The cars and crews from Michigan’s newest auto craze, the Michigan Gumball Rally, are turning heads from Dream Cruise fans in Ferndale.
The second annual rally, held the weekend before the Dream Cruise, comprised of 32 vehicles traveling about 1,200 miles across the state, from Detroit to Sault St. Marie back to the Automotive Hall of Fame in Detroit.
Theresa Parker participated this year with her boyfriend Dan Elliott in her gumball-themed Stratus, which cruisers seemed to get a kick out of.
“You know you’re driving the car and you forget it has gumballs all over it,” said Parker. “Then you think, ‘Why is everyone staring at me?’”
The Rally will also be held in Florida in January and Wisconsin in June as the group expands.
“I’ve had guys come up to me and say ‘I’m 40 years old and that was the most fun I’ve ever had in my life,’” said Parker.
The cars, which generally have several sponsors, collectively raise money for BrysonFuel.com, a charity raising money for leukemia.
The group will announce the winner at 3 p.m. Sherry Muldowney, the first female drag racer, is also signing autographs until 5 p.m.