In the 1960s, metro Detroit’s Woodward Avenue was Ground Zero for muscle car fans. Back then, you’d even catch some executives, like General Motors’ legendary maverick John DeLorean, showing up late at night to street test a new performance car against their competitors. The days of cruising are long past. But as summer enters its dog days, the echoes of screeching tires and the resonant roar of big V-8s can be heard up and down Woodward Avenue again, as the Motor City gets set to celebrate its heritage Saturday with the annual Woodward Dream Cruise. What started out as a get-together organized by a local car club has become what organizers now bill as the single-largest automotive gathering anywhere. The officially sanctioned Saturday Cruise is expected to draw 40,000 to 60,000 hot rods, muscle cars, classics and collectibles — while 1 million or more people will squeeze shoulder-to-shoulder along the curb to watch the action go by.
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