Woodward Dream Cruise Picture Extravaganza

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  1. TriShield

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    Is the Dream Cruise Running on empty?


    RANTS by Peter M. De Lorenzo

    Detroit. This is Dream Cruise week in the Motor City, or is it Dream Cruise month? What started out as a day-long event years ago is now a week-long happening, and even a month-long trip for some - much to the perennial consternation of the Royal Oak police.

    Some hand-wringers are questioning the "relevance" of the Dream Cruise in this day and age, what with Detroit perpetually on the ropes and the incessant whining about our collective carbon footprints and all kinds of other Green-tinged disasters hovering over us.

    But to those whose thinking is veering off in that direction, I would tell them that the Dream Cruise is more relevant than ever, not only for Detroit, but for the rest of America at large.

    The machines on display at the Dream Cruise speak to a time when America was not fettered by the hand-wringers and others of their ilk who today can't make a decision to save their lives without a group hug and a discussion of the "feelings" involved.

    The machines being showcased on the greatest eight-lane boulevard in America this week weren't clinically sanitized or dumbed-down to the lowest common denominator. They weren't the result of a plodding consensus or a "measured" response to anything.

    Instead, they bristle with passion, vision and an unencumbered spirit - the kind that the majority of the vehicles we have to choose from today are decidedly lacking.

    The Dream Cruise may be viewed by some as a tasteless exercise in nostalgia for a time that wasn't all that good to begin with, or a gross waste of our planet's natural resources, or both. And they would be missing the point entirely.

    To those who espouse that viewpoint, I would say: Go back to your mind-numbing, pass-fail, nobody loses, "It's okay as long as you tried" orchestrated existence of predetermined mediocrity, because thankfully, that kind of relentlessly apologetic America is not on display here this week.

    The Dream Cruise is about an era in Detroit and America when this country was still "on" - when high-risk decision-making was not only part of the game, it was part of the strategy of actually winning the game. That sounds strange, doesn't it? But once upon a time, we actually played to win the game.

    The Dream Cruise honors a time when Detroit thrived on creativity, ingenuity and an unbridled exuberance that resonated on the highways and byways all across America. And it's exactly those characteristics that Detroit has to rediscover in order to survive - and thrive - again.

    The Dream Cruise running on empty?

    Not even close.

    Instead, it's our annual wake-up call to remind us of what we're capable of and that we can do better. Much better.

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    This, combined with TTAC's editorial focusing on why we're trying to build Camry clones when Chargers and 300's are Dodge's only sales hit, should be required reading for domestic executives.
     
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    ATTN CAR CREW - TriShield's Massive Woodward Dream Cruise Pic EXTRAVAGANZA!

    The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world's largest car show/cruise/party. It's over one million people and growing, thousands and thousands of pristine classic and muscle cars, new and old. It takes up 12 miles of north and south Woodward Ave in Detroit MI, a road that was a mecca for street racing and cruising in the 1960s. I've been making the trip to Woodward since 1998 and have had a blast every year.

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    My 07 300C HEMI rental, perfect for the Dream Cruise.

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    Thursday night and Woodward is already packed to capacity with muscle cars.

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    1950s era Corvette that runs on clean diesel.

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    Duggan's Irish Pub, one of the hottest spots to enjoy the Dream Cruise. And beer.

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    Hotel parking lots were filled with classics all over the place, including mine. Most had already left for Woodward by the time I woke up though.

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    I've never seen so many new ZO6s in my life. You could pretty much say that about any car new and old at the Dream Cruise.

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    Ford Motor Company Global Headquarters, Dearborn Michigan USA.

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    A group of Prowlers. The Prowler was released 10 years ago this year. There were hundreds all around Woodward celebrating including new Chrysler CEO Bob Nardelli with the Prowler he purchased new. Many had some nice customization and even a few V8s swapped in.

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    Panther Pink FTMFW

    Greenfield Village tour outside of Ford HQ.

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    Statue of Henry Ford at Greenfield Village. The man that put the world on wheels.

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    One of the best historical exhibits I've ever seen.

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    The building where it all started.

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    Finished Model Ts were driven out here.

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    Henry Ford gathered historical buildings from all over the country and across the world for Greenfield Village.

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    Thomas Edison's labs and building are all gathered here.

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    Before electricity machines were driven by steam engines with pulley systems.

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    The first lightbulbs and electric wiring.

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    Model Ts aplenty in Greenfield, and they are surprisingly quiet in person.

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    Late 1800s era home.

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    An English farmhouse moved to Greenfield Village. It dates back to the late 1600s.

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    1800s steam paddle.

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    Before the Model T there were horse drawn carriages and there were plenty of them in Greenfield.

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    Metal working shop with steam engines, large windows for natural light, and later retrofitted with electric lighting. Henry Ford also had the Wright Brother's family home as well as his own, and numerous other things we didn't have the time to check out. Maybe next year.

    Now, back to Woodward.

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    The new Dodge Challenger, in flat black.

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    It's packing the 392 HEMI, based on the current 5.7/6.1 HEMI block.

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    The new Challenger parked in various places along Woodward, I caught it here in Ferndale.

