21 August 2016

Ten of the super-baddest Woodward Dream Cruise muscle cars

Even without any proof, you know. Waiting at a stoplight, shimmying rhythmically and rumbling quietly with a deep bass like an approaching storm. Green light. And in that moment the lopey growl explodes into a deafening scream – an instant and then it’s gone. All that remains is the sweet-smelling race gas’s vapor, a bit of tire smoke and there’s your evidence: Another quarter mile.

More than anything else, muscle cars embody the Woodward Dream Cruise’s spirit. After all, it was on Woodward in the 1960s where factory skunk-works teams would do battle, testing their latest and greatest, away from prying eyes. Saturday, Aug. 20, was the 22nd annual Dream Cruise and while the heat and sticky humidity were ever-present, the rain held off until late afternoon, long enough to enjoy the spectacle.

Here are 10 of some of the meanest muscle cars we saw cruising Woodward:

  1. Spotted leaving Vinsetta’s Garage, Gentile’s Injecticide is a 1955 Chevy built Gasser-style, sporting a 383-ci small-block capped by twin quad carburetors and a GMC supercharger. This car is a local legend, having been raced for many years by Jim Gentile and others at the Detroit Dragway. (Photo by Josh Scott)
    Woodward 2016
  2. We spied this Plymouth Road Runner passing Roadkill Nights racing registration at M1 Concourse and headed to the Woodward Avenue strip. Equipped with a 440-ci V-8 and looking mostly stock, the driver was anticipating racing on America’s first paved street, the first time in history that legal “street racing” was allowed on Woodward. (Photo by Josh Scott)
    Woodward 2016
  3. This cobbled-together-looking ’69 Camaro has a great stance, but look closer and there is a surprise: The caged interior is straight out of a sixth-gen Camaro, dash and all. Additionally, a twin-turbocharged V-8 heads the drivetrain. (Photo by Josh Scott)
    Woodward 2016
  4. Treated to custom paint and aftermarket rims, a 1979 Camaro makes a run on the M1 Concourse’s mobile dyno. (Photo by Josh Scott)
    Woodward 2016
  5. Wait, what? How did this get in here? Yeah, it’s a Ferrari f430 Scuderia, but it makes more than 500 high-compression horsepower. If that’s not muscle... Lounging trackside, it was sadly only there for the Roadkill Nights Show-n-Shine. (Photo by Josh Scott)
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  6. Camaro Cars and Coffee was held the Friday morning before the Woodward Dream Cruise and featured some amazing machines. This Big Block Z/28 was a pure drag racer, running twin quads atop a blower. (Photo by Josh Scott)
    Woodward 2016
  7. It seems that Mopars were everywhere at Roadkill nights, not surprising as Dodge sponsored the event. Dodge’s 440-ci “Six Pack” (three two-barrel carbs) V-8 powers this 1969 Dodge Charger. (Photo by Josh Scott)
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  8. A '62 Chevy Sedan cruises to the strip with its intake popping through the hood. A big block, bored out to displace 461 cubic inches, provides this Canadian Chevy’s motivation. (Photo by Josh Scott)
    Woodward 2016
  9. The old and the new – a second- and fifth-gen Viper share the spotlight at Vinsetta’s Garage on Woodward. (Photo by Josh Scott)
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  10. No, it doesn’t have a V-8 and yes, it is a Toyota. But with a massive Garrett turbo, this straight-6 Supra makes about as much power as the two Vipers, combined, in the previous photo. (Photo by Josh Scott)
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*Editor's note* A previous version had picture 8 labeled as a "Bubble-top” Impala. It is a 1962 Chevy Sedan and has been fixed. Thanks for the catch!

