What to look for as the Woodward Dream Cruise kicks into high gear

Bloomfield Hills — Dream Cruise week started rolling Monday as cruisers were already lining Woodward Avenue with their hoods up and lawn chair legs down.

Culminating in the 27th official Woodward Dream Cruise on Saturday, the auto-palooza will have it all, from hot rods to Oscar Mayer hot dog cars and gas guzzling V8s to Dodge’s first electron-guzzling, electric muscle car. There will be car shows and car parades and Fords and Chevys. With Mother Nature promising sunny, low-80s, Pure Michigan days, an expected 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars will descend on a 16-mile stretch of southeast Michigan’s most famous street from Ferndale to Pontiac.

Tom Geloneck, 78, was at the corner of Square Lake and Woodward at 7:30 am with the hood up on his gorgeous 1964 Pontiac Grand Prix stuffed with a three-carb, 427-cubic-inch V8 with four on the floor.

He and his St. Clair Shores posse have been cruisin’ since the inaugural 1995 event. Well, his pal Terry King, 71, of Chesterfield may have missed one.

“I missed 1996 because my daughter got married on that Saturday,” smiled the owner of a yellow 1973 Camaro Z28 with a wicked, 383-cube V-8 under the bonnet. “I don’t know how she thought that was a good weekend.”

Terry King, 71, of Chesterfield, right, and his yellow 1973 Camaro Z28, foreground, and Martin Peters, 68, of Warren with his 1956 Chevy Nomad.

A little over a mile north of Square Lake in Pontiac, Dodge has taken over the M1 Concourse Event Center to introduce “Speed ​​Week” — a showcase for its new vehicle lineup.

Monday night, Stellantis NV’s performance brand announced plans to wind down production of two of the Cruise’s most revered muscle cars — the V8-powered Challenger coupe and Charger sedan — which will end production in late 2023. On Tuesday, the brand will roll out a new Hornet SUV, followed by Wednesday’s historic debut of Dodge’s first electric muscle car.

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