DETROIT (WWJ) – The man behind the Woodward Dream Cruise, executive director Tony Michaels says at its heart, this event is as much about making memories as it is horse power.

“All the stories and the talk are about ‘Hey, remember when,’ and ‘Remember this vehicle,’ and I think what we’re doing is creating more memories.”

Michaels added, more than ever before, the event has captured national and international attention. He also said the connection to cars at the cruise is as unique as the Motor City itself.

“The pride of building them, being a part of it, knowing somebody who built them, knowing somebody who actually designed one, and it’s a passion.”

Michaels said after a couple of tough years for the auto industry, he thinks there’s a renewed energy for this years Dream Cruise.

Pre-cruising on Friday in his replica 1956 T-bird Friday, Dick Robbins from Shelby Township said he found love along Woodward Ave..

“I met my wife out on Woodward. I drag raced her … and she beat me!” said Robbins. “So, I said, you know, pull over and let me take a look at this thing … she had a built engine. We met each other and we’ve been married 50 years now.”

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