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.

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Comments (16)

  • Absolutely!!! It is so refreshing to see people pulling together like that and having a great time. I think there needs to more events hosted by the general public with way less corporate sponsorship. Everything these days is so commercialized. Way to go everyone. A heart felt salute to the motor city. It just goes to show you can't keep a petrol head from their cars 😄

      1 month ago
  • It is the birthplace of the cruising scene down infamous Woodward ave.

    I saw about as many masks as a Trump rally unfortunately 🙄

      1 month ago
    • You’re surprised? They broke the social distancing limitations. I don’t think they really care. Unfortunate.

        1 month ago
    • You know what a smartass I am. It’s the White House as a stage that bugs me and my military friends the most.. some are currently secret service

        1 month ago
  • Lol, I’ve been doing this in Missouri since the “lockdowns” began, and FAR larger than this.

      28 days ago
  • The picture of the guy on the motorcycle looks like the guy is standing behind the bike. Who agrees?

      1 month ago
  • Oh stupid

      29 days ago