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New Classic Car Cruise Aims To Take The Place Of Cancelled Woodward Dream Cruise

As we reported back in June, organizers of the Woodward Dream Cruise opted to cancel the iconic, long-running event because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 26th annual Dream Cruise, which attracts around 1.5 million visitors and over 40,000 vehicles each year, was scheduled to take place on August 15th. But now, a new event dubbed the MAGA Classic Car Cruise is aiming to take its place.

The new cruise is set to take place on the same day the Woodward Dream Cruise was scheduled, and will also take place on Woodward Avenue from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. It’s quite likely that at least a few people who originally planned to participate in the Dream Cruise will be there as well, despite the fact that it was officially cancelled.

The new classic car cruise will follow the same loop as the Dream Cruise, which takes participants from Ferndale north to Pontiac. Participants are encouraged to drive the loop as many times as they want, and aren’t even required to have a classic car to participate. Regardless of the potential traffic jam, organizers are encouraging participants to practice safe social distancing.

So far this year, we’ve seen quite a few automotive events get cancelled, while others have still taken place, albeit with safety protocols in place. That includes the upcoming 2020 SEMA Show, which is still on track, at least for now. But we’re curious to know – how many people are attending these events, and do they feel safe doing so?

It’s an interesting exercise, mainly because a cruise theoretically wouldn’t feature large groups of people huddled together. Rather, they’d be spread out in traffic. So we’ve included a poll below to see just how many people would attend a cruise like this one.

We’ll have more on this and other events affected by coronavirus soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford-related COVID-19 news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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  1. wt kern

    Wow. These bastards know full well that people will show up, “official cruise” or not, and they’re attempting to hijack it into a political event. This is disgusting. They’re not offering a “replacement cruise”, they’re stealing the REAL cruise… in a most un-American fashion, I might add.

    I will not be there.


  2. Jinjin

    wtk: I wholeheartedly agree with your comment. They will hurt what the original real cruise is about truly about. Why make this political, it is inciting problems that we don’t need more of, health wise or politically wise. I am saddened to see this allowed and it is disgusting. Adding insult to injury.

    We will not be there for sure as much as we are car people and have been in the automotive industry for decades. The media should play it down and not advertise, another diversion from what is truly happening. Guess someone is not happy with how Michigan is doing a good job with COVID19, they want to make it look like Florida etc.

    So sad to see all this go in the wrong direction.

  3. norman stevenson

    Bi-Bi USA?

  4. Jerry Schreurs



    I will be there in spirit if not in person.. I have been going since WDC 14 and have enjoyed every year.. Lotsa walking/talking and googling cars too. Really done in at the end of the day.. This year looks like a no-go for me. I agree, It seems like it has gotten too POLITICAL!!!! Come on, it’s about the cars….. NOT that other BS!


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