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Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds

Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds

'66 427 FairlaneCar guys and gals know all about the Woodward Dream Cruise that occurs each summer during the third weekend of August in Detroit, Michigan. However, the east side of the state is not the only place to show off your hotrod, muscle car, sportscar, or tin lizzie. Every summer for the past nine years, Grand Rapids holds the 28th Street Metro Cruise the weekend following the Dream Cruise on the fourth weekend of August. This classic car show draws huge crowds up and down the 10 miles of this business-lined five-lane road as everyone wants to see classic cars like the Ford Fairlane, Chevy Bel Air, as well as exotics like the Ferrari Testarossa and the Lotus Esprit.

Ford Fairlane: More Than Just a Car

Ford Fairlane: More Than Just a Car

66 Ford FairlaneThe Ford Fairlane is an iconic car that was produced for 15 years between 1955 and 1970. This car is one of the best known Ford models in the history of the brand. It went through several extreme makeovers in its 15 years of production, from the beautiful Fairlane Victoria model with elegant lines in 1956 to the Talladega version that raced around the track as a muscle car in the late 1960s. The Ford Fairlane, in all of its generational changes, remains a highly collectible car today. As throwback versions of classic cars became popular in the early 21st century, Ford Motor Company almost brought back the Fairlane name with what we now know as the Ford Flex.

Chevy Chevelle SS

Chevy Chevelle SS

SSThe Chevelle, which first came out in 1964, was Chevrolet’s mid-sized answer to the Ford Fairlane. For three generations, through 1977, the Chevelle offered buyers a range of body styles, trim levels, and performance packages, and proved to be a big seller for Chevy. Among all the different variations of the nameplate, the Chevy Chevelle SS was one of the most popular and iconic.

1965 Chevelle SS

1965 Chevelle SS

316521-0-lgThe Chevelle, introduced first in 1964, was Chevy’s answer to the Ford Fairlane. A mid-sized, mid-priced car, the Chevelle proved to be popular for its entire run. One thing that made it such a good seller for the company is the fact that it came in so many different varieties. In the ‘60s, buyers could get nearly any body style, and could choose from low-end to high-end trim levels. And, of course, the Chevelle also included a performance package, the Super Sport.

1966 427 Fairlane

1966 427 Fairlane

1966 427 FairlaneFrom 1955 to 1970 Ford produced the Fairlane, a sometimes full-sized, sometimes mid-sized car that was the ancestor of many of the modern Ford brands. The Fairlane was restyled and resized throughout the ‘50s and early ‘60s, by which time it made its place between the compact Falcon and the full-sized Galaxie. By mid ‘60s, and the introduction of the 1966 427 Fairlane, Ford was ready to compete with other American muscle cars.