Classic Car Cruisin' in Metro Detroit
By: Ryan O'Bleness
June 8, 2014
Of course, cars and vehicles are at the heart of the Motor City. We are constantly reminded of this through all the cruises and celebrations we have in Metro Detroit (as we should be). Summer in Michigan is the ideal time to show off your muscle cars, hot rods, classics and more (maybe because it takes until the end of May to stay consistently warm here).
The Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix kicked off the car festivities for the summer months on the last weekend of May, but let’s see what else we have brewing in the near future.
Next up on the agenda is 16th Annual Cruisin’ Gratiot event. This takes place on Saturday, June 14. Starting at 9 a.m., there will be two car shows! One at East Detroit High School (Eastpointe) and the other in the parking lot of Colonial Dodge located between Gratiot Avenue and Stephens Road. There will a parade starting at the high school at 1 p.m. and live music throughout the day. There are many events leading up to the cruise as well. Don’t miss out on seeing some classic cars cruising down Gratiot!
Cruisin’ Downriver begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 28 and is in its 15th installment. More than 300,000 car fanatics are expected to be in attendance. The cruise will go down Fort Street through Lincoln Park, Southgate, Wyandotte and Riverview. Guess what? The cruise itself has no registration fee! Each city has different events and vendors to contact, so if you’re looking for more information, check here.
The Clinton Township Gratiot Cruise is on Sunday, August 3. The McLaren Cruise Headquarters will be in the McLaren Building parking lot on the southeast corner of Gratiot and Metropolitan Parkway. WCSX will be broadcasting live and the Macomb Daily will be around the vicinity. A “Kids Zone” will be set up from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in the parking lot as well—which includes a pedal car cruise at 11:15 a.m. Car show parking begins at 8 a.m. and it costs $15 for a pre-registered car and $20 if you just show up on cruise day. There will be car show prizes!
Roughly two weeks later, on Saturday, August 16, is the most well-known of these cruises. The Woodward Dream Cruise takes place from Ferndale to Pontiac. I feel as if this event warrants no introduction, but come out and see some of the nicest classic cars around! Festivities include the “Cruise in Shoes” 5k run/walk event and several car clubs will be in attendance. This is the 20th Annual Dream Cruise.
Rounding out summer car cruises is Cruisin’ Hines on Sunday, August 24. Cars should enter at Ford Road and E. N. Hines Drive. The park opens at 9 a.m. for cruisers and classic cars and hot rods are welcomed. The pavilions will be for spectators and there will be plenty of vendors with food and drinks. Come out to Westland and have a good time!
Whether you are a car enthusiast, or just looking for something fun to do, these events are for everybody. So, go check out some pretty cars and enjoy a beautiful Michigan day.