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    Love the wheels.

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    There was a big convoy of Police, Fire and Emergency vehicles new and old cruising Woodward with their sirens blaring this year. Probably 50 or more total, they parked here in Ferndale.

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    Jaguar XK in Police livery, not an actual Police car.

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    OT probably wants to caption this one.

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    New GT500s aplenty at the Cruise this year, Ford had quite a few at their display in Birmingham. Orange FTW.

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    The new GT500 KR with the original GT500 KR.

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    Stunning in the flesh, the proportions are perfect.

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    There are so many like new classic cars that they all meld together. I really love the style and detail in pristine old interiors.

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    Two-tone paint was common in those days. There were plenty of new Prowlers, SSRs, Thunderbirds and other modern cars wearing these schemes well too.

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    So many wicked custom cars, so little time to capture them all.

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    The Ranchero's great great grandaddy - in Candy Apple red.

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    1980 AMC Spirit AMX, there were many nice AMCs at the Cruise this year.

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    Dig those crazy graphics.

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    1970 AMC Javelin Trans Am, I almost bought an AMC muscle car instead of the Grand National years ago. I love the patriotic paint jobs many of them offered.

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    Before there was the Neon SRT-4 or hot hatches there was AMC Hornet S/C 360, and before that the S/C Hurst Rambler and before that the 327 Rambler Rebel.

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    A sea of cars and people.

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    Rear engine, Chevrolet Corvair Spyder turbo. 150hp yo.

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    We think folding hardtops are impressive today, Ford had them back in the 1950s.

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    Big bad Buicks.

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    COMBAT Chevrolet Silverado test mule at one of GM's displays.

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    Modern Berger Camaro. Berger made their name as a Camaro tuner in the 1960s.

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    The Chevrolet Volt, extremely cool looking car.

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    I'd commute in it. It's nice to see radical thinking and styling returning to at least one US automaker.

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    Volt and Camaro, both cars drew huge crowds. It was tough to get photos of both.
     
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    2009 Camaro convertible. You'll see an LS3 there when it hits the showrooms.

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    GM unveiled the new HHR SS turbo at the Dream Cruise. The HHR vs Caliber SRT-4 rivalry is already brewing.

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    260hp direct injection turbo in a stylish, affordable and very versatile package. Thumbs up.

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    The new Chevrolet Malibu. Pictures do not do it justice, it is a fantastic looking car inside and out. Much better than it's Saturn Aura sibling IMO. This is one of the first US cars styled by Michael Simcoe from Holden.

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    Damn. You could hear that word being muttered by people everywhere during the cruise.

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    Cadillac XLR-V in Police livery, like the XK it was not an actual police car.

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    Would you like some car with your cubic inches?

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    The Pontiac G8, in red.

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    Base 18s, 19s will be available. I'll be buying Holden 20s for mine.

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    Base interior with leather. Red leather inserts, nav, dual-zone and other niceties will also be available. The quality is very high.

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    GM had the vehicles they supplied for Transformers there. Saleen also had the Mustang used for Barricade at their display.

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    Sadly, Optimus was nowhere to be found.

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    The 2009 Camaro used for Bumblebee.

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    GM had better offer this color scheme on the new Camaro. It's a big hit.

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    The HUMMER H2 used for Ratchet.

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    Ratchet wouldn't make a great ambulance since the rear doors aren't tall enough, but it sure looks cool.

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    The Holden Efijy, all the way from Australia.

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    A classic custom Camaro ...

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    ...with a new LS7 427 under the hood.

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    Local news broadcasting from Woodward.

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    Plenty of rat rods like this one were present this year. Check out the flathead V8.

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    My favorite classic Mustang, the BOSS.

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    Chrysler had the Nitro panel truck on display. Really a no-brainer for production. It's past time for two-door SUVs to make a return.

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    Chrysler also had many classic AMC cars at their display like Craig Breedlove's AMX from their heyday. Chrysler absorbed AMC in 1988 which is how they got Jeep. AMC was the last independent US automaker and based in Wisconsin of all places.

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    AMC Gremlin with Hurst S/C Rambler (the first overt compact performance car) in the background.

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    AMC Hurst S/C Rambler, 390 cubes in a compact economy car.

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    Display showing Chrysler commercials from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.

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    This blue is straight out of the 1960s Mopar brochure. It's being brought back for the new Charger Daytona/SRT and upcoming Challenger.

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    Panther Pink is rumored to be in the pipeline as well.

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    HEMI Rubicon, why isn't Chrysler offering a HEMI in these again?

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    The original Chrysler 300

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    A classic Challenger with the new Challenger in the background.

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    The new 610hp (I can't believe I'm saying that) Viper, there were a few cruising in their new candy colors.

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    Clever Dodge police chase rolling billboards.

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    HHR Panel wagon.

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    Dubs are starting to become common on muscle cars, and I like it.

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    Jeep SJ M-715 (military-spec Wagoneer), you don't see one every day.

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    I have no idea what that sign means. The GTO in front of me is Rob (main forum mod) and someone yelled at him "LS2, WHAT IT DO?!"

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    looks like a good time :cool: lots of beasts
     
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