Snapshots from the Dream Cruise: Profiling People, Cars and Cruise Fans

Here are profiles of people and cars from the 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise.

The 2011 Woodward Dream Cruise is in the rearview mirror, now, after a monthlong classic cars lovefest along the iconic M-1 corridor through Oakland County. Patch editors and writers endeavored for the weeks before the Cruise and on the day of the event to capture the stories behind the people and the cars.

From father-son experiences to couples who have been cruising together for 46 years, the stories behind the cars offer a glimpse into just why this event captures the hearts of so many classic car lovers.

Here are some of the stories we found:

Cruisegoers hanging out in the Woodward Avenue median for the Dream Cruise are here for classic cars, but we end up talking about something else most times.

Frank McCahill and his wife Mary Jo traveled nearly 2,500 miles for the Woodward Dream Cruise. Robert Gilbert and his two children traveled about 2 miles for the Woodward Dream Cruise.

Dave and Michael Bedenko helped build their 1978 datson 280Z, but It’s “constantly a work in progress,” says father Dave.

Vic Mamyek of Livonia said he bought his purple 1948 Ford Coupe in 1998 because it was a car "my dad always had" while he was growing up.

Gary Grant of Livonia bought his 1948 Plymouth in 1998 because it “looks good.”

Huntington Woods couple Rick and Margaret Tripp stroll along Woodward Avenue on Saturday ahead of their 46th wedding anniversary next weekend and recall what it was like to be an original cruiser.

Birmingham resident scours historic avenue for recyclables in hopes of making several hundred dollars Saturday.

Richard Mamyek said he bought his 1967 Buick Wildcat because it was the first car his wife owned when she graduated from high school.

She still needs work, but that's all part of the fun for this Berkley couple.

Sterling Heights resident Dan Knoblock's vehicle on display Saturday in Berkley is one of less than 2,900 that were made during the 1970s.

The Food Network host and chef signs autographs and poses with fans Saturday afternoon at the Chevrolet display.

"We do see a lot of spur-of-the-moment tattoos, people who just want to say they did it at the Dream Cruise," said Jennifer Elliott, who owns American Pride Tattoo in Berkley, which was offering special deals Saturday.

"Baby Blue," a Pontiac Catalina owned by Lloyd English of Lake Orion, is a combination of muscle and grace.

Byron Cancelmo of West Bloomfield, president of the DeLorean Motor City Club, brought the 1981 DeLorean which his father purchased in 1981.

Jan and Kerry Borgne, who have had their cherry red Chevrolet Corvair for 10 years,  were parked and ready to go for the Birmingham Cruise early Saturday

Doug Hubert of Warren has had his car “on and off” since 1990. “The trunk on this car is amazing. I can fit anything I want in there!”

Lucy DiNardo of Pittsburgh, a member of Chicks With Classics car club, is the second owner of the1956 Dodge Coronet 728 that she's had for four years. This was her third year driving in the Dream Cruise.

1940 Pontiac coupe is the pride and joy of a west Michigan man who is making his first Woodward Dream Cruise appearance.

Ted Porter of Northville took a family vacation along Route 66 in 1994. His souvenir from the road trip was a baby blue, 1965 Mustang convertible.

Mark Bara of Northville purchased a 1969 Dodge Dart from a friend whose dream was to see it back on the road.

Vinsetta's new owner said he'll keep the Woodward Avenue landmark's historic touches intact as it is transformed from a garage into a restaurant. The eatery is expected to open in the first quarter of 2012.

A Garage Find
Nicknamed the "survivor," this 1969 Corvette found a way into this Plymouth lover's heart.

Berkley resident Don MacDonnell said he detests the classic car event nonetheless sets about helping others enjoy the day.

Chrisopher Gorski of Ferndale purchased his 1979 Corvette from his aunt. “As a child, I would sneak into her garage and look at it in awe. My father always told me ‘one day it will be ours.’ "

Tyler Finnegan of Elyria, OH, wanted to own an American brand but loved German engineering, so he loves cruising with his 2008 Saturn Astra.

Birmingham's Asher Panian rebuilt a 1953 Chevy hotrod as a tribute to his family's history in the Detroit automotive industry.

Ralph Haynes and daughter Emmie love to take the 1969 Ford Torino GT out for a spin. Emmie dreams of the day she'll own the car.

Even when he lived in Kentucky Wayne Broadhead of Rochester Hills couldn’t stay away from the Dream Cruise. He’s here in his 1962 Belvedere.

Mark Bara of Northville purchased a 1969 Dodge Dart from a friend whose dream was to see it back on the road.

James Snyder of Rochester Hills will be cruising Woodward Avenue in his 1962 Austin Healey Roadster 3000 Replica.

Ontario resident brings his favorite of three classics – 1929 Ford Roadster Pickup – to cruise Woodward in style.

Hartland man has owned muscle cars since he was 16.

He's had 10 different Corvettes in his lifetime, but this 1963 model is close to Bloomfield Hills resident Mike Moscone's heart.

Rochester man shows off his restored 1968 Dodge Coronet RT it took him eight years to complete

Keith Honhart of Birmingham is revved up to bring his 1958 Chevrolet Corvette to the Birmingham Cruise Event Aug. 20.

This Royal Oak salon owner gets ready to cruise Woodward and enjoy the gathering of people and cars for Dream Cruise 2011.

The car was a gift from James Foster's father for finishing mechanic school, and the Novi man has done almost all the restoration work on the vehicle himself.

Tony Degennaro of West Bloomfield calls his 2011 Camaro SS  "The Green Hornet."

Glyn Brock of Hazel Park says this Chevelle was his favorite car growing up.

Pat Opapari of Clinton Township remembers cruising Woodward years ago and loves revisiting his roots.

Jeff Ziolkowski of Mount Clemens says his father purchased this car for $2,200 in 1973 and drove it all the way from California. When his dad passed away in 2003, Ziolkowski started fixing it up. It reminds him of his years getting in “a lot of trouble on Woodward” as a teenager

Phil Hatzos of Berkley loves his 1976 Chevette, which he's had since he was a senior in high school.

Two decades is vintage enough for this timeless vehicle, Seymour Schwartz says.

Bob Prout of Sterling Heights said he enjoys sharing his love for Austin Healeys at the Birmingham Cruise every year.

Dick and Barbara Jane Block, who said the Woodward Dream Cruise had been on their bucket list for years, found themselves at the Hunter House on their first day in Michigan.

Jim Snider modified his '54 Crestliner to shoot flames. It's just one of many modifications he's made to his Ford.

Royal Oak resident Robert McKamey's VW Bus is at the Dream Cruise for the second year in a row.

White Lake Township Clerk Terry Lilley shows off his 1936 Ford five-window coupe with rumble seat.

When finding the original was a challenge, Roger Neirynck  of Farmington Hills went with new Ford Shelby GT500KR.


Profiles of your favorite cars

Everyone has a story, from the owner of the Chevy Impala owner whose high school memories led him to buy his car 25 years later to the Roseville woman who bought a '68 Chevelle and fixed it up herself. Here are profiles of cars and their owners, organized by the models.

Austin Healey


Buick Centurion

Buick Special

Buick Wildcat

Chevy Camaro

Chevy Chevelle

Chevy Impala

Chevy Standard


Crown Victoria


Dodge Challenger

Dodge Dart

Dodge Polara 500


Fleetmaster Club Coupe

Ford Coupe

Ford Deluxe

Ford Mustang

Ford Model A

Ford F-100

Ford Pickup

Ford Skyliner

Ford Torino


MG-TD Roadster


Plymouth Roadrunner




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