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The whimsical cruiser, the "Splish-Splash," is always a crowd pleaser on the dream cruise

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Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise
A Local Legacy

Have you ever heard of someone taking a bath while riding down a street? That's what the owner of the cruiser "Splish-Splash" does every year in the Woodward Dream Cruise. But that's only one of the cars that take part in this midsummer classic -- the world's largest one-day festival of the car culture.

This auto parade, which stretches 16 miles on Woodward Avenue, running northwest from Detroit to Pontiac, Michigan, features classic cars, hot rods, antique and unique cars, and celebrates Woodward Avenue's contribution to American car history. Woodward Avenue is one of America's best-known cruising roads. Beginning in the 1950s, on summer nights along the Woodward "strip," the area swelled with teens and young adults cruising in their Fords, Chevys and Valiants.

Sometimes called the "Boulevard of Dreams," Woodward Avenue has a history that goes back to 1896, when a car was first driven down the avenue. A few months later, Henry Ford followed in his new automobile. On August 4, 1924, Woodward made history again when it became the first concrete paved highway in the world, creating a primary link between Detroit and Michigan.

Today, more than 30,000 cars and 1.5 million people join in this celebration of America's love affair with the car.

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