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Woodward Dream Cruise to highlight GM’s Centennial celebration

Published: Sunday, August 14, 2011

Of The Oakland Press

General Motors is making the Woodward Dream Cruise part of Chevrolet’s Centennial celebration, with events stretching out over four days.

On Wednesday, the GM Design team will host a car show from 1 to 9 p.m. at the Northwood Plaza on the southwest corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. The show will feature personal vehicles owned by members of the design team.

On Thursday, Chevrolet will kick off the Dream Cruise with a parade on Woodward Avenue, starting at 2 p.m. The parade will feature 50 Chevrolet Volts and their owners for the Volt’s first Cruise, 20 employee-owned Chevrolet heritage vehicles, the new Camaro ZL1 and Chevrolet Sonic, and vehicles from the GM Heritage Collection. The parade starts on Woodward Avenue at Long Lake Road, travels south to I-696 and returns.

GM’s Performance Division also will have a display from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Memorial Park on the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile Road. The display will include a collection of classic engines and modern crate engines.

As part of the display, professional engine builders from the GM Performance Build Center in Wixom disassemble and reassemble a Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 engine.

The display will also feature the E-ROD emission-compliant 1955 Chevy Bel Air hotrod, along with other concept, classic and current hotrods.

On Friday, Camaro Chief Engineer Al Oppenheiser will participate in the Motown Muscle breakfast and panel discussion from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at Duggan’s Irish Pub in Royal Oak.

Jeff Gilbert of WWJ Radio and John McElroy of “Autoline” will host the panel, which will include representatives from Ford and Chrysler.

On Saturday, The Birmingham Triangle at Woodward and Old Woodward will be the center of Chevrolet activities.

The Chevrolet displays and activities start at 8 a.m. Saturday and run through the conclusion of the cruise at 9 p.m. Some 60 cars will be on display, ranging from heritage vehicles to the new Volt, Sonic, Cruze Eco and the new Camaro ZL1. Also on display will be vehicles from the “Transformers” movies and a selection of Indy 500 pace vehicles. Guy Fieri, host of “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” is bringing two of his personal Camaros and will sign posters from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Detroit-area Chevrolet Dealers will parade from Eight Mile Road to Pontiac to Big Beaver Road, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Chevrolet is setting up pit stops locations where cruisers can stop in an air-conditioned area and have their classic cars photographed in front of murals depicting three historic diners. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pit stop locations are:

• Art Van, 32310 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, which will serve as a stand-in for Ted’s Drive-In.

• CVS, 30900 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak, the stand-in for Susie Q, and Jax Kar Wash, 27054 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak.
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