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The Woodward Dream Cruise and Dream Machines
By Ron Lundmark
Mar 28, 2014 - 7:20:29 AM

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I love 1972 and under classic cars and also the hot rods made from those classic cars. All baby-boomers wish they had kept their old cars and many of them did. The next best thing to owning a nice classic car is going to classic car/hot rod 'Cruise-ins' at local hangouts.

The biggest and best classic car and hot rod festival in the world is The Woodward Dream Cruise . The Dream Cruise is a one-day annual event in August through the northern suburbs of Detroit. It is actually the second largest one-day event in America. Number one is Macy's Thanksgiving Parade at 5 million spectators. The Dream Cruise attracts around 1.3 million spectators. More impressive is the 40,000 classic cars and hot rods.

I grew up on Woodward Avenue in the '60s and every Friday and Saturday nights all the kids and adults would cruise all the drive-in restaurants on Woodward and drag race in-between the stoplights, placed half a mile apart.

Remember the movie, American Graffiti or the TV show, Happy Days? Woodward Avenue, in the 1960s, was like those shows... times a thousand. For fifteen miles, Woodward had a lot of drive-ins with roller-skating waitresses and burger wars. Each place had their special burgers. There were so many people drag racing, the cops could never keep up.

The '60s came to a close, kids went to war and came back to find all the drive-ins had closed. It wasn't until years later that someone had the thought to do a 'cruise' on Woodward to celebrate those old days and this year will be the 20th Anniversary.

The Woodward Dream Cruise was the inspiration for my novel, "Dream Machines" which is about a young-couple who love the Woodward Dream Cruise so much that they decided to make it their wedding day. Unfortunately it turns out that their respective grandfathers are old rivals who have held a drag race grudge against each other for 50 years. They challenge each other to a drag race on Woodward. (Read the Free Preview)

Ron Lundmark

Ron Lundmark is from Detroit, Michigan and grew up in the heyday of Woodward Avenue -- America's first highway -- in the 1960s, when there were drive-in restaurants to cruise and the biggest illegal drag strip in the world on which to race. Today he is a small business owner in Bay Village, Ohio.

Dream Machines
By Ron Lundmark
Published: 8/7/2013
Dust Jacket Hardcover
Pages: 202
ISBN: 978-1-45821-070-8
$4 E -book, $15 SC. $34 HC.

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