Iryna and Tarar Nykolayko, of Rochester Hills, admire cars during the Performance Park Classic Car Show during the Woodward Dream Cruise last year. This year, the car show will take place Friday,  Aug. 17, and  Saturday, Aug. 18.

Iryna and Tarar Nykolayko, of Rochester Hills, admire cars during the Performance Park Classic Car Show during the Woodward Dream Cruise last year. This year, the car show will take place Friday, Aug. 17, and Saturday, Aug. 18.

File photo by Donna Agusti


Royal Oak car show to bolster Woodward Dream Cruise

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published August 13, 2018

ROYAL OAK — For the last 12 years, Bob and Sandy Millard have organized the Performance Park Classic Car Show, which takes place in Memorial Park.

The free event coincides with the Woodward Dream Cruise and will run from noon to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18.

Bob Millard said that he and his wife enjoy putting the show together, even though they moved from the metro Detroit area to Tennessee six years ago.

He described the classic car show as a “car carnival” that usually draws close to 1,000 cars in the park, as well as a nostalgia drag racing display.

“We open the gates at 7 a.m. to let the cars come in. Usually, there’s 200 cars backed up to get in on Coolidge,” Bob said. “We usually have anywhere from 10 to 20 commercial vendors. A lot of these are people that sell automotive parts.”

He added that car owners and their families get wristbands to sit on bleachers set up on the Woodward-facing easement of the park, so that they can watch the cruise.

“It’s a nice city thing,” Bob said. “We’ve had a lot of fun doing it. There’s a bunch of stuff going on and all kinds of vendors and things. People can stop in and visit with people.”

The Michigan Hot Rod Association also helps to coordinate the event and will have cars featured in the show, he said.

Memorial Park is located at 31050 Woodward Ave., near 13 Mile Road and Coolidge Highway.

Royal Oak Police Chief Corrigan O’Donohue said he has been at every single Dream Cruise since it kicked off in 1995.

“Despite being such a large event, it’s been very, very safe, and I think part of that is we’ve got great cooperation amongst the police departments up and down Woodward and the Sheriff’s Department,” O’Donohue said. “We work very, very well together.”

He said he wanted to remind people that alcohol and cars do not mix.

“Just because it’s the Woodward Dream Cruise doesn’t mean that they can sit outside drinking beers,” O’Donohue said. “We have a zero tolerance for any kind of reckless driving. We’ve had people try to light up tires who’ve lost control. We’re pretty strict on that.”

Other than cautioning the public to be safe and responsible, O’Donohue said the Dream Cruise is a “great event” to see many classic, unique and custom vehicles.

“We’re ready for it,” he said. “It’s always a little sad when it hits because you know it’s the end of summer, but we’re definitely ready.”

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office publicized a temporary traffic control order from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, to restrict commercial vehicles, vehicles with trailers and any vehicle over 10,000 pounds from driving on Woodward Avenue, between Eight Mile Road and the Loop in Pontiac, during the Dream Cruise.

Police will direct violators off Woodward and ticket them if they refuse to comply.

“It’s a commonsense order,” O’Donohue said. “We’ve discouraged trucks from coming up Woodward for years, because we get such bad traffic that it ends up blocking intersections, but this is the second year the traffic order will be in effect.”

Signage will be in place advertising the temporary traffic order the day of the Dream Cruise.

For more information about the Woodward Dream Cruise, visit www.woodwarddreamcruise.com.