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Woodward Dream Cruise
Why are classic cars are so revered today? At a time when car designs focus on fuel efficiency, safety and the latest tech features, classic cars hold a special place in the hearts of car enthusiasts everywhere.
Classic cars were made in an era that idolized the automobile. Cars represented freedom and independence, and Detroit’s designers made eye-catching models. These cars weren’t just about practicality, they defined a generation and perpetuated their own unique culture. While today’s cars focus on economics and safety, the automobiles of yesterday were about fashion.
That fashion-focused classic car culture lives on today, even when most people own cars that were built in the past decade. One homage to these automobiles was the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 19-20. Naturally, the event takes place in the Motor City itself, but it holds interest for car buffs across the country.
The annual event featured a classic car parade, live music and even activities for car enthusiast children. The event also generated big news from Chevrolet and Dodge.
Chevy celebrated a birthday
For Chevrolet, June 28, 1966, marked the beginning of a legacy that would last for the next half-century: the introduction of the Camaro. This classic car has left such an impression on the world, it has been mentioned in songs by artists as diverse as Keith Urban, The Ramones and Kings of Leon.
There is such a following surrounding this car in particular, The Detroit News reported that a group of Camaro owners from Texas planned to drive to the Dream Cruise in a “camarovan.”
“The Dream Cruise has been on my bucket list for a long time,” Mike Lee, one of the Camaro owners, explained. “The 50th and the Dream Cruise really tied it together so we can do it all in one go.”
The very first Camaro built was on display at the event and will soon be inducted into the National Historic Vehicle Register by the Historic Vehicle Association. The register is a prestigious list to be a part of, with the Camaro set to be only the 15th car to make the cut.
Dodge hosted a drag race
Street racing isn’t legal — normally. But during the Woodward Dream Cruise, car enthusiasts got the chance to have the race of their dreams, complete with a cash prize at stake. “Roadkill Nights powered by Dodge” took place on Woodward Ave, in front of M1 Concourse in Pontiac, an opportunity for amateurs to test their cars and their skills.
This year’s prize was $19,000, awarded to the fastest Dodge driver.
Dodge also celebrated the recent unveiling of two special-edition cars, the 2017 Challenger T/A and 2017 Charger Daytona. These throwbacks to the classic car era were recently revealed in preparation for the Dream Cruise.
Though these cars were on display at the event, ordering won’t begin until the fall. The Challenger will be open for orders in October and pricing will start at $37,399. The Charger will begin taking orders in September, starting at $40,000. For a true classic car aficionado, this could be a purchase difficult to pass up.