There was a thin layer of snow on the cars parked on 11th Avenue in front of the Jacob K. Javits Center, home of the New York Auto Show, but inside it was bustling with crowds of press running from one important announcement to the next.
In Motor City, the practice for years was to cruise in your best car with your best girl up and down, up and down Woodward Avenue, waiting to see and be seen by the rest of the Motor City cruisers and their girls (or their boys). Flashing chrome, blacked-out grilles, white-walls, redlines, and the occaisional spontaneous drag race.
The Arab oil embargo put an end to that, with city fathers outlawing crusing. The Woodward Dream Cruise is the annual revival of the practice, a concession to cruisers angry at being grounded. Over the years it has become a week-long festival, drawing about a million participants and spectators from all over the world.
The 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise: Hotrods, dragsters, classics, antiques, imports and even crazier stuff!