The Woodward Dream Cruise – A Car Lover’s Dream

The Dream Cruise started as a fundraiser for a soccer field in Ferndale in 1995.  Today, the Woodward Dream Cruise is the world’s largest one-day automotive event, drawing 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe.  Spectators and cruisers travel to Metro Detroit, the birthplace of the American automobile, to demonstrate and participate in an event that celebrates an ongoing love affair with the automobile.

A market research study conducted after the 2007 event found that the Woodward Dream Cruise generates more than $56 million each year for the Metro Detroit economy. The Cruise’s economic impact to the region is more significant than any other major event in Michigan, recurring or otherwise; that includes 2006 Super Bowl XL at Ford Field ($49.3 million), the 2005 MLB All-Star Game at Comerica Park ($42 million) or the 2006 Detroit Tigers post season run ($37.8 million).

Nearly 100 area charities benefit from the sale of official Dream Cruise merchandise and refreshments each year.

This year, the world’s largest one-day automotive event is August 15, 2009 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. along Woodward Avenue from Ferndale to Pontiac.

For more information or to plan a trip to the Woodward Dream Cruise, please visit: www.woodwarddreamcruise.com

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Michiganders Have Super Vision!

On the night of April 26, 1977, the residents of Grand Haven looked westward across the relatively cold waters of Lake Michigan and saw city lights and a flashing red beacon. But the nearest urban area westward from them was Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 75 miles away, well below the geometric horizon and thus normally not visible. Their sightings were later confirmed to have been Milwaukee when a Grand Haven resident timed the blink rate of the flashing red light and linked it to the Milwaukee Harbor entrance beacon.  US Weather Service records also confirm that strong inversion conditions were indeed present that night. The unseeable had indeed briefly become visible.

The arctic mirage generally forms under conditions of a uniform and widespread temperature inversion. When the temperature rises at a rate of 6 degrees Fahrenheit per 100 feet, the Earth’s horizon will appear flat.  If the inversion becomes stronger, the horizon will then appear to rise vertically from the flat position.  Thus, when the inversion gradient reaches 10 degrees Fahrenheit per 100 ft, the horizon appears to turn upward to the observer.

For more information about Arctic Mirages, please visit: http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/elements/supmrge.htm

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Today in Michigan History

July 30, 1863

Henry Ford was born.

Born on a farm in Dearborn, Henry Ford disliked farm work and moved as a teenager to Detroit, where he held an assortment of jobs. He also tinkered with engines. In July 1896, Ford introduced his horseless carriage to the world. Within a decade Ford’s Model T was quickly becoming the automobile that—as the Ford Motor Company boasts—put America on wheels.

Thank you Michigan History Magazine for this glimpse into our past.  See more at www.michiganhistorymagazine.com.

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Grand Blanc Hosts the Final Buick Open this Weekend!

July 27 & 28 kicks off the annual Buick Open event with the PGA TOUR Players Practice Rounds at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club followed by the Pure Michigan Pro-Am on Wednesday, July 29.  The Buick Open tournament begins on Thursday, July 30 and concludes with the Final Round on Sunday, August 2.  Ticket prices start at $35 for a single day pass.  Gates open at approximately 7:00 a.m.

For more information, please visit: http://www.buick.com/en/pages/open/sitelet/buickopen/index.jsp

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