Petrolheads across the USA are gearing up for the weekend’s famous Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit – here’s what to expect

Originally conceived as a small campaign to raise funds for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan, the Woodward Dream Cruise has become one of the world’s largest one-day automotive events. More than 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars descend on Detroit each year, some travelling from as far afield as New Zealand, Japan and Russia.

An annual rite of summer for many, 2018’s event is set to take place this weekend on Saturday, August 18, with classics of all shapes and sizes revving up to cruise a 16-mile stretch of Woodward Avenue passing through nine Metro Detroit communities.

Saturday’s 24th annual Woodward Dream Cruise will commence at 9am prompt, travelling through Pontiac before looping back to Ferndale, where the event was reanimated in 1995.

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What's going on at Woodward Dream Cruise 2018?

For a second year running, Ford has proudly claimed title as primary sponsor of the event. Not only that, but the company has scheduled the reveal of a new vehicle, of which we can expect a sneak preview of tomorrow. We reckon a new GT500 may break cover.

Further Ford events include a celebration of all things Mustang, the 10 millionth example rolling off Ford’s production line earlier this month, with a 20th-anniversary celebration of ‘Mustang Alley’ and the awarding of a bespoke 2019 Mustang Bullitt.

Raffling off a unique Bullitt-edition Mustang painted a striking shade of Kona Blue, the proceeds of the Mustang sale will be donated to juvenile diabetes research. Not enough Pony for you? Woodward Dream Cruise will also display the first ever Mustang sold and original Bullitt Fastback as driven by Steve McQueen in Bullitt, which will be screened at a unique drive-in theatre at the Ford Media Club House.

It’s not all about the blue oval, however. Employees of General Motors and their personal cars will parade from the Tech Centre in Warren to the event’s headquarters at Memorial Park, with a Lights & Sirens cruise taking place in Ferndale this Friday. Before the classics bring Detroit to a standstill, the Cruise In Shoes 5K Run takes place in Royal Oak, beginning on Yorba Linda Boulevard at Shrine High School.

A celebration of all things automotive, Woodward Dream Cruise is a weekend on which every hidden vehicular gem in every Southeastern Michigan garage is rolled out onto Woodward Avenue for all to see and enjoy. With so much going on, it would be easy to find yourself lost. Click here for a handy map.

What's going on at Woodward Dream Cruise 2018?

What’s happening in each district?

City of Berkley

Friday, August 17

  • 6pm – 9:pm: Kid’s Inflatable Zone at 12 Mile Road & Tyler
  • 6pm – 9pm: Games, prizes and fun at 12 Mile Road & Griffith South
  • 6pm – 9pm: Food Court at 12 Mile Road & Robina South and Downtown Business District
  • 6:30pm – 7:30pm: CruiseFest Classic Car Parade at 12 Mile Rd between Coolidge and Greenfield

Saturday, August 18

  • All day: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise tents at Woodward & 12 Mile Rd., Catalpa and Columbia.
  • WOMC Broadcast Tower

What's going on at Woodward Dream Cruise 2018?

City of Ferndale

Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Nine Mile & Woodward

  • 1pm – 8pm: Classics & Cruis’n Legends Vehicle Show
  • 1pm – 9:30pm: DJ Sounds & Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage
  • 3pm – 9pm: Merchant and food vendors.

Friday, August 17, 2018 at Nine & Woodward

  • 10am – 9pm: Gateway Classic Cars
  • 12pm – 7pm: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise Tent
  • 12pm – 8pm: Kid’s Play Zone, vendors & food.
  • 1pm – 8pm: Ferndale Emergency Vehicle Show
  • 1pm – 8pm: Professional Car Society Vehicle Show
  • 1pm – 9:30pm: DJ Sounds & Rock’n Live Entertainment Stage
  • 5pm: Official ribbon cutting ceremony
  • 5:30pm: Lights & Sirens Cruise

Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Nine & Woodward

*10am – 6pm: Mustang Alley & Ford Motor Company

  • 10am – 7pm: Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise Tent
  • 10am – 8pm: Kid’s Play Zone & U of M Automotive Team, vendors and food
  • 1pm – 9:30pm: Rock’n Live Entertainment Stag

What's going on at Woodward Dream Cruise 2018?

Bloomsfield Township

Saturday, August 18

  • 9am – 5pm: Classic Car Show, Mercedes-Benz, 36700 Woodward Ave.

City of Royal Oak

Friday, August 17, 2018

  • 12pm – 7pm: Performance Park Classic Car Show

Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • 8am – 9:30am: Cruise In Shoes 5k Run/Walk at Shrine High School
  • 8am – 8pm: Performance Park Classic Car Show

What's going on at Woodward Dream Cruise 2018?

City of Pontiac

Friday, August 17, 2018

  • 11am – 10pm: Pontiac Power Week Classic Car Show on Saginaw & Pike Streets
  • 4pm – 10pm: Flagstar Bank Live Music Stage @ Pontiac City Square featuring Country Star Morgan Evans at 8:30pm
  • St Joseph Mercy Art on Wheels, Classic Drive-in with Detroit Roller Derby girls as car hops, vendors and food court

Saturday, August 18, 2018

  • 11am – 10pm: Pontiac Power Week Classic Car Show on Saginaw Street.
  • 12pm – 10pm: Kid’s Play Zone, Official Woodward Dream Cruise Merchandise Tent, vendors and food court
  • 11am – 10pm: Flagstar Bank Live Music Stage at Pontiac City Square