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Hosting Cities Have Unanimously Agreed To Not Hold The Event, But Good Luck Trying To Police It

Dodge Woodward Dream Cruise
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For the past month or so, it was all-but-confirmed that cities that hosted the 2020 Woodward Dream Cruise would eventually motion to cancel the whole thing. Within the past 24 hours that decision has been made official. It joins the 2020 Detroit Auto Show, Roadkill Nights, and the 2020 Belle Isle Grand Prix in the scrapyard that was supposed to be an incredible summer of automotive events in Michigan.

The Dream Cruise is notable because it’s routinely been the largest single-day automotive event in the world, regularly attracting over 1 million people. Festivities throughout the week tend to build up the big Saturday of cruising, and pilgrims can be found gathering in parking lots and grassy medians between the seven-mile stretch of Birmingham and Ferndale, while cruisers tend of flock as far north as Pontiac, where the historic road ends, and where there is unbuttoned ruckus and noise to be found.

Ford Mustang Alley Woodward Dream Cruise
Ford Mustang Alley at the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise. Photo copyright

Yes, the decision to cancel the 2020 Woodward Dream Cruise is because of COVID-19. Yes, it’s probably for the best. No, it’s not going to stop anybody from driving up and down Woodward Avenue during Saturday, August 15, the day it was originally scheduled to take place. But because of America’s litigious culture, cities and brand sponsors alike do not want the legal risk of being accused of proliferating COVID-19, so all of that’s off the table for the year. So the locals are going to get creative.

Instead, there will likely be a guerrilla group of Ford enthusiasts checking out Not Mustang Alley in Ferndale, while some Mopar rabble rousers in Pontiac are likely to host a Not Roadkill Nights of their own. Prepare for the 2020 Not Woodward Dream Cruise Dream Cruise. Be sure to bring your Not a Flamethrower to keep with the theme. Or perhaps simply call any gathering a protest.

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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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