Cars and stars line Woodward Avenue during annual Dream Cruise

By: Victoria Mitchell | Royal Oak Review | Published August 19, 2017

 A red Ford Mustang leads a number of great cars from different decades down the avenue during the Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 19.

A red Ford Mustang leads a number of great cars from different decades down the avenue during the Woodward Dream Cruise Aug. 19.

Photo by Victoria Mitchell

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Cars and stars lined the roadway Aug. 19 during the 23rd annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

Warm weather and sunny skies set the backdrop for the annual event, attracting more than 40,000 vehicles and 1.2 million people from throughout the world.

White Lake resident Eric Baum said he never misses the cruise and stops by each community with his 1968 Ford Mustang fastback painted dark emerald green with a gold side stripe.

“It was my second chance at a Mustang, and I wasn’t going to let this one get away,” he said.

Baum stopped in Memorial Park to check out the Performance Park Classic Car Show before heading up to Pontiac to finish the day.

The Mustang enthusiast said his passion for classic cars has brought him a lot of joy and a lot of camaraderie throughout the years.

“We all have stories about our cars,” he said. “And we all have such nice friendships.”

Baum even befriended his Mustang’s original owner after car show attendees recognized the vehicle and connected the two.

“We talk a couple times a year now, and he always talks about how much he loves the car,” Baum said. “I tell him, ‘Don’t worry it’s staying with me.’”

The park at the epicenter of the cruise — the corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road — was filled with vehicles ranging from a ’57 Chevy to a ’69 Chevelle to a Bentley Continental GTC Speed.

Engines were polished, car chamois were constantly making appearances and everyone was enjoying the day.

Meanwhile, motors were revving along Woodward, where the official action was taking place.

Woodward Avenue was lined with spectators, and if something could be driven, it was heading down the roadway. The official event stretches from Ferndale north to Pontiac.

Many car enthusiasts were at the AkzoNobel display on Woodward Avenue, south of 13 Mile Road, where award-winning hot rod builder and star of the Velocity TV show “Bitchin’ Rides” Dave Kindig signed autographs and displayed some of the vehicles from his show, including a fully customized 1955 Chevrolet Nomad wagon.

“Anytime you can get around this many people that have the same common interest and so many different styles of cars, colors of cars, genres, it’s pretty cool,” Kindig said.

Kindig said he has always been a huge fan of muscle cars, street rods, classic trucks, big trucks, exotic cars, and all that was in Royal Oak today.

“I had been told about this cruise over and over again, and I was finally like, ‘We can’t miss it again,’” he said. “So this is our first time here, and we will certainly put it on our list to come back next year.”

The official closing time of the Woodward Dream Cruise is 9 p.m. today.

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