Detroit car fans arrange their own show after Covid cancellations
Back to the roots
This was going to be a great year for the NAIAS, or Detroit Car Show as most people call it. New dates, new format, new ideas but, alas, the show was eventually canceled because of Covid and so was the annual Woodward Dream Cruise, which left the spiritual birthplace of the V8 with no car shows to speak of.
Detroit wasn't the only place affected by this because almost every other show has been cancelled this year, but this is Motown, which is why local car enthusiasts decided they should have their own road show with muscle cars, hot rods and classic cars on Woodward Avenue. And that's exactly what they did.
The 'world's biggest traffic jam', as it was described by The Detroit News, took place on August 15 and, as one of the attendees, a Chevy Camaro SS owner, romantically pointed out, it was great to create an event without corporate sponsorship. Another Chevy owner, this one owns a Corvette, said that it was "just like the old days out here. The companies aren't here, but the cruisers still are".
Meanwhile Michael Lary, president of Woodward Dream Inc, has distanced himself from the iniziative and he said that the board made a "decision based on the best interest of the public. We didn't want to be part of doing irresponsible things."
In truth, things went rather smoothly and police cars also attended to make sure everyone was keeping with health guidelines and no issues were reported.