Woodward Avenue; Part 2

This is our second part of a report from Mike Callahan and his “Bonneville” Spoiler II at the 2019 Woodward Dream Cruise.

Saturday on Woodward is the big and last day. By 8 am thousands of people are already setting up their canopies and chairs and the cruising begins. As most of you likely know, cruising with a manual transmission can be a challenge. As crazy as Woodward can be I’m glad I drove my Mercury Spoiler II on this legendary road. Below are some photos from my day on Woodward Avenue.

I think I might have found a Mopar aero NASCAR prototype; or maybe not!

 

Cruising on Woodward early in the day. By afternoon it is near gridlock.

There is a very high police presence. A Mobile Command Center and swat vehicle were stationed in the medium all day with additional police at every intersection. However, it did not seem to deter the burnouts!

This is the new, not yet for sale, 2020 Shelby GT500 with manufacturing plates driven by a Ford employee.

This was in a hotel parking lot. A very strange site. Mike asks, why do they park with their buckets in the air? They put their tools in the buckets at night so they won’t get stolen. Editor’s note: Wouldn’t one of those buckets be a great way to watch the traffic on Woodward and get some cool photos?

 

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About the Author: Some of my first and strongest memories from my childhood relate to cars. I still remember when things happened based on what car I was driving at the time. I grew up and lived in Iowa for nearly 40 years before moving to Southern California and now live in Tennessee. I was a Corvette fanatic for years but then re-discovered vintage American Muscle. My wife, Katrina, and I decided we wanted to focus on unique and rare muscle cars. After a lot of research we fell in love with the Ford Blue Oval Aero Cars. These were only built in 1969 and and aerodynamics became an important part of winning races. The only purpose of these limited production cars was to win NASCAR races using the Boss 429 and 427 power plants complimented with a special, wind cheating, aerodynamic body. The Ford Talladega and Mercury Cyclone Spoiler II are terrific and historic cars. This site is devoted to these car and their owners past and present. We provide an Online Registry for recording the long term history and ownership of every remaining Talladega, Spoiler and Spoiler II.

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