Families Embrace Traditions During Dream Cruise Weekend

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A light rain didn’t stop the crowds from admiring old-school to new-school cars on the annual Woodward Dream Cruise.

The procession of thousands of classic muscle cars down Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac is something Gloria Moyet’s family was not going to miss.

“We’ve been here for days, since Thursday,” Moyet said.

They try to do it every year. The family’s passion for cars runs deep, but this year not only do they have four generations at their tent, Moyet got to cruise around in his own classic car, a 1975 Cutlass Supreme.

“My dad has a ’56 Chevy that’s being remodeled, so that’s like something we enjoy. That’s what got me back to my old school now,” Moyet said.

A few blocks away, another Karen Clifton family celebrates four generations of car enthusiasts.

“My dad actually worked at the store for 42 years, and all of our relatives have classic cars,” Clifton said.

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She owns a 1975 Duster, but it’s sitting and watching other cars go by that makes the weekend so special.

“I think the most memorable thing is listening to my dad, who is over 70, talk about all the cars they put together on the assembly line and how there were changes, the year changes in grade and what he drove and when he was a teenager,” Clifton said.

Between the roaring engines, the screeching tires and the thousands of spectators, the Woodward Dream Cruise always ends up being a love letter to the Motor City.

“It’s really, really heartfelt to all the people who built the cars here in Detroit. They go out and still like to see people like them,” Clifton said.

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