Classic car cruising is a throwback to the 1950s and 1960s when young people liked to get in their cars and hit the major streets for fun and good times. The movie American Graffiti captured the epitome of cruising back in the day and can show you just what it was like if you were not there to see it for yourself. Kids with nothing else to do were driving up and down the road, showing off their cars, racing each other, flirting, and stopping at the drive-in restaurants for burgers and fries.
This kind of car cruising may be a thing from the past, but it has made a huge comeback in recent years. People like to relive their youth by fixing up classic cars and hitting the road together. If you remember those days, you know how fun it can be to get together with friends when the weather is nice to enjoy the camaraderie and the classic cars.
The best and most famous modern example of classic car cruising as a throwback to the good old days is the annual Woodward Dream Cruise in Detroit. The event takes place on one day every August and draws over a million drivers, classic car cruising enthusiasts, and spectators to see cars of every type cruise up and down Woodward Avenue.
The Dream Cruise is an extreme example of what can be done in any town. If you search around, you are likely to find a small-scale version in your own town. Sometimes these cruises are simply a few friends out to drive around on a warm evening, while others are more organized events and may even have a charitable aspect. If you can’t find a suitable car cruising event near you, consider spearheading your own and enjoy the good old days with friends and classic car enthusiasts.