26 Reader Comments

  • 1
    Jack DE August 24, 2016 at 16:16
    #8 is a 2-door sedan, hardly a "Bubble Top" coupe.
  • 2
    Jeff McKnight Spring Hill, FL August 24, 2016 at 16:57
    Photo #8 is a 1962 Chevy, but that is NOT a "bubble top".
  • 3
    Chuck Milford August 24, 2016 at 17:11
    To bad Fridays drag racing event at M1 turned out to be one misorganized mess. Why: we fisrt tried to get into concource from North on Woodward to the South end, it was closed off and directed to Telegraph , North on Telegraph to M59 to Woodward. We parked near Judson and had to walk to the North end of the facility with NO signs directing you, we then walked from East to West until we found a CAR entrance that they would not let any foot traffic in and was directed to the West end of the concource along a two lane street with probably 30 cars with there hoods up from overheating. So we now get to the South end and have to go back East to go to the entrance (a complete circle of the facility, what made it worse is that I had just got out of the hospital the week before with a tripple stint in my heart Now we get to the "drag racing" that was promoted to start at 12 that didn't start until 1:35. and it was a "timed" event not Ford against Chevy or Mopar. You could have a Viper running against some rice burner for "Drag Racing". WOW how exciting. What "sporting" event have you been to that didn't start with the National Athem or see an American flag near the track. This one didn't ,great show for Vets. I know it was promoted as racing on Woodward but I don't know of anybody that raced in this area back in the 60's and I was sure out there enough back in the day. I know it was the 1st time at this facility but everyone we talked to could not believe how misorganized every thing was. The M1 shirted "officials"that we talked to made the excuse "it's the first year" There was no place to sit down other than the grand stands, it would have been nice for us "old guys" in 93 degree temp. to take a break If they have it there again I hope they they improve things for those that attend next year, I know we will not be there to compare. We found out after that there was a parking structure to hold 8,000 cars with a shuttle bus running back and forth but again no signs to tell you how to get there. Can't wait to see how the mags "Sugar Coat" the event to how it actually was. Thank you for allowing me to vent.
  • 4
    Grant Kennewick, WA August 24, 2016 at 18:05
    The 1962 Chevy is not a "bubble top" but probably a Biscayne or Belair Sedan.
  • 5
    John Paterek Chatham NJ August 24, 2016 at 18:09
    I really loved seeing the 1962 Chevy Biscayne.Hope it was a 409 with 425 hp.I had a 1962 327 300hp SS conv. I blew the T-10 BW trans, replaced it with 220 Muncie. The clutch started slipping so I traded it for a 63 VW and $200.00 !!!!!!
  • 6
    Philip Houston August 24, 2016 at 18:11
    #8 is not a bubble top Impala, 62 sedan with post and based on trim it is a Biscanye or possible BelAir . The sail panel is too wide
  • 7
    bob michael tx. August 24, 2016 at 18:20
    You said muscle cars but digressed as you went along.
  • 8
    Rick Tall Bowie,Maryland August 24, 2016 at 18:27
    Number 8 ,is neither a "Bubbletop", nor an "Impala"
  • 9
    Fred Bowers Asheville, North Carolina August 24, 2016 at 18:48
    Great pictures until the end, not at Wooward, not in NASCAR
  • 10
    Pete Rochester hills mi August 24, 2016 at 18:51
    #8 is not a Impala and not a bubble top Rookie mistake
  • 11
    DJ Az August 24, 2016 at 19:37
    The Impala is certainly not a "bubble-top" it is a 2dr sedan aka post car.
  • 12
    Tommy Georgia August 24, 2016 at 19:51
    Think you need to take another look at that 62 Chevy "Bubble-top."
  • 13
    J. Lebowski USA August 24, 2016 at 20:30
    Sorry to burst your bubble but foto #8 is definitely not a bubble-top Chevy, nor do I think Impalas came in the 2 door sedan body shown. Otherwise that's one BA car. Maybe get a tetanus booster shot before working on the thing.
  • 14
    Lou Salvalaggio Ontario Canada August 24, 2016 at 20:31
    I guess the photographer went for coffee when the LIGHTWEIGHT Galaxies went buy
  • 15
    JERRY CLARK OHIO August 24, 2016 at 20:43
    WHERE IS THE FORDS
  • 16
    martin ohio August 24, 2016 at 21:19
    That Impala is a sedan, not a "bubbletop".
  • 17
    Don Brown New Hamburg On. Canada August 24, 2016 at 21:24
    I truly enjoy my stock 1989 Supra turbo targa all summer. it is tough to beat as a performance automobile.
  • 18
    hb milwaukee August 24, 2016 at 22:20
    the 62 chevy is not a bubbletop impala, it is either a bel air or Biscayne 2 door sedan
  • 19
    tay shaney pattaya, thailand August 25, 2016 at 01:26
    That Canadian in photo 8 fooled the writer. That is no "bubble top" nor an Impala.
  • 20
    Nasty N E Wisconsin August 25, 2016 at 02:52
    #8 is not a "bubbletop". It appears to be a 2 door sedan. Very nice selection of cars by the way.
  • 21
    Darryl SCS August 25, 2016 at 17:12
    With all the 4 doors only being sold today, has the difference between a coupe and sedan gotten lost! If it has 2 doors its a COUPE, a sedan has 4 doors. The 62 Chevy is a COUPE.
  • 22
    Tim Bauer At home August 25, 2016 at 09:49
    Photo # 8 is not a 1962 Chevy "Bubble-top". It is a standard two door SEDAN. A "Bubble-top" is a two door HARDTOP with the 1961 roof line. The Impala 2-door hardtops got a new roof line in 1962 that Chevrolet called a "Formal roof" as I recall
  • 23
    Scoundrel Wake Forest, NC August 25, 2016 at 09:55
    As a former Detroit area guy, and participant in the Dream Cruise, I really miss not being able to attend and cruise with my pro-street 60 corvette and 41 Willys. The South has nothing like this. It's a great time for all!
  • 24
    Storman Woodward August 25, 2016 at 12:18
    Parked in line for over 2 hours at the M1 Concourse. 1 entrance and cars coming from 3 directions and nothing moving for the show and shine entrance. Worst experience at Woodward ever.. Later we were told it was a logistics problem. We solved the problem. We left along with hundreds of other cars and went where the real action was down in Royal Oak.
  • 25
    Larry Grunn Howell, Mi August 25, 2016 at 12:22
    Just a quick comment on the picture of the 62 Chevy, It is not a bubble top nor is it an Impala. I love Woodward but prefer Telegraph...
  • 26
    Jim edward Fenton MI September 9, 2016 at 09:40
    Seriously MR. Writer, as a writer for a car insurance company you need to fact check your writing. You have several articles with completely wrong facts wrong cars wrong years... Seriously you make hagerty look bad.

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