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Beginning in 1994, Ferndale resident, Nelson House, reached back into time, looking for a way to raise funds for a children’s soccer field. His memories returned to warm nights in the 1950s and ‘60s when Woodward Avenue swelled with young adults in Fords, Chevys and Plymouths, eager to “put-the-pedal-to-the-metal” and “make the scene.” Car clubs, car buffs, oldies music fans and people of the generation who remembered coming of age during those heady days on Woodward were ready to reinvent the past. With a hope, prayer and a heavy dose of nostalgia, Mr. House and a group of volunteers launched the Woodward Dream Cruise Car Show in the summer of 1995. An estimated 30,000 or 40,000 spectators and car enthusiasts were expected, but they came 250,000 strong. SMART buses helped to ferry spectators along the Dream Cruise route. And the numbers have been growing every year. With the intentions of being a one-time event, the Woodward Dream Cruise caught fire in the hearts, souls and imaginations of metro Detroiters who fondly relived their heydays on the Boulevard of Dreams. During these pivotal years, the phenomenon of the Woodward Dream Cruise spread mainly by word of mouth among the classic car communities who restored, exhibited and celebrated the cars they loved and venerated. It was one giant car show fueled by vintage rock ‘n’ roll, pink poodle skirts, white bobby socks, sunglasses and cool cars that were hot! A governing board that included the participation of the founding seven host cities of Ferndale, Pleasant Ridge, Berkley, Huntington Woods, Royal Oak, Birmingham and Pontiac was the key to the early success. The Woodward Dream Cruise has taken on new facets that makes this gem of a car show really shine! The events grown into an institution with additions such as entertainment, charity benefactors, vintage car displays and a growing line of official merchandise. Woodward Avenue has become the most famous cruising strip in the world dominated by an ever-changing kaleidoscope of hot rods, street machines and muscle cars. It is the place to be and be seen! The reputation of the Woodward Dream Cruise spreads beyond the Detroit metropolitan area and the state of Michigan, when news of an increasing amount of inquiries comes from across the United States and abroad. What began as a fundraiser for a field of dreams has become an automotive institution. In just fourteen short years, the Woodward Dream Cruise has grown from a car buffs’ dream to the biggest car cruise event in the world. It attracts over one-million people and 40,000 classic cars. It remains a family-friendly, grand celebration of the car culture of the ‘50s and ‘60s.

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