It’s time to celebrate summer on wheels

By: Eric Czarnik, | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published May 23, 2016

Classic car culture has developed its own set of classic events, as proven by a packed calendar of auto expos and cruises in metro Detroit.

Although the Woodward Dream Cruise, which spans along its namesake avenue in multiple Oakland County communities, tends to get the lion’s share of publicity, people who want to view some of the finest vehicles in automotive history won’t have to wait until August to do so. For instance, June will usher in auto events in Roseville, Eastpointe, Shelby Township and Grosse Pointe Shores.

Still, the Dream Cruise has historically been the biggest event of its type. Cruise Executive Director Tony Michaels said the event has not changed its theme, but organizers plan to make it bigger and better than ever before. He said spectators can expect to see all kinds and models of cars.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

“Forty thousand cars will be on Woodward that day,” he said. “Your pick of whatever you love is going to be out there — all the great car clubs and all their great, great automobiles.”

Michaels praised the participating cities along Woodward for coming together, and he said he was proud to have Chevrolet be the Dream Cruise’s presenting sponsor. In addition, he listed WXYZ-TV Channel 7 and CBS Radio as media partners.

With the help of such partners, the event can grow its reputation nationwide, he said. 

“The Saturday night show will be syndicated in 80 percent of the country,” he said. “The syndication has been building every year.”

Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise Co-chair Rosanne Minne said all the money that Kiwanis receives from the Aug. 31 event is given to charities that benefit children. She said auto enthusiasts can expect to see a large crowd of cars, trucks and various vehicles head down Harper Avenue between Old Eight Mile Road and Bayside Street.

“It’s a well-maintained road through St. Clair Shores … and it’s well-traveled,” she said. “You can’t stop on Harper Avenue, so they just drive continuously. There are some people who park their cars or their chairs in the green belt area along Harper.”

Here is a summary calendar of upcoming metro Detroit auto events within the C & G Newspapers coverage area:

June 11: Classics on Gratiot (Roseville)

www.facebook.com/RosevilleGratiotCruise

June 12: Cars ‘R’ Stars (Shelby Township) 

www.carsrstars.com

June 18: Cruisin’ Gratiot (Eastpointe)

www.cruisin-gratiot.com

June 19: EyesOn Design Automotive Design Exhibition (Grosse Pointe Shores)

www.eyesondesign.org/carshow

Aug. 7: Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise (Clinton Township)

www.ctgratiotcruise.com

Aug. 7: Troy Traffic Jam (Troy) 

www.troymi.gov/carshow 

Aug. 13: Clawson Lions Club’s “Down on Main Street” Car Show (Clawson)

www.clawsonlions.org

Aug. 13: Downtown Utica Car Show (Utica)  

www.utica-events.com/#!car-show/ckp7

Aug. 14: Rockin Rods (Rochester)

www.downtownrochestermi.com

Aug. 18-20: Ferndale Dream Cruise (Ferndale)

www.ferndaledreamcruise.com

Aug. 19: Berkley CruiseFest (Berkley)

www.berkleymich.org/cruisefest

Aug. 20: Woodward Dream Cruise (multiple communities)

www.woodwarddreamcruise.com

Aug. 31: Shorewood Kiwanis Harper Charity Cruise (St. Clair Shores)

www.shorewoodkiwanis.org/harpercharitycruise.html