Woodward Dream Cruise 2014

1939 Graham CoupeRecord rainfall and city-wide flooding earlier in the week couldn’t dampen the festivities at the 2014 Woodward Dream Cruise. 

 

 

On Monday evening, it was looking like there might be no Dream Cruise at all in 2014. A record five inches of rain was dumped over the Detroit metropolitan area, flooding most of the city’s major roads and expressways and filling underpasses with water right up to ground level.

 

coffeeBut then, this is Detroit. The Motor City. What might be a federal disaster emergency for other towns is merely a few moments of inconvenience in Detroit. By Tuesday afternoon, life was getting back to normal and the week-long automotive celebration out on Woodward Avenue was right back up to speed. The rest of the week featured mild, sunny, chamber-of-commerce weather—perfect conditions for cruising.

 

Of course, the marquee event is the gigantic cruise on Woodward Avenue on Saturday, boasting tens of thousands of cars. Here are just a few of the machines in the big show that caught our eye:

+  A 1939 Graham sharknose club coupe done up in 21st century street rod style (lead photo above). We’ve seen this car before, but it looked even finer rolling on the boulevard.

+   Parked along the avenue just north of 13 Mile, a beautifully restored Citroen 2CV in maroon and black.

+   A 1932 Ford Tudor in black lacquer with black wheels, baby moons, and a perfect stance.

+   A perfectly stock and perfectly gorgeous 1949 Ford Custom convertible in lemon yellow.

Check out these four and dozens more great vehicles in the gallery below.

 

1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible
1935 Chevrolet Panel Van
1937 Ford three-window coupe
1961 AMC Metropolitan Convertible
1957 Ford Thunderbird hardtop
1941 Willys Americar Coupe street gasser
Volkswagen Beetle and Porsche
Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
Chevy Van G20 4x4
Triumph TR3-A
1939 Graham Coupe
1951 Mercury Convertible custom
1948 Pontiac Silver Streak Sedan
Citroen 2CV
1949 Ford Custom Convertible
1952-54 Ford Convertible custom
1935 Auburn 852 Speedster replica
1920s Meteor Carved-Side Hearse
1923 Ford T-Bucket roadster
1965 Plymouth Belvedere 2dr post
1932 Ford Deluxe Coupe blue
1932 Ford Tudor Sedan
2013 Panther Motors Scoot Coupe
1954 Ford Victoria Skyliner
Ferrari 360 Modena
1967 Acadian Beaumont Sport Deluxe
1954 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
1941 Plymouth Pickup
Ford Model A Coupe yellow
Big Block Boss Hoss V8 motorcycle
1955 Chrysler 300
1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible
1949 Buick Super Convertible
Gen 5 Camaro custom
AMC Spirit 360
1965 Ford Ranchero 4x4
1931 Ford Model A Fordor Deluxe Sedan
You Tell Us
1951-52 Chevrolet Business Coupe custom
1970 Ford Torino Cobra

1962 Ford Thunderbird Convertible

1935 Chevrolet Panel Van

1937 Ford three-window coupe

1961 AMC Metropolitan Convertible

1957 Ford Thunderbird hardtop

1941 Willys Americar Coupe street gasser

Volkswagen Beetle and Porsche

Dodge Charger Daytona R/T

Chevy Van G20 4x4

Triumph TR3-A

1939 Graham Coupe

1951 Mercury Convertible custom

1948 Pontiac Silver Streak Sedan

Citroen 2CV

1949 Ford Custom Convertible

1952-54 Ford Convertible custom

1935 Auburn 852 Speedster replica

1920s Meteor Carved-Side Hearse

1923 Ford T-Bucket roadster

1965 Plymouth Belvedere 2dr post

1932 Ford Deluxe Coupe blue

1932 Ford Tudor Sedan

2013 Panther Motors Scoot Coupe

1954 Ford Victoria Skyliner

Ferrari 360 Modena

1967 Acadian Beaumont Sport Deluxe

1954 Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible

1941 Plymouth Pickup

Ford Model A Coupe yellow

Big Block Boss Hoss V8 motorcycle

1955 Chrysler 300

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible

1949 Buick Super Convertible

Gen 5 Camaro custom

AMC Spirit 360

1965 Ford Ranchero 4x4

1931 Ford Model A Fordor Deluxe Sedan

You Tell Us

1951-52 Chevrolet Business Coupe custom

1970 Ford Torino Cobra

8 thoughts on “Woodward Dream Cruise 2014

  1. Looks like a great mix of original and slightly custom( not over the top) cars and trucks. We just don’t have anything like that in Wisconsin, that I know of. Re: picture #9. Clearly a home-built off of what looks like a Chevy S-10 chassis. And the Ranchero in #24 is my favorite. The van in #26, not so much.

    • Every time the page loads, the photos queue up in a different order. I’m not sure which vehicle you refer to with S-10 chassis.

      • It’s the pickup thing where you say, “you tell us”, with the Diamond Reo, Diamond on the front. I recognize the wheels and the rear leaf spring.

  2. I like most of these. If we take one month of your Winter, would you send us three of these great car shows that you folks get up North? The South’s idea of a car show is ten Mustangs and Camaros, a ’40 Ford and a 1965 GMC pickup. Six cylinders is tolerable but anything less than that is suspected of being foreign even if it says Ford on the brass radiator.

    • At the Dream Cruise there are 40,000 enthusiast vehicles of every conceivable description. For the annual features I try to narrow the focus somewhat to suit this website, with a few exceptions.

  3. An interesting mix. Personally the modern Fiat 360, Camaro and Dodge dont belong. Though a few very interesting cars too. As well as a couple of rather dangerous ones too. The T bucket with wire wheels and no front brakes or mudguards and the scooter type thing are both an accident waiting to happen!
    The wooden ‘thing’ seems to be a artists creation. On a modern commercial chassis of some sort. Would be a chore to get in and out of with no doors! Very different!

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