One of the best things about summer is the endless stream of car shows, and you know the best part about car shows? That’s right, it’s – wait, who shouted “food trucks and food on a stick!”? True, those are a close second and third, but holding the number one position for us is the opportunity to see so many Ford vehicles of the past and present! And this Saturday, August 20, 2011, rain or shine, will be a huge car event you’ll want to check out. It’s the Woodward Dream Cruise, where about 1.5 million visitors and 40,000 antique and classic cars from across the country are expected to partake in the annual event!
Bet on big happenings at this year’s show, too. The Ford display will be located at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and 9 Mile Road in Ferndale, Michigan, just north of Detroit city limits. 9 Mile Road will be turned into Mustang Alley, and the full Mustang line will be on display, including the 2012 550-horsepower Shelby GT500, both street and racing versions of the Boss 302, and the Mustang GT and V6 Coupe with the performance package.
More than 700 classic Mustangs and other Ford-built muscle cars are registered for the classic Ford car show. If the weather cooperates and all cars arrive as scheduled, this year’s event should have at least one of every type of Mustang model made since the car debuted in April 1964! Mustang Alley is the place to be for performance enthusiasts building Ford-powered street rods and race cars, as Ford Racing will have a large display of street and strip crate engines at Mustang Alley, and Ford Racing technicians and engineers will be available to meet with the public and answer technical questions about performance, installations, tuning and other topics. Mustang Garage on 9 Mile Road is again open for business during the Woodward Dream Cruise. Owners of Mustangs built from 2005 to 2012 can drive in and have Ford Racing technicians install high-performance parts, including axle-back exhaust systems, short-throw shifters and suspension packages, while they wait.
Woodward Dream Cruise will also bring out the next-generation Focus ST, making its debut at this show following world travels on the show circuit. The performance version of this Focus features a 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine making an estimated 247 horsepower, a six-speed manual transmission and a race-tuned suspension. Due next spring, the Focus ST will be the first high-performance compact Ford has offered in the United States since 2004.
Other performance Fords on display will include SuperCab and SuperCrew versions of the hot-selling SVT Raptor off-road pickup, a Ford GT supercar and a selection of Shelby Mustangs from 1965 to the present in the Shelby “Snake Pit.”
And pssst: A new Ford crate engine will make its debut at the Dream Cruise. It’s a stroked 363-cubic-inch pushrod V8 based on the classic 302-cubic-inch engine that has powered millions of Mustangs over the years. Ford Racing engineers will also stage test runs of the new 5.0-liter V8 Mustang GT engine, which is mounted on a run stand.