Every year while under the intense heat of the hot, hot summer sun…
All roads in Michigan lead to Downriver; that is, all classic car enthusiasts in the Wolverine State and their cross-state neighbors to as far back west like sunny California and down south to stormy Florida, not to mention the Canadians from across the river would all converge into the biggest show on this side of town where many of the hottest rockin’ a’ rollin’ oldies but goodies automobiles that once ruled the roads of Continental America sashayed amidst the oohs, aahs and oh-la-las of the fascinated audience.
The annual Cruisin’ Downriver in June draws a crowd of more than 500,000 people as they feast on the nostalgic sights and beauties of the pioneering American Automobiles of a bygone era and relive even just for a day the good old days in a massive show of booming engines and pageantry that can only be found in the heart of the American Automobile Industry.
The still steaming cars cruise through the stretch of Fort Street as they run through the four cities of Southgate, Lincoln Park, Riverview and Wyandotte reminiscent of the days of yore when they were kings. For a single day in summer, ageless automobiles once again hold fort on Fort Street as they literally burn rubber into the hot flaming road in Southeast Michigan’s Downriver Area just a stone’s throw away from the hallowed grounds of the Motor City.
The hundreds of thousands of people who lined up the streets from 10 a.m. until dark were treated to an endless parade of beautifully jazzed- up cars as they revved up their deep- throated engines and blitzed by on the streets amid the roars of approval from the appreciative crowd of car buffs, the curious and awed spectators.
From the old line Ford Models and other four- wheeled timeless wonders to the red- hot fire truck engines down to the last classic John Deere‘s green agricultural tractors, literally a rolling history and masterpieces are passing by right before your very eyes.
The sight of the Mustangs and Thunderbirds lining up bumper to bumper and side by side with the Corvettes and Studebakers could literally make your day a bump- free joy ride. And let’s not forget the cool classic lines and designs of the Cadillacs, Plymouths and Montecarlos, either.
And if you are lucky, you will be treated to a Duesenberg, a masterpiece and one of the rarest cars on the planet: a moving experience that every passionate car lover will not pass upon in this automobile crazy world.
Despite the heat and the sunburns, the thirst and the exhaustion, you could see it in the eyes of the people that they couldn’t have asked for more and you can bet your life on it that they will always come back year after year to see the cars of their dreams and relive the olden days again.
For more info visit the Cruisin’ Downriver 2010 website.