Woodward Avenue that stay open and close up. Restaurant and bar owners said that most of their regulars jump ship but still business is good. A few retail businesses we spoke with said they shut down on Saturday, the main cruise day, because most people aren't looking to shop.
Thursday, Aug. 18:
- Photo Gallery: Mustang Alley Up and Running: From sun up to sun down, photos from throughout the first day of Ferndale's Woodward Dream Cruise festivities that included live music.
- The Dream, the Cruise and Woodward Avenue: A historical look at the Woodward Dream Cruise written by the Ferndale Historical Society.
- Giant Hippie Spotted in Ferndale: The Magic Bus, a '60s rock 'n' roll band, brought a giant hippie to help them entertain the crowd. That hippie, about 14 feet, did just that.
Friday, Aug. 19:
- Dream Cruise Photo Gallery: Poodle Cruising, Dudes Watching: Friday's Woodward Dream Cruise festivities brought the official ribbon cutting of the Dream Cruise and a Classic Emergency Vehicle Cruise up Woodward.
- Officials Launch Cruise with Ribbon Cutting: City and state officials come to Ferndale for the official ribbon cutting of the Woodward Dream Cruise.
- Ferndale Resident Loves His Corvette: Ferndale resident Chris Gorski shows off his Corvette.
- Car Club Connects Gay Men, Lesbians With Passion for Cars: The Lambda Car Club brings together gay men and lesbians who are passionate about cars.
- Chevy Rents Out the Rust Belt for A Private Event: The Rust Belt Market owners Chris and Tiffany Best rented out the space for a private event for the Woodward Dream Cruise by Chevy. Renting out the space, Chris Best said, opened his eyes to a new possibility for the Rust Belt.
Saturday, Aug. 20:
- Dream Cruise Gallery: Cruisers, Fans Still Out Despite Official Closure of Event: The official beginning of the Woodward Dream Cruise and Ferndale Patch was there from dawn to dusk, and after. And even though the cruise was officially shut down early after an early evening storm blew through the area and knocking out electricity in Royal Oak, cruisers still continued to come down.
- Ferndale Residents Report Disappointing Sales Despite Busy Streets: There were several garage sales throughout Ferndale on Saturday, during the height of the Woodward Dream Cruise. However residents holding them didn't see a huge spike in sales.
- Meet the Cruise Fans: 'You Can't Go Wrong for a Dollar': Those attending the Woodward Dream Cruise in Ferndale, sitting in the Woodward median, were there for one reason: Classic car watching. However, if you talk to them, there are some interesting stories.
- PatchTV: To Cruise or Not to Cruise?: Ferndale Patch hits the streets and asks if you like or dislike the Woodward Dream Cruise.
- From Hazel Park to Seattle: Cruisers Have Taken Over: People came from near and far to watch the classic cars.