The Woodward Dream Cruise actually started as a small fundraiser for a soccer field in Ferndale, Michigan.
In August 1995, Mr. Nelson House and 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
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 both Berkley and various
Oakland County public safety and homeland security teams.
The next Woodward Dream Cruise will be held on
Saturday, August 19, 2017
and runs between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.