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All - it’s Woodward Dream Cruise this Saturday and all weeknights leading up to it.  Ten miles of eight-lane highway packed with every conceivable muscle car, hot rod, classic car, tractor, truck, and even a few half tracks. My Kissels will be driving around the Birmingham, Michigan area these nights and at the intersection of Old Woodward and Woodward (South End) on Saturday. Here’s a Picture  of the two cars I’ll drive and display.

Ron Hausmann P.E.

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I am also planning on having a car driving around the nights prior, and on display at Pasteiner's the day of the Dream Cruise. I hope to have my 1922 Oldsmobile Model 47 V8 Touring Car out and about:

 

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I have significantly more work to get the Oldsmobile up and running than Mr. Hausmann does with his cars though. You'll notice I'm pointing at something missing from the car... The sharp eyed folks will see it in the background. Luckily it is much closer to being back together again than when this picture was taken... 😁

 

Nothing like a deadline to help you get the work done!

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We’ll be there with at least 2 early Broncos.  Both are AACA Grand National winners. We will probably have a third along for driving/cruising, my buddy’s Stroppe ambulance. Never been to this before but looking forward to it.

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23 hours ago, Matt Harwood said:

We'll be there somewhere with the Pink Lady.

 

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Find this guy. Shelby Jet. He bought this car new and still has it. 62 fuel car. He just finished this black one. He and I use to to street race on the Woodward Ave.

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Cadillac & LaSalle Club will be at the Shrine Church Tower Parking Lot, NE corner 12 Mile & Woodward today (Wed) from noon until about 9 pm. 

 

Oldsmobile Club will be at the same location all day Saturday. 

 

Both clubs welcome anyone with their marque cars to stop by and say hi. 

 

 

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I started cruising Woodward Ave with my dad in the early 60s. He worked for GM and his job was to test muscle cars. He would bring home a different car almost every night and my dad would would take me and a friend or 2 depending on the car and go street racing. My dad was a professional driver. He was a backup driver for NASCAR in the 50s. He would have to report on the results. Not only GM he would bring home but also the other big 3. It was mostly for testing. Then I got my license in 68 and my 1st car was a 65 Chev Impala SS convertible with the 409-400-4 speed. 400.00. Woodward and Telegraph was my 2nd home until the 90s when I moved to FL. Lot of good times on the AV. Never wreck or got a ticket. Just some of the cars that I had through the years street racing. The 57 Bird had a 427 Hi Riser, the 63s had 409s, the black truck had a 454 with a tunnel ram, the green truck had a 327 375 fuelie. The red 62  Chev Clone car had a 427 Z11, very rare engine. The white 62, my 2nd 409 car in 68. The black 62 409-409 in 1980. 65 fuel car in 78, not actual picture of car.  9000.00. My 1st Vette that i bought in 74 when I got back from the NAVY. 65 fuel car, 1800.00. not actual picture.  66 GTO 421 tri power car, bought in 76, 2000.00. My 2nd Vette bought in 75 for 1800.00. Backet case 427 390 glide car. I put a LT1 with turbo 400. Car ran 12.20.  70 LT1 Vette bought in 78. 3600.00. 72 Chev with a built 402. Just a few of the cars that was raced on Woodward except for the white 63. That was strip only car. We won the Nationals in 88 with that car. It had a 409 with a 2 barrel carb and power glide. 12.70s @ 107 all day long.

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16 minutes ago, countrytravler said:

 I got my license in 68 and my 1st car was a 65 Chev Impala 

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Thanks for the info and great pics. We have a couple of things in common. My name is Dave, I too got my license in '68 and my first car was a dark blue '65 Impala. Unfortunately mine had a 6 and 3 on the tree. My dad knew I had a heavy foot and he said you can have a car with a 6 or you can walk. Less than a year later my license was suspended for 2 months because of too many tickets.... :D

 

Also, I have a brother who lives near you in Groveland...

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6 minutes ago, Lebowski said:

 

Thanks for the info and great pics. We have a couple of things in common. I got my license in '68 too and my first car was a dark blue '65 Impala. Unfortunately mine had a 6 and 3 on the tree. My dad knew I had a heavy foot and he said you can have a car with a 6 or you can walk. Less than a year later my license was suspended for 2 months because of too many tickets.... :D

 

Also, I have a brother who lives near you in Groveland...

WOW!! how cool!! Thanks for the share.

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Started crusin Woodward in a "51 Kaiser, 54 Buick Century, then Pontiacs 60, 63, 65, 68, then Fords.

In '91 gave wife a '91  Stang   GT convertible,  use it every year.

I think the '60 Poncho with tri power, munci 4 speed and 3.90 was the best!

Our anniversary is the 19th, so the cruse is a good reminder...............to get the car ready................!

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This year is the 25th anniversary of the Woodward Dream Cruise, so it should be even a little bit more special than usual.  Heading down to Woodward now to pick-up some shirts and dash plaques before they sell out this weekend.

 

Thank you to everyone for posting photos so people who can't attend the cruise can still enjoy it vicariously.

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Some photos from today. If you haven't been there, it's pretty remarkable. People line the sides of Woodward, there are parties going on everywhere with music and cook outs, and cars cruise up and down Woodward all day. There are also car shows in every single parking lot. The whole thing is maybe 8 or 10 miles long, both directions, so it's A LOT of cars and people. Cruisers are supposed to keep to the right two lanes so the commuters can still use the left two lanes, but obviously that wasn't happening and I think if you're a local and don't know this is going on and try to go to the grocery store, you probably shouldn't be behind the wheel. There are cars EVERYWHERE.

 

There were a few interesting cars and we may head out later and see if there's more action and better cars later this evening. By far the #1 most common car was the late-model Mustang, followed closely by C5/C6/C7 Corvettes and late-model Challengers. The most common "old" car might have been 70-72 GM A-bodies. A half-dozen Model Ts were zipping up and down the street, and there's always some really wonky stuff like the giant shopping cart, which I thought was just too cool.

 

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Most people were behaving, although there was considerable police presence everywhere you looked--I'm sure this is a very lucrative weekend for the local constabularies. Plenty of revving engines and burning rubber, and one moron doing a burnout until something expensive-sounding gave way and then the police rolled up. 

 

If you're a car guy, it's worth a trip to Detroit, which is still a great city. There were cars and people from all over the country and all over the world here having fun. I would have personally liked some more variety, but I guess that's the direction the hobby is headed. If there's someone to blame for the reduction in participation in old car meets, it might be the OEMs cranking out modern muscle cars that are easy to buy, easy to maintain, and easy to drive. More than one person said that they'd never go back to driving old cars again. That's sad.

 

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