The weather held up its end of the bargain for the Woodward Dream Cruise, and at least one cruise fan thinks people turned out in record fashion.
“Last year we had a dump of weather, and the problem is everybody scattered because the cars are expensive,” said Van Conway of Conway MacKenzie financial services in Birmingham. “I bet this will be a record year for it because the weather, and it does kind of get bigger every year. People look at the weather before they take the car out.”
In Birmingham there was a steady flow of cars without too much hold-up on Woodward, though many of the side streets were backed up for at least a mile. Ferndale has been described as a parking lot with cars unable to cruise Woodward due to the turnout.
Every year Conway and Steve Gordon of Signature Associates real estate host a party for friends and business associates, and Conway estimated that about 700 people will pass through the event Saturday.
The pair rented out Jax Kar Wash in Birmingham Friday and Saturday and turned the spot into a showroom floor with about 20 classic cars and a dozen motorcycles in the lot, including Conway’s blueberry 1951 Ford F1 truck. Gordon ushered classic car drivers onto busy Woodward when they wanted to take a cruise.
“The thing about cars is you’ll see the god ugliest car you’ve ever seen, but someone is in love with it, his little baby you know?” Conway said. “You’ll see some of the funkiest cars go by here and you’ll think, ‘Who would ride that thing?’ But to some guys that’s his little baby, and here he gets to show it to the world.”