Of all the Woodward Dream Cruise’s sideshows, Roadkill Nights is arguably the most extreme and exciting. The multiday event at M1 Concourse in Pontiac Michigan is the first official event of the Woodward Dream Cruise. Dodge has sponsored the event for the past few years. It’s packed with activities any car enthusiast would love, with the highlight being the completely legal street drag racing on legendary Woodward Avenue. But fans will have to miss out this year because it’s just been canceled due to Coronavirus concerns, according to the Detroit News.
Roadkill Nights was originally slated for August 7-8, but it now joins other Woodward Dream Cruise events like Mustang Alley that have been canceled for this year’s festivities.
What’s odd is that the Woodward Dream Show at M1 Concourse, again the same location as Roadkill Nights, is still on for August 13-15. This event is the true, official start to the cruise, with many of the participants lining up to show off their rides. Many have argued that the Woodward Dream Cruise is a safer type of car show because all of the participants are socially distant in their own cars. This is not the case for the Dream Show, as it attracts large crowds of people both participating and spectating, just like Roadkill Nights and Mustang Alley.
And it’s that spectator crowd of the Woodward Dream Cruise that has city officials in Southeast Michigan very worried. Even if the participants aren’t having contact in their cars, the hundreds of spectators that line the streets certainly do. Many surrounding Metro-Detroit towns have voiced opinion to have the cruise shut down this year, while its organizers seem determined to keep it going.
There’s no stopping the summer cruising, truthfully, but it’s clear that no organization or brand wants to be held liable for any potential COVID-19 cases in our litigious society.