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Published August 21, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — It was sunny skies and a perfect 79 degrees on Woodward Avenue as thousands of cars lined the stretch last Saturday for the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Birmingham and Bloomfield Township both welcomed revelers with car shows and family-friendly festivities.

Just off Woodward Avenue, on South Old Woodward, the Birmingham Cruise Event offered visitors a more relaxed vibe with around 300 classic vehicles on display throughout the day.

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Published August 16, 2017

Harvey Ettinger’s 1939 Ford Standard Coupe isn’t just a collector’s item — it’s part of the family.     

Ettinger, of Farmington Hills, has owned the car since the 1960s, but before that, it belonged to his mother’s aunt Pearl, whom he named the car after.

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Published August 15, 2017

New college students who are heading to their dorms, as well as parents or moving assistants, are encouraged to pursue a different kind of freshman orientation this time of year — knowing the ins and outs of acquiring and using a rental moving vehicle.

Dick Plontus, president and owner of D&D Auto Parts and U-Save Automotive in Troy, offers rentals of U-Haul trucks. 

“Kids going back to school, they rent everything: They rent trailers, they rent trucks, they rent everything,” he said.

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Published August 14, 2017

BIRMINGHAM/BLOOMFIELD — Not all of the cars cruising Woodward this weekend will be classics.

Many of them will be police cruisers, out to make sure everyone has a safe and legal time at the huge event that can sometimes draw speedsters, drinkers and even a few crooks.

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Published August 9, 2017

CLAWSON — The spotlight will be on the downtown this weekend when vehicle enthusiasts gather for the 19th annual Down on Main Street car show.

The event, hosted by the Clawson Lions Club, will take place rain or shine at 8 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. The event always takes place the Saturday before the Woodward Dream Cruise.

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Published August 7, 2017

Nostalgia has long been part of the Woodward Dream Cruise’s appeal, but according to event organizers and longtime fans, this year is bound to bring some modern twists to a classic tradition.

This year, the official cruise day is Aug. 19, though many gearheads and classic car aficionados will flock to Woodward Avenue over the preceding week. An estimated 1 million visitors are expected to attend Dream Cruise events this year, and around 50,000 cars are expected to take part in the cruise that week, according to Woodward Dream Cruise president Greg Rassel.

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Published August 7, 2017

FERNDALE — The biggest weekend of the year for downtown Ferndale is only a week away, when thousands will descend on the city for the 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The three-day festival of cars will take place Aug. 17-19 in downtown Ferndale at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road. 

The cruise is highlighted by Mustang Alley, which is celebrating its 19th year on Saturday, Aug. 19, and will feature more than 700 Ford Mustangs.

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Published August 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — The 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise will return this month with a new presenting sponsor, thousands of classic vehicles and more than a million enthusiasts lining the iconic avenue.

The annual event officially will take place Aug. 19 and stretch from Ferndale north to Pontiac. The happening is always held the third Saturday in August, although residents in the cruise communities know that the event starts unofficially weeks before.

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Published August 7, 2017

BIRMINGHAM — Early in the morning each year, before the crowds take over and the air becomes blurry with exhaust, Birmingham Mayor Mark Nickita steps outside his front door and out onto the streets of downtown Birmingham to take in the annual Birmingham Cruise Event on his own. 

“I always find it a festive and interesting day in downtown Birmingham. It’s nice to take an early walk and really take it all in and enjoy the unique way everything is set up,” Nickita said.

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Published August 7, 2017

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP — South of 14 Mile on Woodward Avenue can be a bit frenzied on the day of the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Organizers for events in Bloomfield Township — that includes the township’s classic car show and the Bill Wells Car Club Classic — like to think their event is a bit more tame, but just as rousing for true car enthusiasts. 

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Published August 7, 2017

PONTIAC — For years, the city of Pontiac has celebrated the annual Woodward Dream Cruise right alongside the other spots along the busy corridor. 

But Pontiac has just never gotten the same amount of attention as, say, Royal Oak or Birmingham. Which is strange, if you think about it: Why is the city that shares its name with a car brand not in the spotlight during the nation’s biggest classic car event?

