Macomb Township resident Pat Wiegand's baby pink 1955 Ford Thunderbird keeps luring people in with it's eye-catching color at the Performance Park Classic Car Show in Royal Oak's Memorial Park Aug. 18.

Macomb Township resident Pat Wiegand's baby pink 1955 Ford Thunderbird keeps luring people in with it's eye-catching color at the Performance Park Classic Car Show in Royal Oak's Memorial Park Aug. 18.

Photo by Emily Jones


Yellow, mahogany and pink classics draw attention at the Dream Cruise

By: Emily Jones | Royal Oak Review | Published August 18, 2018

 The yellow 1994 Ford Mustang GT convertible belonging to father and daughter duo Lou Vitale and Cristina Vitale, of Roseville, is as bright as the sunlight shining off of it.

The yellow 1994 Ford Mustang GT convertible belonging to father and daughter duo Lou Vitale and Cristina Vitale, of Roseville, is as bright as the sunlight shining off of it.

Photo by Emily Jones

 Kirk and Bonnie Soucie's mahogany 1976 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray reflects the Memorial Park scenery in its hood at the Performance Park Classic Car Show in Royal Oak Aug. 18.

Kirk and Bonnie Soucie's mahogany 1976 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray reflects the Memorial Park scenery in its hood at the Performance Park Classic Car Show in Royal Oak Aug. 18.

Photo by Emily Jones

 The cars belonging to members of the Yellow Mustang Registry really stand out at the Performance Park Classic Car Show in Royal Oak's Memorial Park Aug. 18.

The cars belonging to members of the Yellow Mustang Registry really stand out at the Performance Park Classic Car Show in Royal Oak's Memorial Park Aug. 18.

Photo by Emily Jones

 Woodward Dream Cruise attendees enjoy touring around the many classic cars parked at Memorial Park in Royal Oak Aug. 18.

Woodward Dream Cruise attendees enjoy touring around the many classic cars parked at Memorial Park in Royal Oak Aug. 18.

Photo by Emily Jones

METRO DETROIT — The Woodward Dream Cruise offers a lot for the senses. While driving to the event, one can tell that the cruise is getting closer because of the abundance of unique cars that spill over into normal traffic. 

Several cars try to outdo one another by loudly revving their engines every time they hear someone else do it: this leads to a symphony of growling, grumbly bass. 

Walking along Woodward Avenue is a sight to behold, and so are the car shows set up nearby.

One of the most notable areas to visit is Memorial Park in Royal Oak, which is set up like a fairground for the Performance Park Classic Car Show. Car owners sit outside munching on elephant ears while countless people walk around to look and take pictures.

The Yellow Mustang Registry is used to this kind of attention, as it stands out from the rest of the crowd because of its numerous bright yellow Ford Mustangs sitting in rows of two. The owners sat close to the cars, which numbered around 10 altogether. 

Father and daughter duo Lou Vitale and Cristina Vitale, from Roseville, are a part of the Yellow Mustang Registry, which has members in almost every part of the globe and boasts more than 10,000 members worldwide.

“I wanted something that stood out a little bit” said Lou Vitale.

Vitale owns a 1994 Mustang GT, yellow of course, with a white convertible top and interior. It’s one of 200 made. 

Though rare, the car is a daily driver — not just a show car.

“I take my car to work” said Lou Vitale. “It comes out as early as mid-April.”

Locals aren’t the only ones who come to the cruise. Kirk and Bonnie Soucie, from Tecumseh, Ontario, have been coming to Michigan for 14 years for the Woodward Dream Cruise.

“Woodward’s our favorite,” said Bonnie Soucie.

Their pride and joy is their mahogany 1976 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray. The car is the definition of clean and classy; however, it didn’t start out that way.

“It sat in a barn for 12 years,” said Bonnie Soucie. 

The car was an accidental find. Driving along one day, they spied it sitting out on a lawn by the road with a “for sale” sign attached to it. 

After procuring the car, they made lifelong friends with the original owners, who also attend the Dream Cruise with them almost every year.

“This is the No. 1. I won’t miss it. I booked two days off in February (for it). You see things here that you won’t see anywhere else,” Bonnie Soucie said.

She was onto something, because back by the tennis courts in the park sat a car that stood out from the macho muscle cars nearby.

The car was a custom baby pink 1955 Ford Thunderbird. A matching stuffed pink poodle sat on the hood, and a sign reading “Barbie Doll Ave.” leaned up against the left wheel. 

Various people came up to the owner, Pat Wiegand, of Macomb Township, to talk and shower compliments upon the vehicle. She was dressed from head to toe in the same color as her car. Even her accessories, like her glasses, jewelry and ascot, were that same shade of baby pink.

“It was an anniversary gift for me,” said Wiegand. 

She’s owned it for 28 years, but she’s been driving it for 25 years. 

“It was in pieces, and it took three years to restore,” Wiegand said.

Wiegand even said that two girls who took pictures with the car as children have come back years later to “get an updated picture” with it. 

Weigand said that she has missed only one Woodward Dream Cruise, due to a vacation to Australia. 

“I actually wanted to cancel my trip,” she said. 

The 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise will continue along Woodward Avenue between Ferndale and Pontiac until 9 p.m. Aug. 18.