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The Woodward Dream Cruise is a classic car event held annually on the third Saturday of August. The WDC Event spans much of Woodward Avenue from Pontiacmarker through Ferndalemarker in Oakland Countymarker, Michiganmarker, all the way to the State Fair Grounds inside the Detroitmarker city limits, just south of 8 Mile Road.

Today, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe. You can see muscle cars, street rods, custom, collector and special interest vehicles dating across several decades. The majority of the cars on display are those that were available and prevalent during the 1950s, 60s and early 70s prior to the OPEC oil embargo, which led to the Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations of 1975 and the proliferation of more fuel-efficient and less powerful automobiles. However, the Woodward Dream Cruise also welcomes vehicles of all models whose owners have either scrupulously maintained or customized their car to create a unique vehicle or statement.

During the post-war era, people would "cruise" in their cars along Woodward Avenue, from drive-in to drive-in, often looking for peers or friends who were also out for a drive, and perhaps seeking an opportunity for some street racing or at least a chance to "burn rubber" (or "light 'em up") in a quick getaway from a newly green traffic light.



Nelson House, a plumber from Ferndale, initiated the cruise in 1994 to help raise money for a children's soccer field in his community.

Organizers initially expected 30,000 or 40,000 people to come to the August 19, 1995 inaugural cruise on Woodward Avenue in Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak and Birmingham. About 250,000 actually showed up.

It is now the largest single day classic car event in the world, and brings in over $56 million annually for the Metro Detroit economy.

Each year, the celebration starts early in the week with these classic vehicles brought out onto the streets in preparation, and ancillary events are scheduled in the sponsoring communities of Ferndalemarker, Pleasant Ridgemarker, Royal Oakmarker, Huntington Woodsmarker, Berkleymarker, Birminghammarker, Bloomfield Township, Bloomfield Hillsmarker, and Pontiacmarker.

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