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The City of Ferndale ,"where the dream began" in 1995, is an official participating municipality of the Woodward Dream Cruise​.

Official website of the Woodward Dream Cruise.

In August 1995, Nelson House, a Ferndale resident, looked to relive and recreate the nostalgic heydays of the 50's and 60's, when youth, music and Motor City steel roamed Woodward Avenue, America’s first highway. That year, 250,000 people participated — nearly ten times the anticipated number expected. The rest, as they say, is history.


Today, the 
Woodward Dream Cruiseis one of the world’s largest automotive events, drawing an estimated one million spectators and over 30,000 classic, custom, restored and muscle cars each year from around the globe—from as far away as New Zealand and Australia. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer.

The Dream Cruise takes place along a 16-mile stretch of the legendary Woodward Avenue through nine host communities including Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak, in metro Detroit.


​There is no fee to drive in the Woodward Dream Cruise, no admission charge to watch it. Anyone can cruise but those not driving a classic car are supposed to not drive in the two right curb side lanes.

Mr. Nelson House,

founder of the 'Woodward Dream Cruise Car Show'.

A Brief History of the Woodward Dream Cruise