Corvettes Run Woodward for Charity



Organized by Larry & Verna Courtney


If you’re a Corvette owner, you love cars, then there’s nothing in the world like the Woodward Dream Cruise! The Woodward Dream Cruise in Metro Detroit is a grass roots phenomenon that has grown into the WORLD’S LARGEST one-day automotive event.

During Dream Cruise Week in 2003 Larry Courtney and his wife Verna were with their friend Barb Schare, we were looking at all of the great cars going by and thought, wouldn’t it be great if for just one night, Corvettes would take over Woodward during Cruise Week.  We hurriedly called all of our Corvettes friends fromAmerica’s Corvette Club and asked them to join us for a cruise down Woodward.  Seventy five club members participated. This was the beginning of Corvettes on Woodward.

The beginning cruise evolved intoMichigan’s largest all-Corvette Food Driveand Cruise and the largest All-Corvette Event within a 400 mile radius of Detroit.  The charity we support is the “Open Hands Food Pantry” inRoyal Oak,Michigan. 

Last year over 400 Corvettes from all over the US and Canada came to participate in a three day event that includes tours of the GM Heritage Center, GM’s private museum and the GM Performance Build Center, home to the engines for the Z06 and ZR 1.  Tours include trips to Katech Performance, Advanced Automotive Technologies, Spectre Werkes, Race Car Replicas, MasterWorks Automotive Services, and Alternative Automotive Technologies.   We have a track day at Milan Drag Way sponsored by MasterWorks and meet and greet parties at the Moose Preserve and Hooters. Donations of food and money are the only registration fees.  Please send us an email if you are attending and what tours you would like to go on Corvettes on WoodwardAugust 17-19, 2011. Don’t forget your donations.

The RADISSON HOTEL of Bloomfield Hills,Michiganis the host for all of the events.  They allow us unlimited use of the parking facilities, and give every Corvette owner a discount on the room rates.  This year it was decided that the RADISSON will be selling food with a ‘Made inMichigan” theme.  The menu is Coneys, Better Made Potato Chips, Fago Soda and Vernor’s Ginger Ale.  The staff of the hotel donates their time at the food booth to ensure everyone has a great time.  Our DJ, Eric keeps the crowd singing and dancing.

The Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic, muscle, street rods, custom, collector and special interest cars like the Corvette cruise the 16 miles of Woodward.   Each year, from around the globe—from as far away as New Zealand, Australia, Japan and the former Soviet Union; North American cruisers from California, Georgia, Canada and all points in between caravan to Metro Detroit to participate in what has become, for many, an annual rite of summer.


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America's Corvette Club, Car Show Chairman North Oaks Corvette Club, Past President National Corvette Museum, Ambassidor Silicone Valley Corvette Club '91 Coupe, "Polar Bear"
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