Mark Fedders came to Mustang Alley at the Woodward Dream Cruise Saturday, Aug. 18, with his 1967 Mustang Fastback.

Mark Fedders came to Mustang Alley at the Woodward Dream Cruise Saturday, Aug. 18, with his 1967 Mustang Fastback.

Photo by Mike Koury


Mustangs galore highlight Ferndale Dream Cruise

By: Mike Koury | Woodward Talk | Published August 19, 2018

 Jim Schoenherr has participated in Mustang Alley eight times, and he has brought his 2015 Mustang Fastback for the past three years.

Jim Schoenherr has participated in Mustang Alley eight times, and he has brought his 2015 Mustang Fastback for the past three years.

Photo by Mike Koury

FERNDALE — Cars, trucks and vehicles of all shapes, sizes and years descended upon Woodward Avenue once again for the annual Dream Cruise.

The 24th annual Woodward Dream Cruise festivities in Ferndale took place Thursday, Aug. 16, to Saturday, Aug. 18, on Woodward Avenue and Nine Mile Road.

Plenty of vehicles, from classic Chevrolet Corvettes to family minivans just trying to get through traffic, drove up and down Woodward, but none in greater numbers than the Ford Mustang, as more than 800 of the vehicles gathered from the Mustang’s more than 50 years of history.

This year’s edition of the cruise’s Mustang Alley along Nine Mile Road was Mustang Alley’s 20th anniversary, and plenty of people were on hand to show off their own cars as part of the event.

Mark Fedders, of Macomb Township, brought his 1967 Mustang Fastback for its third time in Mustang Alley. He said it’s the only classic car he owns.

“I’m a little of an anomaly that way,” he said. “Most guys have two or three, but one is enough to keep me busy.”

What drew Fedders to the 1967 version of the Mustang, he said, was the styling of the vehicle.

“It’s a pretty dramatic design. I mean, there’s a few of them around, but this is a fairly original car,” he said. “I’ve done enough to make it roadworthy — different tires and things. I’ve enjoyed driving it too, so it’s not a ‘trailer queen.’”

Jim Schoenherr brought a more contemporary Mustang to the Alley, his 2015 Fastback that he got for his birthday from his wife.

“It brought me to tears in public,” he said. “This is my daily driver, and it has 85,000 miles on it.”

This is Schoenherr’s second Mustang and eighth time in the Alley. He previously owned a 2007 Mustang that he drove until it hit 208,000 miles.

“We’ll drive this one probably until the wheels fall off, but I’ve been a Mustang fan,” he said. “The (1992 Mustang LX) was the one that really turned me on to them. (I) always really liked Mustangs even when I was a kid, and then as I got older and could appreciate them, I wanted one.”

Schoenherr said he enjoys Mustang Alley and loves to get to see all the different Mustangs from over the years.

“I don’t mind it too much,” he said about showing off his car. “For the most part, people understand and respect the rules of the car show. They don’t get too close. They ask questions. They don’t touch. So I don’t have a problem bringing it out in public.”

Fedders said he’s seen Mustang Alley get bigger and bigger every year that he’s been in it, and that it’s certainly an ego boost to be a part of such a show.

“You can be humbled quickly, as you can see around here. The minute you start telling people how wonderful your car is, you’ll see 10 around you just as beautiful or more beautiful,” he said.