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Guide to Woodward Dream Cruise 2012

Find your favorite classic car as the Woodward Dream Cruise is scheduled to kick off this week.

Updated: Monday, Aug. 13, 6:24 p.m.

The Jewish Senior Life Foundation car show has been postponed to Wednesday, Aug. 15, 1:30 p.m.

The muscle cars, street rods, collector- and special-interest vehicles have been in anticipation of the Woodward Dream Cruise, which officially kicks off this week on historic Woodward Avenue.

“As soon as the weather gets warm, people start cruising,” said Tina Stefanski of on Woodward in Royal Oak. “We'll get people that come in from out of state weeks before the Cruise.”

More than 50,000 cruisers are expected to hit the pavement from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday during the 18th annual Woodward Dream Cruise, That year, 250,000 people showed up to reminiscence about the glory days of cruising down Woodward Avenue, one of only 31 byways designated an All-American Road by the U.S. Department of Transportation. 

This year approximately 1.5 million people are expected to attend the world's largest one-day celebration of car culture.

“On the day of the Dream Cruise, we’ll double our staff,” Stefanski said. “It’s great fun if you love uncontrolled chaos.”

Stefanski said she is looking forward to a new event this year, the , which will race past the coffee shop on southbound Woodward between Normandy and 13 Mile Road from 7:30 – 9 a.m. Saturday.

“It’s something new. I’m excited to see how it goes. We’ll open at 6 a.m., so we’ll be ready,” she said.

Greg Rassel, the president of the Woodward Dream Cruise board, is hoping the public will share Stefanski’s enthusiasm.

“We're asking the public for patience Saturday morning,” Rassel said. The run/walk event was put into place to give the Dream Cruise more family-friendly inventory, he said. “If you are usually on that part of Woodward on Saturday mornings, we’re asking you to find another route.”

Rassel has another general request for Saturday and that is to stay off the median.

“The median is strictly for public safety,” he said. In the event of an emergency, the median may have to be used by public safety vehicles to maneuver down Woodward.

Other safety tips include: leave the alcohol at home, obey traffic laws, and don't jay walk. And while the Dream Cruise is a family-friendly event, spectators are advised to be aware of their surroundings and to keep children in sight and close to you.

For more information and fun facts, check out the newly redesigned Woodward Dream Cruise website.

Here's a guide of events happening in a Patch town near you:

Monday special events

  • When: 6-12 midnight
  • WhereGino's Pizzeria and Restaurant, 1999 Cass Lake Rd., Keego Harbor
  • Why go: Doo wop entertainment is sure to bring in the crowd during the annual show.

Wednesday special events

  • When: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Where: , 6710 W. Maple Rd.
  • Why go: The Senior Dream Cruise features many local car enthusiasts with about 40 cool cars for a big parade/exhibit and afternoon event with lunch and ice cream for seniors who cannot travel to the actual dream cruise.

Friday special events

  • When:  6-8 p.m.
  • Where: Comerica Bank, 36440 Woodward, Bloomfield Twp.
  • Why go: For $15, participants can take a 15-minute ride in one of the Superformance Cobra vehicles to help support the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club, Bloomfield Township Fire Department Charities and Bloomfield Township Police Department Benevolent Fund. Price includes a picture of the rider e-mailed at the conclusion of the event for a great visual to post on a Facebook page or Twitter profile. Order forms are available on the Bloomfield Township website.

Saturday special events

  • When: Kids Fun Run starts at 7:15 a.m.; 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m.
  • Where: The race starts at in Royal Oak
  • Why go: The will take place on a closed stretch of southbound Woodward from 13 Mile Road to Normandy for approximately 30 minutes. Participants can run or walk in the 5K (3.1 mile) race. There will also be a costume contest, a kids’ run and inflatables set up for little feet that prefer bouncing to running.

  • When: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Where: Between Merrill and Lincoln on South Old Woodward in Birmingham
  • Why go: Birmingham will be packed with classic cars during the city's annual car show, hosted by Birmingham's . Featuring more than 300 classic cars in 2012, the car show will set up between Merrill and Lincoln. Chevrolet will also be returning to Birmingham in 2012, setting up near the grassy triangle that straddles South Old Woodward and Woodward Avenue, south of the 555 building. Chevrolet picked Birmingham to help celebrate the car brand's 100th anniversary during the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise, bringing in historic Chevys from the General Motors Heritage Center as well as Food Network host Guy Fieri.
  • Parking: Parking is available at Birmingham's five parking decks. The first two hours are free; parking is $1 an hour after that.

  • When:  9 a.m.- 5 p.m.
  • Where: , 36600 Woodward, Bloomfield Twp.
  • Why go: The annual Classic Car Show offers a safe and friendly atmosphere for everyone to see some of the classic cars owned by local residents and car clubs, as well as a prime view of all the action along Woodward's north end. The event also coincides with the Bill Wells Car Club Classic. Named for the township resident who worked to establish the event, the Bill Wells Car Club Classic, showcases some of the most remarkable car clubs from across the United States. Among them appearing this year: The American Road Thunderbird Club; Superformance Cobra; Great Lakes Cobra Club; Houston Texas Cobra Club; DeLorean Midwest Connection.
  • Parking: General event parking is at 36700 Woodward and costs $5. Proceeds will benefit the Bloomfield Hills Optimist Club, Bloomfield Township Fire Department Charities and the Bloomfield Township Police Department Benevolent Fund.

  • When: Starts at 10 a.m.
  • Where: East Nine Mile (Woodward to Hilton) and Vester (Woodward to Bermuda) in Ferndale
  • Why go: Together, these two shows will include nearly 800 vehicles. You'll also find live entertainment, food and merchant vendors, a kids play zone and a chance to win a brand new Ford Mustang. The Michigan Gumball Rally will also be held on Saturday from Allen to Planavon.

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