Hit the Woodward Dream Cruise with Your Ford Truck
Although muscles cars are the main attraction at the legendary Detroit event, the Ford truck is well-represented.
Detroit’s Woodward Dream Cruise is an automotive event that every gearhead has to experience at least once in his or her life, especially if the gearhead in question is a fan of the Ford brand. While all three American automakers are well-represented by cruisers and the companies themselves, Ford Motor Company puts on the biggest and most impressive spread of the Big Three. In fact, the Dream Cruise route covers 16 miles of four-lane roads in both directions, the Motor Company display running along both sides of Woodward Avenue on 9 Mile Road in Ferndale has enough to keep you busy for the entire day.
What is the Dream Cruise?
If you are not familiar with the Woodward Dream Cruise, it is an automotive event like nothing else. Woodward Avenue in Metro Detroit runs through many of the area’s towns, but the stretch that runs from Fernale to Pontiac is the Dream Cruise route.
Each year in early August, cruisers spend an entire Saturday cruising Woodward with hundreds of thousands of people lining the streets on both sides. Every parking lot along Woodward is like a mini car show with music, food and drinks and Dream Cruise apparel. There are multiple playground areas for kids, including one in the Ford area, so it is truly an event for the whole family.
Out on the road, you will see every possible make, model and type of vehicle. While new and classic American muscle cars are the largest groups cruising and on display in the many parking lots along the route, you will see European exotics, Japanese sport compacts, motorcycles and lots of trucks. From lowriders to flawlessly restored antiques to modern trucks built to tear up the drag strip to diesel monsters, every type of truck is on display and many of them are Ford trucks.
In addition to the small car shows and small displays setup along the route, FCA, GM and Ford each have areas with new models on display, but the Motor Company offers so much more. In addition to giving fans a close look at the newest vehicles, particularly from the Mustang, sporty packages for the Fiesta and Focus and the entire Ford F-Series, but the vehicles that the automaker brings to Woodward are only a fraction of the vehicles on display along 9 Mile Road in Ferndale.
On the west side of Woodward Avenue, Ford’s display on 9 Mile road begins with a display of new Ford trucks, generally ranging from the Transit Connect to the F-150 to the Super Duty.
There are also usually some performance-minded SUVs on display, such as the Explorer Sport and the Edge ST, but in 2019, we bet that the new Explorer ST will be on display. Beyond the truck display, the company usually has a stage with live music, a large area with food for sale and a kid’s play are with bounce houses, airbrushed tattoos and other fun for the family.
On the east side of Woodward Avenue, 9 Mile Road plays home to the legendary “Mustang Alley”. What begins with a look at the newest Mustang models from Ford transitions into one of the most amazing collections of privately owned pony cars that you will ever see.
Both sides of the road are lined for nearly a mile, but along that stretch, nearly every single parking lot is full as well, and they are almost all Mustangs. There are some other models in the parking lots, as companies like Roush have displays with their other models on hand, but 95% of the thousands of vehicles in this area are Mustangs of every imaginable trim and color. Mind you, this doesn’t include all of the Mustang parked in mixed lots along the route or the many cars that spend the entire day cruising Woodward, so if you are a fan of the Ford Mustang, Woodward is a gold mine of classic and modern pony cars.
If you have a modern or classic Ford truck that you have customized or restored, you want to make sure that you bring it to Woodward to cruise and show off at least once. Even if you don’t have a vehicle to show off, any Ford truck fan will find plenty to love at the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. The 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise is being held on August 17, but if you are coming in from out of town, you want to come in a few days early, as at this point, the cruising takes place all week long, as do some of the festivities along the route.