Last month, several Gage employees enjoyed one of the highlights of the summer for not only many Ferndale residents, but for automotive fans from around the world. The 20th-annual Woodward Dream Cruise was held beginning on August 16th this year. With an estimated annual attendance of over 1 million people, and some 30,000 collector cars displayed for all to enjoy, the Dream Cruise is the largest show of its kind in the world.
The fun began the night before, when downtown Ferndale was turned into a celebration of vehicles roles in first-responder preparedness with the 14th annual Emergency Vehicles Show. The show included over half a dozen retro fire trucks dating from before WWII through the lemon-lime colored vehicles of the 1970s. The Ferndale Fire Department offered free “bucket” rides that rose as high as 70 feet — a favorite for the children in attendance. Historical police vehicles from Auburn Hills were also displayed.
The next day, the one day event officially began, with 1,400 classic Ford Mustang’s comprising Mustang Alley beginning at Woodward and East 9 Mile Road. Other highlights included antique ambulances, the GM Design Staff Show, original Jeeps, and, for the first time, the cruise driving through part of Detroit. Perhaps most impressive, the 20 year tradition boasts a perfect record when it comes to serious accidents or injuries. That streak continued this year, with no such incidents reported.
We at Gage love that our city takes part in an event that reveals all the best things about the auto industry and the local community. It’s one of the many reasons we’re still thrilled to call Ferndale home.