Who's going??? What day?
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Serious question - how much cool stuff do you see?
Thanks for that. My thing is interesting and unique. I like seeing stuff I've never seen before or stuff I've only seen in pictures. It's why I LOVED Pebble Beach - seeing a McL F1, and a couple of Ferrari 250GTOs and a '57 Testarossa Pontoon Fender and a '32 Merc and a Stutz Bearcat and a Bizzarini and a few Miuras and all Maseratis and a DeTomaso Vallelunga and a Talbot Lago and a Pegaso. Love seeing vintage stuff I've never seen before and beautiful one offs.The silver thing has Corvette running gear and is a one-off. John is right, it was built by a guy. It's pretty small.
SwingLo (Jeff?) you're not quite getting the flavor, I think. There will be a lot of muscle cars cruising, along with modified, restored, or barn condition everything. There are cars that come out for one day a year, there are buses, trucks, Minis, jalopies, Pacers, Greemlins, hot rods, rat rods, old Mercs, Corvairs, chopped, diced, and stretched. There are single-make clubs that stake out side lots, there is a judged concourse (usually) in Birmingham, the Jaguar people meet and compare the shine on their Stromberg carbs, there is a huge parking lot filled with muscle cars and guys happy to talk to you about every nut and bolt, and guaranteed at least a dozen cars you have never, ever seen before. There are no Gallardos, virtually no Ferraris, and no Porsches or BMW's except a few classic ones. If you go north to Pontiac, you will see drag burnouts and a biker gang, along with '70's sedans on 26 inch chromes with gullwing doors.
The very best day to see and talk cars is Thursday and Friday nights, when the cruise is not yet official, but Woodward is petty filled up. Come Saturday you're a spectator, and the best thing you can do is move around through side roads to take up a position every mile or two.
What you have to get is that it is not an event you see for the cars-- though obviously you can see thousands-- but for the people. It has nothing to do with Cars and Coffee or those dreadful Saturday supercar things where the Lambo and supercharged M3 dorks show up. If you like those things you will hate the Cruise. Instead, you stand a good chance of dropping by some car club and meeting a guy who built, designed or restored by himself an original one of the cars being shown. It's just a big old party celebrating cars, and best of all, it was and is a grassroots affair.
I'd be happy to show you around if you do come up, as I live about a mile off the center of the whole thing.
If that's what you want, you should have come to the Concourse at St.John's in suburban Detroit. It used to be called Concourse at Meadowbrook, and it is, along with Pebble Brook and Amelia Island, one of the three top showes in the country. Aside from the really old stuff that I don't have much interest in, they always have some fantastic groupings of racing and other cars that amuse the inner gearhead. This year, about two weeks ago, they featured 3-wheeled micrcars, '60's SCCA racers (aluminum bodied Alfa GTV's, Cortinas, SWB Porsche 911's etc), some IMSA racers, early hot rods, and '50-'60's European (ISO Rivolta, Mangusta, Dino, etc, including an early series Lancia Fulvia Zagato owned by a guy who bought it off eBay last year-- a car I was watching!) The feature display of the modern section was Modern Era station Wagons-- Chevy Nomad and a whole bunch of others too great to pass up. If you want to see a road-going McLaren from the 1960's, built by Bruce himself and imported into the US in the late '60's, owned by one family since then, there was your chance too.Thanks for that. My thing is interesting and unique. I like seeing stuff I've never seen before or stuff I've only seen in pictures. It's why I LOVED Pebble Beach - seeing a McL F1, and a couple of Ferrari 250GTOs and a '57 Testarossa Pontoon Fender and a '32 Merc and a Stutz Bearcat and a Bizzarini and a few Miuras and all Maseratis and a DeTomaso Vallelunga and a Talbot Lago and a Pegaso. Love seeing vintage stuff I've never seen before and beautiful one offs.
The local car show thing has me REALLY turned off. I just got back from one tonite - theme was 'Import Night pre-1985'. Beautiful night. Turn out wasn't great. There were two Jag 120s, a couple old 911, a Ferrari 308GTS and an MG TC. And my Mini Moke. The rest? A bunch of old Camaros, Mustangs, GTOs and other yawn inducing cars. Totally lame.
And you are right, the Supercar Saturday stuff is getting old too. The same old late model stuff over and over again - Gallardos, Murcis, 430, 458, SLS, Vantage, GT3 RS, Superformance Cobras. All dream cars, yes, but when you've seen them over and over the novelty wears off. I much preferred seeing the Ultima GTR that showed up last year, or the Factory Five GTM or the original REAL '55 300SL Gullwing. That's my kinda stuff.
Lastly, you are soooo dead on about the M3s. I don't know what happened because I used to like those cars, but for some reason, they've become the German version of rice. Apparently the German word for 'Rice' is 'Reis' - so from now on, I shall call M3 guys 'Reisers'. Seriously, all the M3 guys show up at the show en masse with their pimped out cars - wheels, blacked out, decals, etc and their flat brimmed hats. It literally looks as though the Scion/Civic crowd traded up.
Basically, I want Pebble Beach Week in my backyard every month!