Metro Cruise Draws Big Crowds
Car 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.
As a spectator, there are several ways to enjoy this car-filled weekend. Many people will bring a chair and park in a favorite spot along the side of the road. Others will visit the lineup of car dealerships that span the length of 28th Street. You can stop at Duthler Ford to see classic Ford Fairlane models, as well as more Mustangs that you could ever imagine. Along with looking at restored Ford Fairlane models, a Ranchero or two, as well as the Mustangs, you can talk to the owners who happily tell their stories about their cars’ stories. Once you get your Ford fill, you can drive west on 28th Street to Berger Chevy to fill your eyes with more Corvettes and Camaros than should be allowed on one car lot. From the earliest 1952 white convertibles to the 2014 power-filled sportscars, you will not be disappointed. Across the street from Berger Chevy is Pfeiffer Lincoln where you can see the classic Lincolns and Mercurys that ruled the road.
If you travel a few more miles west down 28th Street near Clyde Park Avenue, you will see another hot spot for spectators and drivers. Rogers Plaza has a large shopping mall parking lot that fills with a large variety of cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles, too. This parking lot also fills with food vendors who serve up delicious funnel cakes, corn dogs, and elephant ears. From Friday night to Sunday afternoon, the 28th Street Metro Cruise in Grand Rapids, Michigan is an event that should not be missed.