Jonathan Witz has some theories as to why that is. 

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Published August 7, 2017

BERKLEY — Berkley’s prelude to the Woodward Dream Cruise is getting ready to start again, as the city’s CruiseFest Classic Car Parade soon will take over 12 Mile Road.

The 22nd annual CruiseFest will take place beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug 18, on 12 Mile Road.

Parks and Recreation Director Theresa McArleton said this year’s event is similar to the events of years past, but that it’s a tried-and-true format that people really seem to enjoy.

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Published August 7, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Looking for another way to travel down Woodward Avenue during the annual Dream Cruise?

Everyone is invited to lace up their running shoes and participate in the sixth annual Cruise in Shoes 5K fun run and walk beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.

The run and walk is an official Woodward Dream Cruise event and will take participants right down historic Woodward Avenue on cruise day. 

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Published August 7, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The 15th annual Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise officially took place from noon to 6 p.m. on Aug. 6. But festivities began as early as 8 a.m. Activities included pre-cruise car show parking and exhibitions, and a special cruise for pedal cars commencing at 10:30 a.m.  

Dorian Ford, 35900 Gratiot Ave., served as the headquarters for this year’s cruise. It was the designated site for vendor and service group tables, along with live entertainment and an area for kids featuring carnival rides. 

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Published August 2, 2017

ROCHESTER — Downtown Rochester will soon be bustling with classic and custom cars when nearly 400 vehicles roll into town Aug. 13.

This year’s Rockin’ Rods n’ Rochester car show will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13, on Walnut Boulevard, between University and Second streets, in downtown Rochester.

“Especially when the weather is cooperative, we probably get a few thousand people to the show,” said Celia Domalewski, who organizes the show for the Rochester Lions Club.

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Published August 1, 2017

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When it comes to driving simply for the fun of it, many car enthusiasts turn to modern-day sports cars, but for Jon Albert, of Bloomfield Hills, nothing beats the driving experience of the 1940s.

Albert owns a 1946 MG TC roadster, the third model in the “T” series manufactured by the MG Car Co. in England. It’s a car that Albert has had his eye on since he was a kid, and now that he has one, he takes it out on the road “for the sheer enjoyment of driving.”

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Published July 31, 2017

Police are warning drivers to make sure their windowpanes are visible so that their vehicles are not a pain to themselves or others on the road.

Michigan State Police Spl/F/Lt. Jim Flegel said objects that obscure the line of sight amid traffic can be dangerous and can impede defensive driving.

“It’s just like driving while distracted,” he said. “It distracts you. You cannot see any hazards out there.”

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Published July 31, 2017

ROYAL OAK — Classic car enthusiasts are invited to take a cruise back in time this weekend during two Royal Oak Historical Society Museum events celebrating everything automobile.

The first event will kick off Automotive Heritage Month with an opening reception for the “Chrome, Fins & Style” and “Woodward Memories” exhibits from 7 to 9 p.m. Aug. 4 at the Royal Oak Historical Society Museum, 1411 W. Webster Road.

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Published July 26, 2017

TROY — Paul Clark doesn’t expect to win any awards for his recently acquired 1983 burgundy Buick Riviera convertible at the Troy Traffic Jam. 

But Clark, a member of the Southeast Michigan Buick Club of America, wouldn’t miss the show. 

Clark, who worked in facilities engineering management for General Motors until he retired, is a lifetime member of the Troy Historical Society and volunteers his time and expertise to fix things at the Troy Historic Village. 

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Published July 26, 2017

CLINTON TOWNSHIP — The Clinton Township Cruise has become a hit party scene, and the 2017 edition is expected to continue the festivities.

The 15th anniversary of the cruise will take place Sunday, Aug. 6, and will include pre-cruise car shows, cars parading up and down Gratiot Avenue, a large midway, and activities for kids of all ages.

Pre-cruise shows will take place 5-8 p.m. at Fern Hill Golf Club July 31, Avante Banquets by Catering 2 You Aug. 1, Wiseguys Bar & Grill Aug. 2, ConCorde Inn Aug. 3 and Clancy’s Irish Pub Aug. 4

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