Dreak Cruise

Dream Cruise Activation

The Woodward Dream Cruise actually started as a small fundraiser for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan. In August 1995, a group of volunteers looked to relive and recreate the nostalgic heydays of the 1950s and 1960s, when youth, music and Motor City steel roamed Woodward Avenue, America's first highway. That year, 250,000 people participated--nearly ten times the number expected.

Today, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the world's largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars from around the world. North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer.

The Dream Cruise takes place along a 16-mile stretch on the historical Woodward Avenue through nine host communities including Berkley, Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Bloomfield Township, Ferndale, Huntington Woods, Pleasant Ridge, Pontiac and Royal Oak, in Southeast Michigan.


The Oakland County Amateur Radio Public Service Corps (ARPSC) works with Berkley Public Safety and Royal Oak Police to suppliment and extend public safety resources and operates a directed net during the Friday before and the Saturday of the event which takes place on the third Saturday in August. ARPSC Activities include spotters, traffic monitors, and additional 'eyes and ears' for the public safety team. Net control operators interface with Berkley, Royal Oak and various Oakland County public safety and homeland security teams.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is the third weekend in August each year and runs between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.