Even a drenching thunderstorm couldn’t dampen the spirits of the cruisers and gawkers who turned out for this year’s Woodward Dream Cruise.
By various estimates, at least a million people lined the main north-south route through Metro Detroit to gaze on as more than 40,000 muscle cars, hot rods and other classic automobiles came together for the nation’s largest automotive event.
Started almost as a lark by a suburban Detroit car club, in 1995, organizers initially expected a few thousand fans to turn out. The idea was to show cars as they were designed to be seen, moving, rather than at the typical static car show. The initial event turned out to draw more than 250,000, and attendance has only grown to enormous proportions.