Ford Celebrates 20 Years of Mustang Alley at Woodward

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Ford Mustang Alley

The Mustang is the perennial star of the Woodward Dream Cruise. And Ford is going all out this year.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is, of course, the quintessential American automotive event. But the massive gathering that takes place on the historic streets of Detroit’s suburbs has only officially been in business since 1995, believe it or not. The idea of recreating the nostalgic heydays of the ’50s and ’60s has obviously resonated with a lot of people, however, as the now world’s largest one-day automotive event has grown from 250,000 attendees its first year to 1.5-million today.

Given the historical significance of Woodward Avenue in suburban Detroit, it makes perfect sense that Ford is the presenting sponsor of this year’s cruise. And they’re also the star of the event’s side show known as Mustang Alley, where nearly 1,000 cars will line up to cover nearly a mile of the iconic road this year. But since 2018 also marks the 20th year of this gathering. So Ford has some extra special plans to celebrate their legendary muscle car.

Ford Mustang Alley

That includes a special production car unveiling (Shelby GT500?), the debut and raffle of a one-off Mustang “JDRF” Bullitt, a Bullitt parade featuring old and new models, and the Eagle Squadron Mustang GT giveaway. In addition, the first Mustang ever sold and 10 millionth Mustang will also be on display.

Ford Mustang Alley

Of course, there will also be a host of other fun stuff to do. That includes a vehicle handling course, virtual reality booth, family fun zone, and much more all weekend. So you’ll want to go ahead and clear the calendar, obviously. The whole celebration goes down August 16-18  on Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac. Which all leads up to the 2018 Woodward Cruise, taking place on August 18.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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