The Woodward Dream Cruise is easily one of the largest classic car events in America, attracting millions of people and more than 40,000 cars to Detroit’s metropolitan area. The Dream Cruise is right in General Motors’ backyard, and the automaker consistently gets heavily involved in the legendary gathering. This year, GM will lend a helping hand to any classic cruisers that stall, overheat or run out of gas during the event.
“It’s called the ‘The Dream Cruise,’ but an overheated engine, a drained battery or a flat tire can turn that dream into a nightmare for enthusiasts whose countdown clock to Woodward starts the day it ends,” said Chris Brandt, Chevrolet Certified Service advertising manager. “No one wants to break down or cause ‘The Dream Traffic Jam,’ so Chevrolet Certified Service technicians will be assisting cruisers with minor issues that can be easily remedied.”
GM and their “Certified Rescue Squad” also saved over 55 cars on the Dream Cruise last year. They took statistics compiled from last year’s efforts to make a list of tips any Dream Cruise participants will want to know.
The first is to make sure the car’s battery is charged, the terminals are clean and check for wear or aging of the alternator belt and distributor cap. Next, all fluids should be checked and obviously, your gas tank should be topped off. Check your tire pressure and tire condition prior to leaving and finally, make sure all windshield wipers are in sound condition.
Even if you do all that, you might still break down. If that happens, technicians provided by Michigan dealers Buff Whelan Chevrolet, Gordon, Les Stanford, Marty Feldman, John Bowman and Suburban Chevrolet will travel north and south along Woodward during the cruise in six red 2014 Chevrolet Silverado Rescue Squad Pickup trucks, helping anyone in need. There will also be two Chevrolet Certified Service locations at Fifth Third Bank and The Vitamin Shoppe where cruisers of all makes and models (not just GM’s) can go